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Posted 4 years ago


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Here is a small (5" long) cylindrical desk calendar that I was unable to identify.

It is marked

Made by
The Borland M'F'G CO.
1808 Borland Block
Pat Pend

There's no information on this company anywhere, except for a patent of a wrench issued in 1913 for John Archie Borland, in this site:

It is all metal, nickel plated body, brass fittings and odd lion paws. I have no idea of the age of this piece and would appreciate any help. Thanks!

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  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    I remember similar ones in the 50's
  2. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    I've searched through patents for this but have had no luck, but it has me intrigued!
    Does it still function?
    Do the inner dark bands move to correct the date sequence?
    What do the first three numbers represent?
  3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    That's interesting, but could be patented? The wheel, dates, knobs etc.? They were common, as said, in the 50's & all that I remember seeing had advertisements on them. This has 2 more slots than I remember seeing, but they were common & the 1's I remember were well made. (things were then). Don't remember any warning labels such as "MADE IN CHINA".
  4. mcheconi mcheconi, 4 years ago
    Walksoftly...the first three slots are for the year (!!!) goes up to 2499...these guys were true optimists.
  5. mcheconi mcheconi, 4 years ago
    It apparently have to hold one band while rolling the next one at its right to have it set. Then, when you roll the last one in the right, which is the weekday, the day of the month will roll with it. Oddly there's no saturdays on it (???)
  6. mcheconi mcheconi, 4 years ago
    blunderbuss...these are definitely not made in china. It is a sturdy object, all metal and heavy for its size (or more probably we are not used with objects made of metal anymore and something this small being heavy seems strange).
  7. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    That all makes more sense now, it's the only one that I came across that had the year included. They were very optimistic & how strange no Saturday, was the inventor a member of one of seventh-day denominations?
  8. mcheconi mcheconi, 4 years ago
    Walksoftly...the company that made it is a mystery by itself...from the few mentions I could find about it, it seemed to be a large enterprise with many different divisions. This "Borland Block" thing...I can't tell if it was a building, a street...everything vanished. I could not find any other product made by them.
  9. valentino97 valentino97, 4 years ago
    Perpetual calendar?
  10. mcheconi mcheconi, 4 years ago
    Thanks a lot Phil...I believe it to be the one below the caption. But the Borland Manufacturing Company is still a mystery, as well as this calendar. I will try asking around in this forum. Maybe someone knows something about it.
  11. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    We need AmberRose to go to the Library, or the Chicago History Museum.
  12. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
    Walks, "We" need Amber to go to St. Maarten.
  13. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 11 months ago
    interesting! a perpetual calendar with NO saturdays!

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