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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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whale blubber flencing blade - Fishingin Fishing
Stewart "501" model steam boiler - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Rein Holder - Animalsin Animals
Student Made Stirling (hot air) Engine - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Wall Hanging Telephones - Telephonesin Telephones
Witch Balls & Friendship Balls - Art Glassin Art Glass
raisin seeder - 1891 - Kitchenin Kitchen
Tear Catcher or Scent Bottle (i don't know) - Bottlesin Bottles
standing Boston Terrier Cast Iron door stop - Animalsin Animals
Scale Model Saw Mill - Toysin Toys


  1. Thanks for the comment BHock45. I found mine in Berks and Lebanon Counties, PA. I travel in Lancaster & York counties often (for farm auctions), but as of yet, I haven't found any for sale or even lo...
  2. what a find! I was. just yesterday, watching a documentary on U-tube where they shown a group of craftsman from the Neatherlands who were recreating an early style log home to add to their historic...
  3. seen them to thrash grain,,,,, seen them to churn butter .... but this is a first for me to see horses used to power a paddle wheel boat, Great pic, thanks for posting
  4. thanks Roy
  5. I looked at your posts RonM, Great stuff. I'll watch for your entrys
  6. Hi Mike, I live only about 60 miles from Hershey, so, I go every year, but lately I can only walk about 1/2 of the flea market. I switch halves each year to mix up the displays. I surprised myself thi...
  7. brings back great childhood memories. I had an airplane peddler when I was a kid.
  8. great face jug! I have a few but none with horns like yours. It's amazing that they lasted through the years without breaking, being so fragile and all. There is a lot of history and folk lore that I'...
  9. Rarely do you even see a beautiful piece of history such as this. Lets hope that it stays in the U.S.A. and not sold to a wealthy foreigner, where we might never see it again.
  10. great collection of helmets. I like the way you display them on a glass mannequin.
  11. An interesting piece, my first impression is that it is a speculum used by veterinarian. The speculum is used to hold open the mouth when you file an animals teeth. It is quite bulky, so maybe my spe...
  12. nice collection of early iron
  13. great item BHock45 ..... Did they store something special in them?
  14. Great stuff, you can be proud of your collection. I just love early hand forged household items, especially when they are signed with a name or initials. Tool makers and smiths signed their creation...
  15. We see these on occasion here in Eastern PA, but, I never saw one with a solid rotating top. The ones that I see have forged and welded trivet tops. A very interesting piece and a great piece of Col...
  16. I tend to agree with slapjack. Too large for a toy, and there is no real way to spin it other than by hand. Plumber's tool makes more sense. It is a neat piece, either way.
  17. looks like the mystery spoon is a tasting spoon. Great collection!
  18. Great BHock45, I'd love to see a pic of your herb grinder. They are usually not easy to come by, even though they were used by most households. Mine does not have a maker's name stamped anywhere. I wi...
  19. I definitely agree with walksoftly. I have two myself hanging on the wall. As he said, they were used in the days of loose haying. When moved to the mow from the wagon, the hay grapple could handle ...
  20. nice restoration ..... not overdone ... looks original
  21. nice piece Blunderbuss2, even though it started life as a stone hammer, You suited it for your purpose. That's the neat thing about early tools, their usage is only limited by the imagination of the o...
  22. kyratango, you hit the nail on the center of the head. I think my wife has a tassel similar to the one in your download Thanks all ... mystery solved
  23. great piece. I've learned something from you again, ...brass spiders are from Europe.
  24. love the lollypop shaped end!
  25. thanks, LOUMANAL
  26. I think you mean cyanide .......... I hope not
  27. To BHock45 - Ever since I read your very informative comment about the sheep collar/dog collar, I was trying to recall exactly where I got the information concerning it's use. It finally dawned on m...
  28. Thanks for the link BHock45. I am always open to other explanations. When I begin my historical displays and talks at local Historical Societies, I always lead with the comment that "this is what I am...
  29. Hi BHock45, Isn't Henry Mercer's museum great? He collected items from auctions in the eastern PA area. He was a great archaeologist and knew how to categorize dedicate his findings. You might have a...
  30. I'm not sure of the exact inside diameter of the gage blunderbuss, as I said in the description, The hole is not exactly round anymore and it's difficult to tell the true diameter. If there was a way...
  31. The circular diameter is 4 ''
  32. Yep BHock45, these are more bull shaped, but I have seen them where the curl travels in a complete loop. That might explain why they are called rams head nuts
  33. It is entirely hand forged, so, yes, I do believe it is either late 18th or early 19th century BHock45 PS. I like your wit ho2cultcha
  34. keep looking shareurpassion, you'll find some PS. I like your Collector's Weekly name
  35. sorry to say, the horn is not original to this cylinder player. I purchased the cylinder player with the horn crane, but the born was not with it. I have several horns. I purchase them when I find the...
  36. Thanks BHock45, too bad it has a chip on the blade (visible in the 3rd pic)
  37. I really have no idea, but if you look at the rivet from the rear side, you can see that the length is long and never hammered on to anything. The smithy might have been waiting for a nice harness to ...
  38. thanks, BHock45
  39. Yes BHock45, they show up every now and then. I even saw them listed on Ebay sometimes, although it's hard to tell just how old they are without seeing them in person. I see most of them at farm sales...
  40. Hi BHock45, Horst weekly auctions in Ephrata often have high end items I was there yesterday and had my sights on an early cast iron pull toy airplane with "LINDY" in raised letters on the wing. As th...
  41. I've seen several like your #1 before, but I never saw one like your #2 toaster. They're great! I never knew that the main reason to toast the bread was to preserve it from going bad by getting moldy....
  42. Thanks a bunch fhrjr2, you gave a lot to go on and I really appreciate your help
  43. I had one just like it only mine was a 1950 vintage. I mowed our lawn for 8 years with it until it finally died. It left me with a lot of good memories and served me well.
  44. I had one just like it only mine was a 1950 vintage. I mowed our lawn for 8 years with it until it finally died. It left me with a lot of good memories and served me well.
  45. thanks blunderbuss, I made it about ten years ago. I had carpel tunnel operation on both hands and the surgeon told me to use my hands as much as possible to get full movement back. I thought that thi...
  46. thanks for the comment paulmartin
  47. I get similar reactions from some.... ahem... people, when I show or display animal handling items. The bambi..ites claim that the items are cruel and should never have been used, shown, or collected....
  48. thanks Vintagefran & katherinescollections for the kind words
  49. Thought it was time to get busy, B Hoch 45 is getting way ahead of me. Trying to catch up, but he has big shoes to fill............ thanks
  50. nice early pine chest the forged hinges .... great that you are tracking history of the origin
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