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Object ID # 1971.013.008
Object Name Weight, Hitching
Other Name Weight, Tie
Title Horse Tieweight
Lexicon category 7: Distribution & Transportation Artifact
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Black iron or metal half-sphere hitching weight also known as a tie-weight or a "nag anchor". Rope (not original to tie weight) is tied to an eye loop on top.

Makers mark No maker's mark
Provenance Original provenance unknown. May have been used in connection with J. Spragge's grocery business in Owen Sound, Grey County as the previous owner said that this sort of tie-weight was useful for horse-drawn milk rigs or bread wagons. Last owned by Marjorie Spragge of Owen Sound, Grey County.
Collection Transportation, Horses & Equipment Collection
Material Metal/Rope
Dimensions H-10 Dia-20 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Spragge, Marjorie

Spragge, George
Subjects Horses
Function An item like this would be carried in a horse-drawn vehicle and set out on the ground when the vehicle was parked in order to keep a horse from wandering off. They were sometimes called "nag anchors" or "drop ties" or "horse anchors", "spiders" or "dead men". This one has a piece of rope on it that was likely added by museum staff in the 1990s. The previous owner said that this sort of tie-weight was useful for horse-drawn milk rigs or bread wagons.