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Larry and Carole Meeker

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Advertising - Figural Antiques - Country Store - Office
Patent Models - Salesman Samples - Sewing Machines & More

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 Antiques and Americana with historical significance that antique advertisingwe like to acquire and to deal in.

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.  Patent Models 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 the Patent 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.

Most patent models available today came from either O. Rundle Gilbert or Cliff Peterson, both of whom at one time owned, and marketed 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.

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, bridge, or something similar. I expect to see offers for shares in the ownership of the bridge being built to that imaginary place, as in bridge to nowhere.

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

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

  • Jones Salesman Sample Sickle Bar Mowing Machine
  • J. D. Adams Salesman Sample Road Grader
  • 1858 James McVicker Patent Model Washing Machine based on a Wheelbarrow Design
  • 1807 T. Beatty Patent Model Washing / Churning Machine (Earliest Known Patent Model)
  • Adriance Platt Salesman Sample Sickle Bar Mowing Machine in Original Box

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

The Americana, General Store, & Country Kitchen antiques and collectibles found on this page cover a broad range both in vintage and uses. Over the yearsForesters of America / Fraternal Group Ceremonial Axes Landers Fairy & Clark #20 (2) Size Coffee Mill / Grinderour focus  has broadened.  Our interests broadened to include things like patented ice cream scoops, odd can openers, corkscrews, as well as vintage or antique electric toasters.

Our primary interest in Coffee Mills is in double wheel #2 or #3 size cast iron double wheel coffee mills. These small double wheel coffee mills make for a very colorful and graphic display in almost any room or setting in the house. They are wonderful pieces and a great reminder of years past..

Antique & Vintage
Americana / Country / General Store / Advertising Etc.

* * * Click Heading to see Items * * * Cast Iron Trivet Tree / Stove Pipe Trivet / Stove Shelf / Mitten Warmer

  • N. R. Streeter "Sterling" Model #95 Slicer / Meat Slicing Machine
  • 19th Century Antique Carpenters Wooden Tool Box
  • 19th Century Antique Carpenters Work Bench 
  • Vintage Whistler Swan Decoy Carved by Bob Gilmore
  • Antique Merganser Decoy
  • Antique Bufflehead Decoy
  • Antique Bluebill Decoy Vintage Whistler Swan Carved by Bob Gilmore
  • Cast Iron Trivet Tree / Stove Pipe Trivet / Stove Shelf / Mitten Warmer  
  • "Sub Grade Rod" #218" by L. A. Batham Oakland Cal.
  • Selection of Lamp Fillers
  • Patented 1898 Salesman Sample Door Hinge
  • Treasure Hunters Dowsing Rod w/ Power Tube
  • So-Ezy Mouse Trap by Wolverton Mfg. Co. of Holton Kansas
  • # 1 Sure Death Trap by Davenport Trap Co.
  • Wood Case Analytical Apothecary Balance Scale
  • Early Wood Shaft Golf Clubs

Antique & Vintage
Pottery and China

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  • Set of 4 Vintage HB Quimper Dinner Plates   SOLD!
  • 6 Antique c. 1891 Bishop & Stonier Florence Flow Blue "Turkey" Dinner Plates
  • 20 Antique Embossed "Napkin Plates"

Office - Scientific - Technology - Calculation & Electrical
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 Thacher 4013 Calculatorearlier.  ThisWilliams Check Protector includes office related devices & tools such as early patented antique pencil sharpeners, antique typewriters, early 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.

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 at and we will get back to you ASAP.  Thanks!!

Early Electric Fans  / Motors
Dynamos / 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 onC & C Bi-Polar Electric Motor 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. electric motors

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 Vintage & Early Electric
Fans / Motors / Dynamos / Telegraph / Meters etc.

by Edison / Emerson / GE / Westinghouse / Western Electric & Others

* * * Click Heading to see Items * * *  Thomas Edison's Edison System Ampere Meter 

  • Thomas Edison's Edison System Ampere Meter 
  • Thomas Edison Mary-Ann Dynamo / Electric Motor Model
  • Thomas Edison's Edison Electric Light Co. 2 Kilo Watt Dynamo / Electric Motor
  • Thomas Edison's Edison System 1.5 Kilo Watt Dynamo
  • Crocker Wheeler 2 HP. Dynamo / Electric Motor
  • Crouse Hinds 500 Amp - 125 Volt Copper & Bronze Electric Knife Switch
  • Electrical World and Engineer Magazine January 11 1902

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

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  • Last Model K & E / Keuffel & Esser 4012 Thacher Slide Rule in Oak Box
  • Type 1 Curta Calculator
  •  Keuffel & Esser 4012 Thacher Slide Rule

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If you have a single antique, or a collection of antiques to sell please Contact at giving us your PHONE NUMBER and other contact info and we will get back to you ASAP. 

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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