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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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Model steam engine exhaust condenser - Toysin Toys
Wooden bowl rack and bowls - Kitchenin Kitchen
combination smoke pipe / tomahawk - Native Americanin Native American
hacksaw look-alike (but it's not what it looks like) - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
vintage wagon odometer used by westward wagon trains & teamsters - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Combination Tinsmith Box Pan Swage & creasing/beading tool - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
Stoneware crocks on an early bucket bench - Potteryin Pottery
primitive oil and candle lamps - Lampsin Lamps
our beautiful curly maple step-back cupboard - Furniturein Furniture
prehistoric Smiladon (saber tooth tiger) - Animalsin Animals


  1. great collection of butterflies and other insects. I see, what I call a stickbug in your display, They used to be all around my home, now I don't see near as many, must be environmental impact. Nice ...
  2. My wife and I went to Oatman a few years ago. Great place to visit. took a rest in a small cafe.... when, in came a burro, I guess he wanted a treat. the waitress gave him his treat and shooed him out...
  3. very nice piece. A keeper for sure. Happy New Year..... hopefully better than last year.
  4. Happy Holidays, Anything
  5. Merry Christmas Bobby, and MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF OUR FRIENDS ON CW.
  6. you done a great job..... looks great!
  7. I've seen these before. You could be correct by the design on the tool. They made these with several designs to make wafers. They were called wafer irons and were used before the waffle irons of simil...
  8. great piece Reeling, I find it amazing how they used to pour cast iron with such a beautiful smooth surface. Today's pouring of cast iron can't hold a candle to the foundries of yore.
  9. you got it right Saylavi, a few years ago, I attended a historical show and gent was making corn brooms on a broom maker's bench like the one that you show. The wheeled area is where they kept the ...
  10. great find bb2. I have a MKII and it is a great gun. shoots good, no jams, good balance. Ruger makes nice products
  11. Hi bb2, I did find an interesting article on Jim Kiefer. it was written by "The Philadelphia Inquire" . If you Google "the blacksmith forges work of art" you might find a link as to how to contact ...
  12. Hi yourneverright, It's more likely that the cave ran like the dickens. These critters were 6' to 7' long and had a terrible superiority complex.
  13. Hi bb2, I'm not sure if he sells on line or not. I do know that this is not how he earns a living. He makes hinges and other cabinet hardware to earn a living and making the items that I have from hi...
  14. what a collection you got. A good friend of mine had a huge collection of hammers. he had so many that he filled two apple crates. I told him that if he would cut the handles off, he could get twice a...
  15. great post, as usual jscott. I never saw a bronze pug before. thanks for showing us.
  16. Hi ChystalShip, I wrote our names, where, and when the photo was taken of these two young people. Time passing (along with people) might result in our own family forgetting when these were taken. A l...
  17. Hi Ms.ChristalShip, I'd love to see the one that you recovered from the ocean bottom. Please post it. Stoneware crocks are still a valuable collectable. My wife and I have been collecting them from ...
  18. Hi Concu, I forgot to mention a famous Newspaper Writer who wrote for a New York paper in 1872 when he made the comment "Go West Young Man". His name w...
  19. Hi Congcu, If you Google "Wagon Wheel Odometer" You can see an advertising blog from Worthpoint where they describe and show reference to a wagon odometer similar to the one that I posted. Worthpoin...
  20. Please, let me assume that your ancestors didn't sell their daughters..... although, that was a pretty good price that they were offering (just kidding). thanks for the input.... You should get in to...
  21. beautiful boot scraper....... good research....... great post
  22. thank you lzenglish for your input
  23. good question Congeu, I never even thought of who made it. It is signed "Lionel Corporation New York" not sure if that is the same Lionel Corp. that makes toy elect. trains and thanks everyone fo...
  24. I'd love to see the La Brea tar pits and the LA natural History Museum. I would if I didn't have to go to LA.
  25. hi jessie, the engine is a Stirling cycle engine or, often called a hot air engine. They are usually powered by an alcohol burner, sometimes powered by a liquid propane (PL) gas burner. This particul...
  26. hi jesse, I'd be glad to answer any of your questions.
  27. you have a unique collection. thank you for your posts.
  28. thanks Scott, The craftsman made three of these cupboards, one for me and one for his display gallery and, when his wife saw mine, one for her. After he made mine, he said that it would be the last c...
  29. No, from Dixon's in Kempton, PA
  30. I did in the areas that I could. Curly maple in the P++ grade is very unforgiving and the surface of the wood is has micro valleys and hills. Shaving sometimes rips out micro chunks of the curl and le...
  31. thanks bb2, I kind of thought that you would like this post.
  33. For sure, the home mechanic would be lost without the noble screwdriver.
  34. I stand corrected fellows. Thanks for the info.
  35. Thank you Watchsearcher, what a great story. I, and most likely, all of our CW subscribers appreciate it. Thank you again .....hotairfan
  36. well.....bb2, you can always... HAM it up.
  37. it was inevitable that somebody was going to ask that question. The answer is..... I don't know......... I never had the pleasure of using one of these devices. It is with probable certainty that th...
  38. No Iptools, I was born and raised in Gods country, The Lehigh Valley, PA
  39. thank you for the nice comments.
  40. don't know who thought of the flame licker idea. It is kind of a hot air engine which was invented by a man named Stirling. It was tricky starting, but after it warmed up, it ran and restarted very e...
  41. takeadip is correct in that it lubricated leaf springs. It was originally used to lubricate squeaky horse drawn buggy springs. To use it, you unscrewed the threaded barrel and filled the handle with...
  42. My guess (and it is only a guess) is it is a saddle maker's or harness maker's vise
  43. Never seen one before. I wonder if there is such a registry, or is it just to scare would be lowlife thieves?
  44. wow, what a great find, and isn't it an extra treat when you can find a treasure at an unbelievable price? To top it off, you got your senior discount..... wow
  45. been in Texas several times, and I never saw one. Are they as numerous as groundhogs are here on the east coast?
  46. Isn't the Portland IND show the greatest? I try to go there every three or four years. I couldn't make it this year, my buddies went without me. It's interesting how the whole town of Portland gets in...
  47. I don't believe that it is a target ball. Glass target balls always had raised protrusions and patterns on the outside. The reason was, so the pellets from the shotgun could catch on the raised patter...
  48. I love to hear when a tool is given new life and restored. Keep up the good work, history will appreciate it.
  49. you have a great collection. It is nice to hear that you still shoot them. An artistic collection such as this should be used. I hunt with my Hawken 54 cal. mountain rifle. Shot a Pennsylvania white t...
  50. great piece. Interesting how they fashioned a ball on the top to hitch the horses to. It's small things like this that show the ingenuity of our forefathers. ...... seldom seen in todays products.
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