End plates for press drills and grain drills make up impressive collection
Roger Eshelman's display of cast iron drill box end plates at a Waukee, Iowa, show. "They haven't made them with cast iron for 50-60 years," Roger says. "If it's cast iron, it must be at least 60 years old."
As the plates are found, "in the wild." Drill ends weigh from 10-20 pounds each. "They're pretty heavy pieces of iron," Rogert Eshelman says.
A Hoosier grain drill
Margie and Roger Eshelman with pieces from their collection. The "Improved Fertilizer" plate at left featured an elaborate border; while the Buckeye plate at right sports a "clock face," which was actually an acre measure.
"I'm not a painter as far as painting a scene," Roger says, "but drill ends have raised lettering and indented parts ... so much detail, contrast."
Wild roses grace the American Seeding Machine Company plate.
The Hayes Company of Galva, Ill., was primarily known for its corn planters.