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# 10 Dynamite Blasting Box
This small dynamite blasting box looks to be in nice overall condition noting a chip in the box
at one corner. It has 3 different tags attached to the wooden box.
The mechanism seems to work, but yhas not been tested.
Good + . . . . . $400.00
New York Blasting Machine Co. #2 Blasting Boxs These are a small blasting box and measures
approx. 5 x 7 x12. The one on the right and left in the pics above are
#2s, and the middle one is slightly bigger and is a #3. The name plate
on the front is in good condition. The condition is very good on all
and they seems operational, but I could not get anyone to hold onto the ends when
I pushed on the plunger.
Good + . . . . .$395.00 / Each
Foundry - Sutter Creek Cal Mortar & Pestle
An unusually large handled mortar & pestle marked in
the casting around the base Knight Foundry - Sutter Creek Cal. This rare find
Sutter Creek California a small gold rush town along Hwy 49 in the heart of the 1850’s Gold Rush area.
This large mortar & pestle is the real deal!! Not to be
confused with the small repop ones that were issued by Knight Foundry to
help keep the museum there up and running.
The mortar is made of cast iron and was manufactured in Sutter Creek California at
the Knight Foundry (California Historical
Landmark #884) which was founded in 1873 to supply heavy equipment to the gold mines. Sutter Creek is located
about 40 miles from Coloma the original site of the
’49 Gold Rush at Sutter’s Mill. Knight Foundry is still there and is open
Both Mortar & Pestle are in good condition showing normal
wear, some light rust and no chips or cracks.
The mortar measures approx 10” tall, and 8 1/4” dia. at the top. The pestle measures 11 ½” long. The mortar and pestle combined weigh approximately 45 pounds.
A genuine piece of California history with Gold Rush Era association.
A perfect fit for the advanced collection.
Good + . . . . . $195.00
Medal #1 Blasting Cap / Dynamite Fuse Crimper / Plier Fine condition. This set
is cast and not the cheaper, more common stamped version. They were made by the Metallic Cap Manufacturing Works which was located in Livermore CA. and went out of
business after a few explosive mishaps at the plant.
Fine . . . . . $75.00 SOLD!!
/ U. S. Blasting Cap / Dynamite Fuse Crimper / Plier / Tool
getting your stick of dynamite ready to go. Fine condition.
Fine . . . . . $25.00 SOLD!!
Fargo Order Receipt Books
two order receipt books date from just before the turn of the century. One
of them is full of revenue stamps, while the other just has the listings and locations
in the order takers handwriting. There are locations given from all over the
Motherlode and these give an interesting glimpse into the feel of the area during
the end of the rush for riches here in the Motherlode.
Good + . . . . .$195.00
DuPont Sesquicentennial Edition Blaster Handbook
In case you need a refresher or even beginners guide to using the
machine above, or other aspects. I did not see a chapter on fertilizer
and diesel, you will need to look elsewhere for that recipe.
Good +. . . . .$45.00
The story of how John Studebaker at the age of 19 came to Placerville,
California looking for gold and instead began a business making
wheelbarrows can be found on numerous sites on the internet and
elsewhere. Finding an original Studebaker wheelbarrow is a different
matter altogether, and even finding pictures of original ones can be
Well here is one in the flesh, and a once in a lifetime opportunity
to own it. This wheelbarrow is not to be confused with later mass
produced examples, this one dates from the 1850's and its construction
details with through mortises and tennons attest to that. I do not have
any actual documentation, but when compared to Studebaker's early work
and other wheelbarrows you can see in a couple of museums online this
one is a pretty good match. Overall it is in fine condition noting one
of the removable side boards is not complete. It is sitting up on a
shelf where additional pictures were hard to take, but if interested I
will get it down and take better ones for you. This can be described in
three simple words, and it deserves to be in a museum---whether that is
run by the State or in your private barn does not matter. Rare -----
Rare ----- Rare
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Good+ . . . . . .$4000.00
Nobel Blasting Cap Tin Blasting cap tins use to be found all over.
I use to find them even here in Ca where
gold was discovered in the 1840's, and all things mining or blasting related
have been sucked from the market for 150 + years. Today, you hardly
ever see them. Below is a nice
little selection to help with the dry times.
Fine . . . . .$95.00 SOLD!
Blasting Cap Tin A nice looking
Hercules 25 count #6
round blasting cap tin..
Good +. . . . .$55.00
#100 JustRite Carbide Lamp Box These
are hard to find. One side has a sliver off of it.
Good. . . . .$35.00
Mineral Company Spanish Dip Compass w/ Paperwork A Gold / Silver & Mineral
This rare and unusual instrument was intended to make the
lucky buyer /
user rich and famous in his quest to find Gold, Silver, and other hidden
treasure. That was back when gold was something like $30.00 an ounce,
just think of the potential today with gold hovering close to $2000.00.
can be seen in the accompanying handbill and other paperwork included this
type of device could be purchased in at least three different
grades. The Dallas Mineral Company was so sure of the value they even offered to sell it on terms.
From all the assorted papers here it seems the buyer was doing due diligence
before plunking down his hard earned cash. In that regard there is a
receipt for $150.00 that I am not sure what it represents. Included
are testimonials and literature from other similar devices here as well.. As
can be seen the buyer opted for the
top of the line model called "The Spanish Magnetic
Dip Needle" in the handbill. If I am reading the literature correctly in
addition to the base price you also had to agree to cut the Dallas Mineral
Company in on any of the riches you discovered using their device. P.T.
Barnum was probably a backer or officer of the company .In that vein
the original buyer also obtained a copy of the seminal work titled Jacobs
Rod which contains complete instructions on how to proceed in this type of
endeavor using similar devices but without that special vial of nuggets this
It looks to be a simple dip compass,
with a "special"
vial of magical gold colored nuggets to help power the needle in the quest
for riches hiding just below the surface. In use you would use it kind
of like a dowsing rod, or divining stick, holding the compass out or down
while hanging onto the thin wooden handles, and when the needle pointed down,
that was a sign to start digging I suppose.. The overall condition is great
noting that one of the springy wooden splint handles has cracked and been
glued / repaired.
This is really a great
piece of mining lore.
Excellent . . . . .$395.00
Attwood / A. Lietz Miners Clinometer / Compass Mr.
Attwood's invention appears in the 1899 A. Lietz Co. of San Francisco catalog billed as their
#87 Attwood Clinometer. It still appears in the 1911 catalog.
It is referred to in an 1896 J. C. Sala Catalog so the idea for it had
been around for a while before Lietz offered their modified design.
I could not find a patent for it using Google. The 1911 catalog and the entry can be viewed in Google books with a search
for M. Attwood Clinometer.
This particular instrument
comes directly from the family of the owner Roy Wethered who was born in
1883 and was a miner and involved in various mining operations of that
time period. A Google search of his name brings up numerous
references and biographical info.
This combination mining tool /
inclinometer / Clinometer / compass and more measures 6
3/8 x 3 x 7/16". The condition is very nice showing just minor
losses to the original black finish. The level vials are good, and
the sighting feature works as it should. It also has its
original leather case that is nice as well.. It is made of an
Aluminum alloy and includes an inclinometer and compass as well as two
levels and a sighting arrangement allowing it to be used as a hand level / grade
level. The catalog description lists out all the mining jobs it
could be used for including rough surveys. The cost back then was
$15.00 A very nice piece of mining related memorabilia that is very hard to find!
Fine . . . . . .$495.00
Majestic Carbide Carriage Lamp
It looks to be in nice overall condition.
Good . . . . . $55.00
M. Hall " The Liberty Model" Bicycle Lamp The maker of this
nickel plated bicycle lamp hailed from Kenoshaw Wis. They made a
number of different model carbide fired lights for bikes, carriages and the
like. It looks to be in nice overall condition.
Good + . . . . . $50.00
Solar Carbide Lamp Dirty, but looks to be in nice overall condition.
Good . . . . . $45.00
Aladdin Model A Kerosene Pressure Lantern / Lamp The Aladdin Model A Kerosene Pressure Lantern
is a rare, early and unusual lantern / lamp. The overall condition is very nice. It stands approx. 14" tall, and is 6 1/2" dia.
This rare Aladdin kerosene gas pressure lantern
was made by The Mantle Lamp company of America, Chicago Ill. It is typically referred to as the Model A Aladdin. There are a few references
to them on the internet, but not much info. I did see one picture of a polished brass example on a site that said it was from Larry Pennell's collection who is a well
known collector of Coleman lamps. Another reference was for a different brass one from a sale over a year ago that was still
archived by eBay. AU. In that ad it was claimed that no more than several hundred
Model A lanterns were made and that only 20 or so are known to still exist.
The original nickel plating is nearly
flawless. The mica windows look good overall but there is one damaged area. The sliding door in it is in good condition. The top is marked "The Mantle Lamp Company of America Inc.,
Chicago USA. Model A Aladdin Kerosene Lantern, Patents Applied For". It was hard to photograph because of the glare. The red valve knob has the number 748 on it. The nickel plated
body / font has no major dents or dings to speak of. The top has a few minor dents / dings. There is another small dent in the top vent area. Note there is small sliding door near
the top that I assume is for lighting it. It functions. The top removes by sliding two lock tabs to the side. They work. This lantern has not been tested or run. A super piece
for the advanced collection, and a rarity in this finish, in this nice condition. Opportunity
Please check out all the pictures to see how nice this is!
Good + . . . . . $695.00
WWII German Railroad Carbide Lamp
The body is marked with Geman symbols from WWII. It has been repainted
at some point. It looks to be in nice overall condition.
Good . . . . . $95.00 SOLD!!
#1 Blasting Cap Plier / Crimper Looks to be in nice overall condition.
Good + . . . . . $45.00 SOLD!!
#1 Blasting Cap Plier / Crimper Nickel losses, minor pitting
on one side, and could use
Good + . . . . . $35.00 SOLD!!
Medal Blasting Cap Plier / Crimper Nickel losses and could u
se a cleaning, but looks to be in nice overall condition.
This set was made by the Metallic Cap Manufacturing Works which was located
in Livermore CA. and went out of buiness after a few mishaps at the plant.
Good + . . . . . $65.00 SOLD!!
Century Bicycle Lantern Carriage Lamp in Original Box
This lantern is like NOS. The box shows some wear &
tear from being shuffled about on the shelf, but the light is mint. Check
out the pictures of the box, it is really quite unusual.
Good . . . . . SOLD!
Dupont #2 Dynamite Crimping / Fuse
Cutting Pliers These are clearly marked Dupont #2 on the chromed body
and are in overall excellent condition. It appears you are getting a cutter,
a crimper, and a reamer and screwdriver , plus a hole in the handle I do not know
the purpose of. They are Nice!
Good + . . . . .$55.00
CXL Mining / Dynamite Crimpers /
Pliers & MoreThese are
marked CXL on the brass body and are in overall excellent condition. It appears
you are getting a cutter, a splitter, a crimper, and a reamer. Only the cutting
blade and the spring are of steel, thus cutting down on the chance of an errant
spark and unwanted detonation. They are Nice!
Good + . . . . .$45.00
#1 Dynamite Crimping Pliers These are clearly marked Dupont #1 on the chromed body
and are in overall excellent condition. It appears you are getting a large
crimper, plus a hole in the handle I do not know the purpose of.
They are Nice!
Good + . . . . .$95.00
"Globe" Hydraulic Monitor / Gold Mining Water Cannon This Craig Patent monitor is clearly marked on
the cast iron housing with the name and patent info. It is an early
version and these were the monitor of choice for many years until better
designs were brought to market. This one seems complete and has both a
4" & 6" nozzle. It was difficult to photograph so please
look at all the pics to get an idea of what is included.
A Google search for Hydraulic mining will
keep you busy all day with all the information that is available. One site I found
managed by the Central Pacific Railroad had numerous photographs and other image
types showing these and their use. Here is the link to that site
Below is a short info quote from another site I found.
Subject: Re: CA-HISTORY-HYDRAULIC-MINING-D Digest V01 #7
Date: Sat, 14 Apr 2001 17:37:05 EDT In all the literature and
newspapers I have read on the Craigs only initials are used to identify
them. R.R. Craig, which could very well be Randolph R. and J. Craig, who is
probably Joe. Could the literature possibly be mistaken and instead of
brothers they were a father and son team? According to newspaper articles,
R.R. was the inventor. The Globe Monitor was invented in Nevada City and was
first manufactured by the Nevada Foundry (later Miner's Foundry). In 1870 the
Craigs moved it to Marysville, probably because the Nevada Foundry was also
manufacturing nozzles for competing inventors. However, they used Nevada City
as their headquarters for some time. At a later date they joined forces with
The Globe Monitor was the first satisfactory monitor on the market and
dominated the market until finally being surpassed by Hoskins. The first
monitors purchased by the North Bloomfield Gravel Mining Co., for example, in
place of primitive nozzles, were two Craig Globe Monitors.
The best article on the Craig Globe Monitor can be found in the Mining &
Scientific Press, Oct. 1. 1870.
Hydraulic mining was introduced in California
in the 1850's ad continued until it was outlawed in 1884. Its
effects on the environment were enormous. I imagine that if regulations were
not in place today that some would still advocate its use.
Today in Eldorado County dredging has been outlawed because of the
environmental impact it has. The main reason being the amount of old mercury
it can reintroduce into the environment. That would be mercury left over from
the last batch of miners who left it behind after using it to help in their
quest for riches. I wonder if those who want dredging
to be allowed again would also advocate the return of hydralic mining as one of
their rights, or where they draw their lines?
This is being stored in the
North Bay area, and although it can be shipped, pick-up is preferable, or it
can be delivered by appointment for a reasonable fee.
Good . . . . . SOLD!!
Koehler #209 Approved Miners Safety
Lamp This form or style of
lamp is commonly known as the Davey lamp, and is named after the inventor.
The idea was that because the flame was behind the interior screen or mesh, and
behind the glass, it would not ignite flammable gases in an enclosed area like a
mine. I have seen this version out and about before, so we can assume it is one of the
later and more readily
available ones. It appears to be made out of aluminum and is in excellent
condition. The striker is operational and the glass is good.
Good + . . . . . SOLD!
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