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An 18th century ratchet for chasing the birds in the vineyard


I never knew there were noisemakers or ratchets to chase birds out of 18th century vineyards in Germany!  Apparently Weinberghüter and their ratchets were first mentioned in the 14th century and are still in use today.  Until I research this further here is the Google translation of object description.  “A rectangular board are screwed to the sides two upright strips, which widen to the protruding end of the disc. Circle pierced for the axis of the five-leaf roller. On the axis of a crank of iron tape and wooden knob. The board is screwed a resilient slats, whose free end is lifted by the roller and clapping beats on the base board at Next cranks. The year 1769 is notched on the top of the ratchet. Brettchenende chipped.”

Ratchet for chasing the birds in the vineyard. 1769. [1]

Ratchet for chasing the birds in the vineyard. 1769. [1]


[1] Ratchet for chasing the birds in the vineyard. 1769. Ident.Nr. D (E 37 1) 276/1970. Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. URL: http://www.smb-digital.de/eMuseumPlus?service=ExternalInterface&module=collection&objectId=848720&viewType=detailView

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