A local auction house just had one of their semi-annual Country Store auctions. As you would expect from the name, this auction is loaded with vintage and antique merchandise from long defunct small town retailers. NOS (New Old Stock, unsold and unused), displays, advertising, salesmen’s samples and tools. This auction had lots of tools and hardware store items.

This first item is interchangeable jaw pliers. I view things like this as the kind of tools you would find at Brookstone back in the 1980’s when it was the place lawyers and doctors went to buy tools. You can only use one set of jaws at a time and they never worked as well as a dedicated tool. It has its place in the world, I guess.

The overview.

The overview of Koeth’s Interchangeable Tool.

The jaws.

The jaws.

And the instructions.

And the instructions.

Here you have one of the most specialized oils you are likely to come across.

Cream Separator Oil.

Cream Separator Oil.

For this McCormick-Deering Cream Separator. Or one like it.

For this McCormick-Deering Cream Separator. Or one like it.

Need to stuff your sausage?

You can use this. (Chris, behave.)

You can use this. (Chris, behave.)

Need to shear things?

Radialy

Radially?

Or linearly.

Or linearly?

This stretches something…

I'm not sure what but but I bet it hurts.

I’m not sure what but I bet it hurts.

This is a manual seed drill (planter):

For the aerobic farmer.

For the aerobic farmer.

What makes this one more interesting is that is has an adjustment for three different seed spacings. By moving the gear, the you can set what rotation of the wheel drops the next seed thus varying the spacing.

Three settings for different crops.

Three settings for different crops.

This is a variation on the collapsing ruler. Instead of unfolding, it pulls out:

The linear collapsing rule.

The linear collapsing rule.

And finally the inspiration for this post:

The captions says it all. Who wouldn't want one?

The title says it all. Who wouldn’t want one? And only 10¢!

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