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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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Zeiss Planar T* 1,4/85 ZF2 Lens Review

Carl Ziess has a long history of making beautiful, high quality lenses, and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/85 ZF2 is no exception.  This 85mm F1.4 portrait lens is heavy, solid brass, and filled with pure leaded glass (no plastic lens elements).  The lens is from their Classic Lens lineup...

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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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Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm 2.8D ED Lens Review

I purchased my Nikon AF Nikkor 80-200mm 2.8D ED lens back in 2008.  It was recommended to me by one of the KEH Camera employees, and it ended up being one of the best purchases I’ve ever made.  It’s on my value list, and that says a lot.  The...

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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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Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm 1.8 G Lens Review

I made the point once before in my 200mm macro lens post that prime lenses (lenses that don’t zoom) are superior to zoom lenses in picture sharpness and clarity.  For many years, 35mm film cameras came standard with a 50mm prime lens.  This is considered by many to be...

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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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