View Full Version : Genuine Antiques

04-23-2003, 10:04 PM
The other day a friend and I were giving last rites to an old Chevy pickup hulk,not much left but sheet metal disolving in the rain,but as ritual dictates we looked through it one more time in case we missed anything good and low and behold I found a Kmart bag with a new chrome oil spout and three quarts of paper can Penzoil!It made me wonder how many other things that we took as common are now antiques?

04-23-2003, 11:25 PM
More than you think.

As you become an antique yourself, the things you remember from "a few years ago" are more so.

Remember, Beatles songs have been elevator music for many years. When I recently heard early alternative/punk as elevator music, I knew the times were changin'.

There is a collector for everything. Except the stuff I or the family happen to have around.
You'd a thought an original manual for a 1919 Star automobile would have value.

Nope, seen them for $15 on ebay.

Doc Nickel
04-23-2003, 11:51 PM
I just threw out a handful of those stab-the-paper-can oil spouts. I'm an inveterate packrat, but I can't see those being valuable for decades, if ever.

I have an old Underwood typewriter- the truly ancient one. This one was made, as I recall, in 1912, and my dad was still using it to type letters up until the mid eighties.

I checked Ebay last summer sometime, just out of curiosity, and there were about a hundred Underwoods listed, most either totally bidless or going for $5 to $15.


04-24-2003, 01:27 AM
Doc Nickel:
I had several xerox memorywriters - $5/for ten at an auction. My buddy is a expert on them and repaired them all. We gave these boat anchors away to as many needy families we could find and gave them 2 cartons of ribbons, disks, and daisywheels each. Have one left, use it for door stop. Great typwriters - they can pound through a 20 copy form or 1/8" wood plaques (a doctor up here used one to make wood tabs for his files!).


I have a Starrett #454 12" height gage in its original leather covered, black velvet lined wood case. Unfortunately, Starrett says they cannot repair the case for a reasonable amount - way too old! Except for the one time owner scrawling his name on it and the rough condition of the box - it is a beauty! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

04-24-2003, 08:06 AM
"There is a collector for everything. Except the stuff I or the family happen to have around."

Yep! Anybody else watch Antiques Roadshow on PBS? Where do those people live who buy something for $2 at a yard sale that turns out to be worth $20,000? Me, I'd be more likely to buy something for $20,000 that was worth $2 ....

Al Messer
04-24-2003, 08:46 AM
Thrud, have you checked with a luggage repair shop, or one that repairs band instrument cases?

04-24-2003, 09:34 AM
Doc, I still use one of them cheap portable typewriters. I purchase Brady Laser tabs for wire markers and type on the numbers ON THE JOB. Funny no one has ever stolen the typewriter. I do lose a hundred screwdrivers a year tho.

When ya wrap them lil professional numbers around a wire it don't look like it was built in someone's garage.

Paper oil can's eventually become soggy if they still have oil in them don't they? I still have a orange and black oil can somewhere. probably next to the harley beer cans. I gave some daytona harley beer to some one in Finland, you know, probably the only sixpack in Finland of that type. I wonder what it is worth.

My girlfriend is 30, is she worth something, I guess so.. she has a job.. ha ha.. see ya

L Webb
04-24-2003, 10:41 AM
A couple of years ago a friend gave me an unopened case of HD oil cans. It has the sylized USA 1 on it. The cardboard case is stained with oil. Cans must be seeping.

04-24-2003, 11:43 AM
The oil spouts make good beer can spouts for chugging a beer. Saw that on TV.

Old stuff on eBay is just old stuff many times. I can buy a good working electric typewriter for $5, which cost thousands when they came out.

I found a Flamingo lamp for a lady friend, it cost more to ship than the actual cost and it's real Art Deco from the 30 or 40s.

Junk is Junk, unless you need it, then price doesn't seem to mean anything.


04-24-2003, 12:23 PM
What a great idea! Cheap and portable and who really cares if it gets ripped off, dirt cheap to get another, not like a laser tag printer.

I still have a bunch of old HD oil cans of different vintage too. I saw one of the metal ones with the shovel engine on it go for over $700 on e-bay, and it was empty, opened from the bottom.

I think my oldest HD beer can is a Sturgis 81,82,or 83. Can't recall exactly, and I'm not at home to check. I think that might have been the first year they put it out. I have a whack of them from various years of Sturgis and Daytona too.

How about a square handled SK ratchet? They haven't made them since the 1940's or 50's, back when the sockets had the rounded ends. BTW, apparently "lifetime" warranties mean 50 years to SK, as they won't replace those sockets anymore!

[QUOTE]Originally posted by ibewgypsie:
[B]Doc, I still use one of them cheap portable typewriters.
When ya wrap them lil professional numbers around a wire it don't look like it was built in someone's garage.

04-24-2003, 09:39 PM
Remember when vcr's first came out they weighed a 100#s and cost like $1,000,now they givem away with a bag of groceries http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gifibewgybsie,screw drivers my friend are like grass seed,buy'um by the wheel barrow full and broadcast'm around the shop http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.giftape measures I bought $450.00 worth of tapes in one year mostly 25'stanleys,couldn't find one!Boss says I lost them all,I said B.S.by this time I should be knee deep in'm! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gifNow I buy the cheapest crap I can find and I always have one!Geeee...I wonder why? http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

Spin Doctor
04-24-2003, 09:42 PM
Just got done watching the story of a genuine pricelss antique. Glacier Girl, the P-38 dug out of the Greenland icepack

04-24-2003, 10:21 PM
Hmm....P-38 I like ,I like a lot!(droole)makes me hot and sweaty!Could be love! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif

04-24-2003, 11:00 PM

I never thought of that, I will check into it. I don't think there are any in my area, but I will check - thanks for the tip!

04-24-2003, 11:11 PM
Thrud, you could also check companies that make flight cases.

04-26-2003, 06:17 AM
There is a company here in Edmonton that makes cases for NASA and the military. Damn nice roadie cases too! But they can't restore my case - not their thing I am affraid.