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Object ID # 1957.023.002
Object Name Spout, Sap
Other Name Spile
Title Hand-Carved Wooden Sap Spile
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date 19th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin St. Vincent Township (formerly), Municipality of Meaford, Grey County?
Description Wooden sap spile, 19th-c. No maker's identification is present on this piece.
Makers mark None
Provenance According to the previous owner, Mrs. Roy Shields, this sap spile was formerly owned by Mr. Joe Shields, who was the grandfather of Roy Shields. Joe Shields pioneered on the 3rd Line (Concession) of St. Vincent Township, Grey County.

An 1865 source lists "Shields, Joseph Sr." at Concession 3, Lot 5, and "Shields, Joseph Jr." at Concession 2, Lot 10, both in St. Vincent Township.

Collection Maple Sugaring Equipment Collection
Material Wood
Found St. Vincent Township (formerly), Municipality of Meaford, Grey County
People Shields, Joseph

Shields, Roy
Function An item made to direct maple sap from a hole made in a maple tree, so that the sap drips into a sap bucket below. Tapping maple trees was an important activity for many settlers in Grey County.