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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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standing Boston Terrier Cast Iron door stop - Animalsin Animals
Scale Model Saw Mill - Toysin Toys
1/8th Scale Model Steam Donkey Engine - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Columbia Graphophone Cylinder Player - Recordsin Records
walnut duck decoy - Animalsin Animals
children's cast iron stoves - Toysin Toys
Golden Sun Coffee Can - Kitchenin Kitchen
kitchen items - Kitchenin Kitchen
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wildlife pics are great - Animalsin Animals


  1. 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...
  2. The circular diameter is 4 ''
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. keep looking shareurpassion, you'll find some PS. I like your Collector's Weekly name
  6. 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...
  7. Thanks BHock45, too bad it has a chip on the blade (visible in the 3rd pic)
  8. 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 ...
  9. thanks, BHock45
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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....
  13. Thanks a bunch fhrjr2, you gave a lot to go on and I really appreciate your help
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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...
  17. thanks for the comment paulmartin
  18. 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....
  19. thanks Vintagefran & katherinescollections for the kind words
  20. 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
  21. nice early pine chest the forged hinges .... great that you are tracking history of the origin
  22. Great find ......never saw one of these lamps ..... I'll be looking for one in the future
  23. I love the decorative detail that the maker added
  24. Hi surfdub66, Thanks for the nice comment. I saw one being used on U-Tube. It was traversing across a pond or lake on a canoe. It seemed to do quite well, as a mater of fact, it made a small wake in t...
  25. Hi Vintageangels, I did hear that the Man-U-Trol was made in Georgia. I believe that they made them there at a later date than in Florida ....
  26. No GeodeJem, it's more of an American typographical error. I meant to say needed, but I hit the d instead of the n and came out with deeded. I have since corrected the typo. (my wife is always after m...
  27. I have a whistle like this, but no knife blade in mine. Great piece!!
  28. WOW! Great condition. I hope that I'm in that good condition when I get that old...
  29. never saw one like this, what a find!
  30. When I displayed them at engine shows, I also displayed a miniature corn sheller that shells (mini) small ears of popcorn. I shall the popcorn to demo the way the sheller operates. I tell the kids tha...
  31. nice find......... great price
  32. thanks for the info AzTom
  33. that's when autos had character....... and individuality too
  34. I think I had one of these, but the wheels fell off and the metal rusted away
  35. I had one like it when I was a kid. If my Dad wasn't watching, I'd use it at dinner time.
  36. 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...
  37. great one lunger!!
  38. Thanks Virginia, I too think it's special. I have several small and some not so small stoves in my collection.
  39. great steelyard. Thanks for posting.
  40. love the decorations on them.
  41. great piece!
  42. It's great that a relic as delicate as this can survive to this day.
  43. 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...
  44. What a great assortment of time pieces!
  45. how about if I whistle "Yankee Doodle"? ........... just kidding... thanks for the neat post.
  46. 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
  47. 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 ...
  48. 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...
  49. thanks blunderbuss2
  50. 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 ...
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