Emerson-Brantingham

The Emerson-Brantingham Implement Co. of Rockford, Illinois was formed in 1909, following Charles Brantingham's appointment as president of the Emerson Manufacturing Company, which produced reapers, ploughs and other tillage equipment. The purchase of a number of other companies in 1912, including Reeves & Co., the Gas Traction Co., Rockford Engine Works and the Geiser Manufacturing Co., greatly expanded the range of products sold by E-B to include steam engines, threshing machines, gas engines as well as tractors. The Gas Traction Co. "Big Four" and the Reeves 40-65 were subsequently rebadged and sold as Emerson-Brantingham tractors for many years. It was not until 1916 that E-B developed their own tractor design - this was the Model L 12-20, a three-wheeled machine that later gave way to the four-wheeled Model Q 12-20. In 1918, the highly successful Model AA 12-20 was introduced, and production continued until the Emerson-Brantingham company was bought by the J.I. Case Co. in 1928.

For more information on E-B tractors and other products, see John Brantingham's Emerson Brantingham Home Page

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Emerson-Brantingham Big Four 30 (serial no. 1550) at the Parkes Museum, New South Wales, Australia in 2006. Note the optional self-steering device in the foreground - this attached to the front of the tractor and followed the edge of the last furrow when ploughing, allowing a single person to operate both the tractor and plough.



Emerson-Brantingham Big Four 30 (serial no. 1560) at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Emerson-Brantigham Model L 12-20 (serial no. 20806) photographed in a private collection in the UK in 2013.



Emerson-Brantigham Model Q 12-20 at Stapehill Abbey Museum, Dorset, England in 2006.



Emerson-Brantigham Model AA 12-20 (serial no. 32811) at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, Dorset, England in 2003.



Emerson-Brantigham Model AA 12-20 (serial no. 34715D) at the Great Dorset Steam Fair, Dorset, England in 2002.



Emerson-Brantigham Model AA 12-20 (serial no. 35920D) photographed in a private collection in the UK in 2013.



Emerson-Brantigham Model K 15-25 (serial no. 36080) at the Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer, Grand Island, Nebraska, USA in 2011.



Emerson-Brantigham Model K 15-25 (serial no. 36082) photographed in a private collection in the UK in 2013.



Emerson-Brantigham Model K 15-25 (serial no. 36239) at the Pioneer Settlement Museum, Swan Hill, Victoria, Australia in 2007.



Emerson-Brantingham No. 101 Motor Cultivator at the South Dakota State Agricultural Heritage Museum, Brookings, South Dakota, USA in 2011.

 


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