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« Reply #2400 on: May 23, 2015, 11:59:11 am »

Now this may be my untrained eye, but I do believe that pump (based on the placement of the spout) to be a wash house or scullery pump rather than a stand pump.
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« Reply #2401 on: May 29, 2015, 02:04:12 am »

While not exactly a flea market find, I did find this wonderful miniature crystal ball at the hardware store. Perhaps the makings of a future steam-powered wand or a scrying bracer.



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« Reply #2402 on: May 29, 2015, 11:39:56 am »


Well that looks handy, nice control knob right there.
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« Reply #2403 on: May 29, 2015, 12:34:01 pm »

Malvern Flea Market.
My good friend got this for the paltry sum of £10
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« Reply #2404 on: May 29, 2015, 02:32:35 pm »

I like the "Georgian style silver wear" in the background.  Smiley
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« Reply #2405 on: May 29, 2015, 06:55:32 pm »

Gosh - I should very much like one of those.
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« Reply #2406 on: May 29, 2015, 08:29:00 pm »

The place was huge and full of stuff that you could always use 'one day'
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« Reply #2407 on: May 31, 2015, 02:19:09 am »

Malvern Flea Market.
My good friend got this for the paltry sum of £10
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« Reply #2408 on: May 31, 2015, 02:42:15 am »

Malvern Flea Market.
My good friend got this for the paltry sum of £10
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A fisherman's creel?


An air-kraken fisherman's creel!
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« Reply #2409 on: May 31, 2015, 04:39:58 am »

Or a carry case for an American football.
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« Reply #2410 on: June 21, 2015, 11:59:39 pm »

Let's see if this works (having to use Google's new photo service since they've dropped access to picasa accounts).  Not flea market finds, but second-hand store finds, for my burgeoning cabinet of curiosities.

Brain coral (paperback included to show scale):


Taxidermied alligator? and Goliath spider:


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« Reply #2411 on: June 22, 2015, 02:14:11 am »

Excellent additions to any wunderkammer.
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« Reply #2412 on: August 09, 2015, 08:06:16 pm »

Today's flea market find was a person. This guy got a good deal on a hat (early 1900s mole fur top hat, unfortunately in a sad condition) and in exchange wanted to educate me about steampunk. He literally said "Look, you glue those little gears on stuff". My poor hat.
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« Reply #2413 on: August 09, 2015, 11:03:37 pm »

Today's flea market find was a person. This guy got a good deal on a hat (early 1900s mole fur top hat, unfortunately in a sad condition) and in exchange wanted to educate me about steampunk. He literally said "Look, you glue those little gears on stuff". My poor hat.

That is quite a find.  Now we all know what steampunk is.  How helpful that chap was.  Grin
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« Reply #2414 on: August 10, 2015, 12:08:36 am »

Malvern Flea Market.
My good friend got this for the paltry sum of £10
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I'd have to put elevators and a propeller on one end of that...
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« Reply #2415 on: August 10, 2015, 12:41:18 am »

Taxidermied alligator? and Goliath spider:


Taxidermied alligators used to be a common item at Florida souvenir shops.
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« Reply #2416 on: August 10, 2015, 04:51:16 pm »

One of my recent purchases:




From Western Electric, Ma Bell's old manufacturing division. There are several of these currently available on eBay, but few still have the handset. This is, I believe, from just before dial phones came in. The handset is essentially the same as used through the end of the twentieth century.

Not a flea market or rummage sale find; this was brought into my comic shop. And I hardily recommend that everyone on Brass Goggles immediately open a comic shop so that you don't miss out on finds like this.

Great old hand-cranked phone. No transistors, tubes, or anything invented after 1900. This nearly indestructible phone would prbably survive atomic bomb fallout and related electromagnetic pulses. Then you could splice it into a fallen phone line, turn the crank, and ask Emma to put you through to the civil defense center.
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« Reply #2417 on: August 10, 2015, 04:55:53 pm »

I was curious about the generator in the phone; people are selling the generators by themselves on ebay. I found this:



This guy has a shed full of them for sale: http://www.oldphoneman.com/FSMagnetos.htm

They seem to be cheaper on eBay.
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« Reply #2418 on: August 10, 2015, 08:29:39 pm »

I have several of those waiting for a project.  Any good ideas?
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« Reply #2419 on: August 10, 2015, 11:45:39 pm »

A project? When I was a boy and the local library was filled with out-of-date electrical experiment books, I might have suggested that it could be used to power those old electrical experiments. If you are adept in building electrical equipment and skilled in showmanship, you could use to hand-cranked device to power tesla coils and other devices for an on-stage demonstration; don't forget your coat and tales.

The little hand cranked generator puts out a low-frequency alternating current. Voltage and frequency are determined by how quickly you turn the crank, but web sources say that it goes up to about 110 volts.

When I was looking for information I found web sites and videos about using them for fishing. It seems that people used to take the old generators out in boats, drop electrodes in the water, turn the crank, and scoop up the stunned fish. This is not legal in many states.
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« Reply #2420 on: August 11, 2015, 12:23:46 am »

Reminds me:  When I was a kid we used one to get earth worms for fishing.  The idea was to put two copper rods in damp soil and turn the crank and the worms were suppose to come out of the ground.  Never really seemed to work all that well.
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« Reply #2421 on: August 11, 2015, 06:25:54 pm »

Charity shop score - a large (roughly 3.5ft by 2.5ft) "antique style" brown wood framed mirror (£3.50 - bargain!), and a brass blunderbus wall decoration (£4 - a little bit pricey...), similar to this one:




Sorry, cant take actual pics, no idea where my camera is...  Undecided
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« Reply #2422 on: August 13, 2015, 08:46:02 pm »


Does anyone know how to make the wings go back into the car?
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« Reply #2423 on: August 14, 2015, 10:01:25 am »

Siliconous, just love that - I want one!
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« Reply #2424 on: August 14, 2015, 11:26:57 am »


Does anyone know how to make the wings go back into the car?


Seems to be a Corgi Toys Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Diecast Car #266, circ 1968, the side leaver is used to deploy the wings, but the wings seem to have been pulled out way to far and are probably stuck.
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