Oliver Chilled Cast Iron Plow, circa 1890

Summary

The high-quality Oliver Chilled Plow dominated the market during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its creator, James Oliver, perfected “chilling,” a casting process that created durable iron moldboards and shares that retained a smooth surface during heavy use. Farmers relied on dependable plows like the Oliver when preparing soil prior to planting crops.

The high-quality Oliver Chilled Plow dominated the market during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Its creator, James Oliver, perfected “chilling,” a casting process that created durable iron moldboards and shares that retained a smooth surface during heavy use. Farmers relied on dependable plows like the Oliver when preparing soil prior to planting crops.

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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