Mark Giles' collectible wrenches tell story of antique farm equipment.
Mark Gilles with a portion of his collection. This display features John Deere and affiliated companies.
Toolboxes like this one from a Gilpin sulky plow were manufactured by Deere & Co. from 1875 until after World War I.
A handsome and hard-to-find end lid from a Deere & Mansur drill.
Inspection covers from a wood John Deere corn shredder, or toolbox lids? Collectors disagree. Either way, they’re unique and hard-to-find pieces.
A whip holder for a horse-drawn John Deere grain binder.
Detail of a no. 157 Deere & Mansur wrench.
A piece off a Dain hay bucker.
This tool was used to adjust a Deere plow and give it its pitch, so it would bite deeper or shallower. A threaded rod went through the center, and was used to turn the tool.
Syracuse Chilled Plow Co. wrenches are among Mark’s favorites.
A piece of a Dain Mfg. Co. wooden hand corn sheller.
These cranks were used on John Deere grain binders to wind up the canvas and raise the wheels for transport.
The square item at top is from a wooden John Deere sprayer used in western orchards. Note the JD logo in the middle. The circular item at bottom left covered a twine box on a John Deere corn or grain binder, helping provide tension on the twine. At bottom right is an inspection cover from a John Deere threshing machine. The cover could be lifted, allowing cleaning of the interior when blockages occurred.
A lid from a Deere & Mansur corn planter.
A lid from a Deere & Mansur pea planter.
This wrench was used on a Mansur & Tebbetts horse buggy from the turn of the last century, from a very early John Deere-related company, Mansur & Tebbetts Carriage Co.
Hubs from the wheels of no. 3 and no. 4 John Deere mowers.
A John Deere trench guide, used in irrigation ditches.