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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

Good + . . . . . $995.00

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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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Western Electric 12 Tank Electric Desk FanWestern Electric 12" "Tank" Electric Desk Fan  Western Electric was a maker of telephones and telegraphy.  They did not make fans, they simply marketed others with their name applied.  I believe this was made by Westinghouse.  They call these electric fans Tanks because of the size and weight of the electric motor.  It is a good choice, they were built like a tank and will run forever.  This one is sitting in my window and I still fire it up a few times a year when it gets really hot outside and in.  Even hot air moving by feels good in a "dry heat" like here.

This early electric fan has a stamped badge which means it is an later version while those with cutout badges are a bit earlier.  This style motor superseded the earlier Pancake motors that fans had.  It is in cosmetically pretty nice condition.  It has 95% of the original paint, and the guard is OK .  The blades are straight.  It runs.  The switch works but it needs a new cord from it to the head as I have had to tape this one to keep it from shorting the cotton covering is so bad. 

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LCM-WE-FAN-1

Fine . . . . . $275.00

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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 about the 60's or so.  Could be earlier.  One terminal cap is missing.  Filament looks good, but it is untested.

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FOL-BULB

Good + . . . . . .  $95.00

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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. 

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JF-EBULB

Good + . . . . . .  $75.00

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Vintage General Electric GE Bulb HeaterVintage General Electric GE 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

Good + . . . . . $150.00

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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

Good +  . . . . . . $145.00

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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

Good + . . . . . $795.00

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Philco #70 Table Top Tube RadioPhilco #70 Table Top Tube Radio   Nice enough and rare enough to be 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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Good + . . . . . $1095.00



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

Good + . . . . . $50.00 

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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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