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Burgess and Key

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1857.ImprovedMCCormicks' Reaper.
1858. Reaping and Mowing Machine.

Burgess and Key of Holborn Viaduct, London; of 96, Newgate Street, London.

1866 Agricultural implements.

1875 Illustrated leaflet for 'New System' Reaping & Mowing Machines issued by Burgess & Key[1]

Extract from The Engineer 1875/06/04 Croydon Show.

Burgess and Key did some excellent work regarding cutting, and they laid their sheaves well considering the high wind, but, the rake did not begin to rise till it had left the platforn about six inches, a dozen or score straws got entangled occasionlly in the teeth, and were somewhat scattered. The principle of this machine, which consists in equalising as much as possible the weight on the large wheel, is no doubt good to aim at. This is accomplished by fixing the gearing on the same side of the wheel as the man rides, whereby the platform and cutter-bar make scarcely an impression upon the ground. The excellent workmanship and perfect lubricating capacity of this machine are worthy of attention.

1879 Illustrated leaflet for Burgess & Key's Water Lift, Portable Hay, Cotton & Wool Press, Cotton Gin, and Saw Gin

Successor company W. J. and C. T. Burgess

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Sources of Information

  1. Museum of English Rural Life [1]