Martin j. donnelly auctions antique tool newsletter no. 2142 astrid y gaston lima menu prices

Actually, we would have been at the EAIA Meeting yesterday, but we got up at 4:15 a.m. and drove Mount Vernon, Virginia to pick up a collection of Nineteenth Century Antiques being deaccessioned by the Collections Department as they work on refining the museum collection to be consistent with their Eighteenth Century mission.

Just for those of you looking to replicate the trip for fun, it is not recommended. We were able to sample early morning rush hour traffic in both Philadelphia and Baltimore before moving on to the real thing on the East side of the Washington, D.C. beltway (actually more like a large parking lot at that time of day). When we arrived, the Collections Department staff took one look at our "small" truck and shook their heads. However, more than thirty years of experience at packing and transporting antiques were put to use in accommodating 272 items into the back of the truck–something that seemed quite impossible when the first thing to go in the back was a large four-person horse-drawn sleigh. Today’s photo montage shows a photo of George Washington’s Home, Mount Vernon, followed by a photo of the Collections Department staff marveling at their handiwork in filling the truck about as full as it could be, leaving some room to pick up some things on the way home.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Early American Industries Association, the group was established in 1933 and is celebrating its 85th Anniversary this year. The meeting consists of parking lot trading of tools and antiques on Wednesday, followed by tours of local museums and historic sites through Saturday. If you are not a member of EAIA, we encourage you to join. In addition to the Annual Meeting, an expanding array of Regional Meetings are held throughout the country during the year. The Association publishes a quarterly publication, The Chronicle, which is mailed to members as part of the membership dues. The Chronicle is filled with great articles about tools, trades and early technology. For more information about joining EAIA, just set your browser to or just click HERE.

Terry, Jas./ Rochester, N. Y. : T. Scoville’s Patent Level. Pat. Sept. 19, 1859. Rare Small Size. Length: 5.75 Inches. The American Nation in the years preceding the Civil War was one fashioned almost entirely of wood. While the English moved quickly into the utilization of iron and steel, the ready supply of wood in the Great American Forest made it seem unnecessary not to leave well enough alone. Great structures were regularly constructed of wooden beams and boards. In order to properly fit them out so that they were architecturally sound, tools were needed to precisely calculate the angles at which those beams and boards were fitted together. In response to the need, inventors set themselves to creating all manner of "inclinometer" devices for the purpose of simplifying such calculations. Such tools have, because of their intricate and sometimes unnecessarily complex mechanical workings (as well as their frequent aesthetic affectations) become highly collectible by many antique tool collectors. This example, patented September 19, 1859 by Thadeus Scoville of Rochester, New York, and manufactured for him by the James

Terry Company, also of Rochester, possesses all of the characteristics of a great collectible inclinometer. First it is inordinately complex. The massive circular bubble set in front of a 360 degree protractor allowed the user to gauge the angle at the point where a 2 inch long line of alcohol in the vial met the protractor. Second, an intricately decorated brass door which swings into place to protect the massive vial makes the tool appear more ceremonial than functional. Finally, the Cuban Mahogany body, marked with both the patent date and the maker’s name on opposite ends of the body provides a stunning contrast to the golden patina of the brass door. We proudly offer this magnificently intricate and artistically stunning example of one of the finest levels ever produced. The only example of this tool in this most desirable small size of which we are aware. Top shelf. (FINE). This item was sold on March 18, 1998 for $6,000.00.

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