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John Barwise Collection

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John Barwise spent fifty years collecting farming memorabilia, restoring and painting machine parts and name plates by hand. The Barwise Collection includes various farming implements, tractor seats and a large number of machine name plates.

Part from a Hornsby and sons sheaf binder

John Barwise collected many different agricultural machine parts including name plates, wheel hubs and cogs.

 

 

Tractor Seats.

Some old tractors had elaborate metal seats with the name of the maker. John collected over a dozen tractor seats and painted them  in bright colours to highlight the metalwork.

John Barwise spent fifty years collecting farming memorabilia, restoring and painting machine parts and name plates by hand. His enthusiasm started at a young age when he helped his father on their farm. At the age of ten he drove his father’s Fordson tractor to cut ten acres of corn. Although the farm was sold in 1957, he continued farming and began his collection of farm implements.

“He would got to as many farm sale as he could and you would often find him rummaging through the scrap times looking for name plates from old machinery.” Terry Barwise, John’s brother.

His ambition was to start his own museum but when John passed away in 2016 the collection was donated instead to Greenfield Valley Museum where it could be displayed with other farming memorabilia. The Barwise Collection includes various farming implements, tractor seats and a large number of machine name plates.