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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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Fur Trader's axes - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
revolutionary war belt axe - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
nutmeg grinders - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
(2) American Goosewing Hewing Broad axes - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
water powered fan - Tools and Hardwarein Tools and Hardware
glass peanut jar - Bottlesin Bottles
Kit-Cat Clock - Clocksin Clocks
American Civil War Artillery Shells - Military and Wartimein Military and Wart…
Raisin Seeders - Kitchenin Kitchen
Cast Iron Childs Toy Stove circa 1890 - Kitchenin Kitchen


  1. 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...
  2. hi BB2, I am told that nutmeg can have tendencies to make you very sick if taken in very large quantities.
  3. 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...
  4. thanks for the input yougottahavestuff….
  5. 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...
  6. great piece of history.
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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 ...
  11. very interesting bb2. thanks
  12. Great job bb2. you really got it right. Love the little water bucket, you even have the lid made for it
  13. you have a great spark plug collection fuzzmugin. Many that I never saw. I hope that you post other plugs when you find them....
  14. great plug. I never saw one like that
  15. 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...
  16. 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 ...
  17. 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.
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. will do.... Onedtent, …..thanks for the input
  21. 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...
  22. I've seen smaller tabletop versions of this that were used to cut clover for rabbit feed.
  23. slackjack is right. It is a dentist tool for pulling teeth. It is called a "tooth key"
  24. unique piece.... maybe it was used to set the spring on a muskrat trap LOL
  25. 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.
  26. Great listing, Kenmart, thanks for posting. Hope to hear from you again.
  27. OOPS, Sorry, I didn't see that my fury little buddy snuck into the Photo.
  28. Thank you, Izenglish, for your nice comments
  29. My -O -My You were a striking devil weren't you bb2?
  30. 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...
  31. It took Blunderbuss2 to notice that the lass had her hair died
  32. very interesting.... never saw one like this before
  33. 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...
  34. 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.
  35. great bike! I live about 30 miles from Oley, PA . I wouldn't miss the show for the world.
  36. beautiful ring TassieDevil, first time that I saw your listings. You have a great collection of jewelry
  37. "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.
  38. 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.
  39. This is a corn shock tying tool. Used to gather the corn shocks into a tight bunch, then a cord of bailing twine was wrapped tight around the shock and the tool could then be removed to use on the nex...
  40. It looks like a dandelion picker to me.
  41. jscotto363 is right here. This is a flax comb. There is no mating part that goes with it. It was used to remove the chafe on the flax fiber so it could be woven into linen. The courser flax that was c...
  42. I am not aware of similar superstitions, racer4four, but, I do know that there are countless human effigies out there. Exactly what they stand for, I am not aware of. Thank you all for your comments.....
  43. Boy, thanks to all of you for your comments. It's great to hear all the responses to the an interesting entry. Comments agreeing with the article and also comments disagreeing with the article. One c...
  44. your right pajrr, I have it running on steam now. Steam seems to be more responsive than air and steam gives a better control of power.
  45. thanks for the help Izenglish. I wasn't sure exactly how it worked. I'm not too good with electrical items.
  46. I really don't know what a wig-wag switch is. The way I see it is, as soon as the plate is magnetically pulled to the coil, the contact switches and the poles change to pushing or repelling the plate...
  47. thank you for your comments
  48. thank all of you for your nice comments
  49. thank you PineBore for your input
  50. a punch, maybe to swage a fitting or tubeing
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