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Terry Bond

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  1. Dave, sure hope you can keep the secret at the monastery. The monks make the best beer! Down the hall, the sisters are making cheese. What else can you ask for in your old age than to spend your days in your bathrobe eating cheese and drinking beer? Terry
  2. I'm going to add a couple of items here rather than try and start a separate thread - these are pretty neat but scarce items - Tobacco jars/humidors. There are some varieties that are figural - depicting an image of a chauffeur, or early motorist. One of my favorites is this chauffeur in the lower left corner. It was produced by the German manufacturers WS&S - Wilhelm Schiller and Sons. The company began in the 1800s but did not survive after WWI. They were well known for producing majolica porcelains. The bright, bold colors are indicative of that style of pottery. The cap of the chauffeur removes to access the tobacco stored inside. A compartment made as part of the underside of the cap has a space to hold a damp sponge to keep the tobacco moist. The three "cartoonish" humidors are designed by the Italian caricature artist Peko. The designs for these particular humidors were taken from illustrations done in both postcard and lithographic form. These three different humidors all have removable caps, again with a place for a damp sponge. In the back, lower level is a full-figured, rotund chauffeur by an unknown artist. It is quite early, probably European and painted in the majolica style. There are many other motoring related tobacco jars, some full figured motorists, and others simple containers with an automotive scene illustrated on them. I'm always looking for others, as are of course those who collect smoking related artifacts. Enjoy, Terry
  3. That's exactly the problem I had when I first began collecting "stuff" back in the 70s. The Navy only allowed so much weight when we moved. Terry
  4. Thanks much, looks like a good variety of stuff and a perfect day. Terry
  5. Correct Steve, and well stated. Most of us have limited time to check everything, so tend to gravitate to the resource that suits us best. I spend most of my time on this forum looking at General Discussion and Memorabilia. Usually if I want to quickly solve an MGB or Model T problem I'll go to those sites first. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Charlotte! Terry
  6. The pulley assembly is for some other type of lamp, perhaps from an old church. The automobile lamp you have is part of a Model T Ford side lamp from 1913-14. Prior to that they were all brass, and after 1914 the style changed completely to a more rounded all steel lamp. 1915 did have a little brass trim on it, but Ford was phasing out brass on the Model T by that time. You are missing the font (oil container) and the burner assembly. You should be able to find the missing pieces, or another parts-donor lamp on ebay. Don't know where you are located but if you able to attend a swap meet that has a focus on pre-war cars and parts, you'll see plenty of lamps like these. That might also be a great source for some parts to complete yours. Do you have a Model T? Terry
  7. Yup, that smells like all the others. I'll bet he wanted to be paid by some notoriously insecure method. Terry
  8. You are too kind John. The more I learn, the more I learn I need to learn more - but, am always willing to share what I've learned (so far). Terry
  9. If it's a fantasy piece it has value only as a decorative item. That depends on how much you like it and are ok spending. What is the asking price? Terry
  10. I'm pretty sure the way that "can" is notched to form it around the sign and back is not normally found on originals, nor is the use of rivets like that. If they are modern "pop rivets" its either an incorrect restoration or something else. I think knowing the history or provenance needs to be a factor in determine its authenticity. If the dealer is representing it as an original, he must have some reason to believe it is, and knowing that would help with verification. I agree the lack of other advertising (product name) on it is an issue. These also usually had the sign makers name or logo someplace on them, like a bottom edge. I too have done an internet and auction search and turn up nothing. In person inspection though might be necessary to be certain. Try contacting Dan Matthews at The Authentication Co. (TAC) for an expert opinion. You've not mentioned the price so I'm assuming it's a substantial amount. Let us know what more you find out. Terry
  11. Hard to tell for sure, but to me it looks repro based on the pic. More detailed photos needed to be sure tho. It's could be a part of a larger sign. Anyone got pics of a complete one? Terry
  12. No, never considered it actually. My small collection of automobile clocks would be fairly insignificant among that group I'm sure. There doesn't seem to be much about automobile clocks that I've seen just casually searching the website. Terry
  13. Apparently you are correct - I see the Waltham is now more realistically priced at $39.00. Guess the initial listing was simply a decimal point in the wrong place. Thank goodness! But-the other clock is still there. Terry
  14. Looks like a Corvette Museum connected organization. That's probably their specialty. I no nothing about them but there seems to be plenty of info on the internet. Remember-cheap isn't always best. You never now what you've actually bought until you have a claim. Ask around. For me, it's always been J.C. Taylor, a very strong supporter of AACA. Based on personal experience, I wouldn't go anywhere else. Terry
  15. I've casually collected nice antique automobile clocks for several years. I try to buy decent clocks that actually tick and seldom pay more than $150 or so for them. There are always a few upgrades or duplicates that I'll take to Hershey. Naturally, I'll occasionally scan evil-bay for them, and have even occasionally purchased damaged clocks to use for spare parts. Just recently I came across these two - they are the most expensive car clocks I've ever seen, but both of them are common varieties. One is a simple stem-wound Waltham for sale at $3,900. (See item number 224397577488). -and the other is a common variety of angle-mounted dash clock that you can buy all day long at Hershey for a couple hundred bucks in nice working condition (more often for much less). This one is an absolute "basket-case" yet is priced at $674.10 (discounted from $749.00). (See item number 324439411350) Anyone know something I don't about these clocks? I'll probably have a few for sale again this fall, but at these prices, I'd be tempted to clean out my whole collection, sell them and buy a nice car (or two). Perhaps this is just more evil-bay silliness on the part of the vendors. Terry
  16. And-quite often you'll find Dr. Simeone there himself giving tours or talking about the cars as they run out back. It's one of my favorites and was a previous recipient of the AACA Plaque, awarded annually at our convention in Philadelphia for recognition of outstanding achievement in the preservation of the automotive history. Terry
  17. We're looking forward to visiting while on the Eastern Divisional Tour this year. Terry
  18. I recently acquired this little advertising book. It is 1 3/4" wide and 3" in length. It's like a small notebook except the tear-out pages inside are "soap paper." If you tear out a sheet and wet it, you'll have a sheet of tissue paper that has soap on it and can be used to wash your hands. Neat item, but it was the advertising that intrigued me. It's an advertising piece for the New York Motor Vehicle Company and their new steam powered Volomobile automobile. Here is what I've been able to learn so far about the company. The company was founded in Jersey City, NJ in the summer of 1900 . PH Flynn served as President, Frederick C. Cochen served as Vice President, P. Sherwood Dunn served as Secretary and Treasurer, and Thomas F. Flynn served as General Manager and Design Engineer. Thomas Flynn also ran a mechanical workshop in Brooklyn. They started developing automobiles. Production only started in 1902. The brand name was Volomobile . The plan was to manufacture the vehicles at the Worcester Cycle Works in Middletown, CT, but instead, the cars were assembled in Brooklyn. Production ended in 1902. In total, only a few vehicles were built. Source for this info is the Standard Catalog of American Cars by Beverly Rae Kimes and Henry Austin Clark, Jr. There is a photograph in that reference that very closely resembles the drawing shown on this little booklet. Curious if there is any other information available - other photos, literature, advertising material, etc.? Thanks Terry
  19. Art it is Mike. We're starting to see more and more framed paper turning up in auctions and for sale in the big swap meets. It is sometimes costly to frame stuff but there are you can do to help keep it reasonable. I'm fortunate that we've got several good thrift stores near us, so armed with photos of my stuff and dimensions, I raid them often for old frames. When you can get a neat old frame with that old wavy glass for $5 or less, it sure beats taking your stuff into a professional framer. Here is an example of an early die-cut calendar that I framed using a thrift store discovery. It's mounted with archival tape to a dark maroon velvet backing. When doing your own framing, I use only archival materials including acid free mat board when I need to use them. My wife even found me a professional mat cutter in a thrift store for $15. Terry
  20. Fantastic place! We've been there several times and what's really great about it is the personal tours given by the guy who started it all, Jeff Lane. On our last visit there we even got the chance to ride around town in an Amphicar! Highly recommended!!!!! Terry
  21. Signs and etc- Wonderful advertising material exists in addition to porcelain. For many years now, I've delighted in finding much less expensive tin, cardboard, and paper advertising material. I guess time has caught up and as the pricing of porcelain becomes prohibitive for most collectors, they quite naturally turn to these other kinds of signage. For many years I've collected embossed tin signs, and also have a number of nicely framed paper and cardboard items that are just as graphic and impressive as most porcelain. This neat cardboard Taxi advertisement I'm pretty sure is a Washington DC item, based on the source it came from. Sorry for the poor quality photo but was getting some glare and shadowing when I snapped the pic. It's much nicer in person. A few others also as examples. Another thing I see happening is signs are being "created" from graphically illustrated oil or product cans. If a nice can has at least one good side, or remains of it, they are being cut up and turned into signs like this one for Blue Ribbon polish. I bought in inexpensively enough in an antique shop several years ago, and an instant give-away to its origin is the "one gallon" notation in the top left corner. I'd have rather had the complete can but that was already gone. It's still a nice wall hanger. Unfortunately though I see things like this being sold on the internet for stupid prices and being incorrectly advertised as a "sign" when it should be labeled as "remains of an old can." Look carefully and pay accordingly. Terry
  22. Your Texaco sign is well known and always is a good seller-but, there are a lot of them around. Enough that collectors can be fussy about condition. If someone is just looking for garage decoration and not concerned about collecting for any potential investment value, then the value quoted is probably close in a smaller, less-well promoted auction, heavier on the + side of the $500 of course. Private sale, something around a grand would be a good price. I've seen mint condition signs go for much more than that in big auctions but it'll cost you you to sell it that way. Evil-bay isn't reliable for values as it's littered with fakes and idiots who think they'll get rich quick off something dug up in the outhouse pit. Clean it like Walt said and enjoy it. Let someone else worry about it after you're gone. The other sign-super rare and worth a million bucks (Just kidding). It's toast. Just nail it up and enjoy it. Terry
  23. Peter you've very accurately described what's happening to all of us -falling apart due to old age! Your description of shrinkage in the casting process is correct too. My Father-in-Law was a castings engineer with J.I.Case and Allis Chalmers and I have great memories of his stories in the foundaries. It's been great looking at everyone's input. I'll just toss the broken tool. I learned I can do just as good with a sturdy pair of pliers. Terry
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