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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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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
Cream Top Milk Bottles, Cream Dipper, and Cream Spoon - Bottlesin Bottles
Cigar Box Openers - Tobaccianain Tobacciana
(2) Raisin Seeders & an invalid food grinder - Kitchenin Kitchen
Bosch Make & Break Spark Plug - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware


  1. Great 3D sign BB2. I can just catch a glimps of the ocean behind you. Looks like a paradise place to live.
  2. Where do you guys come up with these ideas? .............. I think that you have toooo much time on your hands.
  3. wow! what a great find. Thanks for sharing.
  4. 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 ...
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. keep watching bobby, see what I have for piglets
  8. 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...
  9. fantastic, never saw one before. Thanks for sharing
  10. Very nice, great workmanship. Why is the hook on the back? Did they hang it also? Thanks for sharing.
  11. Thanks bb, I love sharing my finds, just like I love seeing the collections of others. What a great site this is!
  12. 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.
  13. thanks for the comment fuzz
  14. 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
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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.
  18. 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"
  19. thanks fortapache
  20. 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
  21. 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...
  22. 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...
  23. thanks trey
  24. What a talent you have. God bless
  25. Don't stop posting. We love seeing interesting photos from fellow collectors
  26. Thanks for the comment fortapache
  27. you got me there bb2, I never had to put one on a cow.
  28. Thanks for the comment racer. Keep watching, I have a couple more to show if I have time to do it tonight.
  29. glad to oblige racer! LOL
  30. Hi Blunderbuss2, I thought everybody had these lying around the house
  31. 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...
  32. 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...
  33. 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 ...
  34. 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 ...
  35. What a great way of displaying your treasure ..... love it
  36. thanks for the comment Rob
  37. Tin toys are always sought by collectors. They show the artistry of the toy maker, and show pleasure to those who wind them up
  38. Thanks Trey
  39. 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...
  40. 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.
  41. hi blunderbuss2, Surprise puts spice into our lives and makes us look forward to tomorrow
  42. Thanks Trey
  43. Thank you for your comments BHock45
  44. so you don't like my take on bedbugs. ........... what is your take on that expression?
  45. 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...
  46. 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.
  47. Thanks for the comments MyFavoriteTreasureres.
  48. 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.
  49. 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 ...
  50. 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.
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