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A fabulous piece of English gardenalia, still strong enough for further use.

The design of this tool is based on the daisy grubber – but with a longer handle for removing larger perennial weeds. These need to be removed with their tap roots intact – thus the shaping of the forked prongs at the business end. The old design of this simple tool has been recognised by the manufacturers of today and many mainstream tool companies are once more adding dock lifters to their product range.

This dock lifter is in great condition and dates from the 1960s. The long (12.5 inches/32cm) ash handle is a pale colour with much of the original varnish still evident. The beauty of the wood grain can be clearly seen. There is no movement in the ferrule and the metal shank is totally secure in the neck of the handle. The cast metal head of the dock lifter is clean with just the very tip of one of the prongs missing. But this should make no real difference to the function of the tool. The metal head is 8 inches (20cm) in overall length with the prongs measuring 2 inches (5cm). The wooden handle has been treated with linseed oil to preserve the wood and the metal components have been oiled to prevent oxidation.

The handle is imprinted with the makers's mark, 'STANIFORTH'S SEVERQUICK'. Severquick was a trademark used by the Sheffield manufacturer from 1957. Established in 1743, Thomas Staniforth & Co of Hackenthorpe near Sheffield was a manufacturer of sickles, scythes, forks, rakes and specialist farm tools such as sugar beet hooks and turnip knives. By 1967 it was absorbed into Spearwell Tools Ltd and the trademark registration for 'Severquick' expired in 1993.

This tool would certainly provide a gardener with decades of further use – and it's as attractive to look at as it is effective to use.

Ref EG159

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Reserved - Vintage weeder or dock lifter from Staniforth