This tool would have been used to scoop grain out of a barrel for livestock. There are two holes in the wood which provide a means of holding the tool, the smallest for the thumb, and the largest for the rest of the fingers. A groove is visible beneath the thumb hole where the wood has been worn down by past users' thumbs.
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“Miller Scoop,” Cabin Construction at Vance Birthplace, accessed June 10, 2023, https://vbcabinconstruction.omeka.net/items/show/52.