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American Antiquarian Society (early machine tools ads and broadsides)

Robert Lang

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Minneapolis, MN
Back in 2012 I found, on the internet, the American Antiquarian Society
It had some early Bement & Dougherty illustrations from 1866.
Also a Phoenix Iron Works gear cutter (1860-1865) and Trumbull Iron Works illustrations from the mid 1850's.
I had posted this on the PM. I never really explored the American Antiquarian Society site.
It was not an easy site to explore (for machine tools) as it is mainly organized by the lithographers.
I found this on the site. Old ads and broadsides that had been collected by William Allen.

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Most of these makers I have known about, but I had not found illustrations of some of their machines until now.

Rob
 

Marty Feldman

Titanium
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Feb 21, 2005
Location
Owl's Head, Maine
That qualifies as a genuine trove. I would imagine that for a collection that extensive and that well preserved and presented there would have existed an accompanying index of some sort - an orderly listing, hopefully with some descriptive comment. Hard to imagine that Mr. Allen would have just had these in a jumble on some cabinet shelf. To assemble such an annotated index today, if none is extant, would be a major undertaking.

-Marty-
 

Robert Lang

Stainless
Joined
Apr 3, 2007
Location
Minneapolis, MN
These are on another page of the American Antiquarian Society and are a little hard to find.
The Society lists them as 1866 for age based on the address of the engraver.
I believe this is correct.
Bement & Dougherty.

Rob
 

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Richard King

Diamond
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Jul 12, 2005
Location
Cottage Grove, MN 55016
Back in 2012 I found, on the internet, the American Antiquarian Society
It had some early Bement & Dougherty illustrations from 1866.
Also a Phoenix Iron Works gear cutter (1860-1865) and Trumbull Iron Works illustrations from the mid 1850's.
I had posted this on the PM. I never really explored the American Antiquarian Society site.
It was not an easy site to explore (for machine tools) as it is mainly organized by the lithographers.
I found this on the site. Old ads and broadsides that had been collected by William Allen.

Asset Page

Most of these makers I have known about, but I had not found illustrations of some of their machines until now.

Rob
Thank you Robert! How many machines in your collection now? Do you still have that Pond Planer I sold you 30 or so years ago? You should display them some place some day.
 

john.k

Diamond
Joined
Dec 21, 2012
Location
Brisbane Qld Australia
I see a cotter and key seat sinker.......friend of mine bought one at the Qld Railways auctions,and couldnt figure out how it worked...........of course the keys were the through tapered type ,commonly seen joining loco piston rods and crossheads.......unfortunately this was no use to him .
 

Robert Lang

Stainless
Joined
Apr 3, 2007
Location
Minneapolis, MN
Thank you Robert! How many machines in your collection now? Do you still have that Pond Planer I sold you 30 or so years ago? You should display them some place some day.

No current count right now. I have sold some and bought some more.
I sold the L.W. Pond (his second company) planer some time ago in order to purchase an old New Haven Mfg. planer.
One had to go to make room for another. Later I gave the New Haven to a friend for help rendered.

I have donated my circa 1867 Bement & Dougherty VBM to a friend and hopefully it will be on display at Coolspring PA.
It is the same as the one in post above. I have too many projects and this one would take to long to restore.
I have other machines that are ahead of it in priority.

I might be moving down to Georgia or Alabama to be with my nephew and his family.
I want to get away from the cold weather up here, which shuts me down from working on the machines for 5 to 6 months a year.
He is looking for some land and we plan to put up a pole building.
The first of my machines to go down there will be my 8 foot Lucius W. Pond VBM made in the early 1870's.
We want to get this back up and running. This was running when I bought it and took it apart to move.

Rob
 

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