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Object Name Shears, Sheep
Catalog Number 1992.18.1
Maker Chicago Flexible Shaft Company
Date ca. 1945
Material(s) Steel; Bakelite; black rubber; cardboard
Dimensions H-15 W-6 D-5 inches
Description This is a pair of Chicago Flexible Shaft Company sheep shears. They have a brown bakelite handle with textured grips on the sides. There is a black sliding on/off switch at the base of the handle above a chrome-plated air filter plate. There is a plated steel trimmer housing with oscillating blades at the end, with two oil holes above the blades. There is a textured thumb screw extending out from the housing at an angle. It has a black rubber cord with a plug which feeds into a spring at the base of the handle. There is also a triangular cardboard blade protector which fits over the blades.
Notes From donor letter, "Two necessary tools for the Well Equipped Cattle Farmer in Kentucky in the 1950s. The electric shearer was used to cut the wool from sheep each May in our state. A successful sheep farmer expected enough wool from each full grown sheep to pay the expenses during the year and a lamb from each ewe (female sheep) as a necessary right. Cutting a heavy coat of wool was a difficult and tiring task. The application of electricity to this work added tremendous productivity to the Kentucky sheep farmer."
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Chicago Flexible Shaft Company
Atcher, Wesley
Atcher, Barney
Subjects Shearing sheep
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS