A special branch is the making of scythes and sickles which are exported in large quantities.
At harvest the corn was cut high on the stalk with short sickles and put up in sheaves, after which it was carried to the threshing-floor and there trodden out by the hoofs of oxen.
Previously the grain had ordinarily been cut with sickles and harvested by hand.
During the second day's battle he commanded the left centre of the Union army, and after General Sickles had been wounded, the whole of the left wing.
DANIEL EDGAR SICKLES (1825-), American soldier and diplomatist, was born in New York City on the 20th of October 1825.
In 1859 he was tried on a charge of murder, having shot Philip Barton Key, U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, whom Sickles had discovered to have a liaison with his wife; but was acquitted after a dramatic trial lasting twenty days.
At the outbreak of the Civil War Sickles was active in raising United States volunteers in New York, and was appointed colonel of a regiment.
Sickles himself lost a leg and his active military career came to an end.
General Sickles was one of the few successful volunteer generals who served on either side.
General Sickles was president of the New York State Board of Civil Service Commissioners in 1888-1889, was sheriff of New York in 1890, and was again a representative in Congress in 1893-1895.
It has yielded four bronze swords, ten socketed spear-heads, forty celts or axe-heads and sickles, fifty knives, twenty socketed chisels, four hammers and an anvil, sixty rings for the arms and legs, several highly ornate torques or twisted neck rings, and upwards of two hundred hair pins of various sizes up to 16 in.
Moulds for sickles, lance-heads and bracelets were found cut in stone or made in baked clay.
When given high command at once they usually failed, but the best of them rose gradually to the superior ranks; Logan, for instance, became an army commander, Sickles, Terry and others corps commanders.
Of bronze (the chief material) axes, daggers, swords, razors and knives are found, as also minor implements, such as sickles, needles, pins, brooches, &c. There are also objects of bone and wood, besides pottery (both coarse and fine: see Ceramics), amber and glass-paste.
The city's industrial history dates from 18 20, when a small factory for the manufacture of scythes and sickles was set up. Natural gas, piped from Butler county, was early used here as a fuel in the iron mills.
The decisive engagement was fought (probably) in the Gulf of Morbihan and the Romans gained the victory by cutting down the enemy's rigging with sickles attached to poles.