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retired tool & die maker turned PA Auctioneer. I collect and display my items for local historical societies. They are odd and unusual items tretired tool & die maker turned PA Auctioneer. I collect and display my items for local historical societies. They are odd and unusual items that made our forefather's lives a little easier. If it has a story to tell, I like it. 18th & 19th cen. tools are my passion. Email: (Read more)


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Dunbar Popcorn & Peanut Wagon Steam Engine - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
a pair of cast iron oil cans (1884 pat. date) - Petrolianain Petroliana
Miniature double bitted axe - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Steam Engine Lubricator (oiler) - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
hand forged dough scraper - Kitchenin Kitchen
Purena Piglet holder - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
chicken decapitator - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Donkey Saddle - Sporting Goodsin Sporting Goods
cast iron bird house - Animalsin Animals
Mystery pipe - Tobaccianain Tobacciana


  1. Great piece bb2 thanks for sharing
  2. I can't use my reflector oven in front of the fireplace anymore as I stated in my description. This year I have been using a beehive oven (modern make) on our patio. We started by making bread and tha...
  3. Wish I was there, I'd fire my cannon in your honor.......... happy Bastille Day BB2.
  4. Your fortunate to have them. The fact that they came from your family, makes them a most valuable collectable. Thank you for sharing them with us BB2.
  5. I've seen similar tools. The key is the arched cutter. they were used to trim the snout of pigs to prevent rooting. The hooked bottom has me confused, so, I'm not sure of it's purpose
  6. What an interesting tool. I never saw one before. I read TallCakes' link, it's amazing how he can find articles on the things we find interesting, but, can't find reference to. Great post!
  7. ok bobby.....will do
  8. looks to me as some sort of textile industry needle
  9. thanks pops52
  10. I had one as a kid ....... loved it......... thanks for the memories
  11. Great 3D sign BB2. I can just catch a glimps of the ocean behind you. Looks like a paradise place to live.
  12. Where do you guys come up with these ideas? .............. I think that you have toooo much time on your hands.
  13. wow! what a great find. Thanks for sharing.
  14. They were used in stone quarries to take bumps off of the stone cuttings. They are callec crandles, or krandles . They are scarce because it was tradition that when a quarryman retires, he tossed his ...
  15. I believe you are right about the RR connection. I have a friend who is an avid RR collector and he has one in his collection.
  16. Hi UncleRon, I understand where you are coming from when you mention your foot webbing punch. I collect many homestead items from early American culture. Some of these items may seem cruel to livesto...
  17. keep watching bobby, see what I have for piglets
  18. Thanks a lot guys, you have all been helpful. I think kyratango hit the nail on the head. I looked at the web addresses that he suggested and it looks very similar to my mystery tool. All except the l...
  19. fantastic, never saw one before. Thanks for sharing
  20. Very nice, great workmanship. Why is the hook on the back? Did they hang it also? Thanks for sharing.
  21. Thanks bb, I love sharing my finds, just like I love seeing the collections of others. What a great site this is!
  22. No warehouse bb, Just a 2000 sq. ft. home. My wife and I decorate the house with our collection. I also have an 1800 sq. ft. barn that I built to keep my larger items in.
  23. thanks for the comment fuzz
  24. Hi UncleRon, Your possibly correct on the larger Hammer style tool, I have seen the smaller style hammer in collector books and listed as cigar store cigar box opener
  25. Hi fuzzmugin, I sure would love to see your collection. You mentioned that you have a lot of plugs from Europe, I have an interesting plug, called a "Make & Break" spark plug. It is made by Bosh, an...
  26. Hi ralph, the green sparkplug is a Splitdorf brand sparkplug In the first photo, there is a Splitdorf primer plug. In the 4th photo there is a Splitdorf with 1/2" pipe threads. The 1/2" thd. plugs...
  27. Hi bb, these plugs were often used in early model T's, or autos of that vintage. They were notorious for fouling at the drop of a hat if you used poor or stale gasoline.
  28. I never saw a "shackle slot" before. I don't have a lot of knowhow about boating tools. I've learned something to look for. As they say, "If you keep your mind open , you can learn something ever day"
  29. thanks fortapache
  30. thank you for all of your kind comments. To blunderbuss2 .... the plug located in the lower right hand corner of pic #1 is a Mosler Spit-Fire plug pat. 1902
  31. I used to have quite of an extensive collection. Over the years though, I downsized my collection to a few rare and oddball plugs. I have a few more to show, I'll dig them out and post them. like a 19...
  32. the valve sparkplugs are primer plugs. Some engines used this valved plug to prime the cylinder with gasoline for easier starting. With the valve closed, full compression in the cylinder could be reac...
  33. thanks trey
  34. What a talent you have. God bless
  35. Thanks for the comment fortapache
  36. you got me there bb2, I never had to put one on a cow.
  37. Thanks for the comment racer. Keep watching, I have a couple more to show if I have time to do it tonight.
  38. glad to oblige racer! LOL
  39. Hi Blunderbuss2, I thought everybody had these lying around the house
  40. I find them a great collectable as you do Rustfarm. They are still readily available and the only thing limiting your selection is how much that you want to spend on them. I must add that if I sell an...
  41. Just saw the posting of your Automatic Electric three slot pay phone. It's a beauty. I worked at Western Electric for 30 years and found my self collecting many of the items that they marketed over th...
  42. I knew that they were expensive beyond my ability to pay the price of an original flintlock fire starter. When I came across this quite accurate replica, I thought that this is as close as I will get ...
  43. The third tool is used to lubricate squeaky buggy springs. You fill it with grease, tap it between the leaf springs, than turn the hand knob until the grease comes out of the little hole on the wedge ...
  44. What a great way of displaying your treasure ..... love it
  45. thanks for the comment Rob
  46. Tin toys are always sought by collectors. They show the artistry of the toy maker, and show pleasure to those who wind them up
  47. Thanks Trey
  48. I've demonstrated these rake tooth anvils at Historical shows. I've found that, if the holes are sharp, they will do amazingly well with only one sharp blow of the hammer on removing the unwanted wood...
  49. AzTom, this rake tooth anvil does have different size holes. I don't know why you would need different size rake teeth, maybe the tool can be used to fashion wooden dowels for some other needs.
  50. hi blunderbuss2, Surprise puts spice into our lives and makes us look forward to tomorrow
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