Thanks for the nice comments. My Dad started the farm in the late 50's and ran it on a shoe-string. He never bought new equipment. My earliest recollections of the cart were in the mid 60's and that it was originally painted dark green.
There aren't any screws on it, just a couple of square-head bolts and a lot of rivets. I assumed it was mass produced, but the iron work on it is pretty simple using stock pieces. The front handle is just attached with a flat piece of steel wrapped around it with rivets. It used to have a back door on it. No hinges, just 2 eye bolts with square bolts attached to the bottom and the door had 2 matching eye bolts so it would open all the way down (though there could have been chains to keep it horizontal when open). Opened or closed, it was always a loose fit. It still has the lynch pin on top to close the door. The remaining pin does look to be hand-forged, meaning this could be a homemade project instead of a mass-produce cart.
I also think it's from the 20's or 30's. The big wheels worked great in the bumpy/muddy fields, especially for 9 or 10 year old kids. Dad would tell us to get the cart and fill it half-way with dill and 2 bushels of beets! It was about a quarter mile out, so this cart was indispensable! Dad managed the farming and Mom ran a vegetable stand up front close to the road to sell stuff.
MH81 - I'll look for any stamped trademarks and under the paint for possible printing. Let me know if there's a website that can date wagons by the wheel shape and style. I know of similar sites to date Disston handsaws by the medallion and another site to date Stanley hand planes.
I'll start work on it in about October and post updates. Next time, I'm at the farm, I'll take some pics of the John Deere Model "R" tractor. My brother uses newer tractors now, but he painted it and put John Deere decals on it before he quit using it. He parks it under a shed year-round, now. I'll start another post on that.
Edited by WagonBill, August 14, 2011 - 07:45 PM.