John Deere Plow

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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
maker
John Deere
Credit Line
Gift of Deere and Company, 1938
Physical Description
wood (part: material)
iron (part: material)
steel (part: material)
Measurements
overall: 380 mm x 460 mm x 1230 mm; 14 15/16 in x 18 1/8 in x 48 7/16 in
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Work and Industry: Agriculture
National Treasures exhibit
Artifact Walls exhibit
Agriculture
Exhibition
Artifact Walls
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Description
John Deere failed as a blacksmith in Vermont but succeeded as an agricultural tool manufacturer in Illinois. His company built revolutionary plows like this early 1838 example. The steel blades of Deere plows slid more easily through sticky prairie soil and made farmers more efficient. John and his son Charles expanded the company through clever marketing and financial acumen making Deere & Company the largest plow manufacturer in the world. The company continue to expand making everything from tractors to combines, from mechanical cotton harvesters to riding lawnmowers.
Place Made
United States: Illinois, Grand Detour
Date made
1838
Object Name
plow
ID Number
AG.38A04
catalog number
38A04
F001111
accession number
148904
Related Publication
Kendrick, Kathleen M. and Peter C. Liebhold. Smithsonian Treasures of American History
National Museum of American History. Treasures of American History online exhibition
Related Web Publication
http://americanhistory.si.edu/treasures