Antique of the Week

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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...

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An Antique Machinist Level

This small, seven inch machinist’s level is a fascinating bit of history.  It has a cast iron body with a glass vile topped off with a brass plate.  The alcohol bubble is still intact.  It has a heavy coating of black Japanning. There is no manufacturer’s name.  It’s unmarked...

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Sargent 5206 Block Plane

The Sargent 5206 block plane is a beautiful and somewhat collectible artifact produced at the end of the industrial revolution.  It was made during both World Wars with production beginning in 1912 and ending in 1947.  The Sargent 5206 block plane was finished in nickel plate, cadmium plate, black...

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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 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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