Local connection gets Iowa collector interested in the Standard Garden Tool Co.
Cultivators in Don's collection include Willard Hancock's double-wheel spring beam cultivator, patented Aug. 9, 1904, far left; Hancock's No. 20 cultivator, patented Aug. 25, 1908, center; and Hancock's hill or drill seeder, patented May 9, 1911.
The Standard Garden Tool Co., operated from 1907 to 1917 at First and Cedar streets in Montrose, Iowa, as shown in this photo from Don's collection. The illustration at top is a No. 10 True Temper Standard drill, hill seeder and cultivator, with attachments.
Standard Garden Tool cultivator
A No. 2 Midget drill seeder, which weighed 10 pounds and had a quart-sized seed hopper.
A catalog illustration that shows the Midget attached to a No. 20 cultivator, in this case to the rear of the shank or upright by means of a bolt furnished with each seeder.
Don displays his collection for the first time at the Southeast Iowa Antique Gas Engine Club's annual show in 1994. He's holding a Hancock No. 20.
The Midget from the top, showing the different seed settings.