Antique of the Week

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More About Small Oil Cans

In an earlier post, I discussed fishing reel and typewriter oilers however I was unaware of yet another commercial use for these little oil cans.  Apparently, they were also sold for use with home film projectors. There is a patent date stamped into the bottom that says “PAT.FEB 18.1896”. ...

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Marlow & Company Mantel Clock

This week’s antique is a miniature Marlow & Co. mantel clock.  Little is written on the interweb about Marlow’s miniature clocks, but there is a nice document about Andrew Marlow here that was published by the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors. The case is mahogany with a...

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I. Guest/James Cam Nosing Plane

This week’s antique is a beech nosing plane made by I. Guest with a laminated blade made by James Cam. Nosing planes were used to round off the front edge, or nose, of a stair tread.  These planes were sometimes referred to as forkstaff planes because they were also...

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A Beautiful Candelabra – Light for All Occasions

This week’s antique is a silver plated candelabra, or more correctly a candelabrum.  It is a more recent but still beautiful example of art in the form of a candlestick holder. I believe it is more recent due to the acorn nut that secures the center section together.  As...

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Ruskin Published by Dana Estes & Company

Our antique for this week are two “Illustrated Sterling Editions” of collected writings/lectures by John Ruskin which were published by Dana Estes & Company.  There are no copyright dates in the volumes, but Dana Estes & Company operated in Boston, MA, 1898-1914, so these two works were published sometime...

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The P & A Manufacturing Company Finger Lamp

Today’s antique is a small glass “finger” lamp (so called because of the finger loop).  There are no markings on the glass lamp body or “fount”, but the burner and chimney are marked. The glass tank is the drip proof design which has a trough or gutter cast into...

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The Keystone K26 Camera

Keystone made a number of different 8mm movie cameras including a couple of variations of the rotating lens design such as the K26.  As shown below, there are three different lenses that are changed by rotating.  The top right lens position lines up with the front opening in the...

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Hilger & Sons Hand Vise

Marked “H&S”, this Hilger & Sons hand vise is 4-5/8″ long with a 1-1/2″ jaw.  These small vises were sometimes call jeweler’s or gunsmith’s vises.  A simple web search turns up many old and new examples of vises this size. Similar to a blacksmith’s leg vise (though on a...

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The Kodak Brownie Six-16 Camera

This week we have an Art Deco style Kodak Brownie Six-16 camera.  This moderately sized box camera was made for eight short years from 1933-1941. Production began during some of the worst years of the Great Depression and ended just before America’s entry into World War II. The film...

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Edward Preston & Sons Spokeshave

Edward Preston’s tools are famous for their ornate design and this week’s antique is no slouch in the design department.  This cast iron, flat bottom spokeshave is covered in Victorian scroll work. This scroll work covers the top, the back, and the cap. Probably the most unique part of...