This rake was found in the countryside during a walk. It is a terrific example of what appears to be a tool created by a smithie some years ago. Whether the blacksmith was local or not it is hard to tell. The rake tines are clearly hand-fashioned nails pounded though the iron support which itself was pounded, cut and bent from a flat piece of iron.
It appears (let’s guess) that one day during labor the rake broke and, using what was at hand, the user improvised a solution so that work could continue… at least until the end of the day. A trip to the village to “get a new one” would have been time consuming and perhaps fruitless. (We’ve all had THAT timeless dilemma!)