It’s All About the Teeth

Saw Teeth, That Is!

At Bahoukas, we have a nice selection of old tools including a few saws. 

A saw is a tool consisting of a tough blade, wire, or chain with a hard toothed edge. It is used to cut through material, very often wood though sometimes metal or stone. The cut is made by placing the toothed edge against the material and moving it forcefully forth and less forcefully back or continuously forward. This force may be applied by hand, or powered by steam, water, electricity or other power source. An abrasive saw has a powered circular blade designed to cut through metal or ceramic.    from Wikipedia

A variety of collectible, and useful, hand saws available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

The above photo includes 2-man (person) saws and an ice saw. Below we have  an electric meat saw (used by a butcher).

electric meat saw from Bahoukas Antique Mall

At this time of year, I think of all the folks gathering and chopping wood to be prepared for the colder days and the long winter nights. What’s the poem about your wood chopping efforts? Oh yea, it warms you when you cut it and again when you heat with it. But the following is from Almanac.com and we think that’s probably much more accurate: 

I figure that this wood will warm me seven times.

1. Cut
2. Split
3. Put into truck
4. Take out of truck
5. Bring into basement
6. Stack
7. Burn

But just like those who knit and crochet, or color intricate designs, cutting wood can also be very satisfying as noted in the following quote:

I spend a lot of time doing carpentry. Sometimes there is nothing that gives me the contentment that sawing a piece of wood does.  Abbas Kiarostami

We look forward to showing you all the wonderful, old tools available at Bahoukas. So stop in soon. Someone may love one of these under their Christmas Tree. Oh wait, maybe they need one to ‘cut the tree!’ In any case, yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

You Never Know What Bahoukas Might Have!

Home Milk Pasteurizer from the Schlueter Co. of Wisconsin available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace, MDAlways tell us what you’re looking for…

You just never know what might be discovered when you’re searching our shelves. High up on one of those shelves, we discovered a Home Pasteurizer by The Schlueter Co. of Wisconsin. Used for pasteurizing raw milk, we’ve discovered that they still make these. 

… If you traveled through even fairly large cities around the year 1900, you would often come across something now illegal in most urban areas: milk cows. Dairy animals were not uncommon in cities, and it was often the task of young children to lead the animals to whatever grassy areas were available on the edge of town so they could graze.

In the last hundred years of urban migration, the number of home or small farm dairies has been greatly reduced. Who needed to keep a cow when it was so much simpler just to buy milk from the grocery store? As the population of rural areas emptied into urban centers, Americans became more and more disconnected from the source of all their dairy products… as well as more concerned about the quality of those products as dairies became enormous commercialized enterprises.  

from Self Reliant School

The above quote is from an article that gives the many sides of the raw vs pasteurized vs homogenized milk. If you’re one of those folks who take self-reliance and personal responsibility very seriously, we have a tool you might need. 

We also found this information from Mother Earth News website:

…It’s actually very easy to pasteurize your own milk on the stovetop. An added bonus is that your milk won’t need to stand up to long distance shipping and prolonged storage, so you can pasteurize it safely using lower heat and less time than many industrial milk producers use. All you need is a stainless steel pot and a simple kitchen thermometer.

So there you have it: the tool or the recipe! 

Of course, we keep telling you about all the surprises waiting for you to discover at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. You can be sure, we’ll be watchin’ for ya. Stop in soon!

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!

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!

Implements and Tools

Unique and Interesting

The variety of implements and tools are wide and varied in our antique mall. The above slides include a spinning wheel, butter churn from the early 1800s, coffee grinder, kerosene heater, minnow basket, a wheel from an assembly line belt from FW Smith & Son (out of Belcamp), a 150-year-old cask that sits on a table and in the photo is sitting on a table that would have held large barrels (from Europe and over 200 years old).

Did you notice the clothes washer? It’s a 1950s electro mite portable, electric, washing machine. The tub holds 4 gallons of water and sits in the base that is a motor that agitates the tub, washing the clothes. That’s it – add a bit of detergent to the water, add clothes, plug in and agitate – easier than a washboard! 

This is an amazing set of implements and tools. 

Stop in and check these out. We’ve plenty of ‘unique’ for you to browse. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

National Culinarians Day…

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The cook in your life will love you…

We have a huge variety of culinary items that will delight any cook among your family and friends. Here’s this special day defined by Holiday Insights:

Culinarians Day is a special day for anyone who cooks. That means just about everyone of us get to celebrate this day. You don’t have to be a chef, or a graduate of a culinary institute to celebrate this delicious day. You simply have to  cook, and to enjoy the results.

There’s national concern over growing obesity in America. Recognizing this fact, one would think that this is a huge holiday. However, we found this to be one of the least known holidays in the country….. up to now. Not anymore! We have documented it so all can enjoy Culinarians Day this year, and in future years.

Now get into your kitchen and celebrate Culinarians Day. Cook up a storm!

Of course, you’ll have to stop by Bahoukas to pick up a few special items to make that dish truly “Special.”

On Thursday, July 26, we celebrate Thread the Needle DayThis day celebrates a double-meaning. We offer a bit of both in our store. Here’s the definition of this unique day:

You can be certain that today is going to be a great day…….. if you sew.

Thread the Needle Day certainly is a day for those who sew. It also has a second meaning. The term “thread the needle”, is also a saying. It means to either walk a fine and difficult line between two things or issues, or to do something difficult. For example, suppose two of your friends are on opposite sides of an issue. You may have to “thread the needle” on that issue, as you attempt to retain both of them as your friend.

The creator of Thread the Needle Day did not document this day. So, until we find him or her, you can celebrate today by either sewing or threading the needle on issues.

sewing patterns from 60s at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Here are the items for the ‘sewer’ in the family. We have some old patterns that might help you create the perfect outfit. Or maybe you need some collectible buttons or 

   collectible buttons   misc sewing accessories at Bahoukas Antique Mall

Nixon vs Humprey - Threading the Needle

But we might add that “Threading the Needle” also means that fine line we sometimes have to walk. In this day, that fine line might be with friends on opposite sides of the political fence. You can lose one and gain the other, or you can “Thread the Needle.” For life will go on, situations will change. May you be successful whichever way you choose to celebrate “Thread the Needle Day.”

Stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum and see how you might celebrate special days. Absolutely, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Gifts for Dad? We’ve got ’em!

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 17, 2018!

a variety of useful knives available for Dad at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

Most dads are the handymen in our lives. They have just the right tools to complete a job. Whether it’s a bit of muscle to pry open a jar or a beautiful, handcrafted piece of furniture created by Dad, we all appreciate the men in our lives. We have a beautiful selection of pocket knives that might make a perfect gift for Father’s Day.

Collection of Heddon Fishing Lures at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Heddon Frog Fishing Lure

We also have some amazing and very collectible fishing lures – many created by Heddon. The fisherman in your life would most certainly appreciate this as a Father’s Day gift.

 

Stop by and check them out. Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Day 30 – 44 Gift Giving Ideas from Bahoukas

KNIVES May Not Seem Appropriate

But a knife is a tool first and foremost. A pocket knife quite often will have more than one blade that will allow you to loosen/tighten a screw, or even open an envelope. Others can be used to whittle wood to create a toy or small sculpture, open a package, remove a splinter, and still others are used by hunters.

CLICK HERE for a great list of 101 Pocket Knife Uses

The photo below shows the following: at top is a Display Knife made for Jones & Company by Maxam. Below that are l. to r.: 1970s Buck Knife #317 with a black case – no longer made, a 1950s Boy Scout Knife “Be Prepared”, a pen knife by Imperial with 2″ blade and a Florida Souvenir Knife in sheath and it has a small compass on the handle. The bottom row is an advertising pocket knife with 3″ blade for P.K. Maurer & Scott Sales Inc. – says High Explosives Blasting Supplies and also IV. 3.0300 Phila. 27, PA, also a Johnston Mfg pearlized handled 2″ blade pocket knife, and a U.S. Military knife by Camillus 1977.

A variety of Knives available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace - Buck Knife w/black case, Boy Scout Knife 1950s, Imperial Pocket knife, a Florida souvenir knife with compass on handle, Johnston Mfg peralized handle knife with 2" blade, and a US Military knife by Camillus 1977

KNIFE SAFETY

… because YOUR SAFETY matters to everyone at Bahoukas. We’ve attached this short video to help guide you in using your knife. All kids should learn from someone with experience. Think safety first! ENJOY!

Okay… stop in soon with your gift list, we’ll be watchin for ya and ready to help!

Day 23 – 44 Gift Giving Ideas from Bahoukas

Looking for a Unique MAN-ly Gift?

Sometimes that special guy in your life is difficult to find the perfect gift. Bahoukas would like to help you with some ideas:

Antique and Collectible Tools are a great idea for the wood worker in your life:

antique and vintage tools for the craftsman

Of course, our Beer MuZeum offers a wonderful variety for that ‘man-cave’.

Thinks like beer taps & mugs, Neon signs, mirrors, beer steins and more. We have a variety of brewmania to make the ‘man-cave’ perfect or to add to his collectibles.

Italian Anri wood-carved bottle stoppers at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Mechanical, wood-carved, Italian Anri bottle stoppers

Beer collectibles including bottles, cans, beer steins, at Bahoukas Beer MuZeum in Havre de Grace

Picture given to Kathryn Asher from Pabst for the

We have some fine men’s jewelry pieces

… that include watches, pocket watches, ‘girly stuff’ such as Playboy Cuff Links.

 

For the sportsman,

… we have Heddon fishing lures, Decoys, Nascar items, collectible sports cards to name just a few things.

Collection of Heddon Fishing Lures at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Maybe old bottles, coins or a special knife would be a better fit.

Vintage Kiehl and Kiefer blob top soda bottle, Lancaster PA             CHas. Zech Lancaster PA crown top vintage soda bottle available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace Maryland             Coin Sets available at Bahoukas Antique Mall

Have you considered games, cameras, old phones, military items, or even scales?

Many varieties of scales at Bahoukas Antique Mall

Hurry in to Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum – let us help you find the perfect gift for the special guy on your list. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

YIKES – Batteries Not Included

1950s Japanese Toys were a marvel!

Battery Operated 1950s Japanese Toys includes a bear, a firetruck and a bartender all available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, Maryland

Every parent dreaded the ‘batteries NOT included’ especially if they forgot to put them in a gift for Christmas or a birthday! But 1950s battery operated Japanese Toys were extremely popular. Actually these toys were popular for young and old.

After opening its doors to the West during the Meiji period (1868 – 1912), Japan quickly transformed into an industrialized nation following in the footsteps of the industrial revolution that similarly drove much cultural change in America and Europe. Japan especially flourished during and after the period of the Great War (1914 – 1918), as Western production and exports of goods, including toys, came to a virtual standstill. During this Golden Era, Japanese toy manufacturers focused on creating unique toys for both the domestic and international markets, including the now-classic wind-up and battery-operated toys (then considered a novelty and break-through in toy technology).     from ardenanne.com

In the above photo we have a bear that pours soda and drinks it, fire  dept. 12 fire truck that lights up while bell dingles and the driver steers, and a bartender who pours and shakes the drink while smoke comes out his ears. Ha ha ha, definitely fun toys and especially entertaining back in the 50s.

These collectibles are available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace, MD. Stop in and see them for yourself. We’ll be watchin’ for you!

Old Antique Tools Can Be Your Best Asset

old long handled shovels used for digging telephone pole holes at Bahoukas in MarylandCleaned-Restored Old Tools

… can be some of the best tools you’ll have in your garage, workshop or barn. They are often made better and have stood the test of time. Well-used, they seem to fit perfectly in your hands. Cleaned up, they are truly beautiful.

A variety of old tools useful still today at Bahoukas

At Bahoukas Antique Mall we have a wonderful selection of old tools. We’re sure a couple of them are exactly what you’ve been searching for.

If you’re wondering how to clean them and if you should bother, consider this:

Whenever I head back home to the Midwest to visit my family, my dad and I always schedule at least one afternoon to spend together, scouring local antique stores for beautiful old hand tools. Why? Because, beneath years of dirt and grime, we’ve found files, planes, screwdrivers, and hand-drills that have turned out to be some of our favorite and most-reliable tools in our workshops—all they needed was a bit of cleaning and some basic maintenance to bring them back into good working order. So, if you’ve been collecting old tools but not using them, maybe it’s time to put ’em back to work! This helpful guide to cleaning old tools with common household items that Anne Briggs from Anne of All Trades shared on Craftsy is a great place to start.  _from Makezine