M is for Mower
By PLUCKNETT, T. I., 1807
T.I. Plucknett’s Mowing & Reaping Machine. Calculated to cut any description of Grass, Corn &c. By the rapidity of its execution whole Crops maybe saved & great expenses avoided. It may successfully be used in America, East & West Indies, for cutting Guinea Grass, Sugar Canes &c which would save immense Manual Labour. Every description of Agricultural Instruments & Iron Work made to order. NB. The Capstan & Windlass Office removed. Letters post paid duly answer’d.
- Author: PLUCKNETT, T. I.
- Publication place: [London]
- Publisher: Blackfriars Road, No. 17, Commerce Row
- Publication date: c1807
- Physical description: Engraved trade card.
- Dimensions: 90 by 125mm (3.5 by 5 inches).
- Inventory reference: 17925
Plucknett appears to have changed his mind about this design, as the present trade card shows a mowing machine pushed by a horse from behind, rather than being dragged. From the front. Text beneath the image explains that the machine shown can be used on many types of crops and grass found in a diverse range of places, namely “America, East & West Indies”, although it is likely that Plucknett’s innovation would have been available for domestic farmers as well. Plucknett appears to have sold other agricultural instruments from his premises on Commerce Row, as in 1808 the Holderness Agricultural Society made an order for “an expanding harrow of the size which Mr. Plucknett shall think most useful”. It is not clear whether he manufactured, as well as sold, these goods.