Brady's Family Corn Sheller
A knife type corn sheller patented by Christian Brady of Mount Joy, Lancaster County, PA, in 1867 and 1868. The two handles allow left or right hand use (a free hand was needed to feed the cob). The sheller clamps on a bench or table rather than on a box, and the kernels are directed outward to a container placed on the floor. One side of the sheller body is marked "Family Corn Sheller, Pat'd Sept 10, 67 & Mar 31, 68". The first patent was actually granted on Sept 17, 1867. The reverse is marked "Brady Mfg Co., Mount Joy, PA".
There is an early riveted repair to a crack in the housing and an early glue repair to one of the wood handles. The sheller mechanism works well.
closeup of sheller
early rivetted repair The patina on the repair and the sheller match perfectly. The repair is neat and tight and demonstrates the respect a previous owner had for this tool.
closeup of the sheller mechanism
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