Tuesday Treasure | April 14, 2009

This hand corn planter belonged to my wife’s great grandfather, Herbert Harvey. Herbert’s farm was located on Harvey Rd. in Waterloo Twp., Jackson Co., MI. He bought the farm from Elhert Musbach, his brother-in-law, in the early 1900s. Herbert’s initials are carved in the back of the planter.

Hand Corn Planter - Herbert Harvey c.1900

Hand Corn Planter - Herbert Harvey c.1900

Herbert Harvey's Initials

Herbert Harvey's Initials

This planter was patented in the 1890’s and manufactured by the Sheffield Manufacturing Company of Burr Oak, MI. Earlier in his career, George Sheffield built gasoline and battery powered passenger cars for street, interurban and steam railways with his company, the Sheffield Velocipede Car Company.