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Posted 7 years ago


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This has been in my family for about 100 years I think. My Great Great and GGG Grandfather's (Corning and Haskins, father in-law and son in-law) owned a hardware and bank from 1880-1930's in Cincinnatus, NY and this was the display of the evaporator they produced in the hardware store. Very nice detail on this. Everything works. I have a picture of the two men holding their tin sheers around the turn of the last century.
I would not ever sell it but my question is the monetary value of this? I have never seen another like it. I wonder how many full sized ones they actually made and sold? Any information would help.
Thank you,

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  1. soulman soulman, 6 years ago
    Anyone ever seen a minature like this or heard of "Corning and Haskins" evaporators?
  2. soulman soulman, 6 years ago
    Can anyone place a monetary value on this minature display model from the late 1800's to early 1900's?
  3. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Does your picture of the two men show this model as well?

  4. soulman soulman, 6 years ago
    No, I do not have a picture of them with this. I have one 2nd cousin also related to them that I might check with for more pictures.
  5. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    It is an interesting item. I did a quick patent search and didn't find anything, so it doesn't appear to be a production item. It appears to have been made in limited numbers for the hardware customers.

    There are collectors for models/ machinery who would love to have it.

    It looks to be in need to some cleaning/ minor restoration to stave off the rusting. Don't do anything that will scratch or any repainting-- I'd just want to control the rusting.

    Do you have photos of it completely set up? I'd like to see some if available.

    Thanks for sharing your family history.

  6. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    I forgot to include this-- but be sure to document the history with all the information and stories you were told about it.

  7. soulman soulman, 6 years ago
    I actually just found an ad for it on-line! I have been searching for something about it for several years. It apparently was in a local newspaper in 1908 and I think it may even be a picture of my model. The picture is quite dark but clear enough to see the evaporator. For a better picture I may have to track down the newspaper that was scanned. I also found other notes about Corning and Haskins sugar making tools. Not sure if I'd ever sell it but it is an interesting piece.
    Thanks for your help and interest.
  8. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    Fantastic-- all of the documentation and family history really makes it desirable.

    Post the newspaper photo or link. I'd like to see it.

    Thanks again for sharing your remarkable piece of family history!

  9. soulman soulman, 6 years ago
  10. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
    What you have is either a "salesmans sample" or a "patent model".
  11. rocker-sd rocker-sd, 6 years ago
  12. soulman soulman, 6 years ago
    Thank you,
    I signed up for the Maple Trader on-line and I tried to open the pictures of the scale model evaporator but it would not allow me to view them. These are nice conversation pieces!
  13. soulman soulman, 6 years ago
    I found a write up from 1896 that the store salesman took a model of a Corning and Haskins Superior Evaporator to the town hall meeting! I am pretty positive it was my model. Very cool......thank you for your help.

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