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Catalog Number RF2003.065
Description Horse-drawn International Harvester potato harvester is solid iron with wood handles and is red and black. Center spade digs up the potatoes onto the six-rod, flare-sided "fork piece behind it which shakes off the dirt. Potatoes are then dropped in back and the farmer, who is holding the wooden handles and walking behind the plow, has to be careful not to step on the potatoes! Cross piece at front has two rods that drop down and end in wheels--these are adjustable in width to conform to the row size. Metal multi-loop harness in front.
Object Name Harvester, Potato
Collection 3D - Agricultural Tools & Equipment
Title International Harvester Potato Harvester
Date 1900-1930
Creator International Harvester
Role Manufacturer
Inscription Text various part numbers (ie. "4025" & "4846") embossed throughout
Provenance Part of the Runnymede Farm Collection; collected from Ray Perusina, Morgan Hill.
Notes Potatoes became a prominent local crop throughout the county in the early days following the 1849 Gold Rush. While severe blight crippled production in North County in the 1870s, potato growing continued on the Coastside. A new, blight-resistant potato was introduced in San Mateo County after 1900.
This single-row, horse-drawn potato harvester has a center spade, or share. The share digs up the potatoes onto the six-rod, flare-sided “fork” piece behind it which shakes off the dirt. Potatoes are then dropped in back. The farmer, walking behind the harvester, must be careful not to step or trip on the potatoes!
Dimensions H-41 W-32 D-56 inches
Search Terms Agriculture
Agriculture Technology
Farming
Farming Technology
Harvesters
Runnymede Farm Collection
Subjects Agricultural machinery & implements
Agriculture
Farming
Harvesting
Harvesting machinery
Potatoes