Friday, November 18, 2011

US POSTAL SERVICE MR. ZIP COIN BANK BY OHIO ARTS

Today it's a cool little kids coin bank.
From the US Postal Service.  Probably right around 1964 when the zip code was implemented.
Looks like a mini mail box. 
Complete with Mercury Dimes on the cover...
Look how much you can save per year!
It's in great shape and is kinda cool looking too.
Made by Ohio Arts.  Vintage coin banks are great to put your loose change.  It's Vintage Gear for Guys!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ANTIQUE STITCHING HORSE TOP

Yesterday I got something I've been waiting for for a while...
It's a full size Stitching Horse... actually the top end of one. 
I made a stitching pony this year and it works great for small items but not big ones.  I thought about making a bigger one, but would have to steam the wood or cut it in a curve... or find an original and modify it.
All the pieces are here for me to work with.   I'll have to shorten the gap so it touches, refinish the wood and fix any cracks.
I'm not sure what wood this is.  I don't think it's oak or maple.  Maybe chestnut?   Could be it's easily 80-100 years old.
This was probably used to make harnesses or collars back in the day.  I'll add a base to it and use it to sew larger items or items that have some bends in them.   It's beautiful as is, but I'm going to actually use it.  It's Vintage Gear for Guys.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

MASSEY HARRIS FARM IMPLEMENTS POCKET TAPE MEASURE

I've been a roll finding these pocket tape measures lately...
It's pre-1953 as that's when Massey teamed up with Ferguson making Massey Ferguson. 
It's about the size of a half dollar.  Totally pocket size.
All metal construction.  Brass plated.  You can see some of the brass showing.
The tape was made by Lufkin.  Still works great.
You pull out the tape and then push in this button and it retracts.   I love old farm stuff like this.   It's perfect gear for the vintage gear guy!

Monday, November 14, 2011

OSTER OSTERIZER BLENDER 403

Today it's a very cool item I picked up at an estate sale this weekend.
It's an Oster Blender model 403.  "OSTERIZER"
They call this one the "bee hive" because of the well, bee hive look of the huge chrome base.
This is a very heavy blender.  All metal.  All chrome and glass.
the middle piece turns out and is actually an one ounce measure too! ... in case you're making cocktails...
I'm not sure on the date of this one, but they started making them in 1946.  I doubt it's that old, probably from the late 50's.
I love old appliances.  Especially if they work and this one hums along or should I say "jets" along as it's extremely powerful and sounds like a small jet taking off...   It's Vintage Gear for Guys!