Kansas man makes collection of farm memorabilia, stick pins and paperweights
Pieces in Loyd Davis' collection include an early John Deere paperweight. "Part of its rack is broken off," he said. "Pieces like this are pretty vulnerable. It's hard to find one that's not busted up."
Part of Loyd's collection of stick pins. Loyd is wart of restoration. When he adds a piece to his collection, "I just dust it off, clean it up. Lots of times, you go to make something better, you end up making it worse. Lots of times, after I get a new piece home, I just let it set for one or two years," he said. "You've got to be careful not to rub off the finish. Don't use steel wool or anything abrasive. And be careful with what you put on an antique. These new chemicals can have unpredictable results on old things. Whatever you do, do it cautiously."
Pieces like these celebrate the early days of industry and agriculture in the U.S. Some forms – the frog, for instance – were adopted for use by many firms.