Collectors specialize in antique hay equipment, like barn pulleys and hay carriers
An early Faultless.
A vintage illustration showing a typical barn haying operation.
A Cloverleaf unloader (top) and an end stop.
Barry Merenoff keeps intricate records of the more than 900 pulleys in his collection. "I use these to avoid buying duplicates (which works about 95 percent of the time) and to trace designs and 'marks,'" he says. The pulley shown here is Louden's "Mammoth" design, a unique design. "I have only seen one outside of the manufacturer's catalog," he says. "This one I have."
Boyce McNorton, Topeka, Kan., with one of the carriers (a Peri) he has restored and donated to the Meriden (Kan.) Antique Engine and Thresher Assoication.
The tip of the iceberg: Part of Barry Merenoff's collection of pulleys. Major pulley manufacturers include Herschel Mfg. Co., Jamesway, Louden, Montgomery Ward (early 1900s), Meyers, Ney, Porter, Starline, Sears & Roebuck (early 1900s), and Whitman and Barnes.
A unique hand-crafted wooden barn pulley, complete with a wooden cotter pin (from which the white tag is suspended).