Saturday, August 29, 2009

TELECHRON CLOCK

Today, I'll show my of my clocks, a Telechron.
I don't remember the model number but I believe it's from the late 20's or early 30's.

The wood work is quite nice on it. Lot s of detail.

It does work, but makes some noise. I'll try to re-oil the motor, but as you can see in the later photo someone drilled into it to oil it and soldered the hole!

I love the looks of an old clock....

They add a bit of history to your place if you have one... so have one!

Friday, August 28, 2009

COCKTAIL SHAKERS

Since it's almost the weekend... Cocktail Shakers!

These are my two cocktail shakers. A big one and little one. The big one is for when I have company over and I'm going to make drinks for everyone. The little one is great as it makes a perfect single serving martini!


Cocktail shakers are a necessity if you enjoy a cocktail. They're easy to use and with them all your drinks taste and look better

The big one is newer and the little one is an older model. If you want some really cool vintage ones, they're out there, but you'll pay an arm and a leg for one. But boy are those art deco ones nice!

If you don't already have one, buy one today and a bottle of Gin or Vodka and some vermouth...
Instant party! Or make one of a million other drinks in them... With it, it's Vintage Gear for Guys!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

302 TELEPHONE WESTERN ELECTRIC BELL

Today I'll highlight another telephone of mine. This time my 2nd favorite phone, a Western Electric Bell Systems 302 Telephone.
Mine's in okay condition. I've seen a lot worse. Plugs in the wall and you can call in and out and dial.

I like the looks of this one, it's heavy and solid. You know it's going to work.

It's really was the perfect desk phone as it had everything built into it including the ringer box...
You can still read the old ink from labels from years ago.. I need to get a new center card for it...

If you haven't already, get an old, finger dial phone... you'll love it. It's vintage gear for guys!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

LEATHER CLUB CHAIR and OTTOMAN

Today, I'll highlight the best chair in the house... My leather club chair.
I had been on the search for a vintage leather club chair for a while and never really found what I was looking for, until I discovered it on craigslist...

It's actually a Club Chair and Ottoman. This one was made by Pottery Barn, but it's a very early Pottery barn that was made by Mitchell Gold.

Looks inviting doesn't it? It was really sun faded when I got it. I used almost 1/4 tub of Pecards Antique Leather cream. I used the same stuff on my Californian Leather Jacket... Amazing stuff...

Notice how different it is from today's Pottery barn. One solid piece of leather for the arms, not multi pieces like today's models which is why I didn't like the new Pottery Barn chairs because they're being cheap and using scraps of leather...

For the Vintage Gear Guy, this is THE chair you need... Find a Club chair and take it easy...

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

MAST FOOS PUSH REEL LAWNMOWER RESTORED


Today I'll show something big ... A Mast Foos Push Reel Lawn mower that I restored this spring.
This mower is from the late 30's early 40's I believe since it has rubber wheels. It's probably pre-WWII since it does have rubber tires.

It's all wood and metal.

I haven't finished the sharpening of the blades yet, but it does cut grass as is.
Back in the day, there were hundreds of lawnmower companies. This one is from Springfield Ohio. It somehow made it's way out to California, probably from someone moving here and taking it with them.


I tried to keep the original colors.
Check out that tire.. ."Firestone!" Do you think Firestone still makes lawn mower tires today?

The sound of cutting grass with a reel mower is soothing. It's green and actually cuts the lawn better than a push gas mower as the blades cut the lawn and a push rips it.

now the before photos...

My buddy was telling me about cleaning out his garage and he was going to throw this mower out! I said.. wait, I'll take it. And in a weekend I got a new mower!


If you have a lawn, and want one, get one... it's Vintage Gear for Guys!

Monday, August 24, 2009

SILVERTONE RADIO model 9000 1949

Today, I'm highlighting another one of my radios. This time a Silvertone Radio by Sears. Model 9000 from around 1949.
It looks like bakelite but I believe it's plastic. It's a small desktop radio that is just the perfect look and feel of a vintage tabletop.

Soft lines and an easy to use dial. These are easy to keep as they don't take up much room and just look so great. I wish they made things like this again. It's just classic.

All tubes. Turn it on, wait for it to warm up and you've got radio! Unfortunately, AM radio is not much these days so the fun of having them is more of looks than function.

But pick one up if you can. They're a piece of history. When TV didn't exist. When Radio was king... a perfect accessory for the Vintage Guy.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

SAVINELLI SILVER PIPE

Today since it's Sunday, I thought a pipe might be a good choice. This is one of my many pipes...
It's a vintage Savinelli Silver briar pipe. It even came with it's original box and bag.

I haven't smoked a pipe in quite a while but I still like to have it around. Pipes are just comforting. They're calming and usually always smell good.

Savinelli is one the top makers of pipes and this one is from their Silver line, which actually has a sterling silver band between the wood and stem. If you notice the stem is not black, that is because I boiled it to clean it when I got it. I wish I didn't do that, as it discolored it, but I still love this pipe. It's my favorite.

check out that grain in this pipe. The straighter up and down the better as it allows the heat to go away leaving cool smoke.

Pipes are a classic item for the Vintage Gear Guy. Go around with your pipe and a fedora on your head and you'll know what I'm talking about.