Saturday, April 16, 2011
RANXDOM MARCH ESTATE SALE TOUR
george's still pumps your gas for you and has been there before i was born. run by the son now. sadly his father was killed when being robed.
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Antique CAWSTON OSTRICH FARM - Pasadena CA - MATCH SAFE-$140
Here I sit, hobbling around like the rest of the old poops I know and hang with, and I’ve finally decided what I’d like to do when I grow up: Run an ostrich farm like the one old man Cawston had in South Pasadena, California.
For two bits, you could ride an ostrich; take a ride in a carriage pulled by one; watch them feed on oranges; or even go in and look at the baby ostriches. (I’d skip that last “thrill.” Seeing a bunch of nekked baby birds of any type isn’t on my bucket list.)
There is some loss of the nickel plating, but there is nothing physically wrong otherwise. The lid opens and closes perfectly; the hinge is in great shape; and I bet you’d rarely find one with the graphics in this condition. It couldn’t possibly have been carried much.
Let’s say you had money back then and wanted something special. Cawston had that covered too. He had a gift shop where you could buy all manner of things made from ostrich feathers. He also sold feathers all over the world – most for the making of very expensive and stylish fashion items.
Next: Let’s say you have some bucks stashed away today. If so, you could live in one of the cutting edge loft apartments designed and built in the old manufacturing building. The rest of what remains, as I understand, is a historic sight. They closed in 1935, after 39 years of operation.
I waited way too late to start collecting antique pocket match safes. Fortunately for me, an ole dude who lives near me didn’t. He collected them for many years. He gave me the opportunity to buy the whole shebang, so I did. (I guess that makes me a temporary collector, because I’ll be listing them all right here on eBay as fast as I can shuffle around and get’r done.)
We’re going to have fun with these, and, as always, I guarantee . .
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ANTIQUE Forged/Wrought IRON GRAPPLING HOOK w ODD End-$20
My grappling days are over, not that I haven’t enjoyed them. I’ve grappled with anything that could be grappled, but I’m tired of it. When I bought this one, the old man had put a note on it that said “Forged Grappling Hook – Whaling?” As for me: I have no idea.
It is 18” tall and the measurement, from center to end of each point is 7 ½”, which means a box to hold it would have to be 12” by 12” by 18” tall. Naturally, I’ll use a lot of padding, so it will be in a considerably larger box.
It appears to have been on a pole rather than hooking to a chain or rope. Maybe the old boy was right.
Q: Dennis. My personal opinion is because I come from an area where were had war ships in the rev and 1812 wars and a lot of fittings were made here in vergennes that this is a boarding grabble used on the end of a long pole for boarding a ship there are also boarding hooks. But I do think this is a grapple Also they get used in the south to grapple alligators and drag them to the boats to shot them Apr-05-11
A: Thanks-a-million! The pole now makes perfect sense. Dennis