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Image from page 159 of “American homes and gardens” (1905)
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Identifier: americanhomesgar41907newy
Title: American homes and gardens
Year: 1905 (1900s)
Subjects: Architecture, Domestic Landscape gardening
Publisher: New York : Munn and Co
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veling for carryingtheir money and jewels, with enormousspring locks inside. Beyond is a paintedRussian sleigh, filled with growing plants.On the other side is a rare old deskinlaid with ivory. On the wall oppositethe mantel is an old gold mirror. Thereare many smaller ornaments, mostly an-tiques. At the further end the hall opensinto a sun parlor or conservatory; it issemi-circular in form and filled with beau-tiful plants. The dining-room is a rectangular apart-ment with windows overlooking the waterand at one end. It has a high wainscotingof San Domingo mahogany for about two-thirds of the height, finished with a shelf on carved corbels.The main divisions of the wainscot are continued to the ceil-ing in the form of richly carved brackets, which support thegreat longitudinal beams. The transverse beams are closelyset, forming narrow oblong enclosures, the spaces betweenthem being filled with canvas and tinfoil painted yellow,with ornamental frames in lighter colors. Above the wains-

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The Water Front of the House Shows a ( March, 1907 AMERICAN HOMES AND GARDENS 87 cot the walls are treated with large panelsof canvas, with tinfoil painted yellow, andpainted with designs similar to those usedin the ceiling. The fireplace, which extendsto the doorway, consists of a single vast slabof green and white marble. A small shelfof the same material projects above the fire-place opening. The chimney breast isenclosed within a large panel of wood.The upper divisions of the windowsare filled with leaded glass. The cur-tains are green silk, embroidered withgold and silver; behind them are white sashcurtains. A warm brown rug fills the centerof the hardwood floor. Much of the fur-niture is antique, including the two side-boards and a fine old cabinet filled withchina. The door to the pantry is con-cealed behind a large screen with oldFrench color prints in its upper section.The chairs are covered with carved leather.1 here is no chandelier, the room beinglighted with silver sideli

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SL Outfit 8/21/07
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Image by Juushika Redgrave
In the game Second Life, I play the avatar Juushika Redgrave.

I love me a nice corset, and I also love the store Tuli, so when the Carryn set was released I had to go get it. It comes with corset, shirt, and pants with a number of wear options, but I like to mix and match, so I pulled out the corset alone. I wore it with a pair of pants and a shirt from First Impressions–both are naturally white, so a tinted them a matching yellow/antiqued color to better match the corset, and also loosened the sleeves on the shirt. I wore a pair of gray/black shoes from Lassitude & Ennui to match as well as a necklace that I picked up at the ongoing Earthtones sale (how I wish that these were mod; gems set to white and gray), making this a simple but pulled-together look that I really enjoyed. It also looks great with a simple updo, but I’m currently too much in love with this hairstyle from Cake to change out of it.

Shirt: Dress Shirt Tintable by First Impressions (tinted)
Corset: Carryn Gray Corset by Tuli
Pants: Business Basic (Light) Slacks by First Impressions (tinted)
Socks: Kushukushu Kutsushita Black by Shop Seu
Shoes: Urban Style – Black Leather/Black Piping by Lassitude & Ennui

Eyes: Sparkle Eyes – Emerald Blast by Soda
Skin: (Mature) Freckled Brood Glitz Nimbus by Sin Skins
Manicure: Glitter Manicure Black by Sin Skins
Hair: Europa – Copper by Cake (tinted)

Necklace: Dreamweaver Amulet, Multi/Antique Silver by Earthtones
Piercing: Double Lip & Spike Labret by Deeks (modded) (tinted)
Glasses: Kelly by Persenickety
Collar: Amethyst Collar (Slim) by Amethyst (hidden)
Whiskers: Plenty Black Whiskers by Gritty Kitty
Neko Parts: Anisa’s Neko Ears and Tail by Anisa @ OTCR (ears modded to include Industrial piercing by DEEKS)

52 Chevrolet Suburban
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Silver Anniversary New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run Stockyard Days Car Show New Brighton Minnesota

Published: December 5, 2016 | Comments: 0

Antique Wall Clocks – Building a Collection


Antique wall clocks are both a great collectors’ item and a solid investment. Of course, you have to know what you’re doing if you’re going to treat this item as an investment, but there are ways to become knowledgeable in this field if you are not already. Several good books have been written and you can always watch Antique Road Show on PBS to get an idea for the prices of things. The great part is that since this is a relatively unknown field, it is easier to scoop up deals at garage sales, estate sales, and even thrift stores on occasion.

But first let’s talk about collecting these antiques for the pure admiration of it. If you don’t really love them you may never be able to propel yourself through the purely monetary aspect of it. The fact is that collecting antique wall clocks is a fascinating adventure. The history of them is much richer than most people realize. And once there was a time when true artists spent lifetimes creating one unique piece after another. Many of these are lost to the junkyards of old, but still many remain, scattered all throughout this land. They are hiding in old people’s attics and in the basements of churches who don’t even know what they have. They are there for the taking.

While it is a small world, the collectors’ world can be vicious when a fine piece comes available. If you are going to enter into this in a serious way you are going to have to turn into a bit of a shark. You don’t have to rip off the sellers, t it’s all part of the game to try to throw your fellow antique collectors off the scent. Remember: if you don’t do it to them they will do it to you. How do you think they became successful in the first place? So the first rule is to never fall for any nice guy tricks from your competitors.

Now onto the world of investment in antique wall clocks: as I said, this can be very profitable. If you want to get into this it is absolutely vital that you first study up on the history of wall clocks in general. Antique collectors have a very specialized knowledge which they have gained through years of self-study and firsthand research. There are many resources on the Internet which may be able to help you out, too.

In concluding this piece I would just like to say that I wish you well whatever is your aim in collecting antique wall clocks. There is a real lack of respect for this, the 20th century’s most subtly stunning combination of art and technology. I am glad that others share my enthusiasm and I suppose it’s kind of a good thing that not all are on board. After all, how would we make our money then? There would be no real deals to find and that is one of the most fun parts of the whole business.

It’s not easy to make a choice from such a wide variety of wall clocks out there, so don’t be afraid to spend some time researching the options. You’ll find more info on the history of wall clocks, but also some cool gift ideas for personalized wall clocks, at

Published: December 4, 2016 | Comments: 0

Cool Antique Silver images


A few nice antique silver images I found:

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Only availble on! Royal Scots Borderer Piper Figurine
Royal Highland Fusilier Piper Figurine
Black Watch Piper Figurine (rrs Version)
Highlanders Piper Figurine
Black Watch Side Drummer Figurine
Black Watch Tenor Drummer Figurine
Scottish Piper Figurine
Piper Figurine In Royal Stewart Tartan
Black Watch Piper Figuring (pre Rrs)
Scots Dragoon Guard
Braveheart Figurine
Solid Solid Brass Desk Bell
Antique Finish Service Bell
Solid Brass School Bell
Solid Brass Miners Lamp Keyring
Medium Solid Brass Miners Lamp
Pair Of Silver Lovers Entwined Candle Sticks
Small Solid Brass Miners Lamp
Silver Small Stag Head
Silver Medium Stag Head
Silver Large Stag Head
Heart Mirror
3 Way Photo Frame
40cm Heart Mirror
Dove Candle Holder
Heart Garland Tea Light Holder
Love Sign With Heart Photo
Home Sign With Heart Photo
Solid Brass Candle Holder
Antique White 3 Way Photo Frame
Solid Brass Candle Snuffer
5 X 7 Antique White Photo Frame
6 X 8 Antique White Photo Frame
8 X 10 Antique White Photo Frame
Old Style Weight Doorstop With Rope Handle
White Perpetual Calendar
Red Perpetual Calendar
Grey Perpetual Calendar

Image from page 71 of “King Time; or The mystical land of the hours, a fantasy” (1908)
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Identifier: kingtimeormystic00fitz
Title: King Time; or The mystical land of the hours, a fantasy
Year: 1908 (1900s)
Authors: Fitzhugh, Percy Keese, 1876-1950
Publisher: New York and Boston, H.M. Caldwell company
Contributing Library: New York Public Library
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r,And nobody took the slightest heed That one of the weary pairWas a little boy from some distant sphere, — And nobody seemed to care: 63 KING TIME And the sleepy bell on the little church,Which was chiming sadly and low, Seemed lost in a dreamy reverie,In its swinging to and fro; Seemed lost in a vision of other things,In the days of long ago. They hastened along to the Hairspring Inn,(Twas the place where theyd seen the lights) And said, We have brought four tired legs,And two splendid appetites. Have you room, mine host, for a little boyWho wants to see the sights ? We have, said the host, but my house is old, And I shouldnt neglect to stateThat Im doubtful if the place would do For a boy who is up to date;For the china we use is quite passe – As well as the silver plate. And the bread that we serve is quite antique – Though its thought to be very fineBy antiquarians living here, Who frequently stop to dine —And all of our biscuits and pies were madeIn seventeen twenty-nine. 64

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KING TIME You see, said the Imp, drawing the little boyaside, he is inclined to be perfectly honest; he doesntwant to have you stop here and then be dissatisfied. Is he an hour? asked the little boy. Certainly, every imp you meet here is an hour.Just look on his badge and youll see what hour he is;Fourth of July, 1776, 4 P. M. – That was the daythe Declaration of Independence was signed, wasntit ? He ought to have some interesting things to tell. Then the Imp walked back to the counter wherethe innkeeper was standing, and said: Pardon me, good host, I interrupted you; youwere telling us about your house, I believe. Praycontinue. And I havent a doubt, the host remarked,As the Imp and the boy sat down, That youll wrant to see our quaint, old club, Which enjoys a wide renown.It meets in a tumble-down, queer, old house,At the other end of town. Theres a little poem which I used to know, From a paper in Tickerleen,By some one who spent the summer here, And went to the club, I mean,And he w

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Published: December 4, 2016 | Comments: 0

How to Make Money Buying and Selling Antique Books


When looking to make money with the buying and reselling of products, many turn to antiques. They are easy to make money with. Many original sellers do not know they have an antique in their hands and are unaware of the value. You, on the other hand, may know better. You can buy these antiques for cheap and turn a profit by selling them to antique collectors, dealers, and more. But wait! What products should you target and how can you find them? Get started with something easy, like books, and use the internet, namely

As previously stated, you need to buy products to resell for a profit. Use Craigslist to find antique books for sale. Get started with a search. To perform a search on Craigslist, find your state and nearest city. This is your local area page. You can use the search box on the left or browse the website to find books for sale.

If you opt for Craigslist searching, use general phrases. Although you are looking for antique books, remember not everyone knows they have an antique. Good search phrases include “first edition,” “books,” “old books,” and “antique books.” After performing a search, you will see a list of for sale products. It is time to find the best deals on antique books.

If you are new to the buying and reselling of antiques, you may wonder what qualifies a book as being one. There are many different reasons. Many are rare and hard-to-find. Historically important or popular books, or those with distinguishing features, such as a misprint on the cover, tend to qualify as antiques. Older books with author autographs are good finds too.

Online, you can find many value guides for antiques, including reading materials. Use these to your advantage. If you suspect a seller has a rare book, check the estimated value. If you stand to make $ 50 or more from the sale, go for it! Since most sellers don’t realize they have a rare antique, you may get a low selling price, such as $ 1 or less a book! You can later resell online or to local dealers to make a profit.

Since you are buying and reselling, do more than just target your local city page. Unfortunately, this is difficult, as you must browse or search each individually. However, you can download the free Craigslist Reader at Perform multi-city, statewide, and nationwide searches with ease. Find the best prices on antique books to increase your profits!

Download the Craigslist Reader to find antique books on Craigslist to resell. Visit Motion Technologies, your one-stop resource for free searchable software for classified websites, including Craigslist.

Published: December 4, 2016 | Comments: 0

Cool Antique Silver images


A few nice antique silver images I found:

1911 Rolls-Royce 40-50 HP Silver Ghost Roi des Belges Tourer
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11 le Zebre
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26th Annual New London to New Brighton Antique Car Run August 11, 2012.

Silver pitcher
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Published: December 3, 2016 | Comments: 0

Antique Bathroom Vanity – Authentic Or Faux?


An antique bathroom vanity can add charm and elegance to almost any bathroom. When selecting your vanity, however, it can be difficult to decide whether to get an authentic antique vanity or a modern replica of an antique piece. The question is not only to how much can you afford to spend on your new vanity, but what are the practical considerations as well.

Antique-Design Bathroom Vanity

There are a few differences between brand new vanities that have antique designs and authentic antique vanities. Many beautiful vanities have been crafted by manufacturers to look very old world. They come in cherry, oak, and whitewash finishes that reflect the materials of times gone by. Their designs reflect the Victoria era, the Shaker style, or the more recent American cowboy days. One huge advantage to these vanities is that they are brand new: they have all the beauty and intricate designs of an antique piece, but none of the wear and tear. You also have almost endless options with your antique-design bathroom vanity. You can change the finish, counter material, or faucets on your vanity with click of a mouse. Although all these vanities might be attractive and convenient, you might just be hankering for the real thing.

Authentic Antique Bathroom Vanity
Authentic vanities come at a price. Not only are you paying for the piece itself, but also you end up paying for the restoration work and the work that went into converting it into a fixture that can function in a modern bathroom. Antiques have storage space for the lifestyles of the day, which usually did not accommodate as many possessions as modern lifestyles. Other options include antique buffets converted into vanities. Converted buffets usually have more counter space and storage space for your bathroom. When selecting your converted vanity, make sure that the craftsman who converted it treated and sealed the wood so that it will not suffer water damage. You can also find a local carpenter or even convert an antique buffet yourself if you have a family heirloom you want to breathe new life into.

Choosing a new bathroom vanity is a big decision. Make sure you purchase your new vanity from a reputable manufacturer or have your antique converted by a good carpenter. Check into the warranties that the companies offer if you buy online, because the last thing you want is the perfect bathroom vanity that won’t hold water.

John Drew is an interior designer who has lots of real world experience in interior decorating. Believe it or not, his expertise is in bathroom vanity decor. If you’re interested in learning all about the wonderful world of bathroom vanities, turn to

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Published: December 3, 2016 | Comments: 0

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1959 – 1962 Bentley S2 Long Wheelbase
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Image by Georg Sander
The Bentley S2 (and the high-performance Bentley Continental S2 derived from it) was a luxury car produced by Bentley from 1959 until 1962. The changed designation S2 was to mark the new V8 engine and the improved air conditioning which could now be run from it. There were no other significant alterations.

Announced at the beginning of October 1959 as with the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II, the S2 replaced the straight-6 engine of the Bentley S1 with a new aluminium V8 engine displacing 6.2 L (6230 cc/380 in³). With this new engine, the S2 offered significantly better performance than the previous cars.


1935 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet (08)
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Image by Georg Sander
Horch was a car brand manufactured in Germany by August Horch & Cie, at the beginning of the 20th century.

The company was established first by August Horch and his first business partner Salli Herz on November 14, 1899 at Ehrenfeld, Cologne. August Horch was a former production manager for Karl Benz. Three years later in 1902 he moved with his company to Reichenbach im Vogtland. On May, 10th, 1904 he founded the Horch & Cie. Motorwagenwerke AG, a joint-stock company in Zwickau (State of Saxony). The city of Zwickau was the capital of the South Western Saxon County and one of Saxony’s industrial centres at the time.

On July 16, 1909, August Horch, after troubles with Horch chief financial officer, founded his second company, the August Horch Automobilwerke GmbH in Zwickau. He had to rename his new company because Horch was already a registered brand and he did not hold the rights on it. On April 25, 1910 the brand Audi was entered in the company’s register of Zwickau registration court. Audi is the Latin translation of horch, the imperative form of the German verb hören ("to hear"). The Audi name was proposed by a son of one of his business partners from Zwickau.

Both companies from Zwickau (Horch and Audi) were unified in 1932 with DKW and Wanderer to Saxony’s Auto Union corporation. The Silver Arrow racing cars of the Auto Union racing team in Zwickau, developed by Ferdinand Porsche and Robert Eberan von Eberhorst, driven by Bernd Rosemeyer, Hans Stuck, Tazio Nuvolari, Ernst von Delius, were known the world over in the 1930s.


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Der Horch 850 ist ein Pkw der Oberklasse, den die Horch-Werke 1935 als Nachfolger des Modells 8 5 Liter Typ 500 B herausbrachten. Das Fahrzeug hatte einen 8-Zylinder-OHV-Reihenmotor mit 4,9 Litern Hubraum vorne eingebaut, der 100 PS entwickelte und über ein 4- oder 5-Gang-Getriebe mit Schalthebel in der Wagenmitte die Hinterräder antrieb.

Ab 1937 hieß die lange Ausführung Horch 851; die Motorleistung stieg auf 120 PS und die Sonderkarosserien entfielen. Gleichzeitig kam ein Horch 951 heraus, der die Doppelgelenk-Hinterachse des Sportwagens besaß und einen längeren Aufbau mit Lochscheiben- oder Drahtspeichenrädern bekam.

Ebenfalls 1937 erhielt das Sportcabriolet ebenfalls den 120-PS-Motor und wurde in Horch 853 umbenannt. 1938 gab es auch den zweiten Schalthebel für den Schnellgang, und der Wagen hieß Horch 853 A.

1938 erschien auch noch eine Roadster-Ausführung des Typs 853 A. Sie wurde Horch 855 genannt und war alternativ auch auf einem verkürzten Fahrgestell erhältlich. 1939 wurde die Produktion aller Sportwagen kriegsbedingt eingestellt.


Published: December 2, 2016 | Comments: 0

Blackwell House Strathalbyn 1869. Double sash windows with curved tops. In 1912 a butcher purchased it and named it Blackwell House and operated a butcher shop from here.


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Blackwell House Strathalbyn 1869. Double sash windows with curved tops. In 1912 a butcher purchased it and named it Blackwell House and operated a butcher shop from here.
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A Special Survey of 4,000 acres was taken out along the Angas River in 1839 for George Hall (secretary to Governor Gawler) and William Mein and others. Land was surveyed from the mouth of the Angas along the river to about where Macclesfield is now situated. Other contributors to the Mouth of the Angas Special Survey were Strathalbyn settlers including: 806 acres purchased by Dr John Rankine, Blackwood Park; 166 acres purchased by William Rankine, Glenbarr; 410 acres purchased by Donald McLean; 81 acres purchased by Edward and Charles Stirling of Hampton and later the Lodge. William and Nicol Mein kept 728 acres for themselves but George Hall (who kept about 930 acres) was a Colonial Office employee with an eye on speculation. He also paid £4,000 for the Great Bend Special Survey along the River Murray from Morgan to Blanchetown but it was claimed this was taken for Governor Gawler but in Hall’s name to avoid scandal! But the land was not worth £1 per acre! The Meins were graziers and also took out Occupational Licenses for leasehold land in 1843. They were Scots so they donated £600 for the building fund for the Presbyterian Church in Adelaide in 1840. But in 1843 they dissolved a business partnership in Adelaide and they appear to have left the colony perhaps to join their relatives in NSW. Meins did not stay on to become Strathalbyn pioneers unlike the Rankines, McLeans and Stirlings. The other prominent early founder was William Dawson- hence the creek flowing in front of Glen Barr is the Dawson Creek which enters the Angas River in Strathalbyn. Dawson Banks is another of the grand old properties in Strathalbyn.

Stirlings chose their land to the north of the town and built Hampden and the Lodge; John Rankine chose his land to the north of the town and built Blackwood Park whilst brother William Rankine chose land to the south on Dawson Creek and built Glenbarr house. The first public building in the fledgling town of Strathalbyn was the Strathalbyn Hotel erected in 1840 and the second was probably St. Andrews Presbyterian Church which opened in 1844 with additions in 1869. As most of the settlers were Scottish the name chosen for the town was Scottish and the first church was Presbyterian. The first farmer to produce a crop was David Gollan. His interest in wheat led him to open the first flour mill in 1850 in the centre of the town. Mill Bridge adjacent to the flourmill bridged the Angas River. As the town progressed quickly a local council was formed in 1854 with the Stirlings, Rankines and Archibald McLean (investor in Langhorne Creek) being among the first councillors. The Stirlings were especially important to Strathalbyn. Edward Stirling (the father) joined into a partnership with (Sir) Thomas Elder and Robert Barr Smith in 1855. Stirling stayed with the company as it funded the Moonta and Wallaroo copper mines in 1861 then he withdrew but remained as an investor in the mines. The company went on to become Elder Smith and Co the most successful SA 19th century company. Edward Stirling had two sons, (Sir) Edward Stirling a famed surgeon who lived at St. Vigeans at Stirling and (Sir) Lancelot Stirling, local Member of Parliament for the Strathalbyn district, sheep and cattle breeder and company director. The Stirlings lived in the family home Hampden until it burnt down around 1870. Then they moved into the Lodge which was extended and remained the family home for Sir Lancelot Stirling after his father Edward died in 1873. Lancelot lived there until he died in 1932. The Stirlings of Strathalbyn also owned and operated Nalpa Station on Lake Albert. The Lodge is now the centre of a new suburban development at Strathalbyn.

From the beginning Strathalbyn prospered because of its access to water from the Angas River, its reliable rainfall, its genial climate for cropping and from the patronage of its wealthy founders. The town was laid out in 1840 and blocks sold at that time. The discovery of silver, lead and zinc at nearby Wheal Ellen mine in 1857 further boosted the growing town. The mine closed a short time later but re-opened in 1869 and operated until closure in 1888. It briefly re-opened from 1910-14 for the last phase. Until recently Strathalbyn had another zinc mine conducted by Terramin Mining which started operations in 2007. The zinc from here was sent to Nyrstar refinery at Port Pirie for smelting. The mining occurred 360 metres below the ground surface. The mine had a life of five years and closed in late 2013 ending the jobs of 115 local people. But Strathalbyn has always had a range of local industry. A foundry operated in the town from the mid 1850s as well as the usual businesses of blacksmith, saddlery etc, and the town handled coach services to Wellington via Langhorne Creek from around 1854. It was also one of the first towns in SA to have its own gas works started by David Trenouth in 1868. By 1870 the small urban centre of Strathalbyn had gas street lights! The gas works operated until 1917 when an electrical service took over power provision. From an early date Strathalbyn also had its own newspaper and printing press the Southern Argus housed in Argus House which was built 1867/68. The Southern Argus which is still published, is SA’s oldest country newspaper. In 1912 it established an offshoot – the Victor Harbor Times. In terms of transportation and the transport of goods Strathalbyn prospered as it was the terminus of the horse drawn tram service from Port Elliott and Goolwa in 1869. That is why the Terminus Hotel is so named. In 1884 that line was converted to a broad gauge rail line for steam engines and linked at Mt Barker with the line to Adelaide. Strathalbyn had a flour mill from 1850 as noted above and in the 1860s the town had its own brewery. The heyday of business boom for Strathalbyn was in the 1860s and 1870 when so many of the fine town buildings were erected. Heritage buildings are shown on map above and they include:
Commercial Street/Dawson Street.
•At the northern end of Commercial Street on the corner with North Parade is the Doctor’s Residence. 26 North Parade. Dr Herbert built a grand 8 roomed residence here in 1858. Dr Ferguson purchased it in 1869 and added and altered the verandas. Dr Shone bought it in 1897. Dr Formby took it over in 1907 and kept it until he sold it to Dr Fairley in 1979! Note the double chimneys and the ogee(S shaped) gutters above the bay windows and the 1850s French windows.
•On the northern end of Commercial Street is the Wesleyan Methodist Church which was built in 1874. It replaced the demolished Methodist church built in 1854. Built of random stone, semi rounded windows etc. It became the only Methodist church at the time of Methodist amalgamations in 1900 .It closed around the time of amalgamation with the Presbyterians and Congregationalists in 1977. The Hall was added in 1939.
•Blackwell House, 18 Commercial Street. A two storey bluestone structure from the 1860s. It was much altered in 1912 when the parapet along the roof was removed, the slate replaced with iron and the upper balcony added.
•The former Power House 1917 –when gas works closed. Became Council Chamber 1939 when ETSA arrived.
•Coleman Mill store. Fine stone building with few windows. Built 1864. Coleman bought the mill from Gollan.
•1850 flour mill which was sold to Laucke’s in 1938. Commercial Rd and Mill Street an imposing four storey structure. Note the four storeys, purple sandstone, and little windows.
•Beside the mill is Water Villa house. The earliest part dates from 1849 and the Italianate bay window sections are 1879. David Gollan the owner of the 1850 flour mill built this as his residence. It is a mixture of stones. Note the French doors in the old original part of the house onto the veranda.
•Argus House, 1868. 33 Commercial Street. It was a print works and residence and shop.
•Post Office 1911. 37 Commercial Street.
•Savings Banks of South Australia. A fine two storey structure for the bank and manager’s residence. Built in 1930. It has rough stone, prominent gables, repeating arches, wooden doors, and terra cotta tiles.
•Church of Christ. Opened in 1873.Limestone walls, arched windows.
•Masonic Hall built in 1896 but Lodge established 1866.Additons 1912 and 1957.

Rankine Street/Albyn Terrace.
•Strathalbyn Police Station (1855) and Court House (1865) now the National Trust Museum.
•National Bank 2 Albyn Terrace. Squared stone blocks, two storeys and a dominant building. Elaborate porch and balcony and decorative window surrounds etc. Erected in 1869. Nearby Norfolk Island pine was planted in 1895.
•Tucker & Sons solicitors at 8 Albyn Terrace. Have a look at all the shops along Albyn Terrace a great 19th century streetscape still largely intact. It was used in the film “Picnic at Hanging Rock.”

High Street.
•London House general store at 7 High Street 1867. Now an antiques shop. Cobb and Co used to use the stables at the rear for the daily coaching service to Adelaide. London House had the first telephone in Strathalbyn in 1883.
•Robin Hood hotel erected in 1855 and still standing. 18 High Street.
•The Strathalbyn library 9 High Street. Opened 1922 with a classical façade with good symmetry.
•The Town Hall at 11 High Street. 1874 opened as a two storey stone structure with fancy parapet as an institute building. The parapet is supported by paired brackets.

Other locations- Chapel Street, East Terrace and South Terrace.
•St. Andrews Uniting Church (formerly Presbyterian) 1844 for main church with transept added 1857. Manse erected 1854. 1869 tower completed, bell donated by Edward Stirling. Clock installed 1895. Church hall on the opposite corner was built in 1911.
•Former Primitive Methodist Church 1861 was sold to the Anglican Church as a church hall in 1901 following the Methodist amalgamation. It was sold to the Foresters Lodge in 1912(when Anglicans purchased the former Catholic Church) and much later it as sold to the Scouts.
•St. Barnabas Catholic Church 2 Chapel Street. This was a late addition to Strathalbyn being erected in 1913. But Catholic services began in 1881 when a Catholic church was consecrated in Rowe St. The first priest arrived in 1906. A presbytery as built 1911 in East Tce and then church two years later. The 1881 church was sold in 1913 as Anglican parish hall called St. Barnabas. It is on the corner of Rowe and Murray street.
•Christ Church Anglican Church 7 East Terrace. The tower on Christ Church was erected from donations on the death of Sir Lancelot Stirling in 1932. The tower opened in 1933 but the church was built in 1871.
•Railway Station on South Terrace erected 1883 in time for opening of broad gauge line to Adelaide and start of branch line trains to Milang from Sandergrove siding.
•Two storey residence attached to Rowe’s foundry in South Terrace. Britannia House as it is known was built in 1855.

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Title: Royal and historic gloves and shoes
Year: 1904 (1900s)
Authors: Redfern, William Beales
Subjects: Gloves Footwear
Publisher: London : Methuen & Co.
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SLIPPERS No. 1 A WHITE satin slipper, with a square toe and a low heel; it isbound with silver braid, and has a rosette of pale blue ribbontrimmed with silver. The shoe is reputed to have belongedto a Lady Digby. Date, about 1750. No. 2 A SMART shoe of red kid bound with white braid. The toe ispointed, and the instep is slashed and ornamented with arosette of white ribbon ; a backing or lining of white kidshows through the slashings; the heel, of red leather, is small, andis inches high. Date, eighteenth century. No. 3 A VERY neat slipper of blue kid, with a low heel and pointedtoe. Eighteenth century. Nos. 4 and 5 A BALL slipper of white ribbed silk goloshed with crimsonsilk, square-toed and without heels. On the white kidlining is written in ink the name of Miss Gordon and themakers name, Patterson, 74, Oxford Street appears on the sole.The patten, for protecting the slipper, is made of brown moroccoleather, and was worn over the ball slipper. Date, early Victorian. •>> I

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GLOVES AND SHOES 105 No. 6 (centre of plate) THIS white satin shoe is embroidered with green, yellow, andlight red silk ; it has latchets for buckles, and the heel, ofwood, z inches high, is covered with white kid. Attachedto the shoe is a slip of antique paper with faded writing, which statesthat the shoe belonged to Sarah Churchill, the wife of the GreatDuke of Marlborough. The clog, which appears on the extremeright of the picture, belongs to the shoe. Time of Queen Anne.All the above are in the collection of W. P. Gibbs, Esqr.The clogs and pattens are of the seventeenth and eighteenthcenturies and are in the collection of the Author. 106 GLOVES AND SHOES PLATE XXVIII EASTERN SHOES AND CHOPINES No. 1 AA PAIR of shoes made of hempen string. Views of the upperand sole are given. No. 2PAIR of wooden-soled shoes; the uppers are composed ofleather covered with brown felt, over which is a wide bandof blue cashmere. Nos. 3 and 4 WOODEN chopines, or clogs, 8 inches high, worn by Turkishwo

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Published: December 2, 2016 | Comments: 0

Looking For Antique Wall Clocks to Enhance Your Home?


So, you’re looking for antique wall clocks as either a way to express more of your passion for the time-honored traditions of quality craftsmanship, attention to detail and a simpler time or you are buying one as a gift for someone special. In either case, you are headed in the right direction and one in which you will not be disappointed.

There are a few ways to shop for wall clocks. Today, the most popular is by first searching online through the various search engines. This is obviously how you found the article you are reading at this very moment. Some others include looking on eBay or Amazon. There are also plenty of wall clocks places online that sell just these. Another place you may want to try to find that perfect clock is through using Craigslist. Whether you do a local search or online for the global reach, there is some great potential with this route. Additionally, you could find the perfect wall clock at a garage sale or estate sale. Often times, these sales are places where an heirloom is not the primary concern. This might be a great opportunity to pick up a very nice old clock for a relative bargain.

You can probably expect to pay upwards of several hundred (high hundreds is more likely) to the thousands for a truly good quality antique. Wood wall clocks are no exception to this antique clock rule. Because of their condition, prices can vary quite substantially. Some things you should look for include: warping and cracking of the wood, broken glass, functioning clock, missing key and missing or damaged parts in general.

For most of these categories it is obvious what we are discussing. However, there are a few areas that could use a bit more clarity. Specifically, the missing key note above. See, these antique clocks used a key and keyhole mechanism by which one would wind up the springs so that the gears could keep could time on the clock for several days. After that time, it would need to be wound again. While these keys can be replaced, it is nice to have the original with the clock for authenticity reasons.

Similarly, many of these old wall clocks had glass parts. Some had cases where you could visualize the pendulum or other parts. Most had glass doors over the face of the clock where one would open it to find the keyhole to wind it up again for another few days. With use, parts will break or become ineffective. This is to be expected. You should check for this before purchase. But, as the saying goes a broken clock is right at least twice a day. Plus, these antique wall clocks have a charm and timeless quality about them even when they don’t tell time just by hanging on your wall.

Michael J.M.’s passion for wood working and mechanical things brought interest in wall clocks and, specifically, in the appeal of antique wall clocks.

Published: December 1, 2016 | Comments: 0

1880’s Antique Apple Cider Press Restoration


When the Apple Cider Press arrived it was a mess, it had been neglected for many years it was left outside for a number of years and was deteriorating. The metal parts were rusting away and certain parts were of no use to its functionality anymore. At some point the front legs were replaced with fence posts fairly recently because they were pressure treated 4X4’s.

The press was completely torn down; all metal parts photographed and numbered then sent out for sandblasting and powder coated.

We wanted to rebuild the Apple Cider Press as close to original as possible. This turned out to be a challenge indeed; we could not find a picture of what it was supposed to look like when it was originally made. We had the date and the manufacture but sadly could not find anything that was even close to our Apple Cider Press. We did however have the wooden parts that it came in with imagining that whoever replaced the broken or worn out parts hopefully made them as close as possible. We also had the owner who remembered it from his childhood days which he recalled his Grandfather using it to make Apple Cider.

So we began rebuilding it from scratch out of solid quarter sawn White Oak ranging in thickness from 2/4 – 8/4. I built the two front legs out of 6/4 with the cross member out of 8/4 through Mortised and Tenoned together. The platform in which the actual press would sit was made out of 6/4 and blind Mortised and Tenoned into the front cross member. The rear legs are also 6/4 full dado on to the platform to which the press sits.

The apple shoot was constructed out of 8/4 and the inner slats were hand routed out of the thickness. This was by far the hardest part of the entire build. 6/4 boards were ripped down and made into a skirt so the apples would be trapped. It’s hard to see in the photo’s but the front is also scooped out.

Next I had to build a bucket worthy of our new press not to hard I ripped some stock down to 1 1/4 set my table saw’s blade to an angle and ran them all through. Next I set up the drill press centered a hole and drilled them all. We had a custom piece of copper made for the straps 1/4 X 1 Drilled a hole centering all the slats and put our bucket together.

We finally got our newly powder coated parts back and assembled our press to all of its glory as seen in these photo’s (Click Link). A little gold leaf to make the writing on the press stand out and it’s done.

The Furniture Junction Same Location Since 1979 “If it started from a tree were the people to see”

Published: December 1, 2016 | Comments: 0