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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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1893 Pocket Novel “From the Easy Chair”

Perhaps it’s a bit of irony that the word antiquarian should be so closely associated with antique books instead of its true meaning of “old things”.  Thus, the irony is not lost on me that this post about an antique book is on my Antiquarian Endeavors blog about all...

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J. Stevens Arms & Tool Company Outside Calipers

I’m partial to Lancashire pattern calipers and have spent a number of years trying to build a complete set of sizes.  However, I occasionally run across other unique designs that beg to be part of my collection.  This week I want to share one such unique specimen with you...

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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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