Smithsonian museums continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Read a message from our director, and check our website and social media for updates.

Loppers (Pruning Shears)

Loppers (Pruning Shears)

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
Vineyard workers at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars in California’s Napa Valley used these long-handled pruning shears (loppers) for a variety of grapevine management tasks. Tending the vines is an essential part of viticulture practice and helps ensure a good crop, the foundation for good wine. Pruning the vines controls the size of the crop by balancing shoot growth and fruit production. It also helps maintain the shape of a vine, training it to adhere to the vineyard’s trellising system. Loppers are also used for cutting away growth when new vines are grafted in the field. While machines are often used on very large vineyard tracts, workers using hand tools take care of pruning and trimming year-round on the smaller estate vineyards in Napa.
Object Name
shears, pruning - long handled
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
manufactured (overall production method/technique)
overall: 2.4 cm x 49.5 cm x 20 cm; 15/16 in x 19 1/2 in x 7 7/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
See more items in
Work and Industry: Food Technology
FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950-2000
Food: Transforming the American Table
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object