|Object ID #||1971.013.008|
|Object Name||Weight, Hitching|
|Other Name||Weight, Tie|
|Lexicon category||7: Distribution & Transportation Artifact|
|Place of Origin||Unknown|
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|
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|
|Dimensions||H-10 Dia-20 cm|
|Found||Owen Sound, Grey County|
|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.|