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Americana / Scientific & Technology
Related Antiques

Genuine Antiques are becoming increasingly difficult to find.  A lot of "stuff" that appears at antiques shows and on the marketplace these days dates from much later than the pre-1900 era good Americana and antiques with historical significance that antique advertisingwe like to acquire and deal in.  This earlier era material is what we try to focus on and offer for sale here.

Much of the stuff that you find offered today is outright fake - - - 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 special, whether it is called Steampunk, assemblages, repurposed, 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 antiques  or original Americana.

Original US Patent Models

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Antique American Patent Models have a colorful and interesting history.   They represent one of the most graphic and rare forms of American ingenuity and inventiveness that is available on the antique market.  The requirement that each invention would require a model of the invention was first mandated by thePatent Model Corn Planter 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 two different fires in the government 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 at a government auction.  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 marketed the remaining patent models during their period of ownership. There are small stashes of, and collections of models all over the country that were formed when these owners were selling off portions of the original collection to finance their dream.  

Currently there is a large collection of parts and pieces of  patent models with fake tags being offered for sale on eBay with the spiel that the proceeds are going to some charitable fund or foundation to benefit the "kids", build a museum, or something similar.  I expect to see offers for shares in the ownership of the bridge being built to that imaginary place, as in nowhere, as an added bonus when I read those ads.

Figural Antiques / Cast Iron / Traps / Advertising
 Coffee Mills / Grinders / Toys / Country / General Store & Misc.

Our primary interest in Coffee Mills is in double wheel #2 or  #3 size cast iron mills. These small double wheel coffee mills make for a very colorful and Landers Fairy & Clark #20 (2) Size Coffee Mill / Grindergraphic 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. 
Foresters of America / Fraternal Group Ceremonial Axes
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 Americana General Store & Country Kitchen antiques and collectibles found on this page cover a broad range both in vintage and uses. 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 our interests broadened to include things like patented ice cream scoops, odd can openers, corkscrews, as well as vintage or antique electric toasters. 

Antique & Vintage
Patent Models / Salesman Samples / Country Store / Etc.

* * * Click Heading to see Items * * * William O. Grover 1863 Patent Model Sewing Machine  

  • 1919 DuPont Explosives Perpetual Advertising Calendar
  • 1880's-1900's Era Medical Doctor's Binaural Stethoscope
  • Josiah Anstice Co. Inc. No. 95 Sterling Slicer
  • Jones Salesman Sample Sickle Bar Mowing Machine
  • J. A. Hill Spiral Egg Grader / 3 Station Egg Scale
  • William O. Grover 1863 Patent Model Sewing Machine
  • J. D. Adams Salesman Sample Road Grader
  • c. 1900 Salesman Sample Grain / Corn Silo w/ Case
  • Silver Plate Cocktail Shaker in the form of a Bell
  • Selection of Lamp Fillers 1880's-1900's Era Medical Doctor's Binaural Stethoscope
  • Royal #1 Cast Iron Mouse Trap Patented 1879
  • 1858 James McVicker Patent Model Washing Machine based on a Wheelbarrow Design
  • 1807 T. Beatty Patent Model Washing / Churning Machine
  • German Mechanical Corkscrew Gambrinus DRGM No 137,497
  • Stickley Bros Co. Arts & Crafts Mission Style Oak Tabouret / Plant Stand / End Table / Stool
  • Twisted Wire Handle for Cane, Tool or Other
  • 1920's Henley Roll About Scooter / Skate Board / Childs Wagon

Antique & Vintage Historic Images
Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Tintypes, Cabinet Cards, Stereoviews, and MorePA

  • 1/9 Plate Daguerreotype of Young Mark Twain / Samuel Clemmons
  • 1/4 Plate Daguerreotype of John Hamilton Still - San Francisco's First Bookshop Owner - Early California Gold Rush Era Image w/ Historical Significance
  • 1/4 Plate Daguerreotype of Young Gentleman   SOLD!!
  • 1/6 Plate Daguerreotype of Lady in Gold Jewelry
  • 1/6 Plate Ambrotype of Boxer / Prize Fighter Wearing Boxing Gloves    SOLD!!
  • Tintype of YOUR CatPA   SOLD!!
  • Tintype of Poker / Card Playing Women
  • Tintype Reflections in a Mirrored Room
  • Tintype Women in Dark Glasses
  • Tintype Female Banjo Players
  • Man with Fiddle Tintype
  • Guitar Player Tintype
  • Satirical Tintype of Top Hatted Politician, or ?
  • Salesman w/ Sample or Wares Tintype
  • Occupational Fly Fishing? Tintype  
  • 1/6 Plate Daguerreotype of Bearded Gent
  • 1/6 Plate Daguerreotype of Bearded Wolfman
  • Unusual Ambrotype of Painting of Grandma PA
  • 1/6 Plate Daguerreotype of Girl & Woman
  • 1/6 Plate Tintype of 4 Siblings
  • 1/6 Plate Daguerreotype of Beautiful Woman in Gold Jewelry
  • 1/6 Plate Daguerreotype of America Woman
  • 1/6 Plate Daguerreotype of Woman Holding Dag
  • 1/6 Plate Daguerreotype of Jennifer Taft in 1847
  • 1/6 Plate Daguerreotype of Stately Woman
  • 1/6 Plate Daguerreotype of Young Abe Look-a-Like
  • 1/4 Plate Daguerreotype of The Freckles Family
  • 1/2 Plate Ambrotype Fatherless FamilyPA
  • 1/4 Plate Daguerreotype The Face
  • 1/6 Plate Ambrotype 2 Tinsmiths w/ Tools ID'd as the Russell Brothers
  • 1/6 Plate Daguerreotype of Girl w/ Book or Dag in Extra Thick MOP Decorated Case
  • 1/6 Plate Tintype of Nice Family
  • 1/6 Plate Daguerreotype of "Framed Face"
  • 1/6 Plate Daguerreotype of Scholar - Teacher - Historian - Lawyer
  • 1/6 Plate Daguerreotype of The Troupe or Gathering
  • 1/6 Plate Ambrotype 2 Ice Skaters - Winter Sports
  • More Listed
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Early Patented Sewing Machines / TSM's & More

We try to have a good selection of unusual patented sewing machines as well as various harder to find early TSM's or Toy Sewing Machines.  We have become much more selective in our old age Hancock Patent TSM / Toy Sewing Machinebecause of the changing times and market.

We always have a good selection of  Singer Featherweight Model 221 Sewing Machines  listed for sale on their own page.  Simply click the link.  These wonderful machines are the machine of choice for, and a favorite with today's quilters and crafters. 

The invention of the sewing machine in the mid-19th century played an  important role in the Industrial Revolution and Americas growth.  Elias Howe Jr. is one of the most commonly heard names associated with the invention and patents for early sewing machines.  He was granted some of the earliest patents but died penniless and endured the humiliation of seeing others profit from his ideas.  Isaac Merrit Singer was a brilliant salesman as well as inventor, and he saw financial success because he was simply a shrewder businessman than most of his other sewing machine inventor counterparts. 

Other names tied to sewing machine development, patents for sewing machines, and their invention include Allen Benjamin Wilson, Thomas Saint, NewtonFoley & Williams Midget Toy Sewing Machine / TSM in Unusual Copper Flash Finish Wilson, and Barthelemy Thimonnier.  In the end, while there is debate about who should be given credit for designing the first mechanized means of stitching together two pieces of fabric, there is no debate that these early antique sewing machines revolutionized daily household life in America and the rest of the world.

During the late 1800's and early 1900's young girls were expected to learn to sew at an early age, and small portable hand crank sewing machines that could be used by youngsters were also widely marketed toward adults to use at home for mending as well as while traveling or vacationing.  Many just did a simple chain stitch, if you could get it to work, and were of dubious worth as real sewing machines.  But that did not keep the manufacturers from touting their usefulness in search of widening the market.  Machines by Smith & Egge with names like Little Comfort Improved Toy Sewing MachinePeerless, Little Comfort, Midget, and others fall into this type.

Singer toy sewing machines are often mistakenly identified as salesman samples.  The truth is that they were made and marketed as toys.  Singer realized the importance of marketing their products and their name to young girls and many full-size Singer sewing machines were undoubtedly sold to young ladies who fondly remembered the toy sewing machine that years earlier they had first learned to sew on.   

What follows is a cross section of machines that we have to offer.  

Antique Early / Patented & Toy / TSM 
Sewing Machines

* * * Click Heading to see Items * * *  William O. Grover 1863 Patent Model Sewing Machine

  • Hancock Patent TSM / Toy Sewing Machine
  • Pratt Patent "Ladies Companion" Patented 1857 Sewing Machine
  • William O. Grover 1863 Patent Model Sewing Machine
  • Foley & Williams Midget Toy Sewing Machine / TSM in Unusual Copper Flash Finish
  • Antique Photo of a Child with a Toy Sewing Machine
  • Toy & Miniature Sewing Machines Vol. 1 by Glenda Thomas
  • F.W. Muller's Toy Sewing Machines and the "Kerngehause"by Hannes Kowatsch and Manfred and Rita Koym
  • Encyclopedia Of Needlework by Th. de Dillmont

Scientific / Technology / Calculation / Electrical & Office Related Antiques

The technology related antiques we deal in for the most part date from near the turn of the 20th century or earlier.  That is 1900 or earlier.  This includes office related devices & tools such as early patented antique pencil sharpeners, antique typewriters,  Williams Check Protectorearly punch style check protectors, early calculation devices such as adders, calculators, slide rules, etc.  We also deal in many early electrical devices such as antique electric fans, telegraph keys, and other early technology related office collectibles. 

Thing is, today everyone wants to sell their 1950's - 1980's era obsolete office stuff for big bucks because of the stories they have heard, or TV shows they have seen.  They saw the $600,000.00 result for an Apple 1 computer and think that makes their 1950 Burroughs adding machine worth at least 1/2 as much.  If some 1890's typewriters sell for 10K their "old" and "antique" 1950's  typewriter or adding machine must be valuable.  Actual rarity, or condition are hardly considered.  While that logic might hold true for some first generation computers and electronic calculators, for the most part office equipment from the 20's through the 60's is not in demand, desirable, or worth much at all. 

On the other hand, the supply of good early (pre 1900) office and scientific related antiques, that were once pretty readily available and reasonably priced, has now for all intent and purposes disappeared from the market or scene and the supply has about dried up. It is that era stuff that I am looking for today.  I will buy it outright, or can help you sell it. 

If you have a single antique or an entire collection of office and technology related antiques for sale that you think we may be interested in, please contact us at and we will get back to you ASAP.  Thanks!!

Early Electric Fans  / Motors / Telegraph
Appliances / Etc.

Antique electric fans offer a glimpse into the quality and pride that went into the manufacture of products in this country during an earlier period of America's history. I still use a an early GE Pancake fan and a Westinghouse "Tank" fan, as well Lake Breeze Hot Air Fanas an early electric Emerson fan around the house.  The way they work and look is a tribute to an earlier time.  A sense of pride was built into American made products and these 75-100 year old fans are a great example of the way things use to be.  It is no wonder these early testaments to quality and design stir collecting interest, or that they elicit positive comments from all who see them. Their operation and their their look have an air of quality about them not seen in today's products.

Early fans came in all sizes and shapes. Some examples of antique fans I have sold in recent years can be found on this fan sales archive page at our sister website   In addition to electrically powered AC, DC, or battery powered fans, there are hot air fans, water powered fans and more..  I deal in, and sell all of these different early versions of vintage fans.

Most small or toy vintage electric motors resemble early larger antique steam and C & C Bi-Polar Electric Motorelectric motors from the same time period or era and are open framed and or bi-polar in design.  Many of the electric motors that came with erector sets or with toy steam engines like Weeden and Bing are similar looking but there are earlier and more elaborate models that were used as demonstrators in classes or labs as well.  Others were sold in Novelty catalogs as working motors for small jobs.   In addition to electric motors there are also hot air models known as "flame lickers", and the steam driven motors / generators meant to be set up with boilers by such makers as Bing, Jensen, Plank and others.  

Names like Edison, Westinghouse, Tesla and a few others come to mind when  considering the introduction of electrical technology into our society.  These inventors and others were the driving force that led America into a new age of power and their early efforts and designs are both important and an interesting facet of our history and a reminder of what it used to be like.

Antique & Early Electric
Fans / Motors / Dynamos / Radios / Telegraph / Appliances / Heaters
by Edison / Emerson / GE / Westinghouse / Western Electric & Others

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  • 3 Thomas Edison Reproduction Light Bulbs
  • Thomas Edison Battery Jar
  • Robbins & Myers 16" Feather Vane Oscillator Electric Desk Fan Vintage General Electric GE Bulb Heater
  • Emerson Electric Mfg. Co. Model # 29646 12"  Electric Desk Fan
  • Emerson 24668 16" Oscillating Electric Desk Fan
  • Carlisle - Finch Water Powered 12 Volt Electric Bipolar Dynamo / Motor 
  • Antique Bi Polar / Open Frame Electric Motor / Dynamo 
  • Franklin / Edison Bipolar Mini Toy Electric Motor / Dynamo 
  • Western Electric 12" "Tank" Fan w/ Brass Blades & Cage 
  • "Ultimate Portable Pocket Bug"  Telegraph Key 
  • Bunnell & Co. Telegraph Sounder w/ Resonator Box on White Folding Stand
  • Atwater Kent Breadboard Radio Atwater Kent Breadboard Radio
  • Kennedy Coronet #42 Table Top Tube Radio
  • Philco #70 Table Top Tube Radio
  • Atwater / Kent F-2 Siren Speaker
  • Early GE / General Electric 3 Blub Heater
  • Dim-A-Lite Patented Electric Lamp Dimmer Socket / Rheostat
  • RCA # 143 Superhetrodyne 8 Tube Tombstone Radio
  • 1873 Patent Model of Telegraph Apparatus by George Little
  • Electric Machinery Co. of Minneapolis Minn. 1.5 kw Electric Motor / Dynamo
  • Crocker Wheeler 3 HP Electric Motor
  • Walsco No. 500 Staple Driver

Slide Rules & Calculators
Stick / Key / Drum / Pinwheel / Sliders / Dials etc

* * * Click Page Title Above to see Items * * * K & E / Keuffel & Esser 4013 Thacher Slide Rule / Calculator

  • Type II Curta Calculator with metal Case  
  • K & E / Keuffel & Esser 4012 Thacher Slide Rule
  • K & E / Keuffel & Esser 4088-2 Slide Rule
  • Keuffel & Esser / K & E 4094 Merchants Slide Rule
  • Keuffel & Esser / K & E 4095 Merchants Slide Rule
  • K & E / Keuffel & Esser 4088-2SM Slide Rule
  • 2 Keuffel & Esser Magnifiers for Slide Rules
  • Keuffel & Esser / K & E 4160 S Chemists Slide Rule w/ Leather Case & Box
  • Keuffel & Esser / K & E 68-1100 Deci-Lon Slide Rule w/ Leather Case The Rapid Computer Co. Benton Harbor Mich. Adding Machine / Calculator
  • Fuller's Spiral Slide Rule / Calculator
  • Pickett #1010 Slide Rule
  • Sun Hemmi # 2690 Stadia Slide Rule
  • Richardson c. 1909 Metal Slide Rule
  • Nestler 0123 6" Slide Rule
  • Thornton PIC 144 Electrical Slide Rule
  • Dieterich Post 3060P Slide Rule
  • Castell 63/22 Addiator Slide Rule  Charvoz Aristo 971 Hyperbolog Slide Rule
  • Lutz 252 Slide Rule
  • Pickett #520-T Air Force Photography Slide Rule  
  • Pickett Model 14 Military Slide Rule
  • Charvoz Aristo 971 Hyperbolic Slide Rule
  • Post 1491 Chemist Slide Rule 
  • And More

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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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