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Davis Patent Level

The antique for this week is a one foot long, cast iron Davis Patent Level.  “Davis” levels are very ornate and command high prices on the antique market. Note in the picture above that there is space within the iron casting on either side of the center vial for...

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Kodak Vest Pocket Model B Camera

Today’s antique of the week is a Kodak Vest Pocket Model B which was made between the world wars.  The camera originally cost $7.50 US (that’s $105.28 US in 2018 dollars!). Below is a tour around the Model B. Like many other folding cameras, the Model B includes a...

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The Sargent 196 Rabbet Plane

This week’s antique comes from the Sargent & Co. toolworks in CT.  The 196 Rabbet Plane was made from 1910-1943, and it’s one of the few decorated metal planes made between the world wars. The iron body casting is well machined and robust.  Both the cap screw and the...

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Willcox & Gibbs Sewing Machine Accessories

I won’t bore you with the history of the distinctive Willcox & Gibbs chain stitch sewing machines.  However, I will regale you with a little “accessory” knowledge.  While you may run across Willcox & Gibbs machines, you are less likely to run across their accessories (and will almost never...

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The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm 1:5.6E ED VR Lens

This week I’m going to tackle one of Nikon’s newest telephoto lenses.  The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 200-500mm 1:5.6E ED (VR) lens is the large telephoto for the masses.  At $1,400.00 US, it gives aspiring photographers access to the 400-500mm range that was previously reserved for professional photographers.  (A quick...

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The Yashica Mat 124G Camera

The Japanese Yashica company has made a range of cameras since 1949.  While not currently known for high quality cameras, they did produce a number of high quality, competitive camera designs in years past.  One example, the Yashica Mat 124G, is a variation on the better known Rolleiflex medium...

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American Blower Corporation Size 00 Blower

I was struck by the uniqueness of this little air mover when I first saw it.  The size 00 American Blower Corporation blower. Google shows this to be the miniature version of the “Success Utility Blower” listed in their 1931 and 1938 catalogs.  This little squirrel cage blower measures 8″...

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Ewing Brothers Tins

Up for review today are two galvanized Ewing Brothers tins.  They are quite small, measuring 1-3/8″ and 1-1/2″ in diameter respectively.  Both tins are thin and remind me of pocket pill containers.  I haven’t been able to find very much information about Ewing Brothers except that they were a...

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Typewriter & Fishing Reel Oilers

Up for this week’s discussion are these diminutive oil cans used for typewriters, fishing reels, sewing machines and other mechanical devices requiring lightweight oil in tight spaces.  The oilers are both distinctive and well made.  When found in antique stores and flea markets, these little oil cans, like other...

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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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