Are there any other collectors of horse-drawn farm equipment out there? Have been collecting for many years now, started when my grandfather was forced into retirement before he wanted to retire. He and I started restoring his old Studebaker two horse wagon, then his brother's Vulcan Hills Side turning plow, then his father-in-laws Vulcan left handed, slat winged, turning plow. Collection has gone up from there with around 100 pieces now ranging from some small push plows up to some 8 foot rakes, mowing machines and manure spreaders. Most are not restored, yet, and some will never be restored if their current condition makes for a better picture of farm life. The modifications made by farmers is part of the history of the machines and like to show this as well. Example: One of my McCormick Deering No. 7 mowing machines, a great barn find, has a short tongue where it had been cut down and a bracket added to use behind a tractor showing how farmers modified their horse drawn equipment to make use of the new tractors as few could afford a tractor AND new equipment at the same time. (This piece came out of a barn that was literally falling down on top of it, brought it home, replaced the pitman rod which, while still there, was about to break, hosed it down, greased it up, and it mows like it was new!) Would like to get ideas and info from other collectors of the horse drawn equipment, will be posting pictures when time permits.
Check out this facebook page I am a member of, the cover photo is of part of my collection at a show last week, that is me standing under the tent. https://www.facebook...536917056405328
Here are more photos from the same show, all of the horse drawn pictures are also from my collection