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Country Store / Advertising / Coffee Mills / Figural Cast Iron
 Patent Models / Salesman Samples / Toys & More

General Store / Country Store Antiques and related Antique Advertising  are becoming antique advertisingincreasingly more difficult to find as time passes.  A lot of "stuff" that appears at antiques shows and on the marketplace these days dates from much later than the early or pre-1900 era that good Americana or General Store type antiques with historical significance have.  This era material is what we try to focus on and offer for sale here.   Much of the stuff offered today is outright fakes - - - brand new merchandise offered up with a wink and a nod, or the latest craze, stuff made up from old things and offered as something whether it is called Steampunk, assemblages, or whatever.- - - -   personally I am at a loss for words to describe most of it.. It might be art, it might be popular, but it has little to do with authentic Americana or antiques.

The pieces listed here are just the thing to enhance your country store collection or Americana related display.  Many are great antique advertising pieces, Patent Models, salesman samples, antique kitchen related pieces, coffee mills, and other antiques that have an authentic look and feel that fit into many decorating and collecting schemes.  We strive to offer genuine early American antiques and antique General Store artifacts---true Americana that has a real "Country" look and feel.  

US Patent Models

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Antique American Patent Models have a colorful and interesting history, and represent one of the most graphic and rare forms of American ingenuity and inventiveness that is available Patent Model Corn Planteron the antique market.  The requirement that each invention would require a model of the invention was first mandated by the government in 1790.  That requirement was essentially dropped in the late 1800's as the volume of models the government was storing became enormous.

Over the years there were 2 different fires in the patent model storage locations and many of the earliest patent models were destroyed.  These wonderful pieces of Americana were neglected and ignored for years with all of them nearly being sold off for scrap in the 20's.  They were saved from that fate through the wisdom and foresight of a few devoted and visionary collectors who bought them for their intrinsic value and beauty. 

Most  patent models available today came from the efforts of either O. Rundle Gilbert or Cliff Peterson, both of whom at one time owned, and were marketing the remaining patent models during their period of ownership. There are small stashes of, and collections of models all overPatent Model Revolving Cannon the country that were formed when these and other different owners were selling off portions of the original collection to finance their dream.  

A few years ago there were hundreds available for sale at the major antique shows on the East Coast.  Currently there is a large collection of parts and pieces of  patent models being offered for sale on eBay with the spiel that the proceeds are going to some charitable fund or foundation to benefit the "kids".   When I read those ads I expect to see offers for shares in the ownership of  the bridge being built to it, as in nowhere, as an added bonus.

US Patent Models / Salesman Samples

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  • 1876 Patent Model Boiler
  • 1870 Patent Model of Revolving Cannon like Early Machine Gun or Gatling Gun     
  • 1877 Patent Model of Washing Machine by George Buchanan of Washington, PA
  • 1879 Washing Machine Patent Model by Robert Ward and Robert Rogers of Arkansas
  • 1878 Patent Model Wash Boiler w/ Built in Agitator

Antique Salesman Samples

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  • Salesman Sample of 1867 Patent Combination Wine / Cheese Press & Sausage Stuffer Salesman Sample of 1867 Musselman Patent of Combination Cheese / Fruit 
	Press and Stuffer Stuffer
  • Humphrey Salesman Sample Tankless Water Heater
  • Salesman Sample Automatic Fishing Pole / Fishing Line Alarm
  • Hall Fishing Line Salesman Sample Display
  • Salesman Sample Roll of Tool Handles / Perfection, Triumph, Daniel Boone
  • Salesman Sample Peavey / Log Roller
  • Spring Driven Round Washing Machine
  • Several Salesman Sample / Toy Wringers

Antique & Vintage
Salesman Sample Stoves / Display Model Stoves
Childs Size Cast Iron Toy Stoves

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  • French Salesman Sample / Child Size Wood Fired Cook Stove
  • "DUDE" Salesman Sample / Toy Cook Stove by Central City Stove Co. of Newark Ohio Orinda Stove Works #118 Perfect Floor Warmer Quincy Ill Parlor Stove Salesman Sample / Store Display
  • Bay State Toy Cook Stove
  • Passion Flower 1886 Evansville Ind. Cast Iron Stove
  • Little Eva Cast Iron Toy Stove by T Southland
  • Triumph Range Cast Iron Toy Stove by Kenton      SOLD!!
  • Ideal #2 Brass Plated Cast Iron Toy Stove
  • Superior Salesman Sample Gas Range / Stove
  • G. F. Filley Charter Oak Cast Iron Stove
  • Queen Cast Iron Toy Stove by Stevens
  • Sterling Tin Bodied Salesman Sample Stove w/ Cast Doors & Vents 
  • 2 Miniature Sears Cast Iron Stoves
  • Antique Salesman Sample "SELLMORE" Wood Stove
  • Orinda Stove Works #118 "Perfect Floor Warmer" Salesman Sample / Store Display Parlor Stove
  • Ideal #5 Cast Iron Toy Range / Cook Stove Antique Cast Iron Uncle Sam  Miniature Cook Stove by Abendroth Bros
  • Globe Range Cast Iron Toy # 950 Cook Stove by Kenton
  • James Leffel "Double Oven Stove Patented 1849 Springfield Ohio"
  • Britt & Folger Cin. O. "Little Giant" Cast Iron Stove      SOLD!!
  • The Belle 1868 Cast Iron Stove
  • Antique Cast Iron Charter Oak 1885 #103 Stove
  • Charter Oak 1880 #503 Antique Cast Iron Stove
  • 2 Different Uncle Sam Cast Iron Salesman Sample / Toy Stoves

Antique Coffee Mills / Grinders & Accessories

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Our primary interest is in double wheel #2 or  #3 size cast iron mills. These small double wheel coffee mills make for a Landers Fairy & Clark #20 (2) Size Coffee Mill / Grindervery colorful and graphic display in almost any room or setting in the house.  They are wonderful pieces and a great reminder of years past.  They fit right in with the current craze concerning coffee drinking.  If you have not experienced it, there really is a difference between the taste or flavor of coffee ground between plates or burrs as these early grinders have, and coffee which is  chopped up with knife blades from the electric things made in China and sold in every retail store across America. 

The cosmetic condition of double wheel coffee mills and the condition of the original finish are very important, and we only deal in and offer for sale those in excellent condition with original paint and decals. Original condition coffee mills are becoming very difficult to find and are the ones that seem to draw the most comments and attention when shown off.  The refinished coffee grinders that look like new cars coming off the lot are nice in their own right, but not something you will find listed here.

  • Lander Frary & Clark #20 Double Wheel Coffee Mill / Grinder in Green Finish
  • Golden Rule Wall Mount Coffee Grinder
  • Grand Union Wall Mount Litho Advertising Coffee Grinder / Mill
  • Bouquet Tin Litho Wall Mount Advertising Coffee Grinder / Mill   

Figural Cast Iron / Toys / Advertising / Country Store & Misc.

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The Americana General Store & Country Kitchen antiques and collectibles found on this page cover a broad range both in vintage and uses. We use to deal extensively in Kitchen Antiques and related paraphernalia before branching paint_churn1.jpg (20291 bytes)out and dealing in many other kinds of patented and mechanical devices.

Over the years our focus has broadened as the supply of the neat early stuff has all but disappeared from the market.   In order to stay relevant we moved the time line up a bit and our interests broadened to include things like patented ice cream scoops, odd can openers, corkscrews as well as vintage or antique electric toasters. 

We drew the line at such things as Tupperware,  Fire King, and later plastic "Kitchen Chic" which now seem to be the rage and currently popular and active categories of Kitchen collectibles to seek,  collect, and use.

  • Aladdin Model A Kerosene Pressure Lantern / Lamp
  • National Store Specialty Co. 4 lb. Candy Scale
  • Largest Size Kenton Flat Iron Building Cast Iron Still Bank
  • Shak-Rite c. 1920 Electric Cocktail Shaker Foresters of America / Fraternal Group Ceremonial Axes
  • Monroe Brothers Patented Clamp-on Egg Beater
  • Foresters of America / Fraternal Group Ceremonial Decorated Wooden Axes
  • Cast Iron 1920's Arcade Baby Red Dump Truck w/ Decals & Original Wheels
  • Arcade 1933 Century of Progress Chicago Worlds Fair Tour Bus
  • 3 Carved and Decorated Scandinavian Mangle / Smoothing Boards 
  • Triang Brand English Wooden Toy Wheelbarrow
  • Wooden Toy Wheelbarrow
  • Figural Concrete Flamingos / Garden Art
  • Ladies Tortoise Shell Hair Combs in Fitted Case   
  • Thompson Apple Peeler, Corer, & Slicer
  • Various Padlocks
  • PRR Railroad Cast Iron Lock
  • Early Company Marked Padlock
  • Several Steelyard Scales
  • E. Kelsey's July 25 1865 Patent Paper Knife

Antique & Vintage

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  • Aladdin Model A Kerosene Pressure Lantern / Lamp
  • Patented Lamp / Light Holder
  • Hardsocg Mfg. Co Miners Oilwick Mining Light
  • Miners Candlestick w/ Filework
  • Miners Candle Stick w/ Figural Pick / Tool in Handle

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Wire Clothes Hangers & Clothes Pins

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Paperweights / Locks / Scales Etc.

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  • 1620 Plymouth Rock Paperweight Grand Army of the Republic Cast Iron Paperweight
  • Grand Army of the Republic Cast Iron Hat / Paperweight
  • Several Miniature Anvil Paperweights
  • T. R. McMann Miniature Advertising Anvil / Salesman Sample / Paperweight
  • William G. Fischer "Grand Active" Cin. O. USA Miniature Advertising Anvil / Salesman Sample / Paperweight
  • "C. P. Green 1891 X" Cast Brass Miniature Anvil Paperweight
  • "C.H. Benton" Miniature Advertising Anvil / Salesman Sample / Paperweight
  • 1776 / 1876 Miniature Centennial Commemorative Anvil Paperweight
  • F. M. Russell Omaha Gas & Electric Fixtures Miniature Advertising Anvil / Salesman Sample / Paperweight Hugo Hackenberg Dortmund Miniature Cast Iron Advertising Anvil / Salesman Sample / Paperweight
  • Menzel & Jeffery / Castings Miniature Advertising Anvil / Salesman Sample / Paperweight
  • Cast Brass Miniature Advertising Anvil / Salesman Sample / Paperweight
  • Adam Wagner Cast Iron Miniature Advertising Anvil / Salesman Sample / Paperweight
  • "Hugo Hackenberg Dortmund" Miniature Cast Iron Advertising Anvil / Salesman Sample / Paperweight
  • "Cristobal Colon / Sunk July 3rd 1898" Miniature Cast Brass Commemorative Advertising Anvil / Paperweight
  • "USE Bradley's Top Props / New Haven Slat Irons" Miniature Cast Iron Advertising Anvil / Paperweight
  • "Garland Stoves / Ranges" Miniature Cast Iron Advertising Anvil / Paperweight
  • Philip SD 75th Anniversary Plow Paperweight in Iron

Antique & Vintage
Small Animal Mouse Rat & Fly Traps

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  • Unusual Glass Body Fly Trap
  • Jillison Killer Trap    SOLD!!
  • Royal #1 Cast Iron Mouse Trap Patented 1879  
  • Dr. Hodge Fly Trap
  • National Fly Trap
  • U - Neek Mouse Trap
  • Primitive Wooden Base Rat Trap

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To view examples of the types of antiques and collectibles we have previously sold and are always interested in helping you sell please visit our Past Sales Archive Pages at our sister website

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Larry & Carole

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