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Adriance Platt Salesman Sample Sickle Bar Mowing Machine in Original BoxAdriance Platt Salesman Sample Sickle Bar Mowing Machine in Original Box  This 19th century salesman sample / display model of a Jones sickle bar mowing machine is all original and in super nice condition.  Salesman Sample or display model hay mowing machines are an exact copy of the full size machine they were copied from, right down to miniature nuts and bolts, working mower and transmission and cast iron seat.  It is an amazing piece of craftsmanship.  SIZE: 18″ w x 21″ l  

The box has instructions in the lid for the salesman with special mention to not let children near it.  Adriance - Platt was formed in  Poughkeepsie, NY” in 1882.  Adriance first went into business with Samuel P. Platt and Samuel W. Sears, operating Sears, Adriance & Platt, a wholesale hardware company. Adriance, Platt & Co. was formed later and the company was bought out by Moline (Illinois) Plow Co. in 1913 thus dating this piece between those dates.

The model / salesman sample mowing machine was operable, and is very graphic.  It looks great.   The lever for the transmission needs some attention and right now is not operable.  Note the ratcheting springs in each wheel.  Look at all the pics to see all the different adjusters, fittings and more that this salesman sample / display model has.  This rare & desirable antique salesman sample is a great piece of Americana and farming related history.  Nice!!

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AH-PLATT-MOWER

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Jones Salesman Sample Sickle Bar Mowing MachineJones Salesman Sample Sickle Bar Mowing Machine  This 19th century salesman sample / display model of a Jones sickle bar mowing machine is all original and in super nice condition.  The gold finish is close to perfect and original. I had one of these 20 years ago that was not in nearly as nice condition.  Salesman Sample or display model hay mowing machines are an exact copy of the full size machine they were copied from, right down to miniature nuts and bolts.  It is an amazing piece of craftsmansahip.  Note how the miniature cut out cast iron seat has the name Jones in the the design just like the full size machine would.  A distinctive feature of the jones Mower design is the chain drive design, not gear driven as most mowers of the era were. 

"Jones" was the name of one of the founders and the original President of the Plano company W.H. Jones.  This maker of farming implements was initially located in Plano Illinois which is in Kendall County IL.   The Plano Manufacturing Company was formed in March of 1881 and manufactured horse-drawn farm implements of all kinds including rakes, plows, tedders, and more. In 1893 the manufacturing facility was moved to West Pullman IL (south Chicago), and in 1902 they  joined up with the McCormick Harvesting Machine Co. & the Deering Harvester Co. to form the International Harvester Company.

The model / salesman sample mowing machine is operable, very graphic, and looks great. Look at all the pics to see all the different adjusters, fittings and more that this salesman sample / display model has.  This rare & desirable antique salesman sample is a great piece of Americana and farming related history. Nice!!

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FOL-JONES-MOWER

Fine  . . . . .  $7500.00

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Adams Salesman Sample Road Grader J. D. Adams Salesman Sample Road Grader  This is the real deal.  It is very graphic and looks great. This engineering company hailed from Indianapolis IN. This is a very complicated piece of machinery.  I am not totally sure, but was told there are some missing pieces / springs to hold the lower grader portion at different angles.   Look at all the pics to see all the different gear boxes, adjusters, fittings and more that this has. This rare & desirable c. 1910 salesman's sample measures approx. 10.25" H x 8.5" W x 22.5" L.

The operator would stand on the grate at the rear and have to control all the different wheels and levers as the grader was being pulled along.  Nice!!

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AH-ADAMS

Good  . . . . .  $7500.00

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Salesman Sample B. F. Horton Improved Horse Rake & Seeding MachineB. F. Horton Patent Salesman Sample Improved  Horse Rake & Seeding Machine  This combined horse drawn rake & seeder is a wonderful 19th Century salesman sample of B. F. Horton's patented idea. It is the most complete and well documented antique salesman sample of a farm implement that I have ever had.  It is housed in its original box and comes with supporting paperwork including the original contract the inventor B. F. Horton entered into to have the distributer / manufacturer, Centre Hall Manufacturing Co in Centre Hall PA manufacture and market it for him.

B. F. Horton hailed from Ithaca New York, and was granted several patents for his farm machinery ideas. In 1867 he was granted one patent for a seeder, in 1868, another patent for a rake. The salesman sample / model and included paper work indicates he had combined the two ideas prior to marketing his ideas.  I believe he was granted a third patent in 1872 for the combination of the two ideas, but could not make that patent come up.

Besides the well constructed and highly detailed model of the combined horse drawn seeder / rake and its original box, there is a packet of paper including the original hand written partnership contract, numerous unused sales contracts and related info pertaining to Mr. Horton's patented invention.  From the paper work it seems that Mr. Horton took on partners to help finance, build, and market his invention.  He was to be paid a set sum for each machine sold by the Centre Hall Manufacturing Co. in Centre Hall, PA, to whom he sold the rights to the machine.  They were optimistic as there are a stack of 20 or more original sales contracts / receipts that were never used. It seems the Centre Hall Manufacturing Co. that Mr.  Horton picked to go into partnership with, may have been a bad choice as their is little info to be found on them online.

A great piece of farming related history and Americana that will be a highlight of many advanced collections.

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AH-HORTON-SS

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Salesman Sample Grain / Corn Silo Salesman Sample Grain / Corn Silo w/ Case  This c 1900 salesman sample Silo is in great condition and includes its original carry case.   The inside of the lid is numbered # 124.  The silo body is made of tongue & groove wood that is banded around the circumference.  It also has guy or stay wires and turnbuckles running top to bottom for additional stability.  It has 4 grain doors with swing latches going up one side.  The model stands about 16" tall with its two piece metal roof.  The diameter is approx 6".   The metal troughs in the front are grain chutes.  When not being used as chutes they can be stored standing up against the grain door area as a means to keep the curious from having fun or committing mischief. 

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JR-SS-SILO

Good + . . . . . $895.00

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Deere & Mansur Seed Calibrator Cast Iron Hand Part # 1856Deere & Mansur Part # 1856 Seed Calibrator Cast Iron Hand   This figural cast iron hand is a rare John Deere collectible.  It is marked with the part # 1856 on the back side.  It came off of a Deere & Mansur seed calibrator machine that was set up and on display in Deere dealerships only.  It caught corn kernels as they fell out of the machine to demonstrate to the farmer / potential customer how well or consistently the machine worked.   It is in nice overall condition.

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CHIC-JD-1856

Good + . . . . . $2750.00

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The Royal Rope Machine  by Ad Long / Fairfield IA"The Royal Rope Machine"  by Ad Long / Fairfield IA The overall condition of this cast iron rope maker / winder is very nice.  It is not a commonly found example.  No cracks chips breaks or other damage.  Nice!!

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BWT-ROYAL-WIND

Good + . . . . . $350.00

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Wonder Rope Machine / Rope MakerWonder 4 Hook Rope Machine The overall condition of this cast iron rope maker / winder is very nice.  It is an early model with PAT APL'D FOR in the casting at the bottom.  It is not a commonly found example.  I have seen later ones with patent info in the casting.  The maker made several size rope makers and models with different numbers of hooks.  No cracks chips breaks or other damage. The handle may be a replacement, but looks and works just fine.     Nice!!

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BWT-ROYAL-WIND

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Hill Spiral Egg Grader / 3 Station Egg ScaleJ. A. Hill Spiral Egg Grader / 3 Station Egg Scale This is a very unusual design patented egg grader / 3 station egg scale.  It is electrically powered and has 3 different scales incorporated into the design where eggs of different sizes or weights would drop off the conveyor as they crossed over each station.  There is also an area lit from below where the operator would check the eggs before the grading / weighing took place.

The inventor or Patentee, Joshua A. Hill hailed from Canoga Park CA.  Joshua A. Hill was granted his first patent # 2442689 in 1948, and that patent # is found on this ones ID tag.  Note the tag calls it off as a Model B, so this must have been a slight improvement over his initial design.

He was granted a second patent in 1952 for a similar looking device.  Both patents are easily viewable using Google Patent search with the relevant info.  Beyond that though, one can find scant further mention of, or examples of this rare egg scale / grader.  The overall condition is nice noting some losses to the paint, some minor bug damage and some loose solder joints on the spokes of the spiral conveyor. The motor works, but sometimes sluggishly and sometimes binds up or stops.  I took a movie of it, but can not seem to get it to work for this ad.  I did not test it with real live eggs.  

A most unusual addition to the farm, scale, or egg related collection.

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ALA-EGG

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Patented Combination Tool / Wire Splicing / StretcherPatented Combination Tool / Wire Splicing / Stretcher  I did not look up the patent to see if this is for fencing, shock tying bales of hay or what.  Big and unusual.    Here you go. 

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CYN-1924

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c. 1919 Salesman Sample Combination Tractor Plow in Original Box w/ Sales Brochure c. 1918 Salesman Sample Combination Tractor Plow in Original Box w/ Sales Brochure  This is a great salesman sample size piece of farming equipment.  It is a highly detailed and well constructed model of a new design for a 2 Way Combined Tractor Plow.  The salesman sample plow / tractor is complete in its original fitted hard fiber material hip roofed box and is in very nice overall condition. 

Inside the original box was a 15 page oil soaked sales brochure that identifies this new revolutionary design combo tractor / plow as having been made and offered by the "Farm Machinery Company" of Denver Colorado.  The brochure is a prospectus of sorts, and in addition to being a sales brochure, the owners / original investors, are also fishing for new investors. The pamphlet explains that the company was incorporated in 1917, and mentions a huge government contract to supply tractors for the war effort. That contract wasSalesman Sample Law 2 - Way Tractor / Goddard 2 - Way Tractor cancelled with the end of WWI and now the new partners claim to be ready to fill the growing domestic demand for their tractors here in the Western US.

Things did not work out, and by 1919 the company was renamed the "Two - Way Tractor Plow Company, of the same address for the manufacturing plant "8th Ave. between Bryant and the Platte River.  The office location is also called off as 411 - 417 Symes Building Denver Colorado.  By 1920 or shortly after no further mention of either company can be found on the internet or in literature.  The reference on tractors by Wendel barely mentions them.  I found a few mentions in old farming magazines of them being out and about showing off working examples at shows and fairs in 1920 and nothing after that.  I am not sure if there are any known examples of full size machines known.

It looks to be cutting edge technology for the time, and the brochure uses lots of superlative language to describe its many features.  It has 4 spring loaded plow blades that can be raised or lowered, and even shifted side to side. Another talking point is that this is the perfect design with the tractor weight over the plow blades as opposed to the old way of horses dragging the plow behind and the blades bouncing up and down.

The engine was to be supplied by Wisconsin Motor Co, but for this model they had a special electric motor made up and installed behind the faux radiator.  It has not been tested or run.  I assume the round tank in front of the leather seat represents the fuel tank for the gas or diesel engine.  The operator had lots of controls, both levers and pedals to contend with.  The entire machine is driven by 2 large gears that mesh with the metal traction treads of the traction style wheels at the front. I think you could engage either or to both  facilitate turning.  It also mentions it being at least 2 speed.  The literature claims it has a 5' turning radius as well.  There is an old repair to the driver side axle housing.  It appears it happened early on and the repair was made to look like part of the original design with the same type bolts and parts used for the framework as part of the repair.  It looks like the owners were so stretched for money they could not have a new axle housing made for their model before Salesman Sample of Two - Way Tractor Plow presenting it to the public and potential investors perhaps explaining their short history. 

The brochure mentions and pictures 2 different designs of the new design plow / tractor. One larger and one smaller. It calls them off by name as the "Law 2 - Way Tractor", and the "Goddard 2 - Way Tractor".  Several examples are pictured in the brochure and although similar, none are exactly the same as this model.  It seems the design was a work in progress and evolving   In my research I found one patent for a 2 way plow by a Guy Law of Colorado, but could find nothing relevant by anyone named Goddard.  Additional research might turn up more info.

A great piece of farming history that has lots of curb appeal. The era of horse drawn equipment was drawing to a close and the next generation of farm machines, powered by gas diesel or steam engines were being developed and perfected.  Some ideas worked out, many did not, but the sense of American ingenuity and spirit is clearly evident in this wonderful salesman sample.

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LC-SS-PLOW

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