Wilber's Eureka Mower Tool Box
An early version of the Eureka mower tool box with the patent dates - not in the toolbox book. The lid is marked “Wilber’s Eureka, Pat Feb 10, 1863, Oct 22, 1867, Apr 5, 1870, Oct 31, 1871”. John Wilber, of Poughkeepsie, NY, was granted the above patents for his famous and rather ornate center cut mowing machine. Interestingly, the 1863 patent illustration depicts a wooden seat while the 1870 illustration shows a deeply dished cast iron seat. Cast iron implement seats were first appearing just about that time. Illustrated on the back cover (American Artifacts, Jan 2001) is an ad from the 1882 Rural New Yorker for the “New Model Eureka Mower”. This mower appears to have the later version tool box. I believe an example of this mower is still on display at the Henry Ford museum at Greenfield Village. The large decorative iron wheels made this one of the most attractive implements manufactured in the U.S.
While the lid has no damage, the front (shorter) side of the box has a crack (shown in photo just to the right of the hinge. There are still traces of red paint and decoration. The lid measures 11” by 6”. The box mounted on a platform mortised into the tongue of the mower. One of the oldest and rarest tool boxes from an important stage in the development of the mowing machine.
side view showing the sloped top
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