Both the sickle and the scythe are implements instantly recognisable to a person of the middle ages, and are depicted in their conventional forms. A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:scythe In addition to their obvious assocation with farming, Wade suggests that they can have a wider meaning of “a fruitful harvest of things hoped for”. The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P98