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Carlisle - Finch 12 Volt Water Powered Bipolar DynamoCarlisle - Finch Water Powered 12 Volt Electric Bipolar Dynamo / Motor  This water powered dynamo has a great look to it.  Carlisle Finch is best known for their line of early electric toy trains.  They are also well known for their bipolar electric motors, dynamos and other electrical devices. The cast iron housing for the water wheel carries the name Carlisle Finch and the PA location. 

Information found on the internet says that this style and size dynamo was meant to fill a need found amongst their customer base who were buying their line of toy electric trains but had no feasible way to run them.  Remember, this dynamo dates from the 1890's or so.   The story goes that these dynamos were meant to be run off the, at that time nearly free source of potential power, water, that most every home did have at that time to power their electric train.  Examples of this style dynamo running can be found on You-Tube.

This example does have a bit of an issue.  The water wheel or impeller inside the cast iron housing is gone.   I believe these were a pretty simple design made of brass. It would be 5" dia. or less. I am in the process of locating one so that I can have a new one cast.  I would imagine it is a pretty simple vane affair like a turgo style waterwheel, or a single cup wheel design as opposed to a more elegant design like a Pelton water wheel that had double cups. 

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ALA-CF-DYNO

Good  . . . . . $1095.00

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Antique Bi Polar / Open Frame Electric MotorAntique Bi Polar / Open Frame Electric Motor   There is no tag or maker id info on this early and interesting open frame exposed coil electric motor.  The original wooden base measures just about 12" long.  It is set up to use carbon brushes, and although both holders are present one carbon brush is missing.  I assume the handle on the right side is a speed adjuster / controller.  The wooden pulley on the left is grooved as though it could be used to drive not just small flat belt machines but things like sewing machines or other round belt machines as well.  Nice.

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PTLND-OFM

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Franklin / Edison Bipolar Electric MotorFranklin / Edison Bipolar Electric Motor / Dynamo  This small battery powered toy electric motor is modeled after an Edison electric dynamo.  There are identical motors to this marked Edison that are hard to find.  I have read that Edison sold the rights for the design to another company that made those marked Franklin and that even fewer of these were produced.  I put a few volts to it with a Variac and it does turn, erratically.    It has a great look, works, and will display nicely. 

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AMN-FRANK-M

Good + . . . . . $695.00

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Robbins & Meyers 16 Electric Desk FanRobbins & Meyers 16" Electric Desk Fan  Not a bad looking big electric desk fan.  It is supposed to be a 3 speed, but I worked on it and now it only runs on one speed.

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LCM-RM-16FAN

Good . . . . . $75.00

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Robbins & Myers Feather Vane Oscillator Electric Desk FanRobbins & Myers 12" Feather Vane Oscillator Electric Desk Fan  All original and as nice as one could ask for. A rare and hard to find fan.   Minor losses to the paint in the switch area, the rest is super. Considered by many to be the finest vane oscillator made.  Its design allows it to work even when tilted unlike most other vane oscillator designs.  Very nice!!

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LCM-RM-FVANE

Good . . . . . $6750.00

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Emerson 24668 16 Oscillating Electric Desk FanEmerson 24668 16" Oscillating Electric Desk Fan  Runs great at all three positions, but not much of a speed difference that I can hear. Big, heavy, and very graphic w/ its 6 blade design. Brass blades / steel cage. Blades straight. Oscillator works, but click adjust is hard to move.   Minor losses to paint at base, the rest is pretty nice.   

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ALA-EM-16FAN

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Thomas Edison Battery JarThomas Edison Battery Jar  The porcelain lid is marked Edison Made in USA, the glass jar is unmarked.  Some chipping at top rim as is typical.  These early batteries were used to power a variety of things including early Edison fan motors.   Nice!!

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AMN-EJAR

Good  . . . . . . . $75.00

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Thomas Edison Reproduction Light BulbThomas Edison Reproduction Light Bulb  This one has remains of a decal dating it to 1929 or the 50th anniversary of the introduction of Edison's game changing invention.   Nice!!

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AMN-EBULB

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Thomas Edison Reproduction Light BulbThomas Edison Reproduction Light Bulb  Versions of this reproduction Edison Light bulb have been produced since shortly after their initial introduction back in the 1890's.  I would guess this one dates from Pew WWII or so.  Could be earlier.  One terminal cap is missing.  Filament looks good, but it is untested.

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FOL-BULB

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Thomas Edison Reproduction Light BulbThomas Edison Reproduction Light Bulb  It works. Versions of Edison Type Light bulb have been reproduced since shortly after their initial introduction back in the 1890's.  This one indicates it is representing a centennial date  of 1879 - 1979.    I have never seen this secondary style base before.  There was another tag on the front of it that was taken off.  Probably from a science fair, or school competition.   Ready for your own updated tag or nameplate. 

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JF-EBULB

Good + . . . . . .  $75.00

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Vintage General Electric GE Bulb HeaterVintage General Electric GE Luminous Radiator Bulb Heater When fired up these unusual electric heaters, powered by 500 watt light bulbs, give off a warm orange glow and all the heat you could ask for.  They really do throw off a nice warm heat.   You can light one, two, or all three bulbs with the switch, and then watch the meter go round with original bulbs installed.  The original bulbs were 500 watts each, but I have installed 3 new 23 watt energy saver fluorescents.  Although not quite as graphic as the original bulbs, and surely not as hot, they look and work great.  The copper flash finish on the cast iron body is in nice condition and this will be a welcome addition to the collection of times past when electricity was more affordable.  

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SACB-HTR1

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Bunnell & Co. Telegraph Sounder w/ Resonator Box on White Folding StandBunnell & Co. Telegraph Sounder w/ Resonator Box on White Folding Stand These were used on Railroads where space was limited.  The telegraph operator could pull the sounder out from is place up against the wall to get it closer, and because of the box would be able to better hear what was being produced over the background noise.  The sounder is nice, and all the parts of the cast iron stand by White out of Mass are in great condition with a good look.   Nice!

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ALA-BUNNELL

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Ultimate Portable Pocket Bug  Telegraph Key"Ultimate Portable Pocket Bug"  Telegraph Key   A nice example of a hard to find telegraph key by the The Ultimate Transmitter Company, Los Angeles, California.  There is a patent date along the front edge from  June 23 1925, and the serial # is 12614.  It is otherwise unmarked, but plenty of info comes up on this companies telegraph keys consulting Google.

The overall condition of this unusual miniature telegraph key is very nice with just minor losses to the nickel plating.  The hard rubber feet are original and the key pads are nice.  Some other examples I saw online had a cover, but I see no evidence this ever did.  I saw several other designs, but none exactly like this one.  Interesting!!

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SACB-MKEY

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RCA # 143 Superhetrodyne 8 Tube Tombstone RadioRCA # 143 Superhetrodyne 8 Tube Tombstone Radio   Nice. This was RCA's largest and most impressive tombstone. The radio is an eight-tube superhet, with a three-band capability.   It looks to be all here and just needs the original finish to be spruced up a bit and it will shine.  It has not been tested or worked on.  It measures 20-1/2"  x 12" x 15".   A nice looking piece.  

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DNDK-RCA-143

Good  . . . . . $495.00

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Philco #70 Table Top Tube RadioPhilco #90 Table Top Tube Radio   Very nice original condition 1930's era tube radio. Measures 19" tall, 17" wide, 12" deep.   It looks to be all here and in good condition, but has not been tested or run by me. 

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PF-PHILCO-90

Good  . . . . . $295.00

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Philco #70 Table Top Tube RadioPhilco #70 Table Top Tube Radio   Nice enough and rare enough to be fully restored.  It looks to be all here, it just needs to be refinished and worked on. 

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PF-PHILCO-70

Good  . . . . . $175.00

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Kennedy Coronet #42 Table Top Tube RadioKennedy Coronet #42 Table Top Tube Radio   Nice enough and rare enough to be restored.  It looks to be all here, it just needs to be worked on. 

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PF-KENNDY-42

Good  . . . . . $150.00

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Atwater Kent Breadboard RadioAtwater Kent Breadboard Radio   This early Atwater Kent Breadboard appears to be in very nice original cosmetic condition.  There are no tubes and it has not been tested or operated that I know of.  It came from a collection that was assembled years ago.  Note the original inspection tag on the bottom.

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Dim-A-Lite Antique Patented Electric Lamp Dimmer Socket Vintage RheostatDim-A-Lite Patented Electric Lamp Dimmer Socket / Rheostat  This is a bit different design than the typically seen model with its large bell shape profile to hold a glass globe. There is a typical hairline crack in the brass body that is tight and does not affect use or looks. It works.  

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AMN-DIM

Good . . . . . $24.00 

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Atwater Kent F-2 Radio SpeakerAtwater Kent F-2 Radio Speaker  This radio speaker looks to be in nice cosmetic condition.  I did not test it.  What you see is what you get.

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AMN-KENTSPKR

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1873 Patent Model of Telegraph Apparatus by George Little1873 Patent Model of Telegraph Apparatus by George Little The overall condition of this telegraphic device is very nice. George Little hailed from Rutherford Park NJ and was a contemporary and competitor of Thomas A. Edison, Western Union, and others in the early developmental period of telegraphy in the United States.  George Little was granted a patent for this "Telegraph Apparatus" on September 2 1873. The patent number is 142486. The patent and images are viewable on Google and it is a close match.  The telegraph receiver patent model is mounted on a round cast iron base and has its original tag and ribbon.

The patent describes how this design will improve transmission rates and alleviate the problem of the signal becoming garbled or running together in rapid transmissions. George little describes how this is accomplished in some detail that makes little sense to a novice but it was novel or important enough to be granted a patent. A passage found on the internet mentions that Daniel Craig founder of the American Rapid Telegraph Co. in 1879 touted Little's patented telegraph invention as making it possible to send 100 word letters out for a dime, and that later they would charge by the yard. The company went bankrupt in 1884.

George Little was a well known figure in the development of telegraphy. He was issued his first patent back in the 1840's during the infancy of the telegraphic revolution. Google searches turn up reams of info on him and his endeavors. He held several other earlier telegraphy related patents that are mentioned in the patent for this device as well. He also held a patent for a electro magnetic motor. Several references noted that Thomas Edison claimed he could improve on Little's original invention and worked on it.

An interesting, important & unusual piece of telegraphy and early communication technology!! Opportunity!!

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MD-LITTLE-PM

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Electric Machinery Co. of Minneapolis Minn. 1.5 kw Dynamo / Electric MotorElectric Machinery Co. of Minneapolis Minn. 1.5 kw Dynamo / Electric Motor  From internet searches it appears this company is still in business making industrial size motors, generators, dynamos and other electrical equipment.  This electric motor was taken out of service years ago when electricity was brought into the high Sierra California town it was being used on a homestead.  It has been stored in a barn for a number of years.

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P-RND-MTR

Good  . . . . . $295.00 

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Crocker Wheeler 3 HP Electric MotorCrocker Wheeler 3 HP Electric Motor  It has been stored in a barn for a number of years It is untested and being sold as is,.

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P-RND-MTR

Good  . . . . . $150.00 

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

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CHC-STAP

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