|Object ID #||1957.023.002|
|Object Name||Spout, Sap|
|Title||Hand-Carved Wooden Sap Spile|
|Lexicon category||4: T&E For Materials|
|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.|
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|
|Found||St. Vincent Township (formerly), Municipality of Meaford, Grey County|
|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.|