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#1 jtrojek OFFLINE  

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Posted July 29, 2015 - 07:47 AM

Anyone here into corn shellers? I'm trying to find out some of the history on a really nice corn sheller I just bought. It was too nice and too reasonably priced to let it pass by. It is complete and in beautiful shape. It needs a good cleaning and to have the wood oiled to clean and help preserve it. It still has a lot of the original paint and pin striping. Anyway, it's a double corn sheller, and can be run by a hand crank or a flat belt. I really want to try it powered by my Beeman. Anyway, I can clearly read that it was made in Toledo, Ohio, and that it's a "No. 20", but the name on the side is partially worn off. You can see the first few letters of it, and then "Co." at the end. I would like to know the brand name, and then I'd like to learn the history of the company. Anyone here able to shed some light on this for me? Thanks.

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Posted July 29, 2015 - 08:42 AM

I'm sorry, what was the question? The background toys were distracting me. Some very interesting machines. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted July 29, 2015 - 08:54 AM

Ha! I'm just trying to figure out the brand of the corn sheller. The name is partially worn off. I wanted to do a little digging into the history of the company. As for the garden tractors, there is some neat, dare I say rare, stuff in there too.
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Posted July 29, 2015 - 01:08 PM

I can't help you, but that sure looks like a well cared for machine. Someone from Ohio ought to be along.


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Posted July 29, 2015 - 02:26 PM

Nice sheller and as previously noted it appears to be in excellent company. Sorry no help on info. With the partial name and model number, I'm sure someone here will be of some help.


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Posted July 29, 2015 - 04:02 PM

That was a fun one! I found the name but no real info on the company yet. It was made by the Merrell Co of Toledo Ohio.

 

It is a start and hopefully you can find more info from that. Good luck!


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Posted July 30, 2015 - 04:33 AM

Thanks, everyone!



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Posted July 30, 2015 - 05:05 AM

I wonder if Keystone sold machines to Merrell or if Merrell copied Keystone or if they had some other kind of relationship?  I can find some info on Keystone, but almost none on Merrell.  Keystone was in business from 1890-1919 apparently.

 

 

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Posted July 30, 2015 - 06:48 AM

You might be able to check with this group to see if they have any records.
http://www.zeelandhi...g/corn-sheller/
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Posted August 10, 2015 - 05:44 AM

You might be able to check with this group to see if they have any records.
http://www.zeelandhi...g/corn-sheller/

I'll definitely do that that



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Posted August 14, 2015 - 10:07 PM

That is a lot fancier than the one we used in my teenage years, to shell popcorn.
It was a single unit that attached to a box with thumb screws.
Wish I could find one now, I would try growing my own popcorn.




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