Sheaf, n. a bouquet of corn, grasses, wild flowers, &c.
In the likeness of a torch.
His father set him into the ridge at a great distance before him;
and, when he came up to the place, he found a SHEAF cut; and,
those who know what it is to reap, know how pleasant it is to find
now and then a SHEAF cut ready to their hand.
W. Cobbett, Cottage Economy
(Ian Hamilton Finlay, A Concise Classical Dictionary,
Wild Hawthorn Press, 1988)