What's new

Search results

  1. rivett608

    1893 patent Barker beam caliper

    Here is the rare, as in I have only seen a few in 40+ years of searching, BARKER’S PATENT BEAM CALIPER. This was patented on May 2 1893 (#496,679) and its main feature was a sliding jaw where the typical caliper would have a fixed jaw. This allowed for easy inside and outside measurements using...
  2. rivett608

    1850 W W Smith patent Caliper

    This 8” Caliper might win the award for “Coolest Looking Adjustment Knob”? It is from the rare Wm. W. Smith patent of Oct. 1 1850 (#7,689). One of the other interesting things is it has a helical spring in the hollow cast head. I say these are rare because in 40 years of collecting I have only...
  3. rivett608

    1870 Baldwin/Shultz Lathe restoration

    The restoration or cleaning of the 1870 Baldwin/Shultz Lathe is mostly done, it just needs belts replaced and the tooling that goes with it cleaned. I call this an 1870 Baldwin/Shultz Lathe because it was made by Nathan H. Baldwin of Laconia, NH. about 1870. It was owned by Charles S. Shultz...
  4. rivett608

    Value of Racine “Snowflake Bandsaw”?

    Most machines I have a good idea about, is this a $300 saw or a $1,500 saw? My guess is between those two numbers. Looks complete, nice decorative iron, pretty legs, gear box for slower speeds I assume, hence metal cutting. It is for sale in Hagerstown, Md. this week. Part of huge shop I am...
  5. rivett608

    1870s Baldwin Lathe restoration

    I have been working on the cleaning of the 1870s Baldwin/Shultz lathe. This is the tail stock side leg when I picked it up on a sunny day and in my shop after cleaning. It is painted a warm reddish brown color with black trim on the outside edges of the legs. All this is decorated with orange...
  6. rivett608

    Value of a near new condition 1962 Bridgeport mill?

    Hello All, I have been asked by the family of a good friend who passed away what the current value of some of his machines are. I know lots about real old stuff but not as much about what I think of newer, pretty scary something made in 1962 is considered newer. The machine in question is a...
  7. rivett608

    A tale of 2 shop made indicators and the name stamped on them.

    Here are 2 posts this week from my IG and FB feeds I think you will like… A tale of two 100 year old machinists indicators, well sort of, except there is so much that remains unknown. What is known is these are “shop made” test indicators for centering work on a lathe. The term “shop made” is...
  8. rivett608

    Tiny 1 1/2" P S Stubs Caliper

    My good friend Bob often would say about small tools “They were as cute as a bugs ear”. This would certainly qualify. It is a 1 1/2” long outside caliper made by P. S. Stubs sometime in the 1st half of the 19th century. This is unsigned but identical in features to a number of signed examples in...
  9. rivett608

    Looking for the current whereabouts of this 1870s Baldwin lathe sold in 2009

    I would like to exchange information with who ever might own this lathe. It was posted about in 2008 here on the PM and a year later offered for sale out of the Chicago area. I recently acquired the Baldwin lathe from the Charles Shultz estate in Montclair, NJ. Which has sat in the same...
  10. rivett608

    Bussell's 1890 patent lathe tool holder

    I recently acquired an interesting Interchangeable Lathe Tool Holder of a type I had never seen before. It was invented and patented by an Englishman living in New York City in the late 19th century. Edward Bussell received a US patent for this on June 10 1890 (#429,883) and most likely produced...
  11. rivett608

    1902 H. A. Lowe "Last Word" test indicator

    This is the 1st type “LAST WORD” test indicator which has been a mainstay in machinist’s tool chests for over a 100 years. For those not familiar with how they work a test indicator measures movement to a thousandth of an inch or finer. It is used to center work in lathe and to locate an edge or...
  12. rivett608

    C. Wilhelm Wessman caliper, patent Oct 7 1884

    An improved Caliper that almost no one cared about. A 140 years ago C. Wilhelm Wessman of Chicago, IL. had what he thought was a better idea for a sliding caliper that would make it easier to read both outside and inside measurements. On Oct. 7 1884 (#306,123) he was issued a patent that had all...
  13. rivett608

    1830-40s Portrait of a Man holding a Caliper

    I recently bought this wonderful painting of a man holding a pair of calipers. Based on the style of dress my guess is it is about 1830-40. The calipers are of a style forged from one piece that was popular from the mid 18th c. to the late 19th c. Could very well be by P. S. Stubs on of the most...
  14. rivett608

    Lack of antique tools at antique malls?

    This weekend I was down in Wichita Kansas and had never been hunting for old machinist tools there before so decided to give it a go. Wichita has been a big manufacturer of airplanes for about a 100 years, airplanes are built pretty much by machinists, so I figured it would be good hunting. I...
  15. rivett608

    Antique micrometers with history posted every Friday

    A couple months ago I started to a thing I call "Micrometer Fridays", it is way to share some of the unusual in my collection. I show a new photo on a black background so the details pop out and write a bit about the history of it or some other related story. These appear in no particular...
  16. rivett608

    WTB Starrett #127 0-4” micrometer

    WTB. A nice clean Starrett #127 mic, 0-4” prefer an early one with patent dates and no owners marks, at least not ugly ones. Sorry but I had posted this in the wrong place earlier. PM me if you have one. Thanks,
  17. rivett608

    Turning down small motor commutator question

    A while back I had a small drill press motor that was acting up, see details below from an earlier post. This drill press I had bought years ago on ebay as a spare and never ran it. After checking things and cleaning it and I realized the motor's trust washers were put in wrong and the brushes...
  18. rivett608

    What are the current dollar values of Antique Machinist tools?

    I am working on an inventory of my collection which is a major task that I have been putting off for decades. Amazingly I kept records of my purchases going back nearly 40 years. I’m curious what you all think these historic pieces are worth today? I’m not talking about just average old stuff...
  19. rivett608

    Very nice tool set with an un-known purpose, any ideas?

    As anyone who follows my posts knows, I know a lot about antique tools, but this has me stumped. It is a fine set of tools, beautifully cased for some unknown purpose and I believe the clues lie in the little pieces parts found in the case assuming they are original to it. First a detailed...
  20. rivett608

    Happy New Year, a tool story from 50 years ago

    This simple pair of pliers is very special to me. It is THE FIRST FINE QUALITY TOOL I EVER BOUGHT. That was 50 years ago!!! Scary thing is as anyone that follows me has noticed I collect antique tools, mostly 100s of years old. But this is 50 year old tool, along with many others I bought brand...
Top