I purchased this machine on a virtual auction without knowing what I was buying and was surprised at how big it was when I came to pick it up. It is such a beautiful piece just to look at and a lot more interesting since I have read Bruce Fleury’s article on Joseph Fleury’s short life in Farm Collector (March 2003). Unfortunately, except for one front plank, I have no idea what parts are missing or how this machine was operated and when it was built.
I am sending you these pictures, hoping that a reader can help me identify this magnificent machine still standing on its original legs after 100 years (I believe). On top of one of the legs, 2135 is stamped; on the side of the machine, SG4 is stamped. Any help will be appreciated.
Jean-Marc Charlebois, Gatineau, Quebec;