Wonderful authentic antique French livestock yoke. Utilitarian implements such as this were once common place around the farm. Today the are used as decorative objects, including being made into mirrors. This piece is in very good condition showing minimal wear. France, 18th century
A yoke fits onto an oxen for its head. It usually fits behind the horns, and has carved-out sections into which the horns fit. The yoke is then strapped to the horns of the oxen with yoke straps. Some types fit instead onto the front of the head, again strapped to the horns, and ox pads are then used for cushioning the forehead of the ox. A tug pole is held to the bottom of the yoke using yoke irons and chains. The tug pole can either be a short pole with a chain attached for hauling, or a long pole with a hook on the end that has no chain at all. Head yokes are widely used in southern Europe and in Canada.