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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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"The Duck" Laundry Copper Boiler Percolator  - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
tree filled bird carvings - Animalsin Animals
snuff box? .... pomander?....  salt shaker? What is it? - Accessoriesin Accessories
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restored childs goat cart - Toysin Toys
My close friends, "Katie and Kodi" - Animalsin Animals
hand forged grafting froe - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
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Fur Trader's axes - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
revolutionary war belt axe - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware


  1. The bipod looking legs are not foldable legs BB2. The little pin effect at the junction of the V fastens it in place creating a belt loop condition or maybe a ribbon or necklace holder
  2. thanks anything, It has no deposit on the wall of the hole. It is as clean as the outer surface.
  3. I can't say that I would want any harm to come to the mother cat's owner, but for sure, they should not own a pet, for they aren't capable of love for animals, and maybe even sometimes for fellow man
  4. thanks for all of your comments. Thankfully, there sure are a lot of feline fans out there
  5. good luck with your new family member welzebub. You're right Newfld, The first photo is of the Calico Katie. She is more of the openly affectionate cat. Kodi gets periods where it wants to show lov...
  6. thank you Bill for your comments. I enjoyed hearing about your adoption.
  7. I really enjoy seeing repurposed items into useful tool. It really shows the resourcefulness of our forefathers and foremothers to utilize what we have at hand to construct a tool that is needed in ou...
  8. Could be that this tool is a slate tool and not a grafting froe. Thanks for the info.
  9. great auction find.
  10. good history lesson, nice post yougattaha
  11. It's good that you noticed that it was a bogus tooth. There are several articles on the internet as to how to determine the age and authenticity of a sperm whale tooth. It's age is quite important as ...
  12. great idea,... I've always liked the looks of wrought iron
  13. thanks a lot Roycroftbooksfromme1. I have collected a good amount of items over the past 30 years. I am not so sure about a wealth of information. I read a lot and I'm informed by such sites as Co...
  14. hi BB2, I am told that nutmeg can have tendencies to make you very sick if taken in very large quantities.
  15. I went to a local PA German festival two days ago. It was very interesting and I tried to see and talk to most of the craftsmen who were displaying their talent in making items by hand using only hand...
  16. thanks for the input yougottahavestuff….
  17. nice post, it shows that sometimes you find something and at the time, you don't realize the reason for keeping it, but you do, and after a while you are so glad that you did keep it, because you dis...
  18. great piece of history.
  19. I didn't realize just how popular this little clock was until I read the comments. My brother, who just turned 80 this month, said I should remember the optometrist's office that he and my sister went...
  20. Hi BHock45, The rider on the horse has me "ferhoust"..... as they say in Dutch country. The horse , if it was alone, looks similar to one of the animal effigies that I own and hav...
  21. thanks bb2, I knew that you would have the proper data about these shells. I am not sure about the diameter of the shells, At the time, I only had the scale on my Swiss Army knife to measure the dia...
  22. Hi scottvez, I thank you for your reply. You could be, and probably are, correct about the minie ball being the most lethal weapon. I was basing my statement on information that what I was told by ...
  23. very interesting bb2. thanks
  24. Great job bb2. you really got it right. Love the little water bucket, you even have the lid made for it
  25. you have a great spark plug collection fuzzmugin. Many that I never saw. I hope that you post other plugs when you find them....
  26. great plug. I never saw one like that
  27. Hi blunderbuss2, I have a book entitled "cast iron toy cookstoves & ranges from A to Z" In there it lists this stove as a toy stove. I really think that it is too big to be a salesman's sample, a...
  28. A little update on this hand forged adz. A fellow collector friend came over the other evening for a visit. As is usual, we wound up in my workshop/display area, where he saw this hand forged tool. I ...
  29. hi bobby724 I forgot to tell you that I hand rubbed a coat of low luster Formby's tung oil on the rack and left it dry well than I used the Briwax on it.
  30. Hi bobby725, This rack was a little bit faded, so I put a coat of low luster stain on them than I waxed the rack with dark "Briwax" to give them a polished wax look. After a hefty coating of "Briwax...
  31. Hi bb2, Ineresting that you tried glass for flint knapping. A great source of knapping glass is a 1 gal. jug or 1/2 gal. jug. The earlier the better, because the real early jugs are quite thick in the...
  32. will do.... Onedtent, …..thanks for the input
  33. Hi Spiritbear, the feet are more turnip shaped. I know for a fact that William and Mary period furniture used turnip shapes feet on much of their furniture. Maybe they used it on their table items als...
  34. I've seen smaller tabletop versions of this that were used to cut clover for rabbit feed.
  35. slackjack is right. It is a dentist tool for pulling teeth. It is called a "tooth key"
  36. unique piece.... maybe it was used to set the spring on a muskrat trap LOL
  37. sologato is right on the mark here, I saw one before and was very similar and the owner of the one that I saw said it was a Primitive cooling unit using ammonia.
  38. Great listing, Kenmart, thanks for posting. Hope to hear from you again.
  39. OOPS, Sorry, I didn't see that my fury little buddy snuck into the Photo.
  40. Thank you, Izenglish, for your nice comments
  41. My -O -My You were a striking devil weren't you bb2?
  42. I think you're right, fortapache. Fat Lamps are poor comparison to today's lamp oil. they also probably stank of rancid fat, but, they were much better than the earlier forms of lighting, such as diml...
  43. It took Blunderbuss2 to notice that the lass had her hair died
  44. very interesting.... never saw one like this before
  45. Great find Ron... this is a model 72 long base model. It's interesting that the single cylinder Maytag engine were actually a hit and miss engine, while the two cylinder model 92 was a fhrottle gov...
  46. Hi Ron. Do you have the other two parts that make up the slating set? There is a slate hammer and a slate anvil that go with the ripper. Nice old tool, and great that it is still in service.
  47. great bike! I live about 30 miles from Oley, PA . I wouldn't miss the show for the world.
  48. beautiful ring TassieDevil, first time that I saw your listings. You have a great collection of jewelry
  49. "BINGO" Celiena, you are absolutely right, and, I can't tell you the rhyme or reason why the Tuesday pat. dates. If anybody knows, please post it.
  50. Whatsitman is right. I posted this tool with the ice cuber along with it about 3 yrs. ago. Ck. it out. it gifes a full description as to how you use it.
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