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Whether you're a history teacher looking for real articles to demonstrate the labors that our ancestors and founding fathers underwent when starting out on their own, building on their land grants with scarce resources; or you're looking for primitive objects to create your Calder -esque art work from antiques; this piece will fit the bill. And it's unique. Taking a bent piece of wood, someone notched the ends to hold buckets for hauling water up from the well. With no money or skills to waste on those yokes that you'll see that fit nicely over both shoulders and around the neck, this piece was made for strictly utilitarian purposes. That's where it hides it's true beauty. You can see many of the original knife marks. It probably never had a finish. There is the remnants of some green paint on one end of one side. My guess is that someone was painting the wall above where this hung and realized too late that they had forgotten to move it.
It may also have had some other origins. Who knows? Maybe an old prospector used it to haul 2 sacks of gold up from the mine shaft (though probably not).
"Wall Cleaning and Sizing Apparatus" patented by Alfred Blumenthal.
Patent granted Feb. 5, 1918 - A few years later he patented an oiling device for oiling floors and woodwork, that looks very similar. I've included a picture of the diagram patent found online.
The apparatus has a reservoir to hold water, calcimine or other suitable liquid . . . Looks like it was probably never used. Designed so the liquid in the reservoir would distribute evenly onto the ceiling or wall across the felt. The rubber squeegee is cracked and the felt has a few holes, but otherwise in great condition. (you weren't really planning on using it?) While it may have been an ingenious innovation, it doesn't strike me as very practical. One would spend as much time filling it as the time it takes for repeated dippings in the bucket. In fact, I'm not even clear how one should fill it, unless it's to remove the portion that holds the felt pad, which I'm not going to try.
11 7/8" X 3 1/4" X 5 7/8"
Box that once held an Irwin augur bit. Box labels reads, " The Genuine and Original Irwin Bits - Copyright 1924 by The Irwin Augur Bit Company Wilmington, Ohio - Chas. H. Irwin original patentee - Cuts True Clear Thru"
Has a really nice crossed augur bit logo tied with a horizontal ribbon
11 1/4" X 3 1/2" X 1 3/4"
Shipping weight - 14 lb.
Both fireplace tongs in the pictures have been sold - Only the shovel handle on the right is still available.
This lock came from a door in Hadley or Amherst, Massachusetts. No key. The sides of the casing need to be re-welded and there's a piece broken off the face plate. As near as I can tell, all the internal pieces are there and working, but I'm selling as is.
6 1/4" X 4" - It is 15/16" deep. The brass door knobs are approximately 1 3/4" in diameter and 1 5/8" deep.
Stamped inside, though mostly unreadable is the patent information Pat. Oct. 16, 83 (not sure about the 3) And the number 10 ( I think) .
They work great. I sprayed them with light oil. Otherwise, just as found.
For holes 2 3/4" apart. I believe the handles to be aluminum with a coating of black which is worn off in some places.
These antique primitive cup bin cabinet drawer / door pull handles - would be great for restoration. I have also seen them mounted upside down for flower arrangements or to hold / display small items.
I don't know when this product first came out, but this must have been before it was called rope caulking.
Selling 2 packs - one in good condition and the 2nd has been folded in half and the plastic window is ruined. They have the original 49 cent price tags from Teppers, a store that closed in Northampton, MA in the 1970s
14 1/2" X 2 3/4"
The threaded iron crank has a machined thread. I wonder from the size of the nut which is smaller than the slot, if this was a replacement.
You can still see the saw marks from the maker of this tool.
I believe the headstock and body are oak and the tailstock is possibly maple. The piece has chamfered bevels. Someone took some care to build this. The body is 46" long.
The locking shim is a 'recent' replacement.
I'm no expert on this, but my guess is that this is from late 19th century.
Willing to discuss delivery within 100 miles of Amherst, MA. Will research shipping beyond that on request.
Probably 19th century. The all wood turn-screw is 7 3/4" long for a working depth of 5 ". It looks to be made of oak.
The body is hardwood (possibly maple) is 54 3/4". There are 2 rows of holes which allows pegging in 1 1/2" increments. As you can see from this photo, it's completely pegged together. I believe the only metal in the whole thing is a point sticking out of the end of the wooden screw thread presumably to stabilize the piece being clamped.
The shoe (jaw) and bottom peg are not original.
Willing to discuss delivery within 100 miles of Amherst, MA. Will research shipping beyond that on request. Greyhound Package Xpress is an option here..
The lower jaw has a 5 1/2" diameter and the upper jaw is approx. 3 1/2" diameter.
the span for the 2 jaws is from 35 3/4" at it's widest position to 20 1/4" at its narrowest.
The bar itself, not counting the crank and thread is approx. 41 1/2" long
It weighs 19 lb. (26 lb. shipping wt.)
44 X 12 X 6
According to Tom MacGregor, (a site visitor 11/1/09), "This vise is for holding the pipe, not a tap or die. The diamond shape stepped opening will grab a variety of diameters of iron pipe and keep them from turning as the pipe cutter is spun around, a reamer in a brace removes the burr left by the cutter, and the die is turned to cut threads. I used my grandfather's 1920's era vise (nearly identical to this example)and thread cutting tools just last week setting up an air compressor system."
Shipping weight - 18 lbs.
The pine top and bottom planks show the marks from a large circular blade typical of mills in the last half of the 19th century. They each have a groove on one edge that leads me to believe they may have originally been made from leftover wide tongue and grooved planks (sub-flooring?). The bottom board has a narrow and shallow groove on either side, I'd guess to direct liquid away from the object(s) being pressed and dried. There are remnants of square nails. The current foot was a more 'recent' addition.
The 4 narrow cross boards on the top piece were probably added as reinforcement, because it was easier to nail them on than to make a new top piece, as the wood started to split. I'd guess these repairs were made ca. 1920 ... (9" wide and 24" long)
The posts are hand hewn oak (or chestnut)pegged, and slotted. The bottom of the posts are larger squares that hold it in place along with pegs on top of the lower board. I imagine the slots would have had 2 bevelled wedges to clamp the top down ... (12" tall)
I'm open to suggestions, but my current guess is that it was used to press cheese (farmer's?). I had originally thought it might have been for pressing plant leaves such as tobacco, but there's none of the dark staining that I'd expect to see.
Shipping weight 12 lbs.
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