Mark Giles' collectible wrenches tell story of antique farm equipment.
Toolboxes like this one from a Gilpin sulky plow were manufactured by Deere & Co. from 1875 until after World War I.
Mark Gilles with a portion of his collection. This display features John Deere and affiliated companies.
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 handsome and hard-to-find end lid from a Deere & Mansur drill.
Detail of a no. 157 Deere & Mansur wrench.
A whip holder for a horse-drawn John Deere grain binder.
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.
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.
These cranks were used on John Deere grain binders to wind up the canvas and raise the wheels for transport.
A lid from a Deere & Mansur pea planter.
Hubs from the wheels of no. 3 and no. 4 John Deere mowers.
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.
A John Deere trench guide, used in irrigation ditches.