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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 farm machine 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 this idea.  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

Fine  . . . . .  $7500.00

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Adams Salesman Sample Road GraderJ. 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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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 craftsmanship.  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 intially 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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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 mower / display model has.  This rare & desirable antique salesman sample mower is a great piece of Americana and farming related history.  Nice!!

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AH-PLATT-MOWER

Fine  . . . . .  $8500.00

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1807 Patent Model Washing Machine1807 T. Beatty Patent Model Washing / Churning Machine  This 1807 patent model is one of the earliest US Patent Models known to exist.  The patent was issued to a Thomas Beatty in 1807.  Patent Models of inventors ideas became a requirement by an act of Congress in 1790.  Note that the tag says "no number".   Models like this are referred to as X models and were called off by the inventors name rather than a number prior to 1836. They are very hard to research or find reference to on the internet or in the Patent Office records. They were assigned numbers later on and I believe this ones number is X 754.  The patent can not be brought up with Google or at the PO site. 

In 1836, and after the first Patent Office fire, all patent models were assigned numbers. The 1836 Patent Office fire destroyed all the previous models that had been submitted prior to that date.  Approximately 10,000 patents had been granted between 1790 and 1835.  Only about 1/4 were recovered or restored after the fire.  Congress appropriated funds to have the more important models rebuilt after the initial 1836 fire and that is what we have here.  The patent tag is original and held in place with the lead lock tag used by the American Patent Models Inc. back in the 30's.  They were one of several owners of the patent models after the government disposed of the entire patent model inventory or collection at auction back in 1925.

Histories of Patent Models can be found at several different internet sites.  I have a page that briefly explains the history here  https://www.antiqbuyer.com/Patent_Models.html.    There is much more info to be found at Wikipedia and at other sites.

This is a great model and an idea ahead of it time.  Most washing machines worked on the idea of the operator or user activating a dasher, or agitator in order to perform the washing task at hand.  Beatty's idea flipped this idea, and the washing machine dasher or agitator was fixed and the user would instead move or swing the container back and forth to perform the washing, churning, and scouring task. An important piece of Americana, American History and Yankee ingenuity all wrapped into one. 

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GLIS-1807-PM

Good + . . . . . $6000.00 

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1858 James McVicker Patent Model Washing Machine1858 James McVicker Patent Model Washing Machine  This 1858 patent model washing machine could easily win a prize for whacky idea of the year, or century for that matter.  The patent is for a washing machine based on a wheel barrow like design. The patent issued to a James McVicker of Mount Morris PA. The patent number is 19788 and comes up with a Google patent search.

Mr McVicker must have had to push a wheelbarrow around in a previous occupation, and was now tasked with the washing chores around the homestead.  Or perhaps he had heard or read about the great success Studebaker was having making wheel barrows in California gold country and thought he could cash in using the design and offering a new mobile wash service for the boys.  What other logic could there be for such a silly looking idea.

It is kind of a hard patent to read and understand.  If I am reading it right, and in looking inside, it seems you were not supposed to operate the washer / wheelbarrow while moving the entire machine about the yard.  I think you were to get it in place, set the side levers to raise the front wheel off the ground, and then operate the washer mechanism by hand where upon the wheel would become a flywheel to help with the back and forth washing or agitator action.  He goes into some detail explaining how the wooden spring design seen at the back end of the model would assist in the operation as well. As I first said, WHACKY.

The model measures approx. 12" end to end and stands a bit over 6" tall.  It is primarily made of a few different types of hard and soft woods with nicely done chamfers and carved aspects or details.  A one of a kind. 

An important piece of Americana, American History and Yankee ingenuity all wrapped into one.

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PF-1858-PM-WASH

Good + . . . . . $3000.00 

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Pickett N1010-ES Trig 4' Classroom Teaching Aid Slide RulePickett N1010-ES Trig 4' Classroom Teaching Aid Slide Rule  The condition of this 4' teaching aid sliderule is very nice.  It is model # N01010-ES Trig rule. It dates from the 1960's or 70's.  I do not think it was ever used.  Nice!!

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SR-P1010-2

Fine . . . . . $325.00

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