Hilger & Sons Buttonhole Scissors

Most of the Hilger & Sons antiques that I have are woodworking center drills.  However, Hilger and his sons, like many other tool manufacturers, made a number of different types of tools and equipment ranging from bit braces to straight razors.  In this case, they also made scissors designed...

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1893 Pocket Novel “From the Easy Chair”

Perhaps it’s a bit of irony that the word antiquarian should be so closely associated with antique books instead of its true meaning of “old things”.  Thus, the irony is not lost on me that this post about an antique book is on my Antiquarian Endeavors blog about all...

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J. Stevens Arms & Tool Company Outside Calipers

I’m partial to Lancashire pattern calipers and have spent a number of years trying to build a complete set of sizes.  However, I occasionally run across other unique designs that beg to be part of my collection.  This week I want to share one such unique specimen with you...

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The Stayin Pin Cube

I won’t keep you on pins and needles, but I wanted to share a little surprise I found in a Hogansville, Georgia, antique shop.  The little 1-3/8″ pin cube shown below is a fascinating example of early industrial products and probably dates to just before the Great War. I...

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Van Cort’s Table Top Magnifier

I have a keen interest in reference books and have always been fascinated with all of the associated paraphernalia that clutters desks and libraries/studies.  One bit of clutter that never goes out of style is the table top magnifier or map optical glass.  The typical magnifying glass is solid...

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AE Report for October 2017

The decline of the West.  You’ve heard it before.  It’s a cliché that gets passed around when people complain about politics and when old folks say “Back in my day…”, but I’m not sure everyone realizes just how true this is.  The point of this blog is to bring...

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Hobby Workbench Build

In my post on finishing projects, I discussed taking up the hobby of model trains.  This hobby can be very challenging and time consuming, but the final product can be visually beautiful.  Regardless, you will need a place to work while building your steam empire.  As shown below, my...

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Applying Victorian Steam to a Horizontal Bandsaw – Part 2

In Part 1 of applying steam to a horizontal bandsaw, I began the steampunk “restoration” of a new in the box horizontal metal cutting bandsaw to give it the late Victorian look.  The last post showcased the basics of restoration and some basic machining.  In this post, I’ll tackle some new issues, do the last of the painting...

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