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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. (Read more)


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my Wifes Christmas Santa Clauses - Arts and Craftsin Arts and Crafts
PA German Pow-Wow Medicine - Animalsin Animals
Coolerator Ice cuber & ice chipper - Kitchenin Kitchen
mystery tin - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Solenoid Engine - Toysin Toys
18th century herb grinder - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
1927 Salesman's Sample Maytag model 90 sq. tub wringer washer - Advertisingin Advertising
Miniature Lathe - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Coffee Grinder Tin - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Amish Made Horseradish  chopper - Kitchenin Kitchen


  1. My grandfather did have 9 children walksoftly, so, maybe it did work
  2. Glad you liked it CindB. ...............
  3. great piece!
  4. I agree with slackjack. If you look at the end of the blade that is in the front of the tool, you will see two notch type protrusions, one on each end. these are to fit into the pin holes of the valve...
  5. great collection, I don't see too many tinsmith tools these days. It's neat to see a collection like this
  6. Thanks blunderbuss2, they are starting to show up on Ebay and other web sites from time to time. .... hotairfan
  7. Hi IAMASapp, I linked up to the U-Tube site that your friend sent. I built a Ryder Ericsson pumping engine scale model like the one in the article. They work great. I'll send a posting of my pumping e...
  8. Thanks Izenglish, I'll have to see if I can find a thread cutting add on. ...
  9. What a great piece! I always find it amazing how the early stuff holds up through the years even if was used outdoors. You won't find today's stuff hold up like that.
  10. great graphics and nice condition. This is the way that you love to find them .
  11. You are absolutely right about that walksoftly, I thought of that when I was buying it. It also can't cut tapers. Aside from those detriments, it is a well made lathe that cuts with a fine feed and I ...
  12. I'm looking forward to seeing your bench plate gargoylecollector.
  13. to Roycroftbooksfromme1: thanks for the reply. Many of my collector friends hit me up to sell this beauty. I told them to be at my estate sale ..... unless they go first. .... hotairfan
  14. Hi blunderbuss2 thanks for the reply, Believe it or not, anvils are not forged in one piece, or maybe I should say that most anvils are not forged in one piece. The horn is installed on to the body a...
  15. thanks for your interest Gargoylcollector : The item that is set on top of photo #1 and inserted into the hole (called a hardie hole) in photo #4, is called a "HARDIE". Hardies can serve many functi...
  16. what really puzzles me is the points, one looks like a pin is inserted into the jaw and the other is just ground to a taper....... hotairfan
  17. Could be ......... maybe to pick up ice cubes. Thanks Erpromotionist & shareurpassion.
  18. Hi TallCakes, I never thought of it, but it would probably would work as a minnow trap if the entry hole was a little bigger . ....hotairfan
  19. Hi Izenglish, I looked ,but I can't find a patent number located on the chopper ......hotairfan
  20. It's a tool to handle and lead hogs around. I have one like it. I thought that I would never see another. To use, you ratchet open the tool and put the round wire end in the hogs mouth. You then ratch...
  21. Thanks for the reply blunderbuss2. I'm still new at this forum and still finding how to use it. I saw your profile and looked at your postings. You have great listings. I especially like the blunderb...
  22. could be log shackles used to chain logs together when running down the river. they hooked several logs together to form a raft of logs ...hotairfan
  23. my guess is that it is an early pot scrubber ..... fotairfan
  24. I've seen these used for sharpening animal clipper blades. I don't know if that was the proper use for it , but it worked well ...... hotairfan
  25. this tool was used to cut rawhide lacing for shoes or traces for harness use. I have seen one that was factory stapled to a piece of cardboard and was on an early hardware store shelf. The price on th...
  26. thank you for all of your comments. I will look up the link to get moew info on these interesting items .... hotairfan
  27. Atta boy fortapache...... They're out there, you just have to keep looking.
  28. thanks blunderbuss2 for the responce. You really would be suprised as to how little heat it takes to operate. I believe this is because the the heated air in the stirling engine never leaves the engin...
  29. thanks racer4four for the responce...... hotairfan
  30. Hi rogerww, glad that I could help solve your "what is it"
  31. thanks for all the swell responses ............hotairfan
  32. BINGO!! Thanks OlofZ, I think that you might have scored as to what this pliers is. The tool that you directed me to is a dental pliers fron the dental specialties Co. of Denver Co. After careful loo...
  33. thanks Phil & AzTom, I need all the help that I can get on this one... hotairfan
  34. I recently found out some interesting information about this Carlisle & Finch Hydro - Dynamo. I was told , by a reliable source that Carlisle & Finch Co. was the first company to market electric toy t...
  35. To Rick3335, Thanks for the interest Rick. I too spend a lot of time educating folks at grade schools, historical societies, old folk homes, and farm shows as to how our forefathers lived and flour...
  36. To Cnaan: For someone so sure of an item's use, you couldn't be more wrong. It is what I said it is and if you go to: or to:
  37. Thanks nutsaboutas6. .............. hotairfan
  38. to Manikin, Yes that is the punch that I have listed. Good job to both you and AzTom for finding it so soon. The Ebay listing doesn't really discribe what it was used for. None the less, I'm sure t...
  39. to Aztom, you are so close that I concede to your answer. They are both used for the same purpose, and it is for livestock. In particular, they were used to mark poultry. That is what they were call...
  40. I really don't have any idea as to what the larger tool is used for. Help me out here, not knowing has been anoying me for years . ...... hotairfan
  41. Not likely AzTom, not a train conductor's punch..... Jmny, I think they since outlawed these in Fla. ...hotairfan
  42. No fhrjr2, good guess, but not it's use. Please keep guessing. ...hotairfan
  43. Thank you ThriftyGypsey for your nice comments. ...hotairfan
  44. sorry for the late entry, just brousing and saw. Looks like a Colonial skewer holder
  45. hi aycockonxion, thank you for your comment. They are around, you have to look in the right places. I don't think that you will find a Lake Breeze Fan on Ebay. You will have to go to sale items at a...
  46. thanks.........hotairfan.
  47. kind of looks like a saw vice, esed to hold the saw while sharpening. hotairfan.
  48. I agree with walksoftly. It is a saw set . ....hotairfan
  49. hi valintino97, I'm suprised that a native Iowan never heard of hog oilers. That is the home of many of the manufacturers, and, next to Indiana, it is the land of most hog oiler collectors. I live in...
  50. Hi fifties50s, I've only ever seen two water powered fans, and both were made in the USA. I have seen Europeon made water motors, so, it is likely that there were water powered fans fans made ther...
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