Daisy Self-Rake Reaper, circa 1895

The reaper replaced the hard manual labor of harvesting grain with a sickle with a drivable machine. The operator sat on a seat mounted on the left wheel axel, driving the two horses or mules that pulled the reaper. Its reciprocal cutter bar was more than five feet long with three triangular sickle blades oscillating through guard teeth. Three rotating arms with three-inch projections raked, bound, and shocked the grain.
An earlier model of the McCormick reaper, "Old Reliable," had required two men to operate. The second man sat behind the driver of the team, next to the apron, and raked the grain out as the reaper drove along. The "Daisy" eliminated the need for this second operator. The McCormick Machine Company, founded in 1847 by Cyrus McCormick, later became the International Harvester Corporation.
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Object Name
rake reaper
date made
ca 1895
patent date
PATD. U.S. / FEB. 12TH 1895 / MAR. 16TH 1897
McCormick, Cyrus
McCormick Machine Company
McCormick Machine Company
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of the New York Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York

Visitor Comments

3/18/2013 1:40:12 PM
What period of time did they make the daisy reaper.
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