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The Pennsylvania
Corn Planter

A very early hand corn planter which precisely distributes four seeds per hill. One side of the planter is marked "S.L. Denney's Pennsylvania Corn Planter, Patented June 3, 1856". The other side is marked "Nourse Mason & Co., Boston & Worcester, Mass". Also stamped elsewhere is "F. Sanders". The planter is 28" high, standing on its 4 cast iron seed distributors. Between these four feet is an attractively turned wooden stop which limits the penetration of the planter. As the handle is pushed down, a cylinder with 4 holes rotates to send one kernal to each of the 4 receptacles, which then each open to release their seed.

The inventor, Samuel Denney, of Lancaster, PA, was granted U.S. Patent #15035, which describes the planter mechanism in great detail.

The planter is complete and in very fine condition, noting two age cracks in the wood.

Price: (sold)

Contact: Richard Van Vleck - Email: richard@americanartifacts.com

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