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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 . . . . . $1995.00 

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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

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Patented November 4 1884 Mechanical Lamp Wick Trimming ScissorsPatented November 4 1884 Mechanical Lamp Wick Trimming Scissors  These wick trimming scissors are a very unusual and hard to find early lighting accessory.  In use, when you open them up an opening appears which you slide down over the wick.  As you begin to close the scissors the wick is grabbed and held in place as the scissor completes the proper curved cut on the wick in one motion.  Very Unique. 

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SBRG-WICK

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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

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William O. Grover 1863 Patent Model Sewing MachineWilliam O. Grover 1863 Patent Model Sewing Machine  The patent for this early sewing machine was granted on January 27th 1863.  The patent number is 37502.  It comes up with a Google search.  Looking at a copy of the patent we see that Baker was a witness.  Grover & Baker were a partnership famous for their line of "portable" sewing machines which they first started producing in the 1850's.  Those are considered the first real portable sewing machine.  This looks to be a sewing machine pulled off the assembly line with a modification or improvement over the prior design.  In essence what Grover did here was simplify the earlier design removing a second drive arm from below the table in order to simplify the mechanism and make it less likely to get out of adjustment.  In the write-up he mentions Wheeler & Wilson having a patent for a one arm drive machine, but then differentiates his as needing fewer parts and thus being a better idea.  Looks like the Patent Office agreed.   It was the design used for most of their machines before dropping out of the competition sometime in the 1870's.  It is a fine condition example and appears to be complete!!

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JL-PMSM-GROVER-1863

Fine . . . . . . . $3750.00

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Adams Salesman Sample Road GraderJ. D. Adams Salesman Sample Road Grader  This is the real deal.  It is very graphic and looks great. This engineering company hailed from Indianapolis IN. This is a very complicated piece of machinery.  I am not totally sure, but was told there are some missing pieces / springs to hold the lower grader portion at different angles.   Look at all the pics to see all the different gear boxes, adjusters, fittings and more that this has. This rare & desirable c. 1910 salesman's sample measures approx. 10.25" H x 8.5" W x 22.5" L.

The operator would stand on the grate at the rear and have to control all the different wheels and levers as the grader was being pulled along.  Nice!!

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AH-ADAMS

Good  . . . . .  $7500.00

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Johnston Harvester Co. Continental #6 Salesman Sample MowerJohnston Harvester Co. Continental #6 Salesman Sample Mower  This 19th century salesman sample / display model of a sickle bar mowing machine is the real deal. It is in super nice condition. This sample or display hay mowing machine is a very complicated piece of machinery. The detail and complexity are amazing, being an exact copy of the full size machine this NY based company offered.  The Johnston Harvester Co. was first incorporated in 1870 and sold out to the larger and better known Massey - Harris Harvester Co. in 1910.

The model / salesman sample is operable, very graphic and looks great. Look at all the pics to see all the different gear boxes, adjusters, fittings and more that this salesman sample / display model has.  The lid on the 2 speed gear box lifts to allow inspection. Note the near unique design of the wheel spokes for added strength.  This rare & desirable c. 1900 salesman's sample measures approx. 9 1/2" long front to back and is approx. 23 inches wide including the  mower bar attachment. The wheels stand 5" tall and it is nearly 6" to the top of the cast iron seat.

A great piece of Americana and farming related history.  Nice!!

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AH-SSS-MOWER

Fine  . . . . .  $4300.00    SOLD!!

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Jones Salesman Sample Sickle Bar Mowing MachineJones Salesman Sample Sickle Bar Mowing Machine  This 19th century salesman sample / display model of a Jones sickle bar mowing machine is all original and in super nice condition.  The gold finish is close to perfect and original. I had one of these 20 years ago that was not in nearly as nice condition.  Salesman Sample or display model hay mowing machines are an exact copy of the full size machine they were copied from, right down to miniature nuts and bolts.  It is an amazing piece of craftsmansahip.  Note how the miniature cut out cast iron seat has the name Jones in the the design just like the full size machine would.  A distinctive feature of the jones Mower design is the chain drive design, not gear driven as most mowers of the era were. 

"Jones" was the name of one of the founders and the original President of the Plano company W.H. Jones.  This maker of farming implements was intially located in Plano Illinois which is in Kendall County IL.   The Plano Manufacturing Company was formed in March of 1881 and manufactured horse-drawn farm implements of all kinds including rakes, plows, tedders, and more. In 1893 the manufacturing facility was moved to West Pullman IL (south Chicago), and in 1902 they  joined up with the McCormick Harvesting Machine Co. & the Deering Harvester Co. to form the International Harvester Company.

The model / salesman sample mowing machine is operable, very graphic, and looks great. Look at all the pics to see all the different adjusters, fittings and more that this salesman sample / display model has.  This rare & desirable antique salesman sample is a great piece of Americana and farming related history.  Nice!!

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FOL-JONES-MOWER

Fine  . . . . .  $6500.00

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Salesman Sample Grain / Corn Silo Salesman Sample Grain / Corn Silo w/ Case  This c 1900 salesman sample Silo is in great condition and includes its original carry case.   The inside of the lid is numbered # 124.  The silo body is made of individual tongue & groove wood boards that are banded around the circumference.  It also has guy or stay wires and turnbuckles running top to bottom for added stability and strength.  It has 4 grain doors with swing latches going up one side.  The model stands about 16" tall with its two piece metal roof.  The diameter is approx. 6".   The metal troughs in the front are grain chutes.  When not being used as chutes they can be stored standing up against the grain door area as a means to keep the curious from having fun climbing the ladder there or committing mischief. 

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JR-SS-SILO

Good + . . . . . $995.00

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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 + . . . . . $695.00

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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.  The top comes off to act as a shot glass and pour spout.  The entire handle unscrew 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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Scientific American Bound Magazines Volume 1 - 10Scientific American Bound Magazines Volume 1 - 10    Here we have the first 10 Bound Scientific America Magazines published between 1859 & 1864. Each bound volume covers a half year from July 1859 thru 1864. These 10 bound editions were published by Munn & Co.   The Scientific America magazine was first published by the famous inventor Rufus Porter.  After he sold the magazine and idea to others the new owners started the numbering over with Vol. 1 # 1, and that is what we have here.. 

The first pic shows all 10 volumes.  The next few show the bindings of volume 1 & 10.  The rest of the pics show the interior of different volumes.  They are representative of the condition of all 10 volumes.  The overall condition is very nice with normal wear and tear one would expect.  The original bindings on all are pretty good with expected wear. 

Please check all the pics, as I am not an expert in describing book conditions.  Some pages are crispy white and some show minor staining.   No stuck pages, nor do I see obvious missing pages though there may be some, I did not check page by page.

A wealth of info where many interesting inventions and ideas are described, discussed, and illustrated. Subjects include guns, ships, many different tools, wrenches, plows, reapers and other farm implements, bridges, steam engines, and much more.  Most anything one could imagine actually.  One could spend hours looking through each, and only hope that some of the Yankee entrepreneurship and inventiveness illustrated, displayed and discussed wore off.  Interesting & Nice!!

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AMN-SCI-AM

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1807 Patent Model Washing Machine1807 T. Beatty Patent Model Washing / Churning Machine  This 1807 patent model is one of the earliest US Patent Models known to exist.  The patent was issued to a Thomas Beatty in 1807.  Patent Models of inventors ideas became a requirement by an act of Congress in 1790.  Note that the tag says "no number".   Models like this are referred to as X models and were called off by the inventors name rather than a number prior to 1836. They are very hard to research or find reference to on the internet or in the Patent Office records. They were assigned numbers later on and I believe this ones number is X 754.  The patent can not be brought up with Google or at the PO site. 

In 1836, and after the first Patent Office fire, all patent models were assigned numbers. The 1836 Patent Office fire destroyed all the previous models that had been submitted prior to that date.  Approximately 10,000 patents had been granted between 1790 and 1835.  Only about 1/4 were recovered or restored after the fire.  Congress appropriated funds to have the more important models rebuilt after the initial 1836 fire and that is what we have here.  The patent tag is original and held in place with the lead lock tag used by the American Patent Models Inc. back in the 30's.  They were one of several owners of the patent models after the government disposed of the entire patent model inventory or collection at auction back in 1925.

Histories of Patent Models can be found at several different internet sites.  I have a page that briefly explains the history here  http://www.antiqbuyer.com/Patent_Models.html.    There is much more info to be found at Wikipedia and at other sites.

This is a great model and an idea ahead of it time.  Most washing machines worked on the idea of the operator or user activating a dasher, or agitator in order to perform the washing task at hand.  Beatty's idea flipped this idea, and the washing machine dasher or agitator was fixed and the user would instead move or swing the container back and forth to perform the washing, churning, and scouring task. An important piece of Americana, American History and Yankee ingenuity all wrapped into one. 

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GLIS-1807-PM

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1858 James McVicker Patent Model Washing Machine1858 James McVicker Patent Model Washing Machine  This 1858 patent model washing machine could easily win a prize for whacky idea of the year, or century for that matter.  The patent is for a washing machine based on a wheel barrow like design. The patent issued to a James McVicker of Mount Morris PA. The patent number is 19788 and comes up with a Google patent search.

Mr McVicker must have had to push a wheelbarrow around in a previous occupation, and was now tasked with the washing chores around the homestead.  Or perhaps he had heard or read about the great success Studebaker was having making wheel barrows in California gold country and thought he could cash in using the design and offering a new mobile wash service for the boys.  What other logic could there be for such a silly looking idea.

It is kind of a hard patent to read and understand.  If I am reading it right, and in looking inside, it seems you were not supposed to operate the washer / wheelbarrow while moving the entire machine about the yard.  I think you were to get it in place, set the side levers to raise the front wheel off the ground, and then operate the washer mechanism by hand where upon the wheel would become a flywheel to help with the back and forth washing or agitator action.  He goes into some detail explaining how the wooden spring design seen at the back end of the model would assist in the operation as well. As I first said, WHACKY.

The model measures approx. 12" end to end and stands a bit over 6" tall.  It is primarily made of a few different types of hard and soft woods with nicely done chamfers and carved aspects or details.  A one of a kind. 

An important piece of Americana, American History and Yankee ingenuity all wrapped into one.

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PF-1858-PM-WASH

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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

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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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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

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Josiah Anstice Co. Inc. No. 95 Sterling SlicerJosiah Anstice Co. Inc. No. 95 Sterling Slicer An unusual piece of antique restaurant equipment that rivals popular Berkel meat slicers in look and design. The Sterling Model 95 meat slicer dates from shortly after the turn of the century. It is probably rarer than a similar Berkel as there is little info or other examples to be found using Google.

There is a face book page of a collector / dealer, Giorgio Maschi, that has pics of a before and after restoration of one of these.  That fellow, Giorgio Maschi, also has a website, The Worlds Best Slicers.  One can find that at https://www.theworldsbestslicers.de/en/  It is pretty impressive.

The Josiah Anstice company was located in Rochester New York.  At some point in their history they were associated with, or taken over by, the N. R. Streeter Company.  You can find ads for this same model 95 Sterling slicer offered by them. Streeter is a well known name for some rare and unusual pressing irons and traps, as well as many other cast iron kitchen related tools. 

Everything present operates smoothly with the blade swinging back and forth as it revolves as you turn the crank handle. The sharpener, a patented idea, is there and works. There is one area on the blade that has small nicks / pitting on the cutting edge.  There has been overall nickel loss, and more is peeling  It was taken out of service close to 100 years ago and has sat in a barn since that time. The bad news is the entire meat holding portion and sliding table has gone missing.  This would be a perfect candidate for restoration and then use in a upscale deli / sandwich shop.

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P-SLICE

Good . . . . . $1795.00 

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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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