Ambler's Mowing Machine, circa 1836

Ambler, Enoch, 1807-1878, Beale, Matthew K., and Griswold, Sherman1826/1846

The Henry Ford

The Henry Ford
Dearborn, MI, United States

This is probably the oldest surviving American harvester. Enoch Ambler, a native of Montgomery County, New York, patented this machine in 1834 and demonstrated it by cutting about 100 acres of grass in 1835. Interest in the mower led Beale & Griswold of Spencertown, New York, to buy Ambler's patent and attempt commercial production for the 1836 and 1837 seasons.


  • Title: Ambler's Mowing Machine, circa 1836
  • Creator: Ambler, Enoch, 1807-1878, Beale, Matthew K., Griswold, Sherman
  • Date Created: 1826/1846
  • Subject Keywords: Harvesting, Hay, Agriculture, Farming, Horse-drawn mowers, Mowing machines, Haying equipment, Harvesting machinery
  • Type: Objects
  • Contributor: The Henry Ford
  • Original Source: http://collections.thehenryford.org/Collection.aspx?objectKey=250124
  • Object Name: Mowing machine
  • Object ID: 24.94.1
  • Image ID: THF92932
  • Credit: From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

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