What Else Do You Collect?

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  1. Scottie-TX

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    A collector of Marklin for many years have always been fascinated with model steam altho never an owner of one.
     
  2. Jim_Miller

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    Compared to most of you, I guess I'm a traditionalist collector. Besides clocks, I collect coins, stamps, sports cards and old tools. The tools are mainly heirlooms from relatives. My Grandfather was a smithy for Henry Ford in the early days, and I have the tools he handmade for his duty's at the factory
     
  3. rmarkowitz1_cee4a1

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    Thanks for your kind comment.

    Yes, it is. It's ruby overlay cut to the frosted. Probably came from a drug store (I can remember when drug stores had lunch counters!) or luncheonette/candy store or another place that had a lunch counter. I had someone make the frame. Found in NH long ago in what was really a junk shop but worth picking around as goodies might be found every so often. Sadly, that place folded at least a decade ago. The good old days when one could go up and down one road and hit a > 1/2 dozen shops in an afternoon. Sure beats scrolling through items on a computer screen.

    As an aside, I have had the opportunity to joke with people that I have "sandwiches" glass rather than Sandwich glass.

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  4. soaringjoy

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    Ah, those memories of lunch counters and soda fountains in drug stores, a time
    Woolworth's was called a 5 & 10 store and McDonald's had the most lousy burgers
    in town. Two and three color paint jobs on cars with fins and the milkman came every morning
    with a special made stubby-van. :D
    Allright, I still keep a small collection of model cars, scale 1:43 and I like Montblanc fountain pens.

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  5. Scottie-TX

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    I have a Montblanc I haven't used for years - also a Schaeffers I actually like better - slimmer and better feel.
     
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    Gee, they had all that mid-century Americana in Germany too when you were growing up??

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    watches of course and 19th century paintings.
     
  8. soaringjoy

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    No, not really... :D Life in Europe during those decades was exceptionally different.

    But, psst, RM, I grew up in the City of Brotherly Love, which is... yeah! Philly, Pa. :p

    Scottie, Schaeffer's, Papermate and others tried to get a foothold on the European
    market ages ago and failed. Parker made it.
     
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    I did not know that.

    So, do you like you Cheese Steak subs with sauerkraut:)?

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  10. gilbert

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    Wouldn't that be a 'hoagy'?

    My great,great grandfather produced wooden cased inkwells in a business that bore his name. Once in a while I'll pick up a piece that I can reasonably attirbute to be one from this past on the auction site (usually because it doesn't include his name or some magic buyer attraction like 'civil war'.
    It is more having a part of family history then inkwell collecting. (He also made some clock cases as well as other cabinetry in earlier life here in CT, before the heyday of clock making)
     
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    Seems they never had a rule to spelling "hoagy" or "hoagie", but yes, that was the Philly
    version of a submarine sandwich.
    I could die for an original cheese steak sandwich -leave the kraut... no way to get one here.

    I'm getting OT, oh my!
     
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    I have a small collecttion of inkwells/inkstands, mostly Bradley & Hubbard and Jennings Brothers, as well as the great U. N. Known. The four in the picture below, however, are among my favorites. The 3 on the left are signed N. Muller (yes, Nicholas Muller); the one on the right is signed Tiffany & Co. I got it for $70.00, buying it simply because I liked it. I didn't see the small signature on the underside of one edge until later after I arrived home and began cleaning the grime of the ages off it.
     
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    Hi, since there was talk about collecting pens. I don't consider myself a collector of pens but have obtained some interesting ones, so will show them. Generally I consider myself to collect alot of differnet things, another interesting one, is old spy cameras but that is another story. Follows is the pens: Picture 1: top-The Wahl Co. Chicago, a old led pencil, silver middle-Merchantile, Cresent Filler, Trade Mark, old fountain pen, bottom- Montblanc 343, 1960 fountain pen. Was my HS graduation present. Picture 2 Top- Schaffer Fountain pen, Middle- Waterman fountain pen
    Bottom- Montblanc ball point pen Picture 3 Cartier pen 2007 Celebrates Rock'n'Roll never used saved for investment. Picture 4&5 Mother of Pearl dip pen. Gold nib engraved Edward Todd & Co. NY, Name on top of the case is Jade & Olmstead, Kansas City, MO. These pens were sold try Tiffany NY
    Hope this will add to others with interest in old writing instruments. Charles
     

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    I used a stainless body Parker 75 in High School. Nice pen also.
     
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    What was the name? I have some inkwells that would seem to fit that bill that I believe are labelled "S. Silliman/Chester, CT".

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    Hi, I had mentioned that I have a collection of spy cameras but also have collections of guns, coins which all fall into an interest in antiques that goes back to my childhood. Many things started early and were added to over the years. Here is some pictures of cameras
    Picture 2 is spy cameras, all but one are by Minolta. The smallest is the little one on the right, still with its leater case and in perfect shape.
    The most memorable is the one in the center with the lether case in back, that is the one seen in all the old spy movies where they take pictures with a slide movement camera, thats it and in perfect working and cosmetic shape. Pictures 1 and 4 are of Minolta miniture camera, both probably never used and date in the 1960s Picture 3 are cameras that my father had, and the one on the right he made to take pictures using movie film, never found pictures taken with it. Finally latst picture is a Roleflex about 1930, again one my father had. It works perfect and still with its lether case. Hope you fine it interesting. Charles
     

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    Thats the one , Samuel Silliman is who I'm related to.
     
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    Wonderful!

    When I have a chance will post the 2 inkwells I own...I also have a small subcollection of what I guess I would call "treen".

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    1892 Simplex Electric Heater.jpg One of the earliest known electric heater. Its a Simplex 1892 Heater in heavy cast iron ..
     
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    I wonder if this was made by the Simplex Time Recorder company, who were in the Boston area (Gardner, Mass.).
     
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    Hi Harold, I am not sure about that, but i do know they made an assortment of early electrical appliances. There is a ID Tag but only says Boston with no street address...
     
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    Dunno; Seems there were many Simplex cos. Wasn't there a Simplex automobile? Simplex the company that became Philco. Seem to recall also a Simplex sewing machine.
    I had one spy camera someone gave me. Minox I believe. It's shutter was two steel leaves with a hole in each energized by a spring. Mine had a ripped springhole in one leaf. I replaced the leaf and had a working Minox.
     
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    If you're still out there Gilbert, here are the two treen inkwells made by your ancestor, Samuel Silliman.

    They are both turned faux grained wood. Note the larger of the two has the addition of simple gilt stencilled decoration which actually depicts a quill with a scroll. They both bear the printed paper labels of the maker.

    I have seen fairly large ones. Other decorative schemes I have seen on these are yellow ochre graining (quite nice) and eagle stencilling. I'm sure they came in a range of sizes and with varied decoration.

    They are part of one of my other little side collections I refer to as "treen" which for me includes turned wooden objects especially if made of different colored woods laminated together, Mauchline ware, and carved wood objects. They're housed in a small glazed door oak cabinet in my kitchen. Guiding principals to acquisition are 1. do I like it? 2. condition okay? 3. priced real right? All this stuff bought 1 piece at a time over the years. Finally does add up.

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    untitled.jpg I 1861 advertisement city directory,Lowell MA.jpg I also collect barometers,here is one that is somewhat rare,they were in business for only 2 1/2 years.Applied for a patent in December of 1859 and received the patent in January of 1860.The company closed andthe partners returned to their original lines of work,a coffin maker and a daguerrian........Notice the name of the barometer UNION not unexpected from a Massachusetts firm

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    Brass Stuff :thumb:

    :whistle: Give me a T for Texas, give me a T for Tennessee

    Give me a T for Texas, give me a T for Tennessee

    Give me a T for Thelma, woman made a fool out of me
    :whistle:

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  26. rmarkowitz1_cee4a1

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    How about pocket watch hutches...that look like clocks?

    With all due respect to our watch collecting brethren, not particularly interested in the watches. Some of the watches in my hutches are respectable Walthams or Howards, others were junkers bought for cheap to put in them.

    In the first pic, one looks like a rosewood shelf clock, the other, well, like a wood panelled banjo.

    Next one looks like a turn of the century black mantel or even a slate cased clock...except here it's folk marquetry.

    The next is in the form of one of those NYC 4 column shelf clocks. The apparent watch is in fact a glass novelty pocket watch with a printed paper advertisement.

    The last 2 are in the form of tall case clocks. I especially like the first. It's decorated with a technique call decopage. The entire case is covered with printed images from Victorian magazines applied to the wood carcass and then varnished over.

    I also like 3 dimensional pieces, either in shadow boxes or under domes. Sometimes whole little worlds were created using a variety of materials either singly or in combinations. An amazing variety of materials were employed including human hair, shells, feathers, wax, paper, cork, dried plants, seeds, lichens, mosses, taxidermied birds..you name it. Never ceases to amaze me what was created. Have accumulated quite a few examples over the years. Many people find this stuff Victorian horrors and dust collectors. I say the weirder and quirkier the better. The one shown is composed of feathers, shells, whale bone and paper. The ring of little seed like shells is actually a head dress worn by a bride. Her feather fan is mounted behind it. And check out the back of the fan. It's decorated with a taxidermied humming bird! Really the value is in the open work carved whalebone handle. A similar openwork carved whalebone handle is shown on page 204 in Flayderman's "Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders:Whales and Whalemen".

    Calling Norman Bates!

    RM

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    I use to collect Old Beer Steins untill i started buying old clocks. These are different pictures of my collection or what is left of them. I have been selling them off to purchase clocks.


    George



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    My typing and lousy proof reading failed me again.

    It's decoupage not decopage.

    My apologies.

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    1886 Westinghouse Shallenberger/Westinghouse Volt and Amp meter. These have a plumb bob in them for leveling on the wall..Extremely early AC Meters...
     
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    This is one of the pride and joys of the early incandescent lamp collecting. This is a genuine 1879 Edison Lamp with Bristol Board Filament and Platinum Clamps.. It is affixed in its original bronze Edison Bergmann Fixture.. What a Howard Astro is to American Clock Collecting, this is to Edison Lamp Collectors...
     
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    I also collect early Radial Street Lamps..
     
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  34. Bruce Barnes

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    Dont let Jeff M see this one :p That is one cool instrument,would have liked to have seen the whole configuration and "listened" to the operation as it ran.
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    Here is a lead for you: I am about certain this resistance heater was made by the same Simplex concern known in railroading for their appliances used in motive power, coming to mind at once the famous Simplex reciprocating stoker used on USRA WWI era steam locomotives. I believe your heater was used on street and interurban cars in multiples in a early attempt to replace maintainance intensive coal fired coach heat in use at that time. Earlier appliance catalogs for the rail industry are available to confirm this. I further suggest as food for thought the French carbon filament heat lamp (with Edison base) heaters predate resistance heaters in stationary (home, business, farm) use until the much improved nichrome elements were then quickly developed by the 90's, thinking of perhaps a period of ten years previous. Best ~ CW
     
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    I collect Lionel and American Flyer trains from 1900's to 1960. ( now have more trains than clocks)
     
  37. gilbert

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    Dusting this topic off for a bit. Those desktop inkwells look in very good shape (the one desktop one I have appears to have survived a fire or something), the traveling inkwells are in much better shape.

    As I had mentioned in prior post, Samuel (in his earlier years) made clock cases as well as other furniture. I was in Delaware earlier this week and was able to take a gander at a couple of his accounting books from the early 1800's . Couple entries from June and July mention clock cases built (also May) ranging from $20.00 to $26.00 , rather pricey for the time period ( I believe he was in Schoharie,NY at the time before he moved back to Connecticut)

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    an old thread deserving ressurection
     
  39. JTD

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    OK, I will start. Apart from clocks I collect and restore antique cash registers.

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  40. Bruce Barnes

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    ...from the First People of Canada, I collect their carvings and this one in particular as a remembrance of my Mothers passing. He is the Mourning Raven, in the Haida language san dawass Yahl and is done in yellow cedar and is 24 inches tall. He was done by an excellent carver who did very few items and then just disappeared many years ago.
    He is surrounded by good spirits rather than couginah (bad spirits) and watches over the departed.
    Just something a little different.................
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    This is beautiful. These items and Inuit carvings are really hot in the market right now and commanding huge prices. We will see items like this come up at auctions around here from time to time and there is always great interest, pretty much out of my league.
     
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    Neat thread that I hadn't seen before, it was an enjoyable read.

    I have begun to collect and refurbish vintage audio equipment, I also have more than 300 vinyl albums. It's a hobby I can enjoy at the same time as working on clocks, I like nothing better than to put on some good music and get lost in clock repair.

    Not really a collection but I'm also trying to learn how to play guitar with not a lot of luck. After a lifetime of office work my finger tips are too soft, the strings rip em to shreds ha ha.
     
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    Recently have become interested in some "HIGH END" Wristwatches by Audemars Piguet and Breguet. This is my new Breguet 7077BB in solid white gold with several complications. All of this just to keep time..?

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    We live in a house stuffed with antique furniture, though it is only a 60s bungalow. As well as a lot of longcase and other clocks, I have pocket watches, scientific instruments, works of art, engravings and etchings, and model engines (steam and internal and external combustion). I also have a collection of silver, tableware and flatware, and a significant number of books, mostly reference books.
     
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    Old reference books, particularly old Sears catalogs, either real or reproductions. I have 1897, 1900, 1902, 1908, 1923, 1927, 1933, 1946, and 1958 Sears catalogs, plus a Montgomery Ward or two and, for a dollar at the antique fair I just bought a 1930 World Almanac and Book of Facts, from which you can learn something new on every page.

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    I also collect dust.
     
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    Vintage and current Micro machining tools. First photo is a National Jet 7A drilling machine for holes down to .0001". (Tenth of a thousand of an inch)

    Vintage Patek Philippe Watches. 5015 in the second photo but only handy not so hot photo`s and not one my favorites.

    1930`s to 1960`s farm tractors and motorcycles mostly Harley and Triumph. I also build exact scale running models of each as time permits per third photo. Chopper was purchased while in the navy in 1967. Photo is a photo of a 1974 photo thus not as sharp desired.

    Early twentieth century European multi barreled Firearms. 1933 German Drilling last photo.

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    Antique fire and air raid sirens are another interest of mine. It's a field of its own - presented here is my Decot two tone siren made during the second world war. It served as a fire alarm siren for its service life between December 1941 to about 1990. Though not presently in working condition I did clean it up cosmetically for display. These particular sirens were usually turned out in red or silver gray.

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  48. rmarkowitz1_cee4a1

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    Odysseus liked Sirens, too:

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    A very different brood of sirens but sirens nonetheless. Ancient artwork was always intriguing in its own way so that vase makes for a pleasant specimen.
    Of course the original siren instrument was designed for underwater use, hence their named association with the mythical creatures. I never collected antique art but I do admire the ancient works.

    I also like collecting model railway engines, either as completed pieces or buildup kits from the likes of Airfix. OO and N scale are my preferred sizes but I'll take anything there's room for. Here are a few, all of British origin - the red 'City Of London' is a Hornby Dublo product from 1957-1964. The green engines - City Of Truro and Evening Star - were built from Airfix kits. The black streamlined 'City Of Coventry' was adapted from an existing model.

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    P-38s.
    No... Not the airplane.
    No,... Not the pistol.
    The trusty military can opener.

    That and Hot Wheels cars.
    (But only the ones based on the 1965 Corvette Die because that's my other "collectible".)
     

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