Recently a friend remarked that a lot of folks who own antique cars also furnish their house with antique furniture. I do myself but I wonder if the statement is true for others. Below is a Van Erp lamp I was lucky to find on Etsy.
Jim Patrick, where are you?
I have several antiques also but every time I try to add her name to my list she punches me!
I have tools, clocks, furniture, and ouch..ouch...stop hitting me!
I have coins license plates and cuckoo clocks dating back to 1905
Everything I own is antique including my socks, or is that just old. Harv
My wife has an antique ME!
In addition to Ts -Models As, vintage petroliana, vintage toy tanks and antique phonographs
'07 Cadillac, '11 Stanley, '12 Buick, but nothing non-automotive.
I have some old hand tools, shop tools and metal working tools. One stove pipe roll dates back to 1868. Several other rollers date from the 1880s. My circle cutter/slitter is relatively new at c. 1920. The newest "machines" would be a c.1930 Toledo OBI 30-Ton punch press and a 1939 lathe. I've restored or renewed most and put them back to work. It's hard to beat old American "iron" that still works.
Very little that I own is NOT antique.
My Knees are antiques. They squeak more than my 1914 Model T.
lionel trains and roll top desks (s curve). also a few clocks.
I don't own her, but my wife is an antique.
Jon - Wouldn't have thought of it except for your post, but I have Lionel Trains too! Most from the '50's, but I have one Lionel tinplate set from 1931.
Funny you should ask....Sometimes being single sucks, but one of the benefits is I can do whatever I want with my place. So without a wife demanding a new this or that, or for me to leave room for her precious moment's collection, I've been trying to create a place that is a true step back in time.
Since I moved into my great grandpa's farm house, and took over the 12 acre property that included all the outbuildings of the once larger farm, I've been back-dating it. Nothing is newer than the early 50's, except for my TV and sound-system. The house has furniture from the early 1900's mostly, but some pieces are much older, to the 1840's. Even the house's windows are old, single pane, wavy glass.
The place was built in 1917, but my great grandpa brought with him many older implements and furniture when he moved in from across the creek. When you visit my place, the feel you get is that you are in the 50's, but at an old farm. I have trucks from the 50's and 40's, and tractors from the 40's and 20's. And of course, Mr. T. is from the 20's. People have said my house is like a museum, except for the television.
I didn't start out doing this on purpose, its just that nothing from the 60's through today looked right on the farm...it didn't have the right vibe, so I didn't buy it and what was here from more modern times, I got rid of. I have some modern furniture...a leather chair and a couch, but they are built to look old, so they blend right in. In short, I'm probably going absolutely crazy, but I'm sure I'm not the only one! and I feel at home.
Yes sir, some like you?
Ron the Coilman
I have the office furniture from the Bigglerville PA. Coal in my study. The furniture dates back to the 1870's. I also have several clocks, pocket watches, early phonographs and other items that come from the 19th and early 20th century in addition to my 4 non Model T antique cars.
I guess my furniture could be antique. I don't know because I bought everything at the used furniture store. There's a couple guy that live by me that could be antiques. We can't get them sober enough to find out. I've got a pair of shoes that aren't antique but smell kike they're dead. And a 1918 Silvertone phonograph with a handful of 78 RPM records. That's about it. Unless you count that one goofy toe on my left foot. It's well over 60 years old.
I forgot one other thing, it doesn't belong to me but I think my girlfriends husband has a really old shotgun. They might have Damascus barrels. I didn't get a good enough look at them to be able to tell.
Got some "Old Iron" to play with on the lake when it's not solid.
Even my computer is an antique! LOL
I married an antique.
You've gone and started something for sure !
In the family for 61 years:
1914 Hudson. Original survivor.
Regarding my last photo: the crew of the USS Pueblo weren't fishing, they were phishing.
I have some things that are antiques, but my favorite is a clock. My great-great-grandfather was a Methodist minister in eastern Ontario and kept a small, leather-bound book of his income and expenditures for 40 or 50 years in the 1800s. My great-grandparents married in 1885 and in 1886, he gave them a Westbury parlor clock. I have both the clock and the expense book, but was the first in the family, as far as I know, to find the reference to the clock in the book.
(Third line, right-hand page: "New 8 day clock present to George." George Briden was my great-grandfather.)
I have other antiques - both inherited and bought through the years - but this one means the most to me.
I have my great grandfather's gold pocket watch that he either bought or was given to him in 1891. He was a famous Baptist minster who preached in Nova Scotia, NewBrunswick and Prince Edward Island in Canada.
My great, great, great, great grandfather was Rembrandt Peale who painted George Washington from life in 1795. I am lucky enough to have one of his paintings.
Lots of furniture passed down from great grand parents, old tools, lots of knick knacks, bottles, toys, over 200 antique dolls from my mother, 31 Chevrolet Phaeton, 55 Crown Vic. and more. Some pictures of the "Family Room".
I have got an old 1915 Victrola, several Farmall Cubs, lots of antique tools, including my Great- Grandfather, then Grandfathers, level, hand saws, and hammers with homemade handles. I have several clocks, most are more modern, but I have one clock that I don't necessarily own, just maintain and hand wind ever day. It is a 1906 M. Schwalbach tower clock, still operating in its original tower. If you are ever in St Joseph, MN drop me a note and I'll give you a tour.
Another old bachelor here, who does pretty much as he pleases. My only non-antique vehicle is a six-year-old Camry. The others are 1973, 1968, 1951, 1939, 1923, 1923, and 1915. My shop has gas heat, but in the house I use a wood stove to heat the kitchen and a fireplace in the living room. The upstairs has never had heat, so before bed time I go up and turn on the electric blanket. That's one modern convenience I'm glad to accept. The house was electrified in 1935 and had modern switches, but I've changed them out with turn of the century push buttons. The furniture is a mix of old and new, but as I attend auctions old items will replace the new ones.
One more old thing...
You guys are funny!
At one time I would have said that I did not own any antiques but when I think about it we have many things that we got when when we were first married (46 years ago.), came from our parents, purchased at a used furniture shop, or made by me over the years.
In many cases the "old stuff" is significantly better than the "new stuff".
My wife has a fantastic collection of china tea cups, old crystal glasses, and old dishes that come out during special occasions.
Many of our things may not be worth a lot but they contain memories that can never be replaced.
As i sit here writing this I can see pictures we got when we lived in KY, Steuben glass that a friend gave us because we watched their kids over a long weekend while they interviewed for a job in Pa., a self portrait of a great great uncle, etc.
It makes me thing that it is important to share the memories of these things with our kids and grandkids so they understand what they really mean
I wonder what we lost when we broke up my parents home after they died! i wish I had listened!
Ryan - I really like the rich reddish brown color of your tractor. Could you tell us how you accomplished that? I'm wondering if you just oiled the rusty surfaces just for the picture, or if you've coated it for some sort of a more permanent coating to give it that beautiful color,.......???
That tractor had great tin with uniform surface rust. I passed up a couple of repainted 10-20's waiting for this one to come along. I sanded the tractor by hand when I bought it to get any rust flakes off the surface then used linseed oil on the metal. The oil soaked in and dried within a week. That picture was from a few weeks after I oiled it. It's ready for another treatment, but lasted a few years on that first coat. If I could ever find a T in similar condition, I would do the same thing in an instant.
Richard Eagle - Are you out there Rich? The picture of Ryan's tractor treated with linseed oil made me think of your coupe. As beautiful a "patina" as your coupe has, I wonder how it would look with Ryan's linseed oil treatment,....???
Just a thought,....harold
Boiled linseed oil (cut with mineral spirits). The only way to go when preserving patina:
Besides my Model T, I have a '53 Buick Special, a '55 Chevy truck with chassis mounted camper, a '61 Ford wrecker, a '64 Impala SS, a '71 Sanger Catalina (boat) and a '75 Chevy van that was customized back in the van craze. In the house I've got antique furniture, victrola, several record players, 8-track players, tons of books and literature both car related and non, plus all kind of misc. treasures like cans and bottles, advertising etc. etc.
Not even close! I collect just about any kind of antiques if they appeal to me, but I focus on old watches, old cars, old woodworking tools, and old furniture. My house is starting to look like a very cluttered museum... and I wouldn't have it any other way!
Ron, if I had a wheel like that, I believe I would mount it on the wall as art. ....Maybe I have a wheel like that somewhere in one of the buildings....
Thank you. That wheel was pulled from my junk pile for use on the back of my power unit. Before and after pictures are on the Doodlebug Part 2 thread (illustrates the transformative powers of boiled linseed oil):
I was at a tractor and engine show about two years ago (Pepperell Crank Up - GREAT little show that ran for nearly 40 years in Pepperell, MA and sadly, may go away because the organizers are getting up there in age and there is no one to take it over). A older guy showed up with a TT that had been equipped with an Ossipee kit. The truck had a BEAUTIFUL patina - deep, lustrous, rich chocolate brown - exactly like your McCormick. I asked him how he got it to look that way - was it a satin clear coat? That is when I got about an hour class in the wonders of boiled linseed oil. I had just finished the Shaw Conversion and picked up a '27 doodlebug (pictured, finished, above). It was a perfect candidate to try out what I learned about linseed oil and the results made a believer out of me. I continue to paint my engines and transmissions, but EVERYTHING else I finish in linseed.
About a year before Dolores and I got married 57 years ago, I had a single uncle who had a 3 bedroom house. He had inherited much old furniture from others in the family who had either passed away, or had upgraded to newer items. My dad and his other brother went through all of my uncle's items and took what they wanted. Then they called a thrift store which took a truckload. Then Dolores and I got to pick from what was left! Eventually my parents also died and her mother died and we inherited from them. What new furniture we had bought was given to our children when they married and we kept the "old junk" which is now considered antiques. Some of it even goes back as far as the Revolutionary War. Most is from around the turn of the 20th century up until the 1920's Some day, we will either move out or die. I wonder whether our children will want all this old stuff?
Everything I own was made before WWII. Three exceptions are the fridge, microwave and dishwasher.
And the computer?
Norm - I'll give that phonograph a good home if it ever needs it.
I suffer from heavy metal disease. I collect old tractors, milling grinders & corn shellers, cream separators, lathes, milling machines, machine tools,Tunger chargers as well as several T's. It's getting crowded here. What luck! PK
I do not think I can answer this one well. I have been collecting since I was 11 years old. My first antique car was a 1933 Plymouth coupe when I was 14 years old. There is not a place on my 22 acre farm that you can not see something old. I have old tractors, model Ts (complete and parts by the ton). Hit Miss engines, Old Harley motorcycles, Cushman eagle scooter (birthday present when 9 years old) victrolas, old radios, a least a 1000 model T accessories (most NOS). vintage signs, gas pumps, My machine shop is all pre 1936 tools and tooling, I give up, like I said Been collecting since 11 years old (9 yrs old if you consider I still have my Cushman Scooter). I am really suprised someone has not called Pickers" yet ..
Great thread! I like all the things you all collect. I just looked at this rather lengthy thread for the first time, and I'm still laughing at Mike Garrison's post.
Some of the folks on this forum have minds that work in mysterious ways.....
Just a few odds and ends like this
and a half dozen of these this is my latest find at an estate sale for $4.00
I believe the rod is also a 1960's Shakespeare rod it is missing 1 eye but I can fix it.
heres our 1921 Buick
Dad with my 1919 Oldsmobile 7 pass touring
I'm not kidding, I really do own a 1918 Silvertone phonograph.
Amazing how many of us were collectors even as kids. I was busy collecting American Flyer trains from about 5th grade thru High School, although in 8th grade I started figuring out how to put back together the 1930 Model A Sport Coupe my brothers took apart (mentioned in other threads here). Was able to drive it to my High School graduation--although far from finished! I was always (OK, since I was about 9)interested in Player Pianos and bought piano rolls before I had a piano. Now I have 3 for myself to keep, and 3 others I'm fixing to trade, some mantle clocks and a few wall clocks, one grandmother clock (well, that's actually Linda's) Most of the furniture is old & the house is being done as a Craftsman style home. And that's probably just the tip of the iceberg. Family had diagnosed me as a Hoarder.
5 Model A's, '42 Ford Tudor, '42 Willys MB Jeep, '43 Harley Davidson WLA. T Running board accessories, Plastic and wood/tissue models, WWII re-enacting, aviation artifacts. Wife and daughter collect antique Christmas decorations, swing era albums, 20's, 30's, 40's fashion. Son collects miles, been in 95 different countries in 10 years.
I collect antique Coleman lamps, lanterns, irons, etc. This started when I worked there in the early 1970's. This one is perhaps my rarest, a 1909 Coleman No. 180 Outside Lamp. (A birthday present from my wife this past summer.) It is missing a clear globe. but other than that, appears to be complete. The lamp was used on a "hollow wire" system that included a tank of pressurized Coleman fuel. It was connected to the lamp on the other end by a small diameter tubing...thus the "hollow wire". I can only imagine that it was quite the fire hazard which perhaps contributed to its rather short time span. I do have the tank and the Coleman script tire pump that was used to pump it up (looks like a regular tire pump). Each of those items was bought separately. The tire pump was found at the Tulsa Early V-8 Club swap meet by my late father. He made it a mission of his to find one after I found the blueprint for it in the drawing files at Coleman.
Dick Lodge - Am I reading the ledger correctly, the 8 day clock cost $6.00?
Years ago I inherited my great-grandmother's parlor clock. She lived in Fort Madison, Iowa. It's made by Ansonia but the case has some features similar to your Waterbury.
Eric Sole, yes, the clock was bought for $6.00 in 1886. Probably worth more now...
Your great-grandmother's parlor clock is indeed very similar. The clock place I took mine for refurbishing looked up the clock in a Waterbury reference book. It is a Kenmore design that was introduced in 1881.
I bought my 1943 M Farmall in 1971 for $235. It was not an antique then but it and I have each grown into an antique as time has passed.
I have a Edison Phonograph, Station wall clock, Singer Sewing Machine, oil lamp as well as two Model T's and a 66 Mustang
Would love to find a wall phone like Steve Jelf has!
Common single box wall phones like Steve's can be easily had in good, working condition, for $200 +/-. There are several
advertised on my local Craigslist right now.
Unmarked, Kellogg, Stromberg-Carlson, Northern Electric, Western Electric are some of the more commonly seen names.
Thank you, that sounds interesting as they aren't that common over here
Alan in Western Australia
I can't help noticing a few Antique clocks and phones Here are mine . The clock is a Jonas Barber (Winster) 30 hour Long case chiming clock from circa 1730 It only has one hand as that was the norm in 1730 -it keeps perfect time! The Phone is an Australasian Erricson c1905 not uncommon here but what makes it rare is it has the original accessory bells and the bullring ear piece and all are functional Karl
A Class M Concert with a Bettini attachment! Holy cow! Nice.
I accumulated so much stuff buried on my property over the past 120 years that I am trying to preserve it as a museum. Many old plows, hand tools, wine making equipment, etc that was used on the farm.
Then there are the odds and ends.
OK Jerry tell us what Darren has that is soo cool.
Jerry, It's actually a Class E machine That one was one I restored many years ago. The Class E's used a choke coil to take 110V down to 40V which is what runs the motor. The machines do not have the ID tag like the class M's on the govenor board. The choke is in an area of the case which has ventilation holes to get rid of the heat. The motors are also wound with much finer wire than the class M's, and the motor's schematic is very different.
Missed the other half. Some missing plates are on cars.
Here's what I'm referring to;
It's a very early Edison phonograph with an aftermarket reproducer, made by a firm called Bettini. The reproducer is worth probably as much as the phonograph, and that phono ain't cheap! The mandrel is also larger, at 5" dia., which allows it to play "Concert" sized cylinder records. The larger diameter creates a higher surface speed on the cylinder which results in greater volume. The phonograph is powered by an electric motor, as Darren explains, because a spring wound motor that can sustain a constant speed had not yet been perfected. In about 1897 Edison introduced his "Spring Motor" model, which had a wind-up motor of adequate design to keep a constant speed.