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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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  1. Thank you Watchsearcher, what a great story. I, and most likely, all of our CW subscribers appreciate it. Thank you again .....hotairfan
  2. well.....bb2, you can always... HAM it up.
  3. 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...
  4. No Iptools, I was born and raised in Gods country, The Lehigh Valley, PA
  5. thank you for the nice comments.
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. My guess (and it is only a guess) is it is a saddle maker's or harness maker's vise
  9. Never seen one before. I wonder if there is such a registry, or is it just to scare would be lowlife thieves?
  10. 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
  11. been in Texas several times, and I never saw one. Are they as numerous as groundhogs are here on the east coast?
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. I love to hear when a tool is given new life and restored. Keep up the good work, history will appreciate it.
  15. 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...
  16. 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.
  17. originally mfg. in the 1940's, they were so popular that they restarted making them. The metal windshield and steering wheel indicates that it is not a very modern reproduction, but probably made in t...
  18. great piece. You can still find circular saw blades for this saw at local farm auctions. Just remember to check for the right diameter saw with the same diameter hole in it so it fits the shaft diamet...
  19. looks like you can make a bunt cake with one of those pans.
  20. great post, great find.
  21. Thanks Watchsearcher, I appreciate your post as well as all the other comments you and the others made. What the world needs today is to hear more life experiences. It helps us get through these tr...
  22. Well, A first I thought bb2 was either pulling my leg, or just being silly. Well, it turns out that I owe bb2 an apology. It appears that, according to an article that kwqd turned me on to, bb2 is ver...
  23. I just happened on to your listings and came to this pocket watch. It is a great piece, sorry I didn't see it earlier.
  24. To answer bb2's question, can oil be added to the reservoir while the engine is running. Yes, you can add oil anytime that you please and fill up the reservoir. The valve on the side of the oiler, a...
  25. Hi bb2, the reservoir is the section between the two black knobs. The black knob on the top of the oiler is where you fill oil into the reservoir. The black knob on the side is the flow adjustment of ...
  26. Thanks for the posting Irish. It's great to see pics of this tool being used.
  27. your love for each other shows in the pics. Great post!
  28. Hi Gar... I've been looking over your postings that you have listed in the past 6 or so years. You have a wonderful collection and I really do appreciate you showing it to us. Your interested in a ...
  29. you have a wonderful collection of cast animals. I've seen some of them before, but I never saw a collection as nice as yours, and in the condition as your animals are in. Thank you for posting them.
  30. the nails look to be farrier's nails, used in horse shoeing.
  31. probably, at one time there was a handle. the socket is tapered to hold a wooden handle tight. I don't believe that the handle was very long, maybe 12" to 14". You didn't swing it like a pick axe, you...
  32. Hi Iptools, Twibels were used in construction since the Roman times. I believe it was used mostly by carpenters. The main purpose is to remove wood from a mortise joint that was bored into the wooden...
  33. Thanks to Congeu, I now know what this magnifier is used for. I also have one and it was put in my coin box and forgot about. Great post ......
  34. No bb2, I just want to see it run for my own interest, maybe operate one of my many accessories to show to my grandkids. It is not certified so I can't take it to a steam show to show to the general p...
  35. Interesting information that I wasn't aware of. Thank you for posting.
  36. My Dad had several of these tools and used them in his youth. He used to call them "eel gigs"
  37. Never saw this cap bomb. If interested, I have some of mine listed....great find.
  38. once again, a new one on me, great find! I keep a picture file of items that I find interesting and rare (I have a feeling that you also do). You are giving me lots of new entries..... thanks a lot!
  39. You have a great collection of seldom seen items. I thank you for showing.
  40. great find.... yep, you should have bought the whole box. ... never saw them before
  41. I've seen them before, but I never saw one with a hexagon base or one with flat ended cups. The ones that I saw had round ended cups and a circular base. Great piece!
  42. You're right at that bobby. The shards that come off of the point while knapping are as sharp as a scalpel. Scratches and nicks go with the program. So, holding the point properly is very important wh...
  43. better late than never. I just tuned in to your past listings and came across this train. It's great. Those German toy makers done a wonderful job of toymaking. It shows by the lasting quality of thei...
  44. my friend had one of these leather sewing machines. I couldn't get over how powerful they are. not very fast, but very powerful. Great post
  45. love advertising clocks.... great post
  46. Rob, I think you are on the money about being a standing seam roofing crimper. I used these myself, and it looks similar to the crimping gadget that I remember.
  47. I hope that you succeed in getting off the tape residue. These wall charts are getting quite collectable and now command a respectable price at auctions.
  48. not yet BB2, I'm waiting for this Corona Virus to "bug out" before I go to the range.
  49. Fantastic find!! I love the history of the Bing Family and company that you researched. Thanks for the post.
  50. I've seen listings of a very similar lathe made by another German Mfg. His name was Ernst Platt, circa 1890. That model had an E. Platt logo, so I was supprised when I found the Bing logo on this lat...
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