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The Planet Leather Dust Beater"The Planet" Leather Dust Beater  That is what the info on the handle calls it.  The idea was granted a patent on April 30 1895.  That would be for the dust beater idea, not something like a new novel sex toy.  It was offered by the Planet Mfg. Co out of Springfield MA.  The write-up from an 1897 trade review magazine I found gushes about, but leaves the actual end uses as an open question.  The condition is great and it will be an interesting conversation piece, starter, or toy.

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AMN-TOY

Good  +. . . . . . $55.00

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C. B. Cadman & Co. Dust BeaterC. B. Cadman & Co. Dust Beater  That is what the info on the handle calls it.  The idea was granted a patent on April 30 1895.  Same as the "Planet" version offered above.  The condition is good and it will be an interesting conversation or display piece if not toy.

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AMN-TOY-2

Good  . . . . . . $25.00

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Colonial Williamsburg Candlesticks by Virginia Metalcrafters 16-20Pair of Colonial Williamsburg Candlesticks by Virginia Metalcrafters 16-20  The bottom of these tell the story.  Damage free and very well done.

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AMN-CANDLE

Fine . . . . . . $25.00

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Cast Iron Closet HangerCast Iron Closet Hanger  The plate gives the maker info. J. C. Messinger Company Manufacturers of Patent Specialties - Marketers out of Bethlehem PA.  This company made and marketed a wide variety of household products.  Damage free and very well done.

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AMN-HANGER

Fine . . . . . . $15.00

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The Immigrant Family 9 Inch Celluloid Photo PortraitThe Immigrant Family 9" Celluloid Photo Portrait   Instant relatives.  The type of folks that made America what it is today. They look fresh off Ellis Island. The  metal disc this photographic image is on is about 9" Dia and has a hanger for wall mounting.   Excuse the glare.  It has held up well over the years.

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AMN-FAMILY

Good +. . . . . . $45.00

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Teddy Roosevelt Rough Rider Baking PowderTeddy Roosevelt "Rough Rider" Baking Powder  Unopened.  small 4 1/4 oz. size.  Nice condition given the age.  Good color - great graphic of Donalds favorite president riding up San Juan Hill to the rescue.  It has held up well over the years.

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AMN-ROUGH

Good + . . . . . . $45.00

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H. E. Hessler Washing Machine / Scrub BoardH. E. Hessler Washing Machine / Scrub Board  The H. E. Hessler Co. was based in Syracuse NY.  A great design and very graphic.  We had this in the laundry room for over 20 years.  One of many Maytag forerunners.  Forget about watching a video to get a workout, get something done and get the workout at the same time.  Or look up at it as you are loading that new washer and thank someone for how far we have come. 

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AMN-HWASH

Good + . . . . . . $75.00

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Hubley # 124 Cast Iron Flower Pot Door KnockerHubley # 124 Cast Iron Flower Pot Door Knocker  Cute

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AMN-KNOCK

Good + . . . . . . $15.00

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So - Easy / So-Ezy Mouse Trap by Wolverton Mfg. Co. of Holton KansasSo - Ezy Mouse Trap by Wolverton Mfg. Co. of Holton Kansas  The label is a bit faded, but readable.  Good thing as that is the only marking on this rare and unusual mouse trap.  It is on trap peoples want list, but not in any collections I know of.  It was made by the Wolverton Mfg. Co. out of Holton Kansas.  To operate you squeeze the arms at the rear, raise the bait tray arm, and it is set.  Not the most powerful trap ever made, but one of the hardest to find.  Very nice.

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SO-EZY-TRAP

Fine . . . . . $895.00

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Reading 78 Apple Peeler / Pare - Antique Kitchen CollectibleReading 78 Apple Peeler / Parer - Antique Kitchen Collectible  An original, not one of the current green knockoffs sold as such. Tune it up and use it, or display as a true antique and piece of Americana.   Very nice.

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TX-R78

Good + . . . . . $65.00

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Enterprise Mfg. Co No 0 Cast Iron Coffee GrinderEnterprise Mfg. Co No 0 Cast Iron Coffee Grinder  All original.  Use it, or display as a true American antique and piece of Americana.   Very nice.

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TX-ENT-0

Good + . . . . . $115.00

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Antique Kitchen CollectiblesAntique Kitchen Collectibles  10 vintage and antique wire ware & tin ware kitchen tools and gadgets.  An instant collection, dealer or gift lot.  Included are a cast iron combo meat tenderizer, ice chipper, a wire lamp cleaner w/ wisk like end, 3 pot scrubbers / scrapers, 2 can / jar openers, a Rumford Potato Baking Rack, an Edgar Nutmeg Grater, and finally a 3 blade adjustable spatula.  Quite an assortment, all for one money and priced to sell.   Very nice.

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SBRG-10-KIT

Good + . . . . . $55.00  Lot

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Pratt 1857 Patent Ladies Companion Sewing MachinePratt Patent "Ladies Companion" Patent 1857 Sewing Machine  Samuel F. Pratt of Massachusetts was granted 2 different patents in 1857 - 1858 for machines of this type. The serial # on this exceptional condition example is 110.  The sew plate is stamped with just the earlier Feb 3 1857 date.  Both patents are easily found on Google.  In her Smithsonian-sponsored book on sewing machines Grace Cooper has a section on the historical significance of this machine and its inventor Samuel F. Pratt of Massachusetts.

It has been suggested that this machine was only marketed for a couple of years, and there are just a handful known, including one in the Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan.  Most sewing machine collectors have never seen one much less had an opportunity to purchase one. 

This rare antique sewing machine is in exceptional all-original condition with no breaks, cracks or condition issues.  It stands approx. 28" tall, and the table is 12" square.  The original green finish is well over 90% and the gold highlights are super.  It still has its original leather drive belt, and the operation is flawless. 

An opportunity to own one of the rarest of all American Patented Sewing Machines, a piece of American history and true Americana that may well never be available again.  Rare and Nice!!

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RB-PRATT-SM

Good + . . . . . . . $17,500.00

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Sub Grade Rod #218 by L. A. Batham Oakland Cal."Sub Grade Rod" #218" by L. A. Batham Oakland Cal.   I have never seen or heard of this "Sub Grade Rod" before, and neither has Google. This unusual measurement device is NOS in its case.   Google does recognize the maker, and he was the California city of Oakland's official draftsman back in the 1920s.  He also lived in Chico and applied for the chief engineer job there about the same time.  That is all the info I could find.  No mention of a patent or reference to this type of device would come up. 

I am guessing that Mr. L. A.  Batham was sent out to a lot of job sites to measure footings and got tired of bending down to read the tape to see if they were the proper depth.  Below the name stamp is a window with a ruler that one would read the depth of the footing or trench - below grade while holding it in the trench and reading the scale while standing erect.  The total travel range of the two sliding sticks is less than 2 feet.  That is about what code here calls for with footings and stem walls.  That is my guess anyway. 

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SR-SG-ROD

Fine  . . . . . $275.00

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K & E / Keuffel & Esser Point of Sale Advertising DisplayK & E / Keuffel & Esser Point of Sale Advertising Display  Minty nice painted steel sign.  It measures bit over 3' long and 16" or so tall.  A bit different!!  The perfect gift for the K & E collector who has all the rest.

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SR-KE-AD

Fine . . . . . $125.00

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Edison Mazda Lamp / Light Bulb DisplayEdison Mazda Lamp / Light Bulb 2 Sided Display  Overall Very Nice!!  Reverse painted glass.  2 sided.  Great graphics.  IThe inside light was working, but the cord needs to be replaced as it is bare where it goes in the body.  Bulb sockets missing.  Glass faces very nice.   An interesting and unusual 2 sided Electric related advertising display!  

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SE-MAZDA

Good +  . . . . . $595.00 

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Treasure Hunt - Dowsing Rod w/ Power TubeDowsing Rod w/ Power Tube for Treasure Hunting Every serious gold seeker or treasure hunter needed one of these back in the day. It is not just a dowsing rod for water as is normally thought of, this version is a near magical POWER model if you believe the hype.

It is similar in concept to a Gold or Treasure seekers Spanish dip Compass that also have a power tube filled with magic nuggets to help in the search for treasures.  There is one of those Spanish dip Compasses pictured and described in my past sales archives on www.AntiqBuyer.com.  The address for that page is https://www.antiqbuyer.com/all_archives/misc-archives/miningarchive.htm 

This version looks more like a water dowser in design with its twin handles.  The power tube is filled with a special gold looking material that enhances its abilities.  The original handles are included but have suffered over the years and are now very fragile and have a tape repair. A past owner / user made a replacement pair of handles that look good and work just as well.

I heard one could take a course in using this sort of thing at Trump University but they are now closed, or at PT Barnum's continuing education site if you can find it.  Just send me the money and I will enroll you.  On a more serious note though there are current day versions of these dowsing rods offered today for the incredible price of over 2K and there is an upgraded 3K model that has the added feature of a small wire antenna to further enhance the power tubes ability. Oh Lordy!!   Here is the address to view that https://www.simmonsscientificproducts.com/pmr_ii.html   Other versions are offered on eBay for somewhat less for the bargain treasure hunters out there.  P. T. Barnum and Don the Con would be proud. 

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C-DOWSER

Good  . . . . . $275.00

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Jacob's Rod - Dowsing GuideJacob's Rod - A Dowsers Guide  A reprint of the original French instruction book from the 1600's on how to use the above Dowser and get rich quick.

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DKDC-BK

Good + . . . . . $50.00  or free with purchase of the above Dowsing Rod. 

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Rare Antique CorkscrewGerman Mechanical Corkscrew Gambrinus DRGM No 137,497  Marked on one side of the barrel "GAMBRINUS D.R.G.M. 137497" and "Peter Hendrichs - Solingen" on the other side.  Registered Design No 137, 497 dated May 23, 1900 by Carl Bewer .  An odd mechanical corkscrew with a nickel plated brass barrel and cork ejector mechanism. Nice ebonized wooden handle.   It functions properly. 

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NVC-WEST

Good + . . . . . $895.00 

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Samar Triple Fixed Wingnut Flynut CorkscrewSamar Triple Fixed Wingnut Flynut Corkscrew  Marked Samar on one side of the top wingnut.  They are usually marked with a French name who was the the patentee.  It functions properly. Nickel loss.  Pretty nice!! 

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CARMEL-1D

Good  . . . . . $25.00 

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Concertina Accordion CorkscrewConcertina Accordion Corkscrew  I see no markings.  Nickel loss, some rust. It functions properly.  Pretty nice!! 

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CARMEL-1D2

Good  . . . . . $20.00 

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Patented 1898 Salesman Sample Door HingePatented 1898 Salesman Sample Door Hinge  A different idea that was no doubt way to expensive to compete in the marketplace of cheap hinges.  Instead of having to punch the pins up to get a door out of the opening here you would swing the top ball down and a cam would lift the door for you.  Simple, elegant and no doubt way to expensive to produce.

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CHC-HINGE

Good + . . . . . $35.00 

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Twisted Wire Cane HandleTwisted Wire Cane, Tool or Other Handle  I am always impressed when I come across pieces of antique twisted wire like this.  The amount of work and the process involved seems hard to comprehend.  The closest similar twisted wire cane design I could find sold for over 700 at auction and was called a barbed wire twist cane.  The wire for that was bigger than typical barbed wire but smaller than that used here.    Install as a handle on your choice and have a near unique thing.

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CHC-CANE

Good + . . . . . $95.00 

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Lamp FillerLamp Filler  This Victorian era Art Nouveau or Craftsman like Arts & Crafts era design lamp filler is very unusual in design and material from those normally seen.  Most that one sees are nickel or silver plated.  A few are natural brass.  Very few are mixed metal or copper and brass as this one is.  Most are rounded and can be either tall or squat.  Very few are squarish with contrasting materials and angular design as this one is. The mark on the base is for the S. Sternau & Co. a famous maker of metal goods from this era. A great piece.

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LCM-L-FILL-1

Good + . . . . . . $295.00

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Rochester Stamping Co Plated Lamp FillerRochester Stamping Co Silver Plated Lamp Filler  This Victorian era lamp filler is in exceptional condition.  No dents, dings, or other damage.  A very unusual design that has a great look.  The vent works and the end cap is present.  The bottom is stamped with trade mark and the company name and location.  A great piece.

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LCM-L-FILL-2

Good + . . . . . . $195.00

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Silver Plated Lamp FillerSilver Plated Lamp Filler  This Victorian era lamp filler has an unusual form and is in exceptional condition.  The long cone shape is different from the norm.  No dents, dings, or other damage, noting a bit of missing plating on the unmarked bottom.   A very unusual design that has a great look.   A great piece.

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LCM-L-FILL-3

Good + . . . . . . $175.00

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Henley Roll About Scooter / Childs Wagon1920's Henley Roll About Scooter / Childs Wagon  The original condition of this hard to find toy is incredible.  Fully 90% or more of the paint and finish remains.  It is hard to imagine the kid this was given to did not immediately take it out and trash it.

It comes with a few pages of reprinted literature explaining how to set it up, different ways to use it, ie. as a wagon, and different grades or models that they offered.  You could get it with or without the ball bearing wheels this one has, and also with rubber tires, or steel rims as this one has.  It has some sort of articulated steering joints that allow the entire platform to lean into turns.  Quite advanced.

There is also a cut out ad from an antique publication touting a much lesser condition example being offered at the Indy Ad show for 4K or so.  Opportunity knocking here.  An incredible piece. Different & Nice!

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AH-HENLEY

Fine . . . . . . $475.00

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