Model of reaping machine

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invented by Rev. Patrick Bell

Postcard of Model of reaping machine.
© National Museums Scotland

Model of reaping machine

This is a model of the reaping machine invented by Reverend Patrick Bell in 1827. It was the first form of mechanical reaper successfully used in the fields.

The blades of the reaping machine cut down the corn with a scissor like movement.

Patrick Bell's reaping machine was not immediately popular in Scotland. It did not work well on rough, undrained land. As Bell had not patented his design, many adapted his original ideas. Some went on to declare themselves the inventors of the machine.

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Online ID: 000-000-099-980-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0088: Innovators and Innovations (multimedia essay)
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1869.31
Date: 1826
19th century
Material: Glass cover
Dimensions: 508 mm L x 215 mm W (case)
What: Reaping machine, Bell's / model / case
Who: Reverend Patrick Bell (Inventor of reaping machine)
Description: Original model of the Reverend Patrick Bell's reaping machine constructed in 1826, under a glass cover
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