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Rare Antique CorkscrewGerman Mechanical Corkscrew Gambrinus DRGM No 137,497  Carl Bewer Registered Design No 137, 497 dated May 23, 1900.  Marked on one side of the barrel "GAMBRINUS D.R.G.M. 137497" and "Peter Hendrichs - Solingen" on the other side. 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 + . . . . . $1750.00 

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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 expensive to produce.

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CHC-HINGE

Good + . . . . . $45.00 

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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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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 tongue & groove wood that is banded around the circumference.  It also has guy or stay wires and turnbuckles running top to bottom for additional stability.  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 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 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 a handle of 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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www.Patented-Antiques.com Antique Sad & Pressing Iron SalesCarved Figural Horse Handle Mangle Board / Smoothing Iron   This mangle board's horse handle is a taller than normal example.  The carved decoration is a bit different as well with a flowing high relief combination of heart-like shapes and circles.  Different and very nice!

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2013-ILIST-19-17

Very Good. . . . . .  $295.00

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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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Gopher TrapGopher Trap This one has the ability to get them coming or going when placed in a runway.  It is marked but hard to make out.  Different & Nice!

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AMN-GTRAP

Good  . . . . . . $15.00

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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

Good  . . . . . . $495.00 / Lot   $100.00 Each / Choice

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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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