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Root-Heath No.5 Corn Sheller

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Farm Tools20 of 61"CORN KING" Corn Sheller - Sandwich MFG Co., Sandwich ILAntique Hand Plow
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    Posted 7 months ago

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    This is a hand-crank Root-Heath No. 5 Corn Sheller. The Root-Heath Manufacturing Company was formed in 1904 between George Root and his son-in-law Charles Heath. George Root had been in a manufacturing business with his brother earlier but when the business moved to Plymouth Ohio his brother did not join the relocation. The business was involved in building hardware items such as corn shellers, grist mills and lawn mower sharpening machines. A line of four hand corn shellers were produced. The top of the line was the R-H model, which was finished in red and gold, and had an advertised capacity of 14 to 16 bushels per hour. Since this sheller bears only the Root and Heath names, it was probably made between 1904 and 1919 when the company brought in another investor, J.D. Fate Co. The shellers could be mounted on the edge of a wooden box or barrel. The shelled corn fell into the container, while the cobs were ejected to the outside of the box. I have one "before" picture and then the two "after" pictures post my restoration. I hand-made the red oak stand it is mounted on for display purposes. All surfaces were cleaned and rust removed/cured and then sealed . I matched the Red and yellow/gold lettering as closes as possible to original description.

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    1. Lata Lata, 7 months ago
      It looks amazing! great job.
    2. lptools, 7 months ago
      Nicely done!! Thanks for sharing!!!
    3. esegal esegal, 7 months ago
      Thanks for the kind comments. I enjoy bringing these things back to life i a manner as close as possible to original condition. Of course, if there's saveable patina (i.e., paint and such) I do everything I can to keep it. In this case, the paint on the corn sheller was long gone.
    4. esegal esegal, 7 months ago
      If you like this, check out the free-standing "Corn King" cor sheller made by Sandwich MFG Co. in my posts. Thanks again!

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