skip and churns - 1490

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What a find! I knew that I had one of these. I remember buying it, it came in a blister pack on a card and cost me 1s 3d, when that was a substantial sum to me. I also remember how much I liked it and really wanted to have one again. Since I've been building this collection I have been close a few times and have always shied away from spending so much cash on such a tiny scrap of metal. These are rare and not cheap.

Imagine my delight when my old toybox surfaced again and this was in it together with a single churn (or milk kit as it would have been called on our dairy farm). I think the churn is a Britains, the Corgi ones were metal I think and this is plastic, who cares. I have got it back.

This is quite an accurate model of a very useful tool in daily use on our farm in the sixties. It actually hung from the rear lift arms, which are not modelled on the Corgi Ferguson as they are on the Fordson and Ford tractors. It could therefore be dropped to the ground and the 'tailboard' removed giving a flat ground-level loading height. Then it could be lifted using the tractor hydraulics. Most useful for small loads like bales of hay, milk kits as here - taking them to the end of the road to meet the wagon from the dairy, every dairy farmer did that every day, last job before breakfast.

It's other main job as far as I can remember was carrying dead animals (usually sheep) out into the paddock to be buried. Once the hole was dug and the beast interred you could reverse it into the heap of soil to fill in the hole and then drive the tractor over the finished grave to flatten it down. As I said, very useful.


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