Found 50 articles matching Tools category.
  • Mar 16 2010
  • 16 Mar 2010

The Collector’s Minute: The Wimshurst Machine

This old looking reject from a science fiction/monster movie is in fact not the result of the mind of an overactive Hollywood script writer, nor […]

  • Jun 30 2009
  • 30 Jun 2009

‘Neat’ Set of Apothecaries Measures

People become antique dealers for various reasons. Some do so when their personal collection becomes too big for their home and, at retirement, opening a […]

  • May 15 2009
  • 15 May 2009

Tools of the Trade: Surgical Knives and Scalpels

In your hunt for the ultimate in medical instruments, don’t pass by loose instruments such as knives and scalpels. Surgical knives were used for amputations, […]

  • Mar 31 2009
  • 31 Mar 2009

Proper Care and Storage of Antique Medical Instruments

Many of us have collections of antiques we wish to display but are not sure how. We do not always know what might look good, […]

  • Mar 26 2009
  • 26 Mar 2009

Antiques and Collectibles of the Apothecary

Until fairly recently, apothecaries (or chemists, pharmacists, druggists) compounded their own medicine and made their own pills, tinctures, syrups etc. Books called Pharmacopoeia were available […]

  • Jan 30 2009
  • 30 Jan 2009

Finding an Example from Great-Granddad’s Phonograph Company

By Tom Carrier WorthPoint Worthologist EDITOR’S NOTE: Brimfield, Mass., is a small New England town with a population of about 5,000 or so. Settled in […]

  • Dec 29 2008
  • 29 Dec 2008

Tools of the Trade: Amputation Saws

You know, if you read my blog on amputation sets, that amputations were the surgical procedures most performed during the Civil War. Resection was a […]

  • Oct 4 2008
  • 4 Oct 2008

Trivets of Cast Metal

What is the difference between Cast Iron and Wrought Iron? Cast iron objects are created from molten metal that has been poured into a mold and allowed to harden. In contrast, wrought iron items are individually created by bending pieces of hot, malleable iron.

  • Oct 1 2008
  • 1 Oct 2008

Sterling & Silver-Plated Antiques

In general, the term Sterling Silver is meant to distinguish items that are composed of mostly solid silver as opposed to Silver-Plated that have only a thin surface layer of silver. However, there are several other distinctions, some using terms that can be confusing and often lead to a misunderstanding of an item’s composition and hence its value.

  • Sep 23 2008
  • 23 Sep 2008

Walking Sticks: Utilitarian & Beautiful Collectibles

Last time I took my grandfather’s walking stick, a true collectibles, for an airing, the neighborhood wits made solicitous inquiries about my “accident”—was it a large truck or a small banana peel?