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.

Date Made: ca 1895Patent Date: PATD. U.S. / FEB. 12TH 1895 / MAR. 16TH 1897

Inventor: McCormick, CyrusManufacturer: McCormick Machine CompanyMaker: McCormick Machine Company

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of the New York Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.58A05.04Accession Number: 213356Catalog Number: 58A05.04

Object Name: rake reaper

Physical Description: wood (overall material)metal (overall material)

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a0-dd94-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_214133

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