Slater, Mo., collector’s antique farm equipment collection includes walking plows and sulky plows of all kinds
Harold Eddy displays his 1860s-era Gilpin (named for inventor Gilpin Moore) sulky plow. The sulky plow – a wheeled plow with one moldboard – gained market success in the 1870s.
Side view of a Carey wooden moldboard plow dating to the late 1700s. Carey plows were made entirely of wood: handles, beam, standard and moldboard. The moldboard was faced with thin iron strips to prolong wear. A triangular wrought iron share was attached at the front of the moldboard to cut the soil.
The Bessemer steel moldboard on this early John Deere plow dates its manufacture to the 1850s.
The Baker plow was manufactured in the 1830s by Canton, Ill., blacksmith Ira Baker.
Found in the loft of an old cabin, this Dutch Colony plow was brought to Missouri in 1816. The Dutch Colony plow was a European design that predated the Old Colony plow. The Dutch Colony plow had a shorter tongue than the Old Colony plow, and the cutting knife or blade was placed near the front of the plow, while the Old Colony’s blade was positioned at the side of the share.
Homesteaders used this horse-drawn Champion sod cutter to cut the strips of sod necessary to construct a sod home.
Salvaged from the Columbia River, this Parlin & Orendorff 4-rod plow was likely carried west in a covered wagon. Curved spring steel rods took the place of a moldboard and contributed to light draft.
Still bearing a blush of its original red paint, this cast iron Oliver plow was discovered in the loft of an old store in southwest Missouri. It apparently was damaged in shipping from the manufacturer and, missing parts, was never sold or used.
The one-handled Eddy plow was manufactured in the 1830s in Albany, N.Y., by Waldon Eddy, a distant relative of collector Harold Eddy. “If an Eddy, always ready,” company promotional materials proclaimed. Harold says the one-handled plow, of English design, was also called a corn or orchard plow. The design allowed the user to walk on unplowed ground instead of in the furrow, with his arm braced against the wooden handle, holding the peg with his right hand.
The fingers on this bluegrass plow helped farmers cut and dry strips of dense sod that were subsequently plowed under.
This Jethro Wood patent plow was uncovered in a Missouri field while Harold was working with a modern chisel plow.