Stopped by for the preview at a now familiar auction house. Not much in the way of furniture this week. There were a few things that did make me stop and reflect on changing times.
We are so used to technology that I think we at times tend to forget that engineering and science were practiced in times before the era of programmable devices. Back then, there were computational devices in wide use and I found an interesting and specialized one in this slide rule:
This is a specialized slide rule that was used in the design of steam engines.
Doing some looking about, there were many specialized slide rules. Merchants, mechanics, engineers, architects and others had their own specialized slide rules. Where smart phone apps might cost $6.00 or more, this slide rule sold for the modest price of $1.20 in 1923. A bargain.
It comes along with friends:
Back in college, I worked summers at the front desk in one of the dorms. There was a program for gifted, financially disadvantage high school students. It was interesting to see the kids walking around with their new, encased 14″ Pickett slide rules hanging on their belts. The next summer’s batch had large Sharp, four-function calculators hanging on their belt. Times change.
There was more in the way of specialized vintage tools such as this shaving horse:
Note to Hummel collectors, your kids probably don’t want them.
My father had a major Hummel collection. He passed on and now my mother has a major Hummel collection. The prices have dropped dramatically. The original manufacturer dropped the line. The next manufacturer went bankrupt and another company is making them now. None of us youngsters have any interest in the collection.
If you’re not sure what Hummels are, consider yourself lucky. I gained knowledge through osmosis by hanging around with my father. Not all life lessons are useful.
And some different kinds of tools, these plug in:
Many are handmade. Well, Heathkits. Look it up. I built a few in my time. None of these are mine.
A really nice radio:
Old radios, like old upright pianos, can be true works of art, only industrial. If I had infinite space and money, I would collect both.
There was one dovetailed piece there and I had to document it. It is in my nature.
And here they are:
Once again you see that furniture makers really did not want to do anymore work than they needed to. Who cares about the back of a dresser?
Well, that’s a wrap. Not the entire auction, just the interesting bits.