This antique machine was once used to winnow, sift, and clean grain or seeds. The red color-scheme with yellow pinstripes and painted, decorative stenciling is indicative of the manufacturer Kenosha Fanning Mill Co of Kenosha, Wis.", with patent dates 1870 and 1871.
The machine has an enclosed fan activated by a crank arm that pushes air through the grain, separating and discarding the chaff and debris. A box opposite the fan would hold screens on which the grain or seed would land. When the crank is activated, the box vibrates side to side, effectively sifting the material.
Condition: Good for age and use. The body of the piece is sturdy. The original red paint with yellow stencil decoration shows allover fading, loss, scuffs and patina. The drive chain and sifter screens are not included as they were missing at the time of salvage.
History: This implement was salvaged from Belle-Hampton, also known as Hayfield, in Dublin, Virginia. Initially built in 1826, with additions made in 1879, this home sat on over 250 acres of farmland with a mill, granary, and meat house, as well as a commissary and blacksmithing shop on the site of a former private coal mining operation. Belle Hampton was the residence of former Soldier, Senator, and Governor of Virginia, James Hoge Tyler, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Place in 1989.
This piece and other items from the estate are featured on Episode 13, Season 11, of the DIY Network Show, "Salvage Dawgs".
Weight: 115 lbs.
Item Measurements: 41(L) x 43(W) x 49(H)