Oliver Chilled Cast Iron Plow, circa 1890

Summary

"Chilled" cast iron was the latest thing in plows in the 1870s, a process perfected by James A. Oliver, of South Bend, Indiana. The chilling process involved cooling the cast iron with a stream of water that hardened the metal, and let it polish like steel, allowing it to pull easily through sticky mid-western soils. This plow is in remarkable original condition.

"Chilled" cast iron was the latest thing in plows in the 1870s, a process perfected by James A. Oliver, of South Bend, Indiana. The chilling process involved cooling the cast iron with a stream of water that hardened the metal, and let it polish like steel, allowing it to pull easily through sticky mid-western soils. This plow is in remarkable original condition.

Artifact

Plow (Agricultural equipment)

Date Made

circa 1890

Agriculture
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Agriculture

Object ID

00.1215.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of James Oliver, Sr.

Material

Cast iron
Wood (Plant material)

Dimensions

Width: 32 in

Length: 86 in

Inscriptions

OLIVERS / PATENT CHILLED PLOW

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