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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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Victorian era "Columbian" Fly Fan  - Victorian Erain Victorian Era
Soapstone Foot Warmer...... Ceramic Foot Warmer (blind Pig) - Victorian Erain Victorian Era
Vintage Cast Iron Still Penny Banks - Toysin Toys
Radial Steam Powered fan 
Our Lemon Tree War - Photographsin Photographs
Bolt Headers - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Dunbar Popcorn & Peanut Wagon Steam Engine - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
a pair of cast iron oil cans (1884 pat. date) - Petrolianain Petroliana
Miniature double bitted axe - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Steam Engine Lubricator (oiler) - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware


  1. Hi Scrounge, that is great information. All of which I did not know. I am going to copy the information down and use the information when I do a Historical Society demonstration after their monthly...
  2. Wish you the best in this new year.
  3. Nice collection..... How long had it taken to collect this many pieces?
  4. fantastic carving!
  5. What a great find! It's amazing that a relic like this can withstand the ravages of time and still be in such good condition.
  6. Thanks a bunch Bugguy, I'll contact them today, and I'll look at your postings to see other C & F items
  7. Great piece, nice condition BHock, what a find!
  8. Sorry RR, I haven't seen one of these fence makers since I purchased the one that I have shown here. I bought it at an antique engine show in Portland, Indiana about 10 yr. ago It was one of two fence...
  9. Thanks Trey, for the nice comment.
  10. Great post BHock . ............ I hope that you find more. Post them if you do.
  11. thanks for the comeback bb2. God bless and keep you and yours.....
  12. I was joshing you about the balcksmiths bb2. I really don't know the origin of threads other than it is a combination of two simple machines, the wedge ...... and the incline plane. They could have be...
  13. I think taps & dies became popular with the advent of the American Blacksmith bb2, although maybe aliens had something to do with the art of blacksmithing. I know a few of them, and the blacksmiths th...
  14. Your chest appears like it was painted using the "early milk" that was common to that time frame. I believe the decorations (motif) was painted at a later date. Ironically, My daughter-in-law Leigh,...
  15. BH, did you ever try to use rush as a fuel? I plucked a piece of cattail rush from a local swampy area, dried it, peeled it down to the pithy base, and soaked it in shortening. It made a great looking...
  16. I'll watch for your post BH
  17. thanks castironkitchens. I'll watch the temp carefully, happy cooking
  18. Great piece bb2 thanks for sharing
  19. I can't use my reflector oven in front of the fireplace anymore as I stated in my description. This year I have been using a beehive oven (modern make) on our patio. We started by making bread and tha...
  20. Wish I was there, I'd fire my cannon in your honor.......... happy Bastille Day BB2.
  21. Your fortunate to have them. The fact that they came from your family, makes them a most valuable collectable. Thank you for sharing them with us BB2.
  22. I've seen similar tools. The key is the arched cutter. they were used to trim the snout of pigs to prevent rooting. The hooked bottom has me confused, so, I'm not sure of it's purpose
  23. What an interesting tool. I never saw one before. I read TallCakes' link, it's amazing how he can find articles on the things we find interesting, but, can't find reference to. Great post!
  24. ok bobby.....will do
  25. looks to me as some sort of textile industry needle
  26. thanks pops52
  27. Great 3D sign BB2. I can just catch a glimps of the ocean behind you. Looks like a paradise place to live.
  28. Where do you guys come up with these ideas? .............. I think that you have toooo much time on your hands.
  29. wow! what a great find. Thanks for sharing.
  30. 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 ...
  31. 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.
  32. 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...
  33. keep watching bobby, see what I have for piglets
  34. 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...
  35. fantastic, never saw one before. Thanks for sharing
  36. Very nice, great workmanship. Why is the hook on the back? Did they hang it also? Thanks for sharing.
  37. Thanks bb, I love sharing my finds, just like I love seeing the collections of others. What a great site this is!
  38. 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.
  39. thanks for the comment fuzz
  40. 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
  41. 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...
  42. 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...
  43. 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.
  44. 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"
  45. thanks fortapache
  46. 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
  47. 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...
  48. 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...
  49. thanks trey
  50. What a talent you have. God bless
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