Case for carrying a whetstone used by the farmer
to sharpen his scythe.
This object is known as "Le gonvier"
or "coffin" in French, and would have
been worn on the belt. It was filled with water
and grass and the sharpening stone.
The stone needed to be kept wet to loosen the
grain, provide lubrication and and improve the
cutting action. Farmers would pause frequently
in the fields to hone the edges of their Sythes
-- which had to be razer sharp to work well.
There is slight damage to the bottom of this
one. There was originally a pointed tip at the
base which has broke off. (This was so that
it could be inserted into the ground)
Engraving with an image of a Zurich
farmer who wears a "Coffin"on his
internet page with more information about the
Gonvier or Coffin.
day Whetstone Holders