Sewing Machines

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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...


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...


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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Painting Tips from the Antiquarian

You end up doing a lot of painting when you restore antiques.  Tips and tricks abound, but I thought it might be a good idea to share some basic concepts so my followers can jump start their painting.  I’m going to cover painting cast iron and sheet metal because...

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About Those Sewing Machines…

During the recent market crash of ’08, antiques hit bottom dollar and I crossed off most of the items on my Antique Bucket List.  However, I have a special affinity for hand cranked and treadle powered tools.  The market was bad, so why not add a few sewing machines to the mix,...

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The Secret to Finding the Best Antiques

Some of my friends and antique collecting associates are routinely frustrated that I have so much luck at finding some of the most interesting antiques.  While I believe that I have some personal sunshine following me around, I don’t believe luck helps me on the antique trail.  Earlier in...