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Object ID # 1970.096.127
Object Name Spout, Sap
Title Wooden Sap Spile
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Hand-carved wooden sap spile. There is no maker's identification. One end has a bored area. The rest of the length is cut-away so that there is an open trough for the sap to drip. The underside has a bevelled shaping. This spile has some sort of paint or coating on it - not sure if that is original or a later adaptation.
Provenance Original provenance unknown. Many of the items in this accession came from the Estate Justus Dierlamn.

Some items may be Dierlamn family heirlooms, but Justus also collected other items for a private museum in his farmhouse near Neustadt, Grey County. He later moved to Hanover, Grey County, before he passed away. The last owner was his brother, Harvey Dierlamn.
Collection Maple Sugaring Equipment Collection
Material Wood
Dimensions H-2.7 W-2.2 L-30.3 cm
Found Normanby Township (formerly), Municipality of West Grey, Grey County
People Dierlamn, Justus
Function After a hole was bored into a maple tree, a "tap" or spile like this could be inserted and the maple sap would drip down it into a bucket beneath to be collected. The sap was later boiled down to make maple syrup or maple sugar.