A. P. McCombs – Havre de Grace

“The Pink House” – Havre Iron Company
and The Havre Republican Newspaper

Bond from Havre Iron Works at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace, MD

This bond was signed on January 1, 1879. The following are the signatures of A.P. McCombs, President, and the Secretary, E. Mortimer Bye.

Signature of A.P. McCombs - Havre Iron Works

   Signature of E. Mortimer Bye, Havre Iron Works

These items can be seen at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum.

A.P. McCombs built the grand Victorian Home located at 120 S. Union Avenue in Havre de Grace. This beautiful home is well-known in the area as “The Pink House.” You won’t miss it! Click the link below to read the pdf and learn more about this building from the Maryland Historic Trust document with photos.

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In addition, A.P. McCombs built the building on the east side of N. Union Ave – corner of Union and Franklin – 467 Franklin, which at one time was used for the U.S. Post Office. JoRetro is now located there! Click the link to the JoRetro site to view photos of the building! (It’s also a wonderful shop to visit while you’re in town!)

From 1868-1881, A.P. McCombs & Son published a weekly newspaper, The Havre RepublicanThe clip below is from Pettengill’s Newspaper Directory and Advertisers’ Hand-Book for 1878:

Needless to say, A.P. McCombs left a legacy in Havre de Grace. Stop in and chat with George, he’s a wealth of information and the most interesting tidbits about Havre de Grace!

 

WhoZwhatsIts #3

Wasp Catcher? Candle Holder? Breast Milk Catcher?

These are some of the guesses we’ve had for this unique item.

Do you know what this is? Another great WhoZwhatsIts from Bahoukas Antiques

WhoZwhatsits # 3 is about 3″ wide and 1″ deep. It has a hole in the top with
about a 5/8th inch opening. Have you figured it out yet?

Another view of WhoZwhatsIts #3 from Bahoukas.

A tiny dish with a big task…

It’s a Vintage Ant Trap!!!!!

You see, you just never know what we might find at Bahoukas! Stop in soon and see what treasure you might discover!

How Does the USS Maine Connect to Jones Bazaar?

 It’s truly amazing what bits of Havre de Grace History show up on the counter at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum.

The US Battleship “Maine” is an American naval ship that sank in Havana Harbor during the Cuban revolt against Spain, an event that became a major political issue in the United States. The Spanish–American War began in April 1898, two months after the sinking. Advocates of the war used the rallying cry, “remember the Maine! To Hell with Spain!”     ___from Wikipedia

This trade card offers the painting of the U.S. Battleship Maine sailing along the coastline, by Fetherston. On bottom right reads: Copyright 1898 by M.F. Tobin, U.S.V. Navy, New York. Measures framed 16 1/2″ high by 24 1/4″ wide by 1″ deep. Visual 8 3/4″ high by 16″ wide. It includes a small portrait of Capt. Charles Sigsbee (top right) and includes the artist’s signature (bottom left).

Below are close ups of Capt. Charles Sigsbee, the title, and the artist’s signature:

 

  

Here’s the LINK to the personal narrative of the sinking of the “Maine” from Capt. Sigsbee.

CLICK HERE for an excellent piece titled “The Painting on the Wall” by Dean James Stavridis, a retired Navy Admiral, regarding the US Battleship Maine. It’s a different artist’s painting, but the thoughts from a 2013 perspective are interesting.

What’s truly unique is the back of the piece is stamped with “Jones Bazaar” offering China, Glass, Queensware and so much more… right here in Havre de Grace. Listen to that audio for the story of how George received this amazing piece and what he learned of Jones Bazaar!

 

on back of the tradecard of the USS Maine is this reference to Jones Bazaar in Have de Grace MD

Stop in and chat with George … you’re sure to learn something unique and fun!

Icy Ball – not what you’re thinking!

EARLY REFRIGERATION 1920s-1930s

George demonstrates how the 1920s Icy Ball Refrigeration worked at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

This Icy Ball (which weighs nearly 40 pounds) was used for refrigeration in the 1920s. It was manufactured by the Crosley Radio Corporation. It was actually a pretty amazing piece of equipment. Listen to George explain how it was used.

In addition, we found this interesting post where Aberdeen Proving Ground did some testing on this concept as late as 1974! This particular Icy Ball was actually used by the Pitcock Brothers in this very building back in the day! Want to know more about how it works? Check out this photo!

Bahoukas in Havre de Grace not only has the instructions, but has the actual Icy Ball available!

FASCINATING!

Jewelry – always a perfect gift

Jewelry that just arrived is sure to be picked up quickly.

beautiful jewelry pieces just arrived at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Another photo that doesn’t do justice to these jewelry pieces. Included in this selection is:

  • a gorgeous cameo pin with a diamond, excellent condition
  • 1934 – 10k gold ring from MD Institute
  • Beautiful vintage pierced earrings by Stamper and Black Hills Gold.
    10k gold with rose gold and green gold leaves, yellow gold vines
    AMAZINGLY they perfectly match the beautiful
  • Lorus quartz ladies watch, gold band with leaves that coordinate with
    earrings mentioned above
  • 1896 Time King pocket watch, 21 jewel, works, from New Columbus

    In late 1894, the 18-size 21-jewels Time King grade was introduced for railroad service, adjusted to temperature, positions, and isochronism.

Stop in to see them… a perfect gift, an exquisite stocking stuffer, and a sure-fire ‘thank you’ for your thoughtfulness. Hurry in today!

 

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Gifts for the Military Enthusiasts

Civil War through Viet Nam Military Collectibles

Civil War to Viet Nam Military Memorabilia at Bahoukas

This photo does not do justice to the items available in this case of Military Collectibles. Civil War photo, Civil War shooter’s glasses (sun glasses), 1880s American-Indian War Kepi, WWII bayonet and so very much more. If this is your passion, stop in and see what other treasure you may find in this case. George would love to show you!

This amazing piece is beautiful

It’s a tool – it’s a beautiful piece of work.wallpaper cutter - beautiful piece - Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

This photo does not do justice to this beautiful piece of machinery. It’s a wallpaper cutter. It most likely still works. But it’s so beautiful, I’d clean it up and find a display area for it. Stop in and give it a look! It’s really  a wonderful piece of simple machinery!

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#3 Vintage Tools

Holiday Gifting #3 will bring a hug from the one who loves antique/vintage tools

Vintage tools - early 30s - Bahouks

Left to Right: Wood block Planer, Shoulder Drill – allows you to put more force into what you’re drilling, Pipe Wrench (Monkey Wrench) and a Draw Knife – used to take bark off trees to use the logs in building log cabins.

This is a beautiful selection of tools. They will surely make someone VERY happy that you found them. Whether it’s a collector who wants to display them or someone who wants to work with them, The receiver of this gift will warm you with hugs!

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