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Eastern Pennsylvania

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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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
early auction advertisements - Advertisingin Advertising
wildlife pics are great - Animalsin Animals
hog oilers - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware


  1. 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...
  2. thanks for the comment paulmartin
  3. 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....
  4. thanks Vintagefran & katherinescollections for the kind words
  5. 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
  6. nice early pine chest the forged hinges .... great that you are tracking history of the origin
  7. Great find ......never saw one of these lamps ..... I'll be looking for one in the future
  8. I love the decorative detail that the maker added
  9. 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...
  10. 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 ....
  11. 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...
  12. I have a whistle like this, but no knife blade in mine. Great piece!!
  13. WOW! Great condition. I hope that I'm in that good condition when I get that old...
  14. never saw one like this, what a find!
  15. 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...
  16. nice find......... great price
  17. thanks for the info AzTom
  18. that's when autos had character....... and individuality too
  19. I think I had one of these, but the wheels fell off and the metal rusted away
  20. I had one like it when I was a kid. If my Dad wasn't watching, I'd use it at dinner time.
  21. 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...
  22. great one lunger!!
  23. Thanks Virginia, I too think it's special. I have several small and some not so small stoves in my collection.
  24. great steelyard. Thanks for posting.
  25. love the decorations on them.
  26. great piece!
  27. It's great that a relic as delicate as this can survive to this day.
  28. 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...
  29. What a great assortment of time pieces!
  30. how about if I whistle "Yankee Doodle"? ........... just kidding... thanks for the neat post.
  31. 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
  32. 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 ...
  33. 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...
  34. thanks blunderbuss2
  35. 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 ...
  36. these old stoves show the beauty of the Victorian era... thanks for posting it
  37. fantastic find!
  38. 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...
  39. Great collection Tina, Keep posting, we'd love to see more . .......... hotairfan
  40. Happy Holidays B. It sounds beautiful where your at.
  41. 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 ...
  42. 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...
  43. 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...
  44. Thanks for your kind comment Virginia, Season's Greetings to You and Your Family!
  45. My grandfather did have 9 children walksoftly, so, maybe it did work
  46. Glad you liked it CindB. ...............
  47. great piece!
  48. 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...
  49. Thanks blunderbuss2, they are starting to show up on Ebay and other web sites from time to time. .... hotairfan
  50. 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...
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