A CULTIVATOR IS A FARM IMPLEMENT FOR STIRRING AND PULVERIZING THE SOIL, EITHER BEFORE PLANTING OR TO REMOVE WEEDS AND TO AIRATE AND LOOSEN THE SOIL AFTER THE CROP HAS BEGUN TO GROW. THE CULTIVATOR USUALLY STIRS THE SOIL TO A GREATER DEPTH THAN DOES THE HARROW. THE CULTIVATOR IS USED IN CROP WORK OR FARMING. HORSE-DRAWN CULTIVATORS WERE INTRODUCED IN THE MID-19TH CENTURY; BY 1870 A FARMER WITH TWO HORSES COULD CULTIVATE AS MUCH AS 15 ACRES (6 HECTARES) A DAY WITH A CULTIVATER IMPLEMENT.
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Van Leest Antiques
Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.