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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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1926 Girl Scouts of America Camping Utensils - Sporting Goodsin Sporting Goods
miniature pot belly stove - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
hand held corn shellers - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
cannon ball gauge (revolutionary war era)  - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Bonanza apple peeler - Kitchenin Kitchen
Reflector Oven (or tin kitchen) - Kitchenin Kitchen
6 hp. International Harvester Screen cooled Famous Hit/Miss (scale model) - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
1/2 scale model Star Barrel Butter churn and Sipp Steam Engine - Kitchenin Kitchen
Scale Model Ryder Ericsson Hot Air Pumping Engine  - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
1/2 scale Civil War Howitzer Cannon - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…


  1. ever since I was a kid ( eons ago), I wanted a 1950 MG. They are a superb true sports car. I read somewhere that you could stand a half dollar on the rim and balance it on the radiator and rev the eng...
  2. great one lunger!!
  3. Thanks Virginia, I too think it's special. I have several small and some not so small stoves in my collection.
  4. great steelyard. Thanks for posting.
  5. love the decorations on them.
  6. great piece!
  7. It's great that a relic as delicate as this can survive to this day.
  8. My friend came over to our home the other evening to show me one of his prizes. It was a Fusee pocket watch from the 1700's. I found it hard to believe the workmanship in these early time pieces. I th...
  9. What a great assortment of time pieces!
  10. how about if I whistle "Yankee Doodle"? ........... just kidding... thanks for the neat post.
  11. hi yecats53, great ice cuber! I posted a similar ice cuber a while back. It always gets a lot of interest when I display it at historical shows. Have a look.... hotairfan
  12. Hi cpcdoc, This is a Bengal stove. It was made between 1920 and 1930. The handles on my stove are possibly not the original knobs to this model. They were missing when I got it and the ones that are ...
  13. hi gargoyle, I am kind of liking this engine to a model engine instead of a salesman's sample. Both Fairbanks and IHC made verticals that were similar to this , and although your pic shows a very de...
  14. hi gargoyle, I am kind of liking this engine to a model engine instead of a salesman's sample. Both Fairbanks and IHC made verticals that were similar to this , and although your pic shows a very det...
  15. thanks blunderbuss2
  16. Hi racer, this steam engine is not a project like the other engine that I posted today. I did make that gasoline engine, but this steam engine is from the 1800's. I like making model engines and try ...
  17. these old stoves show the beauty of the Victorian era... thanks for posting it
  18. fantastic find!
  19. great piece Thad, I'm an Auctioneer by profession and I love it when a client has early toys like this for me sell for them. I get to really enjoy looking them over while I catalog them. You are a...
  20. Great collection Tina, Keep posting, we'd love to see more . .......... hotairfan
  21. Happy Holidays B. It sounds beautiful where your at.
  22. Hi toolate2 What a great human interest story! I had an interesting encounter with a Screech Owl several years ago. While hunting small game, I came across a Screech owl setting on a stump. This one ...
  23. hi blunderbuss2, I can only assume how they cut the threads in the bolts. I believe they might have used a tool to file, similar to a thread file, to cut the threads. The threads in the nuts must have...
  24. The threads were cut by hand in all the bolts in my collection of about 100 pieces. This makes them difficult to match up with a hand forged nut if it didn't come with the nut attached. I believe th...
  25. Thanks for your kind comment Virginia, Season's Greetings to You and Your Family!
  26. My grandfather did have 9 children walksoftly, so, maybe it did work
  27. Glad you liked it CindB. ...............
  28. great piece!
  29. 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...
  30. great collection, I don't see too many tinsmith tools these days. It's neat to see a collection like this
  31. Thanks blunderbuss2, they are starting to show up on Ebay and other web sites from time to time. .... hotairfan
  32. 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...
  33. Thanks Izenglish, I'll have to see if I can find a thread cutting add on. ...
  34. 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.
  35. great graphics and nice condition. This is the way that you love to find them .
  36. 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 ...
  37. I'm looking forward to seeing your bench plate gargoylecollector.
  38. 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
  39. 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...
  40. 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...
  41. 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
  42. Could be ......... maybe to pick up ice cubes. Thanks Erpromotionist & shareurpassion.
  43. 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
  44. Hi Izenglish, I looked ,but I can't find a patent number located on the chopper ......hotairfan
  45. 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...
  46. 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...
  47. 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
  48. my guess is that it is an early pot scrubber ..... fotairfan
  49. 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
  50. 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...
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