Whether by accident or design, the Burrall name is misspelled on this rare Munnsville Plow Co. No. 10 sheller. The piece also shows a commonly used but invalid patent date of March 14, 1863.
Vintage corn shellers and signs fill the loft in Chuck Heckroth’s barn.
The Burrall corn sheller was a breakthrough in corn processing equipment.
A rare Burrall sheller made by Keystone Farm Machine Works, York, Penn.
A Gould’s No. 2 Burrall sheller, the most common of the Burrall shellers. This piece also shows the invalid March 14, 1863, patent date.
Manufactured by W.D. Burrall (presumably a relative of T.D. Burrall), Waterloo, N.Y., this sheller carries the correct March 24, 1863 patent date.
Fashioned in the same style as Burralls built by New York Plow Co., this sheller has exceptional original paint but no patent date or manufacturer’s name.
A Canadian-made Burrall with beaver and maple leaves, produced by James Smart Mfg. Co., Ltd., Brockville, Ontario.
Chuck has no proof, but he believes this sheller was the inspiration for Thomas Burrall’s 1845 “improvement in corn shellers.” The piece is cast with “Adriance” and “P’T Po’ke’psie,” likely a forerunner of Adriance, Platt & Co., Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
This envelope from Downs & Co. Mfg. Co., Seneca Falls, N.Y., shows the famed Burrall sheller.