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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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Empire B-40 hot air engine - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Victor VV-50 talking mach. of the roaring 20's - Electronicsin Electronics
Steam Powered & Other Whistles - Railroadianain Railroadiana
Rake Tooth Anvil - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Rope Bed Wrench - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Early Wood Splitting Wedge - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Staplers that make the staples from a wire spool - Officein Office
More Rope Makers - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Fire starters - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
animal (horse) speculum & tooth float - Animalsin Animals


  1. 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 ...
  2. What a great way of displaying your treasure ..... love it
  3. thanks for the comment Rob
  4. Tin toys are always sought by collectors. They show the artistry of the toy maker, and show pleasure to those who wind them up
  5. Thanks Trey
  6. 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...
  7. 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.
  8. hi blunderbuss2, Surprise puts spice into our lives and makes us look forward to tomorrow
  9. Thanks Trey
  10. Thank you for your comments BHock45
  11. so you don't like my take on bedbugs. ........... what is your take on that expression?
  12. Called a "popper" because it pops along the surface of the water as the fisherman retrieves the lure in a jerking movement. They were usually, but, not always, used with a fly rod and reel. They are r...
  13. Thank you or your comments castironkitchens. I was not aware that you could bake bread in the reflector oven. I would love to try that.
  14. Thanks for the comments MyFavoriteTreasureres.
  15. I looked at your links BHock45. thanks a lot for posting them. The prices of Peter Derr items are quite salty as you can see by the link info. This is why I don't have a collection of his work.
  16. It most likely was used for maritime application. They are used to make larger and heaver lines. These rope makers that I have shown were modtly used by farmers and pioneer settlers. They needed rope ...
  17. I tend to agree with bb2 . He should know, living in the islands where percussion instruments make up a good portion of island musical instruments.
  18. thanks racer
  19. Yes Blunderbuss2, those that I've seen in the past use a fine brass wire, about the diameter of a modern day stapler
  20. I've seen the Bates stapler before. I sold one several years ago which seemed like a mistake after the fact. So, when I saw another one at an auction yesterday, I bought it. This one, I won't let it g...
  21. they used to store the rolls on my property also. Each year the township workers would roll the fencing out and install it until April. My wife and I just came back from shopping and I saw about 3 o...
  22. thanks frisco, Happy holidays to you and your family
  23. happy New Year and belated Christmas bb2 and to all my collector friends
  24. thanks again frisco
  25. thanks frisco
  26. They are not home made tools frisco. The main body is made of cast steel. I have since acquired one that was larger in size where a two inch lath slat could be used as the board. That tool was is much...
  27. Capons do get big Geo, that one sounds more like a turkey, but, maybe it was a huge capon ..... what a bird. PS. thanks for the comment ............. hotairfan
  28. I'm always amazed at the accuracy and beauty of R.R. Reg. watches. I have a Bunn Special and often carry it. They are really special. Thanks for sharing.
  29. Hey Blunderbuss2, Merry Christmas and a fantastic New Year to and yours
  30. thanks Geode
  31. Blunderbuss2, you are an amazing combination of talents and interests. I like the cut of your jib.
  32. thanks racer
  33. Thanks Scott for the very informative and interesting article. You proved your point, and, I am appreciative ..... hotairfan
  34. Could be your right Scott. As I said, There are much more knowledgeable people out there than me, especially pertaining to the Civil War. The glass case is possible to have been added to the glasse...
  35. Thanks bobby
  36. I don't really know for sure Scott, I believe the ones that I have are from the late 1800's - early 1900's. The alarm in the wooden box has the price printed on the box top $1.00
  37. Thanks for the reply BHock45. I found one at an auction that was held at a small fire Co. auction hall in Rehrigsburg, PA. This is not too far from the Peter Derr homestead. There was also a betty la...
  38. I concur with Rustfarm, a dibble.
  39. This is such a great site! It's full of very smart people that like to help folks with their collectables. I learn so much from the posting remarks and answers to questions. I had one of these stoves ...
  40. Great piece Scott. I hope to see this patch on my grandson soon, he's going through ranger school now.
  41. Thanks Scott, hope that you find one.
  42. 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...
  43. 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...
  44. thanks Roy
  45. I looked at your posts RonM, Great stuff. I'll watch for your entrys
  46. 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...
  47. brings back great childhood memories. I had an airplane peddler when I was a kid.
  48. 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'...
  49. 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.
  50. great collection of helmets. I like the way you display them on a glass mannequin.
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