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Osborne Reaper Help

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Old 04-13-2010, 06:47:11 PM
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Default Osborne Reaper Help

We added an Osborne Columbia Reaper to our collection this past weekend. It appears to be in restorable condition with much of the wood having most of the original paint and lettering. The whole machine was found in pieces in a barn. Does anyone know where we might find a manual for this machine to help us put it all back together? Also, does anybody know how to tell if this machine was built by Osborne or built by IH or Emerson-Brantingham under the Osborne name? Thanks.
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Default Re: Osborne Reaper Help

Hey Scott, I sent you a message. IH acquired Osborne in 1903. I believe the Columbian model was typically 1893-1899. EB aquired Osborne through a government anti-trust breakup of IH in 1913. Of all the catalogs, only the 1897 Osborne version shows a reaper LABELED Columbian.
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