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Tory Hill Ontario Canada
Leathersmith, knifemaker, tomahawk maker, art appraiser,Collector of knives, baskets, First Nations art and on and on and on.
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Actually, many earlier pieces were made on a hand crank or treadle machine and red binding was used in bags and mocs around the turn of the 19th/20th century. This shirt is not an early piece, possibl...
Whatever age it is, It's a beautiful pipehawk. Most old ones have a lot of gum in the smoke bore. If you pull the cleanout plug and run a wire through you can tell if it has been used a lot for smokin...
Could be a desk box, maybe part of a set. Looks like cast iron from the pics but hard to tell. Regards Robin
Could you post more pictures of the whole piece, showing the blade, mouthpiece and stem. Looks very interesting. Best regards Robin
Very interesting stand, similar to the stands used for hanging a Grandfather Drum. Regards Robin
A very nice looking collection from the northwest US up the coast to Alaska with a few NE and a south eastern basket. Individual pics would help identify for you, there seems to be lots of basket know...
How many? ;-)
Being a leathersmith I can tell you, it IS a leather workers clamp, and a very vice one at that. Best regards Robin
Central american is my guess. Guatemala could be it. They make worry dolls which look a lot like the dolls on your bag. Regards Robin
This basket is the finest of the three and again in almost perfect condition. The weave is much finer than the other two and the colour is very pleasing. Again turn of the century or just either side....
Hi there. I have collected First Nations baskets for years up here in Canada. 90% of buttocks baskets up here are made by the 6 Nations tribes. I would imagine many were from NY state. This one is an ...
Edited for typos ;-)) I should have been more concise in my statement. My main goal was to address the chair in question. What I had intended to say was :there would be no nails or screws found on a ...
I should have been more concise in my statement. My main goal was to address the chair in question. What I had intended to say was :there would be no nails or screws found on a period piece (other tha...
Another nice early trunk you have there. I think yours might be Horse hide, hard to tell from pictures. The scallops around the tacks is a very nice detail. Does the lock have a mark on the inside? ...
With all due respect, i have been reading and learning for over 60 years. I clearly stated that a period Chippendale CHAIR would have no nails or screws.
In a period chippendale chair there would never be screws or nails. If you go to the antiques roadshop site and search Chippendale or Queen anne chairs I think you'll find some good info on early cons...
I'm pretty sure it's a soap bowl that Old Spice solid shaving soap came in. Give it a sniff, see if it still smells like old spice ;-)) Old turned boxes change to oval over years. Regards Robin
It's very difficult to date it exactly. Forged nails were not usually used after square nails came into being other than for clenching (You could bend the sharp end over on a forged nail but square na...
Yes, they are forged and I think British. Very nice clean trunk. If the nails in the interior corner blocks look original it would have had a lift out top compartment that sat on the blocks. Do the cl...
Hi again, any chance of a pic of the inside? What are the measurements? R
Hi Trunkman. I was a picker wayyyyy back when and a dealer, collector and appraiser for many years. Was lucky enough to be picking when there was a strong market and great early pieces still out there...
In reality, it was the government of Canada who stole huge numbers of Sacred pieces. They were equally at fault with the churches of the day at having potlatching banned for close to a century. A few ...
The brass keyhole escutcheon is very likely late 18th century and seems to be original to the trunk and the hinge lock is also 18th century style. The handles were also available early on. Of course w...
It's a slimline trapper. If you post the number on the tang (assuming there is one)I can tell you how to read it, or you can google Case tang stamps which should get you to the site with the entire s...
Hi again Yei are not common elements in Navajo silver because they are a very sacred being in the culture and until just before the turn of the 19th/20th century it was forbidden to make any permanent...
Hi there, that is a great bag and I think you are correct about it being a Metis bag with Cree influence. The Cree intermarried with the early fur traders. The Cree also did Moose hair embroidery whic...
Hand held reading glasses. Very nice pair. Regards Robin
Not a side chair, an end chair for Dad or Mom. Looks like a Federal period chair also known as Empire period. If it's a period piece it's betweem 1830ish and 1850ish depending on where it was made. Th...
Navajo or posibly Zuni, I would say Navajo.
Navajo, trading post toursit piece, could be as early as the 20s/30s but could be more recent.
A fairly recent 50s/70s shortened copy of an early coblers bench, likely made as a telephone table.
Search Ebay for Nootka or Tlingit baskets, there's usually a few for sale.
Spruce root Nootka, Tsimshian, Tlingit from oregon up to Alaska. A tourist piece and very damaged so of limited value. Here's a link showing close ups of the different types of twining. http://www.lan...
Looking carefully at the pictures, it looks like the pieces that are at right angles are also welded on. If this is the case I think it may have been made up from an early "window railing". They used ...
It's also sheet steel for the most part, not cast iron. The ash tray at the bottom could be cast, hard to say from the pics. If it is cast it's likely from an old stove but used on this one. Regard...
It's an older (70s) attempt at an airtight stove. You could buy plans for the from mags like Harrowsmith back then.
Bushrat is correct (as always)))) it was likely made fairly recently in the Philippines. Looks like a carver had a pic of a Haida mask to go by but the nose is typical Philippines. It's a wall hanger.
You're right about it being welded but not about being forge welded. Forge welding is done with heat in a forge and pounded with a hammer.
Do a closeup of what you think are welds. Cast iron was poured into a mold not forged.
I'm with Robin, I believe it's a fancy victorian baluster. I really don't think it's been welded as cast irion is very difficult to weld. Regards Another Robin
The numers 1604- 1631 are the manufacturers pattern numbers. Be very careful tightening the screws as cast iron cracks very easily.
Just kidding on the drop it remark ;-)) Tap it on your teeth, you'll be able to tell if it's plastic or MOP, plastic feels soft.
It's hard to say whether it's a makers mark or an owners mark. I would lean towards a makers mark. It could also be a grain measure but all of those that i have seen had a weight or volume mark indica...
It was likely made no earlier than the 70s, the long tubular silver beads are of that vintage. As for cleaning, wearing silver against your skin will give it a nice natural glow. However, cleaning tha...
Drop it to check on whether it's MOP or plastic. ;-))
I believe it's an inkwell. The "blocks" in the well are likely to removed excess ink from the nib of a straight pen. The "channel" across the front if where you lay your pen when not in use.
Possibly the Novelty knife company who specialized in pocket knives with clear celuloid handles with risque pictures under the cell. Since no one has come forward with a solid ID on this knife I would...
Also, the knife pattern is a variation of a Stockman.
Yes, Mother of pearl scales, likely 70s ish.
Hard to tell from the pic but I would say the handle is aluminum and made in Mexico. Get the handle tested at a jewelry store to be sure.