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Curtis Goddard's "Little Speedy" Corn Sheller

From Scientific American, 1877

We illustrate in the annexed engravings a new and handy little machine for shelling corn, which, judging from the inventor's statement of its capabilities, is quite certain to meet with a ready welcome from farmers and poultry raisers. It is claimed to shell from 10 to 12 bushels of ears per hour. It adapts itself to large and small ears, and is equally effective whether the latter be green or dry. It does not break cobs or corn, is strongly constructed of metal, is not liable to get out of order, weighs but eight pounds, and is easily attached to a grain receptacle by inserting the wedge shown at A in fig 1.

The upper portion, B, of the machine is movable, and rotated about a vertical axisby the bevel gearing and crank shown. The lower part is stationary, so that in this portion, the cob is held immovable while the grains are stripped from it by by a device placed in the revolving upper part. The holding apparatus is shown in fig. 2. C are sharp edged wheels upon swinging arms, which are held up to the cob by the springs, D. Said arms are mutually braced and caused to adjust themselves simultaneously by the curved pieces, E.

The machine can be operated by anyone without instruction. The ears are inserted above and held in the hand until seized by the holding device. The wheels on the latter, revolving, allow the cob to pass downward, but, of course, prevent its turning; while the stripper, as the ear descends, removes the grains. There is no necessity of touching the ear after it is once gripped; and thus, while the right hand turns the crank, the left hand is free to feed in the corn as quickly as may be.

For further particulars regarding agencies, purchase of rights, etc., address the inventor, Mr. Curtis Goddard, Alliance, Stark County, Ohio.

Curtis Goddard received a U.S. patent for this sheller on Jan 30, 1877

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