Manny's Combined Reaper and Mower, circa 1854

Summary

John Manny developed this reaper in 1853 in Rockford, Illinois. It was the first to successfully challenge the Cyrus McCormick Company's dominance in reaper manufacture. Sued for patent infringement by McCormick in 1854, Manny won, paving the way for other manufacturers, and a broad expansion of the industry. Included in Manny's legal team was a young Illinois lawyer, Abraham Lincoln.

John Manny developed this reaper in 1853 in Rockford, Illinois. It was the first to successfully challenge the Cyrus McCormick Company's dominance in reaper manufacture. Sued for patent infringement by McCormick in 1854, Manny won, paving the way for other manufacturers, and a broad expansion of the industry. Included in Manny's legal team was a young Illinois lawyer, Abraham Lincoln.

Artifact

Reaper

Date Made

circa 1854

Creators

Walter A. Wood Mowing and Reaping Machine Company 

Manny, John H., 1825-1856 

Place of Creation

United States, New York, Hoosick Falls 

Creator Notes

Manufactured by Walter A. Wood Mowing and Reaping Machine Company, Hoosick Falls, New York based on patented designs by John H. Manny

Greenfield Village
 On Exhibit

at Greenfield Village in Soybean Lab Agricultural Gallery

Object ID

25.75.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Wood (Plant material)
Iron (Metal)

Dimensions

Height: 65 in

Width: 100 in

Length: 192 in  (72" without tongue)

Weight: 840 lbs

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