Tools and Instruments

What’s YOUR Interest?

A simple machine is a mechanical device that changes the direction or magnitude of a force. In general, they are the simplest mechanisms that use mechanical advantage (also called leverage) to multiply force. The six classical simple machines which were defined by Renaissance scientists are:

Lever
Wheel and axle
Pulley
Inclined plane
Wedge
Screw

from Wikipedia

The simple machine was the beginning. We could take a simple machine and multiply our efforts. Then …

Substitution as makeshift is when human ingenuity comes into play and a tool is used for its unintended purpose such as a mechanic using a long screw driver to separate a cars control arm from a ball joint instead of using a tuning fork. In many cases, the designed secondary functions of tools are not widely known. As an example of the former, many wood-cutting hand saws integrate a carpenter’s square by incorporating a specially shaped handle that allows 90° and 45° angles to be marked by aligning the appropriate part of the handle with an edge and scribing along the back edge of the saw. The latter is illustrated by the saying “All tools can be used as hammers.” Nearly all tools can be used to function as a hammer, even though very few tools are intentionally designed for it and even fewer work as well as the original.

from Wikipedia

Here, at Bahoukas Antique Mall, we have a variety of tools for nearly every need. We have a wonderful assortment of vintage tools used for woodworking. But check these out for a different peek at what you might find on a shelf :

Collectible microscope at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace, MD  Comptometer - Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace  Vintage blood pressure cuff at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, MD 

On the left is a beautiful microscope that just might delight a young person learning a bit of science! In the center, well, this is quite the calculator. What we can do on our smartphones is so much more than the efforts made with the Comptometer! Here’s a great video explain the mechanics behind the Comptometer. You can see how the ‘simple machines’ noted above make up the way these machines worked.

 

Do you wonder how you use them? Here’s another video. You can advance to around 3 minutes to see how to use it. 

 And finally, we have an old version of a tool/instrument to read your blood pressure. It’s intriguing to see wrist cuffs now that do the same. 

Keep in mind, that tools started with the simplest machines noted above. Later, when you added steam, electricity, transistors, all leading to the computer age and the use of chips. Tools and instruments are fascinating. If you’re an older person, you’ll remember many of these transitions. If you’re a younger person, it might be fun to understand the development required to have the amazing tools you use today!

Hey, stop in and visit us at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. We love chatting. And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

How many ways can you play stringed instruments?

… play with a bow, some with picks, many with plucking and strumming

musical instruments available at Bahoukas Antiques

Above we have a beautiful violin (autographed, but we don’t recognize the names – maybe you will), a dulcimer, a Bauer Bowl Mandolin, a Russian balalaika, and the frame of a banjo. Oh yes, and a tambourine! (Come on… let that 60’s child out and enjoy a bit of rhythm!)

The balalaika (Russian: балала́йкаpronounced [bəɫɐˈɫajkə]) is a Russian stringed musical instrument with a characteristic triangular wooden, hollow body and three strings. Two strings are usually tuned to the same note and the third string is a perfect fourth higher. The higher-pitched balalaikas are used to play melodies and chords. The instrument generally has a short sustain, necessitating rapid strumming or plucking when it is used to play melodies. Balalaikas are often used for Russian folk music and dancing.   from wikipedia.org 

Listen to an explanation and hear the beauty of this instrument in this video:

If you go to another blog post on our site, CLICK HERE, you can also enjoy the beautiful sound of the dulcimer and the mandolin.

Music seems to be as old as the human race. It has comforted us, given us joy, led us to war, and created amazing celebrations.

“While language splits the world into detailed, distinct pieces, music unifies the world into a whole,” Perlovsky writes. “Our psyche requires both.”

from Mic.com

These wonderful instruments are in our front window. Stop by and see them for yourself. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Musical Instruments – oh yes!

You’ve seen our posts for violins, dulcimers, and other musical instruments.

Now enjoy an electric chord organ, trumpet and trombone!

Are you ready to start your own band? We can help with that! In researching this Roxy Organ, it appears to be from the 1960s. It’s electric and is a table top model. It may have had legs for it at one time. It still plays and is quite an interesting piece! Stop in and let us hear you play!

Roxy Chord Organ 1960s and still plays available at Bahoukas Antiques Havre de Grace, MD

Below you can see the organ with the cover closed. Handsome piece of furniture.

Roxy Organ with cover closed - 1960s - available at Bahoukas

Below is a Besson trombone with case and a Holton (Leblanc) trumpet. Did we say we could help you start your own band. We most certainly can. These instruments all work and are waiting for someone who is ready to appreciate them to come in and adopt them.

Trombone with case and a trumpet are just a few of the musical instruments you might find at Bahoukas Antiques, Havre de Grace, Harford Co., Maryland

We’re always telling you what great and unusual finds you might discover when browsing at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. These are just a few items that you might not think of looking for here. Stop by today. Let us know what you’ve been searching for because we just might surprise you with what we have! We’ll be watching for you!

The Telegraph – replaced the Semaphore

FIRST – the SEMAPHORE

Developed in the early 1790s, the semaphore consisted of a series of hilltop stations that each had large movable arms to signal letters and numbers and two telescopes with which to see the other stations. Like ancient smoke signals, the semaphore was susceptible to weather and other factors that hindered visibility. A different method of transmitting information was needed to make regular and reliable long-distance communication workable.
from History.com

Here is a U.S. Navy training video for using flags to signal:


 

Can you imagine communicating hilltop to hilltop?

It’s hard for us to picture such a life today, especially when having our phones unavailable for 15 minutes has us acting like we’re lost! Enter the telegraph machine – the beginning of the more reliable and more easily accessible communications. 

telegraph machine - see it at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

 

In 1843, Morse and Vail received funding from the U.S. Congress to set up and test their telegraph system between Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, Maryland. On May 24, 1844, Morse sent Vail the historic first message: “What hath God wrought!” The telegraph system subsequently spread across America and the world, aided by further innovations. 

The electric telegraph transformed how wars were fought and won and how journalists and newspapers conducted business. Rather than taking weeks to be delivered by horse-and-carriage mail carts, pieces of news could be exchanged between telegraph stations almost instantly. The telegraph also had a profound economic effect, allowing money to be “wired” across great distances.

Did you know? SOS, the internationally recognized distress signal, does not stand for any particular words. Instead, the letters were chosen because they are easy to transmit in Morse code: “S” is three dots, and “O” is three dashes.

from History.com

From this invention, communication changed rapidly moving on to the telephone, fax machine, and now the internet. 

Here’s an intriguing explanation of using the Morse Code on a telegraph machine. The descriptive images are as interesting as the lesson! Enjoy!

Stop in and see this fascinating piece of our recent history. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Payphone? Dashboard Clock?

More tools and instruments of yesteryear!

magnetic dashboard clock 1950s-1960s

In our last post, we shared a1994 car phone. Today we wanted to show you a 1950s-1060s magnetic dashboard clock. WOW … and now we’re all digital! Did you have a dashboard clock?

Do you remember Pay Phones!

 

We also wanted to share an older pay phone. Golly, I remember that if you passed a pay phone, you immediately walked up and hoped someone had left their change. Now many youngsters wouldn’t even know how to use them. 

Stop in and pay us a visit. We welcome you to stroll our very own “Nostalgia Lane.” You might just find the perfect collectible for your home decor or collection. And yes, of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Day 6 – Gift Giving Ideas at Bahoukas

Weather Will Not Deter Our Holiday Celebrations

various items to keep an eye on the weather including thermometers, barometers, humidity

George gathered up the above items to add to your home or office decor – or to give as a very useful and beautiful gift. More importantly, you’ll always know the weather pattern where you’re at! The tall black case with brass trim includes a thermometer, barometer and hygrometer. We know a thermometer gives us the temperature. But do you know what a barometer or hygrometer tell us?

Temperature and humidity are the two most basic of weather variables and all of us are interested in what they are right now and what they will be in the future. Hygrometers measure the amount of moisture (or water vapor) in the air, commonly referred to as humidity. By knowing the percentage of humidity in the air along with the current temperature, dew point temperature and heat index can be calculated. These factors can be important to those who work and play outside. They are also important to farmers and other agricultural concerns with regard to stress in livestock or plants, or in properly irrigating crops. With an easy-to-read display and fast response time, analog hygrometers offer excellent accuracy and the ability to be calibrated.   from weathershack.com 

Barometric pressure plays a large part in the ever-changing weather pattern.

As a very loose rule, a high-pressure area will be clear, and a low-pressure area will be cloudy and rainy.  from Science: How Stuff Works

The ‘pilot wheel’ is a thermometer created as an advertisement for Carney-Berman Mfg. Other items include “Old Salt” wood carvings, a coffee grinder thermometer, wood framed barometer-thermometer-hygrometer, a plastic Springfield thermometer, a woman silhouette that is a thermometer and an advertisement for Campus Pharmacy. There is also a glass thermometer for fish tanks by H-B Instrument Co., made in Phila PA USA,  and a small a/c thermometer.

We doubt that you’ve really thought about all the possibilities for gift-giving available to you at Bahoukas Antique Mall. Be sure to stop in soon and discover for yourself. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

#19 Music-Music-Music

#19 Gift Giving Idea is perfect music for the holidays

Dulcimer, Violin, 3-string Guitar ... beautiful instruments at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Musical Instruments are a great holiday gift. We have 3 unique stringed instruments sure to entertain the musically inclined on your Christmas List!

We’ve even included some videos to help you imagine the instruments finding ‘life’ in your home! Though they are unique, if you search YouTube, youll find a number of popular songs being played on these older instruments.

Delight the musician in your family with one of these fine pieces. Or, if you must, give them – at the very least – a beautiful place to live in your home.

Stop in soon. Two weeks from today it’s all over but the unwrapping!

The Folkcraft Instruments Dulcimer is handmade in the U.S. Listen to this artist play one and learn a bit more about it.

The Balalaika is a 3-string Russian Guitar and has a wonderfully intriguing history going back to 1688. The link takes you to Wikipedia where you can read all about it. Below is a simple video for tuning. You can subscribe to this guy’s channel on YouTube to learn more (all free)!

The Bauer Bowl Mandolin is 8-strings. It’s a really pleasant sound. Check out the video below.

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#15 – Holton Trumpet (Leblanc)

A Student would absolutely love this trumpet!

Holton Trumpet by Leblanc that works - at Bahoukas

This Holton Trumpet by LeBlanc actually works (though you may not want to ask George to play for you!). It comes with its own case and a student book. What a perfect gift for the aspiring student!

We’ve learned that the Frank Holton Company has a long history and included several fine musicians using their instruments including Frank Holton himself – lead trombonist for the Sousa Band and Maynard Ferguson!

You just never know what’s available at Bahoukas until you stop in and browse. Leave some time, there’s lots to see!

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