So, I just got back from a 9 day trip to Wisconsin with my wife and daughter. WHile there, I ventured in to the Wisconsin Dells antique mall. There, in one of the cases, was this brand new Boyce Moto-meter, new in the box. Not only was it new in the box, it was complete with the liner, the instruction booklet, the tag explaining how to settle the red thermometer fluid (by tapping on your spare tire) and a cloth cover that protected the meter during transport. IT was all there. I've never seen such a complete grouping before. THe liner is dated March 29, 1926, and the tag is dated 2-6-26. This thing is pristine, and I had to have it. So I sat it down on the counter and told them I'd buy it but wanted to finish looking around. Before I finished, I stumbled onto rarity Number 2.... A No. 9 side lamp for my 1911 Maxwell 2-cylinder. I was dumbfounded!! It was a great day!
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I have seen a few, but that HAS to be the nicest one by far!
And where is the picture of your sidelamp? Or do I have to look in onto the new Maxwell site again?
Score!!! Some great finds James.
Here you go Wayne.. It's not nearly as nice as the Moto-meter... It needs the bottom ring on the chimney replaced and someone put a coat of black paint on most of it, but just the fact that I even FOUND an early brass Maxwell lamp, anywhere but Hershey is amazing! At $67 bucks, I practically did a dance out the door...!
This guy on Craigslist has been trying to sell this NOS motometer for about a year.
Don't know if he has anything else in addition to the original box.
For $290 it can stay on Craigslist.
Can we ask you what you paid for the motometer? Better bargain than the lamp?
Neat find. I am still searching for one of these stashed in a barn someplace.
Dave... I gave $150 for the motometer. But only because it was so complete.
James J L, Thanks for the lamp photo! I would say the Motometer was a fair price, the Maxwell lamp one you can crow about for years to come!
Wow! There is a guy on the Maxwell board that found one also. Just kidding! Did anyone come up with an idea/suppiler for a reproduction cap for me to drill for my Maxwell Motometer? I'd do it myself but I'm not really keen on giving my only cap for someone to copy.
Wisconsin Dells is a great area to poke around in - particularly in the off season.
I hate all of you people who find stuff like this. I always keep my eyes peeled and dig through things. And I just find the little Ford wrenches and they're asking $20 for them cause they are old and say Ford.
Seriously though that's super cool.
Wayne... I agree. I wouldn't have paid the 150 if all that was there were the meter and the box. It was all the other parts combined that made it worth the price to me.
We get back to the Dells every 4 years or so. My wife grew up about 5 miles south in the town of Baraboo, home of the Ringling Brothers. It's a great place to visit. Compared to where I grew up (outskirts of DC) it's freakin' Fantasy land!!
James,Do you need another Maxwell No.9 side light ? I have one that I traded some T parts for it.Nice solid light with no cracks.There is a slight dint around the red jewel.Complete with the burner.
I love a good antique mall. Have found great stuff even on the same weekend as an antique car show. Those motometers still turn up. I recently found one in a Pennsylvania antique mall for the same money. It wasn't far from Hershey, just off-season. Great find Jim, and soooooo complete too.
Baraboo? Do you go to the gas engine show? Oh. Maybe. :-)
I've heard too many stories...
Nice finds James. :-)
No wonder we see so many out of state vehicles up here in God's country! ;-)
And I'm next door in MN!