Good Morning from Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I am an historical archaeologist at the University of Alabama. In some recent excavations we discovered an old cylinder lawn mower. I initially I could just barely make out that there was raised lettering on the outside. Now that it has been undergoing electrolysis, I was able to make out "The Drummer" on the outside of both wheels. I can also make out U.S.A. on the inside of one of the wheels. Unfortunately, on that side part of the wheel cracked off. I think I can make out MADE IN U.S.A. mirroring on the other side. The wheel that is complete was also the more rusted, so it has been a process. I was just able to make out "The Drummer" yesterday. It looks a lot like the earliest images of the 1868 push mower patented by Amariah Hills. The wheels are cast iron and the brackets that attached it to the handle are wrought iron based on the wood-like grain of the metal. It never had rubber tires as the tread is molded into the cast iron. It looks like there was a roller attached at one time but broke off at some point.
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