September 29, 2012

Lucas Oiler No. 40 ca 1900

We have a nice Lucas Oiler No. 40 in our collection that we are offering for sale.

We consulted an expert and collector of Lucas Oilers for more information on this one. Below is his answer. 

The No 40 Lucas oiler dates from around early 1900's. It was part of Rolls Royce and Bentley car kits. I have seen one mounted under the hood of a 1912 open Rolls Royce. They came with a bracket for fitting under the hood and I also have seen one in a Bentley toolkit where it slotted into a shelf in the trunk. They go from $75.00 to $135.00 depending on condition.

Item #34 For Sale: $90.00 + shipping (we need your postal or zip code to determine shipping costs)

September 28, 2012

Crayon Portrait of Woman in Striped Blouse ca 1870s

Crayon (charcoal) portrait of woman in striped blouse or dress.

Dimensions:16x20 inches (known as a Mammoth)
Time period: ca 1870s

Large framed ‘crayon portraits’ were made in the 1800s and early 1900s.
These were artistic photographs that resemble a cross between photographs and charcoal or crayon sketches.  

They can be monochrome or  have charcoal coloring.  This portrait is monochrome.

The photographer began the process with a light photograph and then embellished it with chalk and crayons.

Mostly you will find albumen crayon portraits from the late 1800s.

Item #17 For sale: $50.00 + shipping (we need your zip or postal code to determine shipping charges)

On verso in pencil:

"Mr. Hoover
4 Conc.

"Crayon. Make dress black. This picture must be made well."

"Frame 12
Total $2.50 
Paid $ .50 
Balance $2.00"

Photograph Students Huntersville School near Middleburgh, Schoharie County New York ca 1913

Item #30

In my collection of 19th century and early 20th century photos is an orphaned 9x7 inch photograph of students and teacher at Huntersland School, Schoharie County New York.

The names of students were written on the back and while it was not dated, we can study the photo for clues. We can also check census records for the names of the students (a much easier task than using clothing and hairstyles for clues)

Also the photographer is stamped on the reverse: P. J. Messer so we should be able to determine when he or she was in business.

A search indicates he was taking photographs in 1915 but I don't have access to a book of photographers to find out the complete years he was in business. Research indicates he was born Philip J. Messer ca 1888 and died in 1939.

Teacher Stanley Heason, Huntersland School

Back row left to right: Judy Shufelt, Eula Sison, Hattie Conklyn, Ernest Utter, Hazel Laraway, Walden McCumber, Mildred Laraway, Ruth Cook

Second row: [? can't read] Becker, Minnie Heason, Ros-- Coons, Mae Acker, Grant Laraway

Front row: Beatrice Spencer, Manyard? Laraway, - Cook, - Shufelt


Census records on Ancestry indicate that Stanley (the teacher) and Minnie Heason were the children of George & Isadora Heason and lived in Middleburgh New York. Stanley was born ca 1890 and Minnie ca 1901. Minnie looks to be about 12 years old in the photograph, giving us an estimated year when it was taken of circa 1913.

Next I found Manard Laraway born in 1905 living in Middleburgh. He looks to be about 10 years old in the photo so that would give an estimated year of 1915 for the photo

* Grant Laraway was born ca 1902 and is in Middleburgh
* Walden McComber was born ca 1897 and lived in Middleburgh. I'd estimate he is no more than 16 years old in the photo, dating it to ca 1913

Hairstyles of the girls suggest pre 1920, perhaps around 1915 or so.

Clothing is a mixture of periods and I suspect that may be due to a number of reasons - some children may not have had current fashions to wear. Older students, girls especially, might have known it was picture day and parents may have suggested they wear mom's best Sunday dress or skirt and blouse. This would put those girls in earlier fashions. Some children could be wearing older siblings hand-me-downs.

However we can look at one distinctive feature - the V-necked yoke worn by three of the younger girls, then do some research to find out when this style came into fashion. That would allow us to determine an earliest date when the photo was taken.

We should also note the below-the-knee knickers that the young boys in the front row are wearing. One also looks to be holding a newsboy style cap. This helps confirm an estimated timeline for the photograph of 1910-1915. 

Item #30 For sale: $20.00 + shipping (we need your zip or postal code to determine shipping costs)

September 26, 2012

Mennonite Drying Rack

Mennonite Drying Rack closed
 This is a very nice antique Mennonite drying rack. It's quite large, and the bracket with the spokes moves up and down the part that is bolted to the wall.

This allows you to set your spokes at any height you want.  We use it for drying winter hats, mitts and scarves but I want to move it and use it for drying my herbs.

Drying Rack open  & at half-way height position

Bracket that moves up and down

Cabinet Card Copy of 1862 Civil War Soldier CDV

F. A. Pratt 1862
This is a very nice cabinet card of F. A. Pratt, a Civil War soldier. It is a  copy of an earlier 1862 Cartes de Visite.

The man is Captain F. A. [Franklin Amos] Pratt. He was born in Connecticut circa 1836 and was in Battery M, 1st Connecticut Artillery during the Civil War.

He is found in the 1880 census for the city of St. Louis Missouri and this cabinet card was done in St. Louis in 1890.

In 1870 he was in Hartford Connecticut.

Item #31 For Sale: $95.00 plus shipping. Contact us at for shipping costs

Closeup of period handwriting on Cabinet Card F. A. Pratt
My research indicates he is almost certainly the Franklin Amos Pratt born in Waterbury, New Haven, Connecticut in 1836 to Francis and Emiline Pratt. He is found with his parents and siblings in the 1850 census for Waterbury. By 1900 he was in Montana and is buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Livingston, Park County, Montana

His Civil War history is as follows:

November 17, 1863.

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to make the following report of the part taken by the several batteries composing the Second Volunteer Brigade, Artillery Reserve, in the late action:
In compliance with order received from headquarters Artillery Reserve, November 6, 1863, Battery M, First Connecticut Artillery, Captain F. A. Pratt, marched from the camp of the Artillery Reserve, near Catlett's Station, at 4 a. m. of the 7th instant, and reported at General French's headquarters near Germantown, and proceed thence to Kelly's Ford, where it took position, and soon afterward opened fire on the enemy, with good effect, as will be seen by the report of Captain Pratt, a copy of which is hereunto attached.

[Source: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies]

Numbers 16. Report of Captain Franklin A. Pratt, Battery M, First Connecticut Heavy Artillery, of action at Kelly's Ford.
KELLY'S FORD, VA., November 12, 1863.
SIR: I have the honor to make the following report of the part taken by my battery in the action of the 7th instant at Kelly's Ford:
In compliance with orders from headquarters Army of the Potomac, the battery moved from the camp of the Artillery Reserve, near Catlett's Station, at 4 a. m. of the 7th instant, reporting at the headquarters of General French, near Germantown, at daybreak, from which place it moved at the rear of the First Division, Third
Corps, by way of Morrisville, to Mount Holly Church. When near the latter place I was ordered to move at once to a position on the road about 500 yards to the left of the church, and 1,500 yards from Kelly's Ford, which it commanded with the plains beyond. As I came up there was a scattering musketry fire at the ford, and the enemy were throwing forward infantry from the woods into the rifle-pits and buildings on the opposite bank. Being directed by General Birney to "open on them as soon as possible," the battery was soon in position, and the second to open fire.
The enemy being under cover, General Birney directed me to fire on the brick store in which their riflemen were sheltered. My first shot struck the building between the second-story windows, passed through the roof of the one intended. My fire was then directed at a battery of brass pieces the enemy were using on our infantry from the edge of the woods, distant from me about 2,500 yards. They effected, the enemy advanced a line of infantry from the edge of the woods to oppose the advance of our forces. I threw three shells at them that apparently struck their line, which broke in much confusion, so much of it as was not covered by rising ground.
The ammunition used was Schenkle percussion shell. I expended but 15 rounds, but its effectiveness was very evident. They carried with great precision, few failing to explode.
In closing the report I have to express my belief that the merit of the 4 1\2-inch rifle for field service is not properly considered, and that if more generally into action, they would add much good to the result.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Captain, First Regiment Conn. Arty., Commanding Siege Battery M.
Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

Verso of Cabinet Card

The photo below is  not for sale but it shows Captain Pratt in 1892 at age 56.
Here is more information about Cptn. Pratt

U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles 

Name: Franklin A Pratt
Residence: Hartford, Connecticut
Enlistment Date: 23 May 1861
Rank at enlistment: Qtr Master Serg
State Served: Connecticut
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company S, Connecticut 1st Heavy Artillery Regiment on 23 May 1861.
Promoted to Full 2nd Lieutenant on 06 Nov 1861.
Promoted to Full 1st Lieutenant on 13 Feb 1862.
Promoted to Full Adjutant on 01 Mar 1862.
Promoted to Full Captain on 08 Aug 1862.
Mustered out on 11 Nov 1864.
Sources: Connecticut: Record of Service of Men during War of Rebellion

In 1898 Franklin filed for his Civil War pension in Montana


September 22, 2012

For Sale: Vintage Early 1970s Photo Album

Psychedelic vintage 1970s full size photo album in blues, reds, greens and yellows

There are seven two-sided self-adhesive pages (transparent lift film type) in a spiral binding (pages cannot be added or removed).

3 pages have been removed, you can still see the edges in the coil where they have been neatly cut away.


Binder:  11" x 13"
Each page:  10" x 12.75"


All pages have the lift films and they all still lift off the page. The sticky self-adhesive may not work as well as it did when new. 3 pages are missing

Good vintage condition.  Corners and edges very good. Colours are bright. A great album to put your own photos in. Give it as a gift, keep it for yourself - it's a fun and colourful addition.

Item #36 For Sale for $40.00 US + shipping. Contact us at for shipping costs

September 21, 2012

1847 Towns Fourth Reader

Towns Fourth Reader
Item #35 For Sale: 1847 Towns Fourth Reader

Revised Edition the Fourth Reader: Exercises in Reading and Speaking
For the Higher Classes

by Salem Town, LLD

 Buffalo: Phinney & Co.

Portland: Sanborn & Carter

This reader was owned by Michael E. Joyce of Brockport New York.

Brockport was a tiny village in the town of Sweden, Monroe County New York.

 Salem Town was born in Massachusetts in 1779. He was a well-known educator and textbook author. Salem Towne (Town) was the son of Israel  Towne and Naomi Stebbins. Salem became a Reverend and was well educated. He received an M.A. and later LL.D. degrees. He married Abigail King in 1807. They lived in Granville New York until 1829, then moved to Aurora, New York.

This book is 4 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches. The pages are stained but legible and there are no significant rips or tears and no missing pages. The corners of the covers are slightly bent.

$25.00 (US) is the price for this book. Shipping is at buyer's expense. Contact us at antiquehunterblog AT with your zip or postal code for shipping costs