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Last weekend my wife and I celebrated our 41st anniversary and we did so by picking our way to Nashville and then a little more picking on the way home. I did take her out for a very nice dinner at Stone River Steak house in Franklin, TN so it wasn't all about picking and she likes it as much as I do. I didn't take pictures of her treasures, but she got quite a few deals. She like dishes and pottery. I found a variety of things a several different places along the way. So I found that Keen Kutter metal sign and most likely it is repo but it was a cool sign and I wanted to put it up in the shop. Tool signs are hard to find so I try to get them when I can. I also got the Screw and Bolt signs which are double sided. I ran across this one place that had a great collection of really nice tools. They were locked in a glass cabinet. I ask the person to unlock it and told her I was going to be looking in there for a while. She ask if she needed to get the mop to clean up the drool. I first got this nice Keen Kutter Sliding T Bevel square. It is metal and nickel plated. Just below the screw it has a patent date of Oct 29, 07 stamped. I also got this Lufkin No. 014 Caliper ruler. What I thought was really cool about it is the fact that they also put the Stanley number next to their number. Shows you how popular and big Stanley was even them. I have this same small caliper rule in the Stanley 136. I then pulled out this really nice Stanley No. 53 1/2 ruler. When I started college I wanted to be an Architect so this ruler was kind of neat to find. The No 53 1/2 was made from 1879 to 1942. The rule was beveled on the inside edges so the numbers would be close to the page. This ruler has the brass arched ends and brass joints and ends. The patina is really nice and it is very readable. I also saw this nice No. 66 1/2 boxwood ruler that was made from 1870 to 1957. What makes it special it is one of only three 3' four fold rulers to survive WW II. This one happens to be from the Sweet Heart era 1922 to 1935 so this one would have been Pre WW II. This one also had the brass arched ends. This one wasn't cleaned by someone. I have the Stanley No 36 Cast Iron level in the 18" and 12" and it was nice to find this one in the 6" size and all of the vials intact and working. Then I found this Stanley folding ruler with Green Ends. I had just been looking through one of my original Stanley catalogs a week earlier and saw this information on the Green End rulers. So when I saw this Stanley Green end folding ruler at a very cheap price in the cabinet I had to get it out and add to the collection. And then I found my real prize of this pick. I saw this really nice Stanley No. 98 and picked it up and checked it out. No cracks and the finish is in good condition. I had to include it, I just couldn't leave it there. They made these in right and left handed models. The No. 99 is the left side model. I am looking for one of those to add to the group and to make this complete by having a right and left model. This little plane was made from 1896 to 1942. This one appears to be a Type 1a which was made from 1905 to 1907. One of the things about this little plane is the knob is the same size and a perfect replacement if you need a knob for a Stanley No. 1 bench plane. The knob can be worth as much or more than the plane itself. So I have added a few more items to the latest display cabinet in the house. This is the ruler shelf. All of the catalogs are original catalogs and the oldest one is a Stanley 1914 catalog. So that was my anniversary weekend picking and we had the best time out with each other looking for those special treasures. Till next time.... Patriot Picking
Found this Lufkin measuring device down at the Habitat Restore. Paid a$2.50 for it and bought it for the sole reason of it being something odd I have never seen before. I don't have a clue of what it was used for and didn't think I would have any use for it either. I did however use it just last week. I needed to cut some eight inch long blanks from some 4X4s so I set it for eight inches and was able to mark out the blanks in between the knot holes. Worked out great. It was rusty but cleaned up okay. Written on the rule is Lufkin NO.4 Grad. Tempered
Saturday night I went to an auction, haven’t been in a while. Had no plans to buy anything just looking to get out of the house and shop for a bit. Upon arriving and and starting to look things over I see this display box with three boxwood rulers. I have a love of these old rulers and have a problem passing them up. Further examination revealed a ruler that I had never seen before. At first glance I thought it was a wooden zig zag ruler, but picking it up, I found it to be a sliding wood ruler. The sections slide out instead of folding. The other two I have seen and had one like the middle one. I didn’t have a No 771 which is the top one. Both of them are Lufkin rulers. So so now is where the bottom is interesting, it is stamped N.Y.C Appro and below that X-4. It is also marked outside and on the others side it is marked Inside. It is also stamped “made in USA”. I have googled most everything and haven’t found this particular ruler. I found a similar one made by Interpole and with a number 106. This is one has two patent dates on it, 12/13/1910 and 7/29/1913. So so far I have searched them all and haven’t found the maker. I believe it is a Lufkin but I’m not positive. Anyway it seems to be a nice find and the first boxwood sliding ruler I’ve seen. I just love this old stuff!
It has been a while back and just didn't get any pictures at the time but found a couple of nice things when my wife and I were out. First was this nice Stanley No. 83 cabinet Scraper. For the most part in very good condition. I love the detail work they put on tools. Just a really nice touch. The only thing missing and for sure an important piece and one that is fairly hard to find with any of them is the roller. Here is an example of what it should have with it. I found one person with a roller for sale and they wanted 59.00 for it. I'll just wait and keep looking, one will show up somewhere. I also ran across this nice Lufkin No. 7 Catalog. No date inside that I can find. Has some staining on the pages. No zip code on the address. By the prices I would say it was early 1900's, possible 30's or 40's. Back cover is in good condition also. I don't believe it is a re-print. Then I found this "A History of Browning Guns". It was in a protector and this is some wear on the edges. It was copyrighted in 1942. A couple of nice finds that will go into the display cabinet with the other catalogs. I just love finding old treasures.
I had to make a run to the Nashville Flea Market this weekend to pick up some knives for my cheese boards. I have met a vendor from Texas that has been supplying me with spreading knives. He sales at the Flea Market each month in Nashville so I make the trip each month. After picking up the knives I was looking around and the crowd was huge and the number of vendors was way up. As I was walking down a row I noticed this rule on a table and went over to give it a closer inspection. After a bit of negotiations I was able to walk away with this Lufkin Lumber ruler. As we continued to walk around I had three people approach me wanting to know if I knew what it was and if I wanted to sell it. Sure glad I saw it first. i have done no cleanup up to it so this is how I found it. Excellent condition. It was easy for me to see right off it wasn't a Stanley, but a Lufkin. So I did a little research and this style was patented in 1883. Wow and in this condition. Well this one will join the indoor collection that just seems to continue to grow. It is now sitting on top of the display cabinet. Well you just never know what you are going to find when out Patriot Picking...
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