Monday, December 31, 2007

Vintage IMMEC 22-P FISHING REEL Deep Sea Big Game, Line

Vintage IMMEC 22-P FISHING REEL Deep Sea Big Game, Line - eBay (item 310011849938 end time Jan-07-08 20:35:24 PST)

Do you like old deep sea fishing reels?

This vintage Immec 22-P fishing reel is marked on the base, "Made in Japan 2902." It looks rather complicated with a button on one side, a lever and that star shape on the other. It has heavy line on it for deep sea fishing.

The dark finish is very nice, no scratches or scrapes. There's minor wear on the metal finish on the crank and the lever.

The long lever controls whether the line feeds or not. The crank clicks when you run it one way and locks when you try to turn it the other way. I don't see what the button on the left controls, but I bet you do.

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Vintage FOLDING OPERA GLASS 2.5X Coated Lens, Orig Box!

Vintage FOLDING OPERA GLASS 2.5X Coated Lens, Orig Box! - eBay (item 310011840331 end time Jan-07-08 18:40:31 PST)

Do you like attending operas?

This vintage folding opera glass is silver-toned with tan faux-leather. They open like a compact and the big lenses pop upright, ready for viewing the singers in action. The side where to look through them is marked, "Coated Lens 2.5X Made in Japan." Between the big lenses is "GHI."

The box graphic shows the opera glass with a different power notation. The graphic is a black and white photo on a red background with some red surface missing where a tag used to be. The box is marked, "Folding Opera Glass 2.5X Coated Lens."

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Vintage STETSON LIMITED EDITION MUG Cowboy Beer Stein!

Vintage STETSON LIMITED EDITION MUG Cowboy Beer Stein! - eBay (item 310011816695 end time Jan-07-08 18:30:00 PST)

Do you like cowboy collectibles?

This Stetson Limited Edition mug is ceramic decorated with colorful cowboys on horses. It's large enough for plenty of beer, tea, coffee or whatever you love. The bottom is marked, "Made in China" in English and has four Chinese symbols.

There's some crazing near the rim on both sides (see photos). Can you see this collectible adding western cowboy charm to your d├ęcor or holding your pencils on your desk?

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Vintage JET AIRPLANE HOOD ORNAMENT Chrome Plane, Mounts

Vintage JET AIRPLANE HOOD ORNAMENT Chrome Plane, Mounts - eBay (item 310011816643 end time Jan-07-08 18:15:00 PST)

Do you like old hood ornaments?

This vintage chrome jet airplane hood ornament once graced a car, but I don't know what make or model. Inside it's marked BM-16850-A.

The wings have pitting on both top and bottom. The screws and nuts are here, ready to be mounted. If you know how to shine it up, you're good to go.

Does this vintage jet plane hood ornament make you smile?

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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Vintage STANLEY LINE LEVEL in Orig Tin Litho Box, Mini!

Vintage STANLEY LINE LEVEL in Orig Tin Litho Box, Mini! - (eBay item 310011486210 end time Jan-05-08 20:25:38 PST)

Do you like old tools?

This vintage Stanley line level is in the original tin litho box. The box front says, "Stanley Line Level, Handy Dependable Rustproof." One side says, "Stanley." The back says, "Stanley Aluminum Line Level. Weighs less than 1/2 oz. Hooks made so level will not shake off line. (Patented June 11, 1929), The Stanley Rule & Level Plant, The Stanley Works." The lid says, "No. 87."

The level itself is mini and light, measuring 3 1/4" long and weighing 0.4 ounce. It says, "Stanley S.W. Made in U.S.A. No. 87, Pat. Applied For."

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Friday, December 28, 2007

Vintage 1982 E.T. LUNCH BOX, THERMOS Metal Tin Litho ET

Vintage 1982 E.T. LUNCH BOX, THERMOS Metal Tin Litho ET - (eBay item 310011239835 end time Jan-04-08 20:25:52 PST)

Do you like vintage lunch boxes?

This old tin litho lunch box and thermos feature colorful art drawings of scenes and characters from the 1982 movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. The lid says, "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial ©1982 Universal City Studios, Inc. All Rights Reserved. A trademark of and licensed by Universal City Studios, Inc. Aladdin Industries Incorporated, Nashville, Tenn. 37210 USA." Similar markings appear on the thermos which holds about eight ounces--"Keeps Hot...Keeps Cold."

Under the yellow plastic handle is an image of E.T. trying to phone home. One side shows E.T. and the three children focused on floating balls that represent the solar system. The bottom panel has Gertie (young Drew Barrymore) kissing E.T. good-bye. The other side shows her with E.T. posing as one of her stuffed animals. One large panel shows the kids and E.T. on bikes flying over police cars. The other large panel shows E.T. healing Elliot's hurt finger.

Can you believe this movie came out 25 years ago? To refresh your memory on the story, characters and creators, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E.T._the_Extra-Terrestrial
From Wikipedia:
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 science fiction film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, written by Melissa Mathison and starring Henry Thomas, Robert MacNaughton, Drew Barrymore, Dee Wallace and Peter Coyote. It tells the story of Elliott (played by Thomas), a lonely boy who befriends a friendly alien, dubbed E.T., who is stranded on Earth. Elliott and his siblings help the alien return home while attempting to keep it hidden from their mother and the government.

The lunch box has wear on the edges, patina on the handle clips and latch, minor dings, and some light rust where the lid and box scrape each other. The thermos looks great.

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Vintage JAPANESE ABACUS Soroban Adding Machine in Box!

Vintage JAPANESE ABACUS Soroban Adding Machine in Box! - (eBay item 310011028013 end time Jan-03-08 20:25:22 PST)

Do you like vintage calculators?

This abacus has thirteen rods with five blond wood beads on one side and two beads on the other. They're framed in a black wooden box that's still in the original pasteboard box. The box is marked, "TFW-608 Japan" and a label on the abacus back is marked, "Four Winds, Japan" with a robed male figure.

This Japanese abacus or counting frame is also called a soroban. Believe it or not this device can be used to do functions other than counting. "Unlike the simple counting board used in elementary schools, very efficient suanpan techniques have been developed to do multiplication, division, addition, subtraction, square root and cube root operations at high speed," says Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abacus

People still use abacuses even with modern day calculators widely available. An article on how to use a Japanese abacus is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soroban

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Vintage TANGA BELLS Metal Carriage Music, Sarna, India!

Vintage TANGA BELLS Metal Carriage Music, Sarna, India! - (eBay item 310009832604 end time Dec-29-07 18:15:00 PST)

Do you like bells?

These vintage Tanga Bells are 12 different sizes and shapes strung on a cord. The look like brass. The label says:
TANGA BELLS

A tanga is a one horse carriage with two wheels. It usually carries three passengers and a driver. When carrying ladies from one place to another or to a temple gathering, they pull the curtains down from all sides, so that the passers-by cannot see the ladies.

Tanga taxi is a general way of passenger conveyance through-out India. They are licensed by the local municipality.

Fancy coachmen decorate their horse's necks with various types of bells which give sweet and melodious tones to far off distances. These bells also serve as a warning to pedestrians to make way for the coming Tanga. Rich men take great pride to own their own highly decorative and fancy Tangas.

One of the Collector "Bells of Sarna"
S. S. Sarna Inc., New York 10, N.Y. Copyright 1948, Printed in India.

They sound cheerful to me and look pretty with a different design and shape in each bell.

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Vintage 1942 SEARCHLIGHT RECIPE BOOK Popular 15th Printing

Vintage 1942 SEARCHLIGHT RECIPE BOOK Popular 15th Print - (eBay item 310009825690 end time Dec-28-07 20:39:31 PST)

Do you like old cookbooks?

This vintage cookbook The Household Searchlight Recipe Book was published by The Household Magazine in Topeka, Kansas. This hardcover book is one of 100,000 copies of the fifteenth printing from 1942. The earliest printing was in 1931.

Contents are in 26 tabs:
  • Appetizers
  • Beverages
  • Breads
  • Cakes
  • Candies
  • Canning Preserving
  • Cereals
  • Cheese
  • Cookies
  • Eggs
  • Fish and Wild Game
  • Frozen Desserts
  • Fruits
  • Gelatin
  • Icings and Fillings
  • Meats
  • Pastries
  • Poultry
  • Puddings
  • Salads and Dressings
  • Sandwiches
  • Sauces
  • Soups
  • Vegetables
  • Special Suggestions
  • Index
Here are sample recipes from the Sandwiches index:
  • Apricot Horseradish Sandwiches
  • Currant Jelly Sandwiches
  • Banana Sandwiches
  • Apple Butter Sandwiches
  • Baked Bean Sandwiches
  • Potato Salad Sandwiches
  • Ginger Peanut Sandwiches
  • Beef Raisin Sandwiches
  • Liver Sandwiches
  • Weiner Sandwiches
  • Cheese Date Sandwiches
  • Cottage Cheese Sandwiches
This book was used and loved. The tabs show much thumbing, there are penciled notes written in the pages for Pastries, Salads and Dressings, and a moisture stain goes through some pages in Soups. Here and there are clipped recipes tucked into the book.

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Vintage SPUTNIK CIGAR BREATHER Keeps Cigar Lit Ashtray?

Vintage SPUTNIK CIGAR BREATHER Keeps Cigar Lit Ashtray? - (eBay item 310009657245 end time Dec-27-07 21:35:05 PST)

Do you like old smoking gear?

This vintage device is very heavy silvery metal with no maker's mark, only a small target design on the center bottom. Maybe it's an ashtray, but it looks like a sputnik and has four holes leading from the cup down through the four hollow legs.

There are two hollow tubes jutting out three sides of the bottom. The fourth side has two holes--one hollow and one seems plugged with rubber. I don't know if it's supposed to be that way or what.

The one inch long tube is where I'm supposing you place your lit cigar to keep it from going out. Perhaps the handle or bracket at the top is for tapping off your ashes.

The surface has numerous marks all over it like it's been banged around a good bit. It's small, only 3 1/2 inches high and feels like it weighs a ton, but it's 2 lbs. 1.3 oz.

Does this vintage cigar breather or whatever it is make you smile?

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Antique NO. 2A TARGET HAWK-EYE Box Camera Eastman Kodak

Antique NO. 2A TARGET HAWK-EYE Box Camera Eastman Kodak - (eBay item 310009446632 end time Dec-26-07 21:03:27 PST)

Do you like old cameras?

This camera is marked on the film cartridge, "No. 2A Target Hawk-Eye, Made in U.S.A. by Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N.Y., Patented in U.S.A. 1,169,882, 1,176,329, 1,494,719, Pat. Pending. Printed in U.S.A. No. 45547."

It also says, "Use Kodak Film V116 or 116. Use Kodak Film in the Yellow Box. It gets the picture." Another label suggest you give your film to a master photo dealer for expert photo finishing.

The camera is covered in black paper textured like leather and has two view finders for portrait and landscape photos. The film advance crank is marked, "Use Kodak Film 116."

To disassemble, pull out the film advance crank, lift the screw at the front end of the leather strap, grasp the camera front at each side and pull forward. The shutter lever still works and two sliding tabs control other settings. The spool in the film cartridge is wooden.

I can't see through the landscape viewer at all. There's dirt in the portrait viewer, but light gets through. One film reel guide is bent.

Does this vintage box camera make you smile?

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Vintage THE CHICAGO Old Cast Iron Tool Riveter? Emboss?

Vintage THE CHICAGO Old Cast Iron Tool Riveter? Emboss? - (eBay item 310009420712 end time Dec-26-07 17:25:04 PST)

Do you like old cast iron tools?

This vintage cast iron tool is a mystery to me. Is it a snap setter or riveter or what? It's marked, "The Chicago, Pat Apld For." The other side says, "7." Not too informative. Is it an embosser with the seals missing?

Why does it have a part that looks like an anvil? That makes me think it might be a shoemaker's tool for installing eyelets. The handle moves completely out of the way, perhaps for hammering the eyelets down good and tight on the anvil end.

There's not much of the original shiny black finish left. The handle moves easily and compresses the two cylindrical parts together.

Does this vintage cast iron mystery tool make you smile?

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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Vintage HORROCKS-IBBOTSON Cork Handle Collapsible Rod!

Vintage HORROCKS-IBBOTSON Cork Handle Collapsible Rod! - (eBay item 310009257504 end time Dec-25-07 20:05:37 PST)

Do you like old fishing rods?

This vintage Horrocks-Ibbotson cork handle collapsible fishing rod is marked, "No. 1916 Horrocks-Ibbotson Co., Utica, New York, Made in U.S.A."

The reel has line in it that's tied in a loop through the line guides as if to keep the rod from telescoping out before the next fishing trip. I show the rod expanded as far as it will while still tied.

The telescoping works easily. One end of the reel handle rubs the reel. The cork handles were very dirty and have been gently scraped clean.

Does this vintage cork rod make you smile?

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Vintage BAYUK PHILADELPHIA PERFECTO Tin Litho Cigar Box

Vintage BAYUK PHILADELPHIA PERFECTO Tin Litho Cigar Box - (eBay item 310009234282 end time Dec-25-07 17:01:13 PST)

Do you like old cigar boxes?

This vintage metal cigar box says, "Bayuk Philadelphia Perfecto Hand Made" on the lid. The lithographic designs on the sides and bottom repeat those words in red, black and gold borders and wood-grain centers.

Inside, the lid says, "Bayuk Philadelphia Hand Made Perfecto, 10 Cent--It's Ripe Tobacco! Manufactured by Bayuk Cigars Inc., Philadelphia, Pa. copyright Bayuk Cigars Incorporated, 1925."

The fine print on the box front says, "The cigars herein contained were manufactured to retail at more than eight cents each and not more than fifteen cents each and are so tax paid."

There's a liner in the bottom of very stiff paper or light cardboard covering the rusted tin bottom of the cigar box. The bottom has a small hole drilled in each corner that look like they were made by the manufacturer. Not shown in the photos is a hooked arm on the left to lock the lid in an upright position through a slot in the lid edge.

There are many scrapes all over and some stains on the lid, not surprising in a tin box this old. The bottom has much wear and rust. The lid has a few minor dents, good hinges and closes easily when you push in the front a bit.

Do the vintage graphics on this tin cigar box make you smile?

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

Vintage BUGLER CIGARETTE ROLLING MACHINE Old Kit, Box!

Vintage BUGLER CIGARETTE ROLLING MACHINE Old Kit, Box! - (eBay item 310008814815 end time Dec-23-07 19:12:56 PST)

This Bugler Cigarette Rolling Machine is a complete kit in the original box with a 1992 postage mark on it. There are four parts: the cigarette rolling device, two plastic containers for your tobacco and/or assembled cigarettes, and a packet of cigarette paper.

The packet of paper is marked "32 Leaves Job one-point-two-five Cigarette Paper, Sole Distributors U.S.A., Republic Tobacco Co., Chicago, Illinois 60640."

It looks like someone may have used some paper as the packet is open. One of the blue plastic containers had a couple flakes of tobacco in it. The red flexible plastic part of the roller has some darkening.

See more photos of the Bugler Cigarette Rolling Machine on eBay.

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Saturday, December 15, 2007

1917 Vintage UNITED STATES RIFLE Cal .30 Model 1903 HC!

1917 Vintage UNITED STATES RIFLE Cal .30 Model 1903 HC! - (eBay item 310008382189 end time Dec-21-07 21:59:29 PST)

This skinny hardcover Description and Rules for the Management of the United States Rifle Caliber .30, Model of 1903 was published by the Government Printing Office in 1917. "This manual is published for the information and government of the Regular Army and National Guard of the United States. By order of the Secretary of War: William Crozier, Brigadier General, Chief of Ordnance."

Everything you could ever want to know about the 1903 Caliber .30 rifle is in these 78 pages plus two blueprints. I'm not sure, it the blueprints seem to be how to build the wood parts and construct the gun.

There's a two page list of the ninety-three component parts of the rifle. Diagrams galore fill the pages with explanations of all the parts. Even the cartridges are analyzed in pictures and text. There are charts and tables on range, wind effects, penetration, angles of departure, elevation and temperature effects, dangerous spaces and more.

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Friday, December 14, 2007

Sixties Vintage USAF BALSA AIRPLANE KIT New in Package!

Sixties Vintage USAF BALSA AIRPLANE KIT New in Package! - (eBay item 310008369932 end time Dec-21-07 19:49:03 PST)

This vintage balsa airplane kit is in a plastic sleeve that's never been opened. The plane is marked, "USAF, 25 cents" and has simple graphics and slots for the wings and tail.

The old plane could make a great stocking stuffer for the right person. Judging from the price, it might be a great reminder of childhood days in the sixties.

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BOLD COLOR STRIPES CROCHET COVERLET Hand Made Afghan!

BOLD COLOR STRIPES CROCHET COVERLET Hand Made Afghan! - (eBay item 310008134485 end time Dec-18-07 21:47:44 PST)

This hand-made crochet coverlet has bold colorful stripes with cream chain trim. It's 100% polyester yarn made by my friend who crochets about 60 mph. She usually makes coverlets from whatever yarn colors she has on hand. This blanket, large afghan or throw or lap robe is shown on a single bed.

This one has a dainty picot edging in cream. The stitching is solid for maximum warmth and no catching of fingers and toes in crochet holes. It's a sweet, homey item to warm up your decor and snuggle up in for a nap or TV watching.

This coverlet is made of polyester worsted-weight yarn and is machine washable. You can feel extra warm knowing half of the proceeds from this auction goes to Doctors Without Borders.

Can you imagine this bit of hand-crocheted warmth in your home? See more photos on eBay.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Stainless BIRTH CERTIFICATE TUBE Engraved Scroll Holder

Stainless BIRTH CERTIFICATE TUBE Engraved Scroll Holder - (eBay item 310008110206 end time Dec-20-07 20:02:16 PST)

This stainless steel tube engraved with baby theme designs holds a parchment-type scroll Baby Birth Record. It has room to fill in the baby's birth details and a photograph. The outside of the tube says, "Birth Certificate" and has a banner with room to engrave the baby's name.

Both ends of the tube have a teddy bear design. That same teddy bear appears on the tube itself, along with balloons, a baby block, a stork, a rocking horse and the Birth Certificate banner, with little flowers scattered everywhere.

The metal is satiny smooth. The designs are outlines impressed in the metal and colored black to show up. It opens and closes smoothly with a nice seal feel due to the plastic inner sleeve. There's a hunter green bow near the join.

Does this birth certificate baton container make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Vintage EIGHT SWANS PLANTER Ceramic 5 In High Oval! - (eBay item 310007394702 end time Dec-18-07 18:18:42 PST)

Vintage EIGHT SWANS PLANTER Ceramic 5 In High Oval! - (eBay item 310007394702 end time Dec-18-07 18:18:42 PST)

This vintage ceramic planter has eight swans in a circle with their necks arched and their wings spread a bit. The bottom is marked, "Bee." The white glaze has a hint of iridescence showing slight pink and green hues.

The planter is seven inches long and five inches high. There's a chip missing from the bottom edge (see photo).

Do these eight swans make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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M&M's SNOWBALL ORNAMENT Red is Santa, Yellow is Rudolph

M&M's SNOWBALL ORNAMENT Red is Santa, Yellow is Rudolph - (eBay item 310007763795 end time Dec-19-07 19:51:51 PST)

This M&M's Snowball Christmas ornament features Red as Santa in his sleigh and Yellow as Rudolph. They're on top of a snowy red ball and have a red cord to hang the ornament. Cute!

The original box says, "Includes a 5.30 oz. bag of 'M&M's'® Chocolate Candies!" and shows how the top lifts off to reveal the candy. But I opened it and the candy is gone. No matter. Fill the snowball up again and again!

The ball itself will sit on a table. It's marked, "CE ©Mars Inc., 'M&M's', 'M' and the M&M's characters are registered trademark of Mars Incorporated. Made in China."

Does this M&M's ornament make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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Sunday, December 9, 2007

Vintage CLIP-ON SUNGLASSES Engraved Metal Rims, Case!

Vintage CLIP-ON SUNGLASSES Engraved Metal Rims, Case! - (eBay item 310006697721 end time Dec-16-07 18:49:01 PST)

These vintage clip-on sunglasses have fancy engraved or embossed design around the metal rims that might be brass. There's no design on the bar that connects the lenses. They're flexible and measure four and a half inches wide when straightened out. I see no maker's mark.

The lenses are 39 mm high and 42 mm wide. The nose width is about 2 cm wide when the glasses are straightened out fully. The clips will fit around glasses up to 6 mm thick.

There's a half inch minor scratch in the green (Polarized?) covering on the left lens at the center top. The right lens has several smaller scratches in the middle. I didn't see them until I took a close look for condition.

The case is metal covered with shiny textured black fabric or paper with wine velvet lining. They say, "Kennedy Optical Co., Optical Specialists, Franklin - Oil City - Warren, PA."

Do these old clip-ons make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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Vintage Blue GRANITEWEAR BERRY BUCKET W/ LID Sm. Pail!

Vintage Blue GRANITEWEAR BERRY BUCKET W/ LID Sm. Pail! - (eBay item 310006409069 end time Dec-16-07 18:30:00 PST)

This vintage blue granitewear berry bucket with lid has a speckled finish and royal blue trim. I see no maker's mark anywhere.

It stands four inches high without the lid, about five and a half inches high with the lid. The bail handle stands up four inches above the rim.

Does this vintage berry bucket make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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Saturday, December 8, 2007

Vintage Alum WOODPECKER TOOTHPICK HOLDER Picks Up Picks

Vintage Alum WOODPECKER TOOTHPICK HOLDER Picks Up Picks - (eBay item 310006118905 end time Dec-14-07 21:26:19 PST)

This vintage cast aluminum woodpecker toothpick holder moves to pick up a toothpick for you when you push down on his head. There's a sewing machine needle glued into his beak that stabs a pick in the hollow "log."

The underside is embossed, "Morton Grove Products." At least I think that's what it says. It's a bit hard to make out the second word.

The paint on the log is worn off all the high points. The woodpecker still has almost all his color.

Do this animated woodpecker toothpick holder and picker-upper make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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Friday, December 7, 2007

Vintage HEDDON ARBOGAST KAUTZKY FLATFISH LURES Orig Box

Vintage HEDDON ARBOGAST KAUTZKY FLATFISH LURES Orig Box - (eBay item 310005804910 end time Dec-13-07 20:47:49 PST)

These seven vintage fishing lures come to you in their original boxes with booklets for most of them. There are really eight lures, because one box has two lures in it. The lot of them is in a tin candy box with a rainbow trout design.

The lures info:
  • 5 lures are Fly-Rod Flatfish from Helin Tackle Company, Detroit 7, Michigan
    • Size F2 Black 1 1/8" long, single hook, with booklet, $1.10 sticker
    • Size F2 White 1" long, single hook, with booklet, $1.10 sticker
    • Size F3 Black 1 3/8" long, triple hook (in same box as previous lure)
    • Size F2 Silver 1 1/8" long, single hook, with booklet, extra line connector, $1.10 sticker
    • Size F6 Black 2 1/8" long, 2 triple hooks, no booklet, $1.10 sticker
  • Heddon Tiny Torpedo Dowagiac Lure 360-XRY 2 1/2" long, 2 triple hooks, no booklet, $.79 and $1.19 stickers, James Heddon's Sons, Dowagiac, Michigan
  • Kautzky "Lazy Ike" KL-17 OK orange, 2 1/8" long, 2 triple hooks, with booklet, $1.25 sticker, Kautzky Lazy Ike Co., Fort Dodge, Iowa
  • Arbo-Gaster 1/4 oz. Deep diving--Floating Lure, Red and Yellow 5" long (including 2 1/2" tail), 2 triple hooks, with booklet, unreadable sticker price, Fred Arbogast Company, Inc., 313 W. North Street, Akron, Ohio 44303
Do these fishing lures make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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FLOWER GARDEN CROCHET COVERLET Hand Made Afghan Throw!

FLOWER GARDEN CROCHET COVERLET Hand Made Afghan Throw! - (eBay item 310005435423 end time Dec-13-07 18:30:00 PST)

This hand-made crochet coverlet has big white granny squares with a three-dimensional flower in each center and ombre yarn joins and border. It's 100% polyester yarn made by my friend who crochets about 60 mph. She usually makes coverlets from whatever yarn colors she has on hand. This blanket, large afghan or throw is shown on a single bed.

This one has a dainty picot edging on the colorful variegated yarn border of green, rose, white, tan and purple. The three-dimensional flowers stand up about an inch high and make the coverlet look like a garden or flower trellis. It's a sweet, homey item to warm up your decor and snuggle up in for a nap or TV watching.

This coverlet is made of polyester worsted-weight yarn and is machine washable.

Can you imagine this bit of hand-crocheted warmth in your home? See more photos on eBay.

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Wednesday, December 5, 2007

1920s BISQUE DOLL IN PAPER DRESS Scant 7 In Arms Move!

1920s BISQUE DOLL IN PAPER DRESS Scant 7 In Arms Move! - (eBay item 310005405234 end time Dec-12-07 19:42:29 PST)

This vintage bisque doll is four inches tall from head to foot but stands almost seven inches tall because of her long, stiff gathered paper skirt or dress. She has very pale blonde painted hair with a painted blue bow, light brown brows, dark eyes and a dot of red on her mouth. Her upper back is marked, "Made in Japan."

Her movable arms are attached with wire. Her legs with socks and black painted shoes also move. She's none too clean, but I made no attempt to clean her, afraid of damaging her or her paper skirt.

Her skirt might be crepe paper and might have been green originally. It's been gathered with thread in two tiers and has four tiny pink paper flowers. It's stiff enough for her to stand upright even though her feet are far from the skirt bottom. The skirt/dress has two tiny straps which are also age-darkened.

We think this doll is probably from the 1920s as she came to us with another bisque doll that is definitely from the twenties.

Does this tiny old bisque doll make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

1920s BISQUE DOLL 7-Inch Bare Bottom Cutie in Knit Top!

1920s BISQUE DOLL 7-Inch Bare Bottom Cutie in Knit Top! - (eBay item 310004737747 end time Dec-11-07 18:30:00 PST)

This vintage bisque doll is seven inches tall, blonde, wearing a slinky knit top and nothing else. She still has her arms. Her upper back is marked, "Made in Japan."

Her face is painted in a twenties style with the thin brows, big eyes with lashes painted top and bottom, a tiny bow mouth and her hair is bobbed. She's none too clean. I used a damp cloth on her and it did almost nothing. Perhaps you know how to give her a proper bath.

Her silky little pink knit top has a hole at the bottom front, a smaller hole on her right side and some irregularities at the back.

There's a flaw in the bisque at her ankle and a tiny hole in the bottom of her feet. She has no cracks, crazing or chips and her arms are held in place with a rubber band, I think. They move easily and stay put.

Does this old doll make you smile? See more photos on eBay.

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BLACK MANSERVANT CAST IRON BANK Still Top Hat Old Man!

BLACK MANSERVANT CAST IRON BANK Still Top Hat Old Man! - (eBay item 310005035606 end time Dec-11-07 18:11:43 PST)

This vintage cast iron bank is a five-inch tall balding black manservant dressed in very old-fashioned red coat, white high-collar shirt, yellow pants, yellow tie, and black shoes. He's holding a top hat. I see no maker's mark.

He's a still bank missing a significant amount of finish. The screw holding the front and back halves together has a slot head. I tried to open it in search of a maker's mark, but it didn't budge and I didn't want to force it.

There's no money in it now. The slot is a scant inch wide and won't accept a quarter. Was this bank made before quarters were common change in a kid's pocket?

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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Vintage 12 K GOLD EYE GLASSES Engraved Wire Frame, Case

Vintage 12 K GOLD EYE GLASSES Engraved Wire Frame, Case - (eBay item 310004344028 end time Dec-09-07 19:16:03 PST)

This pair of gold eye glasses feature bifocal lenses and flexible wire temples that wrap around your ears. Engraved on the inside of the temples are the words, "1/10 12 K G.F." There's a small symbol also, but I couldn't make it out. They come in a hard leather case.

The lens width is 45 mm, the lens height is 41 mm, the temples measure 117 mm from the lens to the middle back of the ear piece. The lenses are 24 mm apart and the nose pads are 18 mm apart.

There's a design carved into the temples and the bridge is a plain narrow bar. There's no frame around the lower part of the lenses. Screws through holes in the lenses attach the nose pads and the frame. These glasses are almost weightless.

The coolest thing about this style of eye glass temples is the way the glasses stay on your head even if you turn upside-down. If you're sick of your spectacles falling off, these are for you.

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5 Skeins Rose MAXI-CORD MACRAME CORD 6 mm 500 Yds 4 Lbs - (eBay item 310004025766 end time Dec-08-07 21:45:47 PST)

5 Skeins Rose MAXI-CORD MACRAME CORD 6 mm 500 Yds 4 Lbs - (eBay item 310004025766 end time Dec-08-07 21:45:47 PST)
 

These five skeins are marked, "Polypropylene Maxi-Cord Twisted, High Gloss, Brushes Out, Rose R09, 6mm - 100 Yards - 91 Meters."

Four skeins still have the labels which give instructions for measuring and cutting without fraying, and say, "Plaid Enterprises publishes a complete line of How-To books featuring Maxi-Cord shapes, chairs and accessories to enhance home decor."

I think they're all full skeins even though their weights differ:
  • one with a label weighs 13.9 oz.
  • another with a label weighs 12.9 oz.
  • one with a short tail weighs 12.9 oz.
  • one with a long tail weighs 12.7 oz.
  • the one without a label weighs 12.5 oz.
Altogether there are 4 pounds 2 ounces of macrame fun. Trader Horn wanted $5.19 each, marked them down to $3.47, then unloaded them at 50 cents each.

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Friday, November 30, 2007

Vintage Brass SIMPLEX ALCOHOL BURNER TORCH Solder Tool! - (eBay item 310003774543 end time Dec-07-07 19:22:43 PST)

Vintage Brass SIMPLEX ALCOHOL BURNER TORCH Solder Tool! - (eBay item 310003774543 end time Dec-07-07 19:22:43 PST)

This lamp, blow torch or soldering torch is all brass and marked, "Simplex, Pat. Pend., Eerblow Mfg. Co., Leetsdale, PA."

I know nothing about this device. There are two knobs that need a pair of pliers to adjust, judging by the scars on the brass around them and the fact that they don't budge with fingers turning them. That might be a cap on top for filling the thing, but it doesn't budge either.

Another eBayer called one similar to this an antique alcohol burning soldering torch. Besides the scratches around the knobs, there's a dent on the bottom edge and some discoloring on the brass. It feels solid, nothing loose outside. It makes a tiny jingle you can barely hear inside when you shake it.

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Vintage Navy WWII U.S. SERVICE WRITING KIT in Orig Box! - (eBay item 310003746161 end time Dec-07-07 18:15:00 PST)

Vintage Navy WWII U.S. SERVICE WRITING KIT in Orig Box! - (eBay item 310003746161 end time Dec-07-07 18:15:00 PST)

This U.S. Service Writing Kit is a navy blue faux leather paper folder with a silver embossed logo on the front cover. Inside on the left is a pocket full of envelopes with a place to put your sweetheart's photo and your name, number, outfit, company, camp and location. On the right is a pad of stationery imprinted with the words "United States Navy" and the same logo that's on the front cover.

There are 23 envelopes and the pad looks full. I wonder if a military man wrote one letter to account for a 24th envelope. The envelopes and stationery age darkened. We believe it's a World War II era kit.

The pasteboard box/envelope is printed on the front in red with images of three servicemen, a mailing envelope, stars and a banner that says, "U.S. Service Writing Kit." Someone hand-wrote on the end the words "Navy" and "Blue." There's a blue-printed or stamped "N" on the closure tab.

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58 Vintage HBO GUIDES 1981 to 1991 Great Photos, Movies - (eBay item 310003520922 end time Dec-06-07 20:54:44 PST)

58 Vintage HBO GUIDES 1981 to 1991 Great Photos, Movies - (eBay item 310003520922 end time Dec-06-07 20:54:44 PST)

This stack of 58 Home Box Office guides contains issues from 1981 to 1991, four featuring now-deceased stars looking young, like Dudley Moore, Richard Harris, Richard Pryor and an older Jessica Tandy.

There are so many great photos and memories of great movies here!
  • July 1980, Jaws 2
  • September 1980, 10
  • January 1981, Close Encounters, Pete's Dragon, Meatballs, 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • February 1981, Starting Over, The Rose, Meteor, Cher in Concert
  • March 1981, Apocalypse Now, Raise the Titanic, SRO: Vanities, Mary Poppins, The Fog
  • April 1981, Dressed to Kill, Holmes Title Fight, The Black Stallion, Escape From Alcatraz, The Big Red One
  • May 1981, Chapter Two, Star Trek The Motion Picture
  • June 1981, Urban Cowboy, The Electric Horseman, Hagler Title Fight, The Shining American Gigolo
  • July 1981, Coal Miner's Daughter, Smokey and the Bandit II, Bronco Billy, Alien, Wimbledon '81, SRO: Hallelujah Hollywood
  • December 1981, Kramer vs. Kramer
  • January 1982, 9 to 5, The Elephant Man, SRO: An Evening at the Moulin Rouge, The Jazz Singer, Benitez-Duran Championship Fight
  • February 1982, Fort Apache The Bronx, Simon and Garfunkel: The Concert in the Park, Championship Boxing: Sugar Ray Leonard, Tribute
  • March 1982, Any Which Way You Can, Bustin' Loose, Flash Gordon, The Postman Always Rings Twice, HBO Theater: Barefoot in the Park
  • April 1982, Stir Crazy, Escape from New York, SRO: Jerry Lee Lewis
  • May 1982, The Four Seasons, HBO Theater: Plaza Suite, Excalibur, The Legend of the Lone Ranger
  • July 1982, For Your Eyes Only, S.O.B., Only When I Laugh, History of the World Part I, Championship Boxing: Hagler vs. Hearns
  • September 1982, Camelot, Outland, Mommie Dearest, Endless Love, U.S. Open Tennis
  • October 1982, Arthur, Body Heat, First Monday in October, Hagler Title Fight
  • November 1982, Ragtime, Paternity, Championship Boxing: Pryor vs. Arguello, Prince of the City
  • February 1983, Star Wars, Sharky's Machine, HBOnlys! Hagler Title Fight, Fleetwood Mac, Not Necessarily the News
  • March 1983, Chariots of Fire, An American Werewolf in London, Evil Under the Sun, Championship Boxing: Braxton vs. Spinks, An Evening with Robin Williams
  • April 1983, Star Trek II The Wrath of Khan, Philip Marlowe Private Eye, Not Necessarily the News Willie Nelson
  • May 1983, The Terry Fox Story, Missing, Victor/Victoria, Hagler Title Fight, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Richard Pryor Live on the Sunset Strip
  • June 1983, Dolly in Concert, Poltergeist, Author! Author!, Some Kind of Hero, Wimbledon '83, Buddy Hackett
  • July 1983, Rocky III, Grease 2, Six Pack, Billy Joel in Concert, Spinks Title Fight, The Who Tour 1982
  • August 1983, Firefox, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Night Shift, Laurence Olivier & Jackie Gleason as Mr. Halpern & Mr. Johnson, U.S. Open Tennis
  • September 1983, Between Friends, Reds, Young Doctors in Love, Amityville II: The Possession, Kenny Rogers Live in Concert, Dokes Title Fight
  • October 1983, First Blood, The Toy, My Favorite Year, The World According to Garp, The TIME of Our Lives, Donna Summer
  • November 1983, An Officer and a Gentleman, The Verdict, Honkytonk Man, Still of the Night, Monsignor, Barbara Mandrell
  • March 1984, 48 Hrs., Frances, The Outsiders, Men At Work, Tender Mercies, World Championship Boxing: Page vs. Witherspoon, Hagler vs. Roldan
  • June 1984, Blue Thunder, Psycho II, The Sting II, National Lampoon's Vacation, Carlin on Campus, Wimbledon, Maximum Security
  • July 1984, Octopussy, Jaws 3, Easy Money, Yellowbeard, Glen Campbell, Wimbledon '84, Rich Little
  • October 1984, The Big Chill, Never Say Never Again, Hagler/Hamsho Title Fight, The Guardian, Countdown to 'Looking Glass'
  • April 1985, Romancing the Stone, Moscow on the Hudson, Against All Odds, Carol Burnett in The Laundromat, Family Showcase Festival
  • August 1985, Revenge of the Nerds, Cannonball Run II, Daryl Hall & John Oates, The Woman in Red, WBC Lightweight Title Fight, Red Dawn
  • April 1986, Act of Vengeance, Philip Marlowe Private Eye, Police Academy 2, Spinks/Holmes Title Fight Rematch
  • December 1986, Barbara Streisand One Voice, Rocky IV, Christmas at Radio City Music Hall, Witherspoon/Tubbs Championship Fight, Santa Claus: The Movie, Spies Like Us
  • February 1987, Out of Africa, Bruce Willis, Wildcats, The Quick and the Dead
  • October 1987, Stand By Me, Billy Joel from Leningrad USSR, Mike Tyson Title Fight, The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains
  • June 1988, Dirty Dancing, Roxanne, HBO Showcase: Walkheim: A Commission of Inquiry, Countdown to Tyson-Spinks
  • July 1988, Predator, Olivia Newton-John in Australia, Dragnet, Vietnam War Story
  • August 1988, No Way Out, The Big Easy, La Bamba, Steal the Sky
  • November 1988, A Dangerous Life, Baby Boom, The Running Man, Suspect
  • June 1988 Willow, The Presidio, Tales from the Crypt, Traveling Man
  • September 1989 Big, Crocodile Dundee II, Diana's (Ross) World Tour, The Heist
  • October 1989, Gorillas in the Mist, "Midnight Train to Moscow:, Perfect Witness, Tucker: The Man and His Dream
  • November 1989, The Accused, Red King White Knight, Punchline, Two Great Fights! Tyson & Chavez
  • December 1989, Coming to America, Alien Nation, Age-Old Friends, The 13th Annual Young Comedians Show
  • January 1990, Twins, The Image, Dangerous Liaisons, Tequila Sunrise
  • February 1990, Rain Man, Tyson Title Fight
  • April 1990, Major League, Tales From the Crypt, Chances Are, Nunn vs. Starling Title Fight
  • June 1990, Ghostbusters II, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, HBO Comedy Hour: George Carlin, Boxing: Mike Tyson Returns!
  • August 1980, Madonna--Live Blond Ambition World Tour 90, Indians Jones and the Last Crusade, HBO Comedy Hour: Bob Saget, Boxing Tripleheader, Women & Men
  • September 1990, Mike Tyson--The Comeback Continues, Lethal Weapon 2, The Abyss, Criminal Justice, Somebody Has to Shoot the Picture
  • February 1991, Glory, Hard to Kill, Blue Steel, Boxing Doubleheader Whitaker-Camacho
  • March 1991, Driving Miss Daisy, The Josephine Baker Story, Revenge, Crazy People, The Bear
  • April 1991, Joe Versus the Volcano, One Man's War, Tales from the Darkside, Countdown to Holyfield-Foreman
  • June 1991, Another 48 Hrs., Tales From the Crypt, Boxing Doubleheader: Taylor & Norris, The James Brady Story
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Vintage 1912 VALET AUTOSTROP RAZOR in Case, Spare Blade - (eBay item 310003479464 end time Dec-06-07 18:30:00 PST)

Vintage 1912 VALET AUTOSTROP RAZOR in Case, Spare Blade - (eBay item 310003479464 end time Dec-06-07 18:30:00 PST)

This old razor comes in the original metal case small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Inside the case, the lid says, "Model C Valet AutoStrop Razor, Made in USA." The blade in the razor head has the word "Valet" cut out of the metal. The head says, "Valet AutoStrop Razor, Patented April 9, 1912, Other Patents Pending. AutoStrop Razor Co., New York, U.S.A."

I thought it was dangerous to use because the blade just laid on the head and would flip back. Turns out it locks in place when you pull back the little tab around the hole you screw the handle into. Phew!

The spare blade doesn't have the cut-out Valet word. It's wrapped in an ancient, torn version of waxed paper and lays in an engraved gold-color metal sleeve that has room for many more blades. The handle is solid, tipped with the screw threads for joining to the head and has gripper texture engraved in the handle ridges.

There's a bit of rust in the blue velvet case lining and some of the silver gilt words have rubbed off. The metal outside finish is very worn with much rust on the bottom. It snaps closed with a satisfying sound and feel.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Vintage Charles The Great Commodores CIGAR BOX Havanas! - (eBay item 310002949696 end time Dec-05-07 18:15:00 PST)

Vintage Charles The Great Commodores CIGAR BOX Havanas! - (eBay item 310002949696 end time Dec-05-07 18:15:00 PST)

This one shows a drawing of a three-story factory on the lid and says, "Product of Charles the Great Factory, Havana Wrapper, Havana Filler, Salvador Rodriguez, Inc., Commodores." The box ends says, "Charles the Great Factory Commodores." Inside the lid is the same design as the outer lid. The front is marked, "Commodores" and has the remnants of an engraved paper tax stamp on it that still shows an "S" and "50."

The box bottom has a printed and embossed seal that says, "City of Tampa Florida, Mascotte, Organized July 15 1887" and has an image of a sailing ship in the center. There's more writing: "Seal of the City of Tampa, Fla., Used by Special Permission of the Tampa City Council, (signed) 'Jus. M. Henderson, City Clerk', Fact. No. 409, Coll. Dist. Fla. 50.

There are two rectangles on the bottom. The big one has "Fact. No. 409 District of Florida" and a small print Notice that the cigar makers have complied with all regulations, etc. The other one says, "The Cigars herein contained were manufactured to retail at not more than Five Cents each and are so tax-paid." Between those rectangles are two blank lines marked Packer and Bander, but no one ever filled in their names. A hand-stamp says, "Claro."

I don't know the age of this box, but it's earlier than 1962 as these were real Havana cigars. The box has dovetail joints on all four corners and the bottom is attached with six nails. The hinges are good. There's no hint of tobacco smell, in fact, no smell at all.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Vintage SOUTH BEND CLASSIC 930 Fishing Reel w/ Booklet! - (eBay item 310002742604 end time Dec-04-07 21:34:15 PST)

Vintage SOUTH BEND CLASSIC 930 Fishing Reel w/ Booklet! - (eBay item 310002742604 end time Dec-04-07 21:34:15 PST)

This one with a black sparkle metallic finish is marked, "SB South Bend Classic 930, Designed and Engineered in U.S.A. - Gladding Group - Japan." It comes with the original booklet with the title, "Get the Most from Your New South Bend Classic Reel. South Bend Tackle Company, Inc., Division of Gladding Corporation, 4275 N.W. 77th Avenue, Miami, Florida 33166."

The booklet gives the Exclusive South Bend Classic Features:
  • Diamond Hard Line Roller spins on slick Teflon inner sleeve.
  • Quick Change Spool push button convenience without affecting drag setting or strength.
  • "Magnum Drag" 14 braking surfaces give smooth, steady drag; wide adjustment range; slip-proof power for the toughest fish.
  • Sealed Pick-Up Housing keeps water out of bearings, is dynamically balanced without weights for top smoothness and balance.
  • "Dynamatic Bail" no fail bail; fast, easy trip action works every time; can't bind, can't accidentally open or close, can't tangle line.
  • "Lube-Pump" Crank Handle exclusive design pressure-lubricates crankshaft bearing.
  • Selective Anti-Reverse exclusive "sliding block" design, placed ahead of gears, eliminates stress from gears, shafts, bearings.
  • Helical Gears spiral, machine-cut gears mounted on stainless steel shafts provide smooth, powerful and trouble-free operation.
It tells how to use the reel, tips on setting the classic's "Magnum Drag", the ABCs of Casting, care of the reel, adjustable level wind feature and has a diagram of all 58 individual parts.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Vintage 1958 PHONY FAUCET Stick Up Anywhere, Orig Box! - (eBay item 310002424080 end time Dec-03-07 20:15:20 PST)

Vintage 1958 PHONY FAUCET Stick Up Anywhere, Orig Box! - (eBay item 310002424080 end time Dec-03-07 20:15:20 PST)

This old phony faucet is silver-painted plastic with a black suction cup. The original box says, "Sensational fun gag! Phony Faucet." The back shows a guy wearing it on his forehead and the caption says, "Try This Gag, Too, On Your Friends!" Fine print: "No. 677-8 'Phony Faucet' Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. ©1958 H. Fishlove & Co., Made in Chicago 10, U.S.A., Patents Pending in U.S.A. & Foreign Countries."

The directions:
Unscrew suction cup from faucet. Moisten suction cup for better grip. Press on any smooth, clean surface. Screw faucet back onto the suction cup.

The box gives lots of suggestions on where to put the faucet:
  • Fireplace
  • Auto Trunk
  • Cabinet
  • Typewriter
  • Table
  • Bathtub
  • Sink
  • Desk
  • Piano
  • Stairs
  • Mirror
  • Buffet
  • Toilet
  • TV
  • Radio
  • Bookcase
  • Stove
  • Door
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Vintage SONA WARE ALUMINUM TEAPOT Black Handles England - (eBay item 310002133516 end time Dec-02-07 21:24:20 PST)

Vintage SONA WARE ALUMINUM TEAPOT Black Handles England - (eBay item 310002133516 end time Dec-02-07 21:24:20 PST)

This vintage aluminum teapot with wooden handles is marked on the bottom, "Made by NCJ Ltd. at Reg2 Sona Ware, The Aluminum Works, Stratford-On-Avon, England."

It's about four inches high and five inches across. The spout is firmly attached and has a tea strainer inside. The handle of the pot and lid are firmly attached. The pot bottom is scraped and worn around the rim, there are numerous scratches and scrapes and one tiny ding on the pot finish, and there's a minor stain inside the pot.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Peach Granny Square CROCHET COVERLET Hand Made Afghan! - (eBay item 310002085911 end time Dec-02-07 17:58:04 PST)

Peach Granny Square CROCHET COVERLET Hand Made Afghan! - (eBay item 310002085911 end time Dec-02-07 17:58:04 PST)

Here's a hand-made crochet coverlet with peach (or light orange) and blue 100% polyester yarn made by my friend who crochets about 60 mph. She usually makes coverlets from whatever yarn colors she has on hand. This small blanket, large afghan, throw or lap robe is shown on a single bed.

The design is a center panel of eighteen peach granny squares with blue flower centers surrounded by borders of peach, blue and white. It's a sweet, homey item to warm up your decor and snuggle up in for a nap or TV watching.

It's made of polyester worsted-weight yarn and is machine washable.

The photos make it look more orange and less pink than it is in real life. I couldn't get the color balance right.

Can you imagine this bit of hand-crocheted warmth in your home?

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Vintage 1959 PEANUTS LUNCH BOX, THERMOS Metal, SNOOPY! - (eBay item 310001806154 end time Dec-01-07 20:23:53 PST)

Vintage 1959 PEANUTS LUNCH BOX, THERMOS Metal, SNOOPY! - (eBay item 310001806154 end time Dec-01-07 20:23:53 PST)

This colorful Thermos brand tin lunch box is marked, "Peanuts by Schulz, ©United Features Syndicate, Inc., 1950, 1954, 1959. Thermos Division King-Seeley Thermos Co." The matching half-pint thermos is marked, "Peanuts by Schulz, ©United Features Syndicate, Inc., 1950, 1954, 1959. Bottle No. 2868."

The lunch box lid features Schroeder playing his piano for Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus with his blanket and Snoopy. The other side shows Snoopy in aviator mode on his Sopwith Camel while Lucy, Linus and Charlie Brown observe. The narrow edges have strips with the characters buying tickets to a movie, kite flying, Snoopy behind enemy lines, and Charlie and Lucy playing baseball.

The thermos features Charlie Brown pitching a baseball over Snoopy's head to Lucy while Schroeder is in the outfield and Linus sucks his thumb.

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20 PA HUNTING TRAPPING Game Commission Info 1963-1993! - (eBay item 310001787740 end time Dec-01-07 18:23:53 PST)

20 PA HUNTING TRAPPING Game Commission Info 1963-1993! - (eBay item 310001787740 end time Dec-01-07 18:23:53 PST)

These twenty booklets are called, A Digest of Pennsylvania Hunting Trapping published by the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Each booklet covers one year, giving the license information, regulations, hours, maps, season and bagging limits, etc.

Four are duplicates. Here's the list of all twenty:
  • September 1, 1963 to August 31, 1964, one big page all folded up
  • September 1, 1977 to August 31, 1978, 54 pages
  • September 1, 1978 to August 31, 1979, 58 pages
  • September 1, 1979 to August 31, 1980, 50 pages
  • September 1, 1980 to August 31, 1981, 54 pages
  • September 1, 1981 to August 31, 1982, 54 pages
  • September 1, 1983 to August 31, 1984, 47 pages
  • September 1, 1984 to August 31, 1985, 47 pages
  • September 1, 1985 to August 31, 1986, 50 pages
  • September 1, 1986 to August 31, 1987, 50 pages
  • July 1, 1987 to June 30, 1988, 47 pages, 2 copies
  • July 1, 1988 to June 30, 1989, 63 pages, 3 copies
  • July 1, 1989 to June 30, 1990, 63 pages
  • July 1, 1990 to June 30, 1991, 63 pages
  • July 1, 1991 to June 30, 1992, 63 pages
  • July 1, 1992 to June 30, 1993, 63 pages
  • July 1, 1993 to June 30, 1994, 75 pages
They're all in very good condition, nice and clean.

Do you want to see how hunting and trapping info in PA has changed through the years?

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Antique 1880 McGUFFEY'S ECLECTIC THIRD READER Textbook! - (eBay item 310001561230 end time Nov-30-07 20:53:44 PST)

Antique 1880 McGUFFEY'S ECLECTIC THIRD READER Textbook! - (eBay item 310001561230 end time Nov-30-07 20:53:44 PST)

This old book has no date, but compared to other vintage books we own, this looks to us like it was published in 1880 or earlier.

The title page says, "Eclectic Educational Series. McGuffey's Newly Revised Eclectic Third Reader, Containing Selections in Prose and Poetry, with Rules for Reading; and Exercises in Articulation, Defining, Etc. Revised and Improved, By Wm. H. McGuffey, L.L. D., Revised Stereotype Edition, New York: Clark, Austin & Smith, Cincinnati: W.B. Smith & Co."

The front and back endpapers all bear many handwritten signatures in ink or pencil saying, "Mary A. Evans" or "Mrs. Mary A. Evans." Perhaps she was the teacher? Her handwriting changed a bit as though she had this book for years and years.

While the spine is still tight, all the pages are heavily speckled, the book is worn and soiled, the hinges are starting to split and the cover paper is missing here and there. The top and bottom of the spine cover is missing so the page signatures are exposed. Some pages are shorter than the rest (see photos).

The back cover lists sixteen other titles in the series. There are a few engraved illustrations like the one shown.

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Friday, November 23, 2007

Vintage ARTCRAFT 12 K GOLD EYE GLASSES Wire Frame, Case - (eBay item 310001546240 end time Nov-30-07 19:27:50 PST)

Vintage ARTCRAFT 12 K GOLD EYE GLASSES Wire Frame, Case - (eBay item 310001546240 end time Nov-30-07 19:27:50 PST)

This pair of gold eye glasses feature semi-round lenses and flexible wire temples that wrap around your ears. Engraved on the bridge of the glasses is "Artcraft 1/10 12 K GF Ful-Vue." They come in a hard leather case marked, "Dr. C. B. O'Neill, Optometrist, Clymer, PA."

The lenses are scratched all over and scuffed down the centers. The temples are green where the temples start curving around the ears. There aren't really nose pads, just a wider area of frame where they rest on your nose.

The coolest thing about this style of eye glass temples is the way the glasses stay on your head even if you turn upside-down. If you're sick of your spectacles falling off, these are for you.

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Vintage McCormick BANQUET TEA TIN LITHO BOX Graphics! - (eBay item 310001532719 end time Nov-30-07 18:16:25 PST)

Vintage McCormick BANQUET TEA TIN LITHO BOX Graphics! - (eBay item 310001532719 end time Nov-30-07 18:16:25 PST)

This old box has a teapot graphic on the lid. Three sides say, "Individual Banquet Orange Pekoe Extra Fancy Tea, McCormick & Co., Importers and Packers of Tea, Baltimore, Md., 100 Tea Bags."

The front and back have a candelabra Trade Mark in the bottom corners. One side gives directions for brewing tea in four languages: English, Italian, French and Russian.

It's very age-darkened except for part of the front where I started cleaning it with a rag moistened with alcohol. Oops, big mistake. The old color started to melt and smear while wet. The underside has considerable rust with some spots showing inside.

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

Vintage Bakelite VIEW-MASTER VIEWER, 13 Reels 1939-1955 - (eBay item 310001009493 end time Nov-28-07 22:07:11 PST)

Vintage Bakelite VIEW-MASTER VIEWER, 13 Reels 1939-1955 - (eBay item 310001009493 end time Nov-28-07 22:07:11 PST)

This old View-Master might have been new in 1955. It looks like black Bakelite and comes in half the original box with 13 old reels. It's marked, "Sawyer's View-Master Reg. U.S. Pat. Off. U.S. Pat. 2,189,285 Can. Pat. 406893 Brit. Pat. 538492 Other Pat. Pend. Made in U.S.A. Portland, ORE."

It still has the "Remove Before Using" card with instructions for how to load and view the reels. The reverse side is in French. There are also two booklets of the available reels and accessories of the time.

Titles of reels:
  • FT. 5 Cinderella and the Glass Slipper, 1946, story booklet
  • FT. 25 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, 1939
  • CH. 6A The Birth of the Savior, Bible Story, 1947, booklet
  • CH. 6B The Birth of the Savior, Bible Story, 1947, booklet
  • 165 Miami, Florida U.S.A., 1949
  • 353-A Spring Flower Show Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA, 1955
  • 353-B Fall Flower Show Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA, 1955
  • 353-C Phipps Conservatory, Pittsburgh, PA, 1955
  • 375 Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, 1948
  • 702 A Day at the Circus-II Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, 1952
  • 703 A Day at the Circus-III Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, 1952
  • 820 Woody Woodpecker in the Pony Express Ride, 1951
  • 940 Life with the Cowboys, The Rodeo, U.S.A., 1951
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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Vintage SANTA, MRS. CLAUS ON SKIS SHAKERS Made in Japan - (eBay item 310000994856 end time Nov-28-07 20:14:50 PST)

Vintage SANTA, MRS. CLAUS ON SKIS SHAKERS Made in Japan - (eBay item 310000994856 end time Nov-28-07 20:14:50 PST)

This salt and pepper shakers set is Santa and Mrs. Claus on skis. Why they're on skis, I don't know. Each has a sticker on the bottom that says, "Made in Japan."

Made of ceramic, they measure over three inches high. She has two holes in her head, he has three. They have little clear plastic stoppers in the bottom.

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Vintage LARGE WOOD DRAFTING COMPASS 16-Inch Legs, Draws - (eBay item 310000985975 end time Nov-28-07 19:26:47 PST)

Vintage LARGE WOOD DRAFTING COMPASS 16-Inch Legs, Draws - (eBay item 310000985975 end time Nov-28-07 19:26:47 PST)

This outsized old compass can make huge circles for you. The legs measure sixteen inches long and will spread out to any angle, including almost straight and still draw circles.

The knob and one point and a band above the pencil are metal that might have been gold in color at one time. The wood has been stained black. We installed a new pencil.

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Vintage FIDDLESTIX Game Pick Up Sticks Tube, Directions - (eBay item 310000742955 end time Nov-27-07 21:23:19 PST)

Vintage FIDDLESTIX Game Pick Up Sticks Tube, Directions - (eBay item 310000742955 end time Nov-27-07 21:23:19 PST)

This old game of pick up sticks says, "Let's Play Fiddlestix, an Exciting, Fascinating, Tantalizing Game. Plaza Mfg., Co., New York, N.Y. Made in U.S.A." I see no date, but to me the graphics suggest this game came out in the forties at the latest.

The original direction sheet is inside and gives the values of the different color sticks. There are supposed to be ten maroon (they look red to me) sticks, but there are only five. The sticks look somewhat soiled where they're unpainted.

The back shows the techniques for picking up sticks. Did you know you can use the lone purple stick as a tool to remove others? I guess I never had directions for this game in my life.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Vintage Belt Hung COIN CHANGER Vender Dispenser 4 Coins - (eBay item 310000733998 end time Nov-27-07 20:16:13 PST)

Vintage Belt Hung COIN CHANGER Vender Dispenser 4 Coins - (eBay item 310000733998 end time Nov-27-07 20:16:13 PST)

This vintage belt-hung coin changer has no maker's mark anywhere. It dispenses dimes, quarters, nickels and pennies at the press of a lever, delivering the coin into your hand quick as a wink.

There is a hook on each end to hand it on your belt or waistband. It has a bit of light rust here and there, the worst being on the ring that spits out pennies. It might like a bit of oil, especially on the rings that spits out quarters and nickels.

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