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Posted 2 years ago


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A friend gave this to me knowing how much I live in the past (now known as an antique lover). It was in pretty bad shape with the bellows rotted away. Oddly to me the bellows were not leather but a rubberized canvas. I live in a sailing community & had some canvas, so rubberized some & replaced it. Used leather(original) for the flapper-valves. I challenge any expert now after some yrs to tell me, "that's a replacement".
Now, what do I do with bellows in the tropics? I have no fireplace! Got an antique wooden coffee grinder & don't drink coffee. Go figure.
Now what catagory do I put this in? Doesn't seem to be a matching one.


  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    Bellin, you like it, come get it or have somebody pick it up! That heart surgery told me I'm not Immortal, just immoral & I'm trying to dump stuff on people who would appreciate it. I'm serious!
  2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    I give it to you if you can figure out how to get it there. I sent jason something that weighed about 4 ozs & it cost me $5-6. I can't send COD. I work on aircraft so can get things to P.R. or the Virgins but it still cost $ to send. Your gestapo makes things hard. Here is a suggestion, ck a travel agent & see when they have somebody coming down here & contact them tru the travel agent. My ph# is: 1721-554-2447 or Vonage in the States(AL) 334-651-0361 but that is a land base & I have to be home to get it.
    That open-heart surgery woke me up & I have things I would like to go into good hands rather than be lost to the WOGS. Just being realistic. Your call.
  3. RonM RonM, 11 months ago
    I always check out the old bellows.Its hard to find a set without holes or splits.
  4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 11 months ago
    Ron, this set didn't even have but bits of canvass left(not leather) & the tacks. I had some old heavy cotton sail canvass & wanted to restore it. Found some liquid insulation while in the States & coated the canvass well with it after making a pattern & used the orig. tacks to put it together. Made leather flapper valves & voila! It came out much better than expected & to-date, nobody has questioned that the rubberized canvass is nothing but original after a few months. I've been in the Caribbean basin for 42 yrs & have become very good at painting in shades of grey (even on aircraft while waiting on parts). "Is it safe?".

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