Engraving of an adjustable switch real rake patented in 1865.

Adjustable Switch Reel Rake – Patented 1865

Patented in 1865, the adjustable switch reel rake was intended to make reaping grain more efficient for farmers. Although some farmers used steampowered machines by the 1860’s, many still used horses or oxen to power the equipment on their farms.


Author: Sackett & Wilhelms Litho. Co.
Date: 1892
Medium: Paper
Bibliographic Information:

Benjamin Butterworth (ed.), Growth of Industrial Art, Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1892, 15.

Collections Number: F0218.1959