John Deere Plow


John Deere failed as a blacksmith in Vermont but succeeded as an agricultural tool manufacturer in Illinois. His company built revolutionary plows like this early 1838 example. The steel blades of Deere plows slid more easily through sticky prairie soil and made farmers more efficient. John and his son Charles expanded the company through clever marketing and financial acumen making Deere & Company the largest plow manufacturer in the world. The company continue to expand making everything from tractors to combines, from mechanical cotton harvesters to riding lawnmowers.

Date Made: 1838

Maker: John Deere

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Illinois, Grand Detour

See more items in: Work and Industry: Agriculture, National Treasures exhibit, Agriculture, Artifact Walls exhibit


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Related Publication: Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History, National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition

Credit Line: Gift of Deere and Company, 1938

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: AG.38A04Catalog Number: 38A04F001111Accession Number: 148904

Object Name: plow

Physical Description: wood (part: material)iron (part: material)steel (part: material)Measurements: overall: 380 mm x 460 mm x 1230 mm; 14 15/16 in x 18 1/8 in x 48 7/16 in


Record Id: nmah_857013

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