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K & E Keuffel & Esser Point of Sale Countertop DisplayK & E Keuffel & Esser Point of Sale Countertop Display  Never seen this before.  A bit different!!  The perfect gift for the aspiring Engineer, Architect or K & E collector who has all the rest.  Nice overall condition.  

SR-KE-AD

Good + . . . . . $175.00

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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 . . . . . $150.00

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1919 DuPont Explosives Perpetual Advertising Calendar1919 DuPont Explosives Perpetual Advertising Calendar  This DuPont Perpetual Advertising Calendar is in fine condition and appears to have never been used.  It measures 19 x 29 and the front is metal with paper back where instructions for use are.  It pictures Pres. Thomas Jefferson meeting with members of E.I. du Pont de Nemours Co. about where to locate the first American Powder Mill.

On the left side are a listing of the explosive related products that they produced.  Included are reference to Coal & Metal Mining,  Railroad Construction, Submarine Excavating, Hunting, Trap Shooting, Blasting Supplies of all kinds and more.

On the right is a listing of their non explosive products including such things as a Leather substitute or faux leather for furniture, autos,  books, clothing, etc.  It also lists things like Plastic sheeting, either anesthesia, coal tar products. Py-Ra-Lin a faux Ivory or plastic and more. 

To change the date one would lift the cover depicting Dupont and President Thomas Jefferson having a meeting and flip the pages under the picture. All the numbers, 1 - 31 are present & none are torn.    You would change the month by rotating the metal wheel. The perpetual calendar starts with 1919 and could still be used today.  A rare and desirable piece of collectible antique advertising.

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MD-DUPONT

Fine . . . . . $1895.00 

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c. 1880 Andrews Trippensee or Terrestrial Globe on Tellurium BaseAndrews Tellurium Base for Trippensee or Terrestrial Globe The bottom half anyway.  This project / parts Tellurium Base dates from the 1870's - 1880's and is a pretty rare thing.  You can find a few other examples with different setups online using Google. Some having the Sun, Earth and Moons others with just the Earth and moon.  I found one listed for 12K, and another for 18K in its original box.  Andrew is a well known and respected maker of Globes and other Planetarium related objects. 

What is here is in pretty nice condition with most of the Zodiac panels clearly readable with good color still.  There is some staining.  The gearing to revolve the planets is present and works.   What you see is what you get.

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ALA-ANDREWS

Good + . . . . . $675.00 

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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  . . . . . $295.00

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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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Braun Mortar & PestleBraun Mortar & Pestle  A small unusual mortar & pestle.  Braun was based in Los Angeles CA and were well known makers of medical and mining related goods.  They are probably best known for their line of analytical scales. This is marked in the casting around the base “Los Angles Cal. 2 p.t. Med. By F.W. Braun”.

This mortar and pestle would be appropriate for ore crushing prior to assaying, culinary uses and for apothecary uses.  The mortar measures approximately 4 ¾” tall x 3 ½” diameter and weighs about 5 lbs. The pestle measures 9 ¾” in length and about 1 ¼” in diameter at the grinding end.

Overall condition is excellent with no chips or cracks.  Add it to the collection.

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GG-BN-MORTAR

Good + . . . . . $275.00 

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Eagle Prismacolor Turquoise Pencil Store DisplayEagle Prismacolor Turquoise Pencil Store Display   An interesting store display that still sports 1 of each of nearly all the pencils it started out with, with original points no less.  There is no lid for the rear storage area. It will look much better after being waxed.

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SR-PDISP-1

Good + . . . . . . $175.00

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Eagle Chemi SealedTurquoise Pencil Store DisplayEagle "Chemi Sealed" Turquoise Pencil Store Display   An interesting countertop store display that still sports many of the pencils it started out with.  The slogan at the bottom states, "The New World Standard for Drawing Pencils".  The lid is glass. It will look much better after being waxed.

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SR-PDISP-2

Good + . . . . . . $150.00

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Castell A. W. Faber Pencil Store Display   An interesting countertop store display that still sports many of the pencils it started out with.  The lid is plasric and set up like a roll top desk to be pushed back to allow access to the pencils.  It will look much better after being waxed.

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SR-PDISP-4

Good + . . . . . . $150.00

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Brass Cranial / Phrenology Calipers w/ Metric Rule by Gilliland - Oakland CaliforniaBrass Cranial / Phrenology Calipers w/ Metric Rule by Gilliland - Oakland California  This medical instrument looks to be late 19th / early 20th century.  It is well made and in fine condition. The increments are metric, and the name / location are stamped on one leg.   I could not make anything relevant come up Goggling the Gilliland name along with medical, caliper, or other words.    A rare thing in very nice condition.

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GS-GLAND

Fine  . . . . . .$295.00

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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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1880's-1900's Era Medical Doctor's Binaural Stethoscope1880's-1900's Era Medical Doctor's Binaural Stethoscope   This 19th century stethoscope is in excellent condition.  There are no cracks, breaks, or damage and the braided tubes are nice. I am not sure if the cone is wood or some early plastic material. Its threads are good.  It is unmarked as to maker, but I have seen other near identical ones that were marked.  Looking at the pics one can see that it breaks down easily with friction fits.  An interesting and early piece of medical memorabilia. 

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ALA-STETH

Good +  . . . . . . . $295.00

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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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Stickley Bros Co. Arts & Crafts Oak StoolStickley Bros Co. Arts & Crafts Mission Style Oak Tabouret / Plant Stand / End Table / Stool  This is a nice looking well proportioned Arts & Crafts Era Mission Style Stickley oak tabouret. I have seen similar pieces offered as end tables, plant stands and stools. The bottom has two tags, one brass and one paper.  The metal tag reads "Quaint Furniture Stickley Bros Co. Grand Rapids Mich."  The oval paper tag is correct and original with some loss and is unreadable.  This can be dated from those tags as being from just after the turn of the century.

It is all oak with through tenon construction.  It has a lower shelf / support w/ three peg locked wings.  The shelf and top are both 2 pieces and splined together.  The measurements are approx. 18" Tall x 15" Dia. x 13" across the legs.  I am not an expert but have been told it was refinished as it is too light to be original.  It looks good other than one light spot in the top that looks like a ring from a pot or wet glass.    An unusual form.  Nice!!

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CYN-STICK

Good + . . . . . $795.00

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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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Silver Plate Bell Cocktail Shaker by Nozima / JapanSilver Plate Bell Cocktail Shaker by Nozima / Japan   What a great looking form for a cocktail shaker.  No dents or dings, some nice tarnish, but not worn through to the base metal.  The top comes off to act as a shot glass and pour spout.  The entire handle unscrews to allow filling.  See the pics!!   A nice one!!

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JF-BELL

Good + . . . . . .  $150.00

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ROYAL #1 Mouse Trap Patented Nov. 4 1879ROYAL #1 Mouse Trap Patented Nov. 4 1879 This rare and unusual mouse trap was granted a patent on November 4th 1879 to a Mr. J. M. Keep of New York. The Patent # is 221320.   The patent can be viewed and read using Google Patent Search.  It is a very close match right up to illustrating the cast out heart design in the body of the cast iron trap. There are no cracks or other damage.  There is some minor rust, but no pitting or corrosion to speak of.  It is a wonderfully detailed casting in super condition.   All of the writing is clear and legible.  A rare and desirable antique mouse trap!!

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RT-ROYAL

Fine  . . . . . . $2495.00

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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 . . . . . . $495.00

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Hill Spiral Egg Grader / 3 Station Egg ScaleJ. A. Hill Spiral Egg Grader / 3 Station Egg Scale This is a very unusual design patented egg grader / 3 station egg scale.  It is electrically powered and has 3 different scales incorporated into the design where eggs of different sizes or weights would drop off the conveyor as they crossed over each station.  There is also an area lit from below where the operator would check the eggs before the grading / weighing took place.

The inventor or Patentee, Joshua A. Hill hailed from Canoga Park CA.  Joshua A. Hill was granted his first patent # 2442689 in 1948, and that patent # is found on this ones ID tag.  Note the tag calls it off as a Model B, so this must have been a slight improvement over his initial design.

He was granted a second patent in 1952 for a similar looking device.  Both patents are easily viewable using Google Patent search with the relevant info.  Beyond that though, one can find scant further mention of, or examples of this rare egg scale / grader.  The overall condition is nice noting some losses to the paint, some minor bug damage and some loose solder joints on the spokes of the spiral conveyor. The motor works, but sometimes sluggishly and sometimes binds up or stops.  I took a movie of it, but can not seem to get it to work for this ad.  I did not test it with real live eggs.  

A most unusual addition to the farm, scale, or egg related collection.

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ALA-EGG

Good + . . . . . $495.00 

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San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge Strands of History Suspender Cable SouvenirSan Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge "Strands of History" Suspender Cable Souvenir   This is dated 1936 - 1976 which I assume commemorates the 40th anniversary.  I imagine they have been selling off the replaced cables from the get-go to help finance the upkeep.  It truly is a work in progress.  Or some entrepreneur from the scrap yard is doing pretty good.  Some scratches and dings to the wood.  They probably had to replace the cable for a earthquake retrofit as it look fine.  What you see is what you get.  Add it to the collection.

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JF-GGB-S

Good + . . . . . $95.00 

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50 State True Raised Relief Map50 State True Raised Relief Map  NOS still in its cardboard box.  Minor spotting.  Neat take on the terrain.  California looks like it has an inland sea.  Nice!!

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SR-50MAP

Fine . . . . . $25.00

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Walsco Staple DriverWalsco Staple Driver  An unusual design that hails from Los Angeles CA.  What you see is what you get.  Add it to the collection.

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CHC-STAP

Good + . . . . . $10.00 

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