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Marsh cast iron corn sheller

An uncommon Burral type sheller patented by James S. Marsh, of Lewisburg, PA Aug 28, 1877. The three improvements claimed in the patent are (1)the automatic adjustment for ear size, using a weighted presser foot rather than the usual spring, (2)the spiral ribs on a conical feed wheel, (3) the use of two cranks, one on the flywheel for small boys and one on the picker wheel shaft for large boys and men.

The sheller stands 41" high on new replacement wood legs. The 17" diameter flywheel has 6 curved spokes, one of which has a hole to accept a crank handle (the one for the small boy). The ribbed presser foot is mounted on a 1"x1 1/2" rectangular bar extending through the top of the sheller case. The top of this bar has a 3 1/2" diameter cup to which extra weight could be added to apply greater pressure to the foot. Cobs are expelled through an opening in the upper rear of the case and shelled corn falls out the bottom spout.

The bearings are a bit sloppy, as is typical of such shellers. Everything turns smoothly and it shells corn.

the crank side

the flywheel side

Price: sold
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