Calipers – Micrometers – Tools … oh my

Bahoukas received a beautiful collection of calipers and micrometers recently to add to some we already had. It’s a wonderful collection.

Don’t know what they are?

Calipers

Calipers were used as early as the 6th century BC by the Greeks and Romans, according to Wikipedia.

Calipers (photo courtesy of Pixabay)

caliper (British spelling also calliper, or in plurale tantum sense a pair of calipers) is a device used to measure the dimensions of an object.

Many types of calipers permit reading out a measurement on a ruled scale, a dial, or a digital display. Some calipers can be as simple as a compass with inward or outward-facing points, but no scale. The tips of the caliper are adjusted to fit across the points to be measured and the dimension read by measuring between the tips with another measuring tool, such as a ruler.

It is used in many fields such as mechanical engineer-ing, metalworking, forestry, woodworking, science and medicine.

from Wikipedia

Micrometers

Micrometer (courtesy of Pixabay)

The first ever micrometric screw was invented by William Gascoigne in the 17th century, as an enhancement of the vernier; it was used in a telescope to measure angular distances between stars and the relative sizes of celestial objects.

from Wikipedia

micrometer, sometimes known as a micrometer screw gauge, is a device incorporating a calibrated screw widely used for accurate measurement of components in mechanical engineering and machining as well as most mechanical trades, along with other metrological instruments such as dial, vernier, and digital calipers. Micrometers are usually, but not always, in the form of calipers (opposing ends joined by a frame). The spindle is a very accurately machined screw and the object to be measured is placed between the spindle and the anvil. The spindle is moved by turning the ratchet knob or thimble until the object to be measured is lightly touched by both the spindle and the anvil.

Micrometers are also used in telescopes or microscopes to measure the apparent diameter of celestial bodies or microscopic objects. The micrometer used with a telescope was invented about 1638 by William Gascoigne, an English astronomer. 

from Wikipedia

Here’s a detailed video with information for both inside and outside calipers and micrometers. Most likely, more than you ever wanted to know unless you’re a user of these great instruments. But a perfect primer for appreciating these amazing instruments.

Now that you know all you ever wanted to know about calipers and micrometers, stop in and visit to view our collection. Rain or shine, yep, we’re watchin’ for ya!

Thinking of Starting a Radio Collection?

We have a variety of transistor radios and other electronics that came into our shop recently. Many are in their original boxes.

recently acquired radios and other electronics at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Recently acquired radios and other electronics

Get a Great Start or a Perfect Addition to Your Radio Collection

Determine what it is that you really want to collect. With literally thousands of transistors to chose from, you could never collect them all. 

from Gary’s Radios
a wide variety of transistor radios from the 50s and 60s to fit every decor or collector's choice!
Transistor radios of every description!

Radios – to collect or to add a bit of pizzazz to your decor

There are as many reasons to collect radios as there is the number of collectors. Nostalgia is often the ‘start’ when you found a radio that reminds you of the one you owned as a kid. We have a delightful variety of transistor radios (and more) in our shop.

CHECK OUT THIS LINK to radio posts if written earlier.

We encourage you to stop in and see for yourself the wide range of radios available. And you can be sure, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Collectible Toys That Delight Us

Vintage Toys Can Be So Much Fun To Share

Just received – 3 beautiful Pop-Up Musical Boxes: Mother Goose, Doctor Doolittle – GIRAFFE, and Bumble Bug

George found these toys from the 1970s that all work, They are just so delightful. Maybe a youngster would love one with their Easter Basket – or you collect toys and want to add these to your shelf. Stop in soon and check them out. Bumble Bug, Mother Goose, and Giraffe in a box are all ready to bring a smile to your face.

Doctor Doolittle’s Giraffe in-a-box Vintage Toy

Mother Good in-a-box/So much fun!

Everyone Loves Woody Woodpecker!

Vintage Woody Woodpecker Talking Stuffed Toy with pull string

Admit it, you just love these! So whether one or two are for your collection, or a nostalgic gift to share with a special youngster, we encourage you to come to check them out soon.

Easter’s coming … we’re trying to help you be ready! And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Stuffing Your Easter Basket – pt 2

The Cutest Bunnies…

Without a cute, little bunny tucked into the Easter Basket or among your Spring Decorations, it just doesn’t feel like Easter – or Spring! Take a peek at some of the cuties we have.

Easter Bunny Figures of all sizes
Bahoukas has a wonderful collection of Easter Bunny figures in several sizes – and even a cookie jar!
The cutest faces on these Easter Bunny figurines
It’s hard not to love – and smile – at these cute little, music-loving, bunnies at Bahoukas.

Seriously, have you seen anything so cute? Can’t you almost hear them singing along with their instruments? So many wonderful choices of little bunnies to add to a special Easter Basket or in your Spring Decor!

Several Bunny figurines and a large ceramic egg
These very collectible bunnies – plus flower pot and large egg – are perfect for your Easter Holiday.
eggs perfect for spring decor
Very collectible Eggs to fill with a gift for Easter or to add to your Spring Decor
Decorated Eggs
Several decorated Eggs as well as a variety of Plastic ones.

Stop in soon and pick out your favorites to tuck into someone’s Easter Basket or add to your Spring Decor. We’ve shared baskets, PEZ ideas, and now Easter Bunnies. Stay tuned for our next collectible perfect for the season. In the meantime, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Stuffing Your Easter Basket – pt 1

Pez for Everyone

PEZ – those little (and not so little) whimsical characters that delight young and old make perfect gifts to hide in a plastic egg or include in an Easter Basket.

Picture of 'part' of a huge assortment of PEZ dispensers
Just a ‘sampling’ of the huge assortment of PEZ dispensers at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

No matter what your taste, we probably have a PEZ that’s perfect for your celebrations! Even teens and adults have a surprising choice – and collectors just love ’em!

Game of Thrones PEZ dispensers
PEZ – Game of Thrones – the Iron Anniversary

Seriously, something for everyone in our PEZ collectibles:

PEZ Collectibles Top l to r: Star Wars. Barbie, large Charlie Brown, Disney's Frozen, (in front top) Pez A Saurus in Pez Car Candy Dispenser, PET PETS Penguin, (bottom l to r) PEZZ - KISS, PEZ Presidents, PEZ Tigger and Pooh
PEZ Collectibles including KISS, Charlie Brown, Presidents, Barbie, Star Wars, and more
Smurfs - glasses, PEZ dispensers and more at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Smurf PEZ Collectibles and character glasses

We encourage you to stop in today and see our PEZ collection – hundreds, if not, thousands! Surprise someone with one hidden in a plastic egg or in their Easter Baskets. Stay tuned for more posts of other fun Easter items including eggs, rabbits, and other surprises! Yep, we’re here and we’ll be watchin’ for ya.

Easter Is Approaching

We’ll begin with a beautiful tin…

This colorful tin (from a Whitman’s Sampler) is perfect for an Easter ‘basket.’ Fill it with colorful grass, a small toy or two, and wonderful chocolates to make a very special someone – happy! Or add a few gift items to give to an adult – even homemade cookies! No matter how you might use it, it’s a beautiful container!

Then we’ll add an assortment of baskets…

large assortment of baskets for Easter and crafts
Wonderful assortment of baskets for your Easter gifts and decorations

Here at Bahoukas, we also have a wonderful selection of baskets. Of course, they’re perfect for the Easter basket filled with flowers, candy, little toys, and other delights. But they also make perfect containers for your spring decor.

Get your spring on …

We’ll be posting more of our Easter-related and spring collectibles over the coming weeks. Stop by soon to browse and find the perfect item for your Spring and Easter Celebrations. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Military Collectibles

From Civil War to WWII and more…

Collecting military items has always been an interest at Bahoukas. From Civil War photos to various headwear, lead and plastic toy soldiers to invalid feeders. Stop by and browse. Take a minute to chat with George.

canteens and more
Canteens and other gear in our military section at Bahoukas

It’s amazing the variety of items we have. Along with the above canteens, belts, etc., Bahoukas also has currency (including WWII Japanese currency), military books, military DUI, and patches. CLICK HERE for posts related to our military category.

Stop in soon. We’re here… and we’re watchin’ for ya!

Crocks, Jugs, Crates

Great pieces to aid in your Spring decorating – inside and outside!

Do you have the perfect plant that would love a crock for its home? Maybe you have a wonderful collection that would look great in a fruit crate. Stop in and see what inspiration you might find browsing our shop.

unique stoneware crocks, urns with spigot
stoneware crocks and urn with spigot
very collectible jugs, crocks, bowls and more at Bahoukas

What Are Stoneware
Jugs Used For?

Before the advent of refrigeration, crocks were used in American kitchens to hold foodstuffs such as butter, salted meats and pickled vegetables. The crocks were invariably made of stoneware, a durable, economical ceramic that remains water-tight, even without a glaze.

from Chicago Tribune

CLICK HERE for a great article on upcycling an old jug – then put on your creative hat and design your own!

upcycled stoneware jug from acraftedpassion.com site

Whether creating a decorative piece or using it for baking, pickling, mixing, our crocks and jugs can be a great addition to your spring upcycling!

Stop by soon and pick your favorite piece (or 2 or 3)! Of course, we’re here … and we’re watchin’ for ya!

stoneware crocks at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
variety of crocks at Bahoukas

Collectible Books

Beautiful Raggedy Ann and Andy Books

These familiar books still tickle the fancies of young ones. Yes, they are collectibles, but you can read to them and enjoy. These titles include The Tunnel of Lost Toys, Raggedy Ann’s Wishing Pebble, and Camel with the Wrinkled Knees.

very collectible big-little books featuring Woody Woodpecker, Buck Rogers, Chando the Magician and more
A wonderful selection of big-little books.

Titles that include Chando the Magician, Woody Woodpecker and the Meteor Menace, Buck Rogers – 25th Century A.D., Flying the Sky Clipper with Winsie Atkins, Jungle Jim, Tarzan, and more. These little books are amazing!

Of course, we have shelves of books that include a large selection of children’s stories, Golden Books, Encyclopedias, Cook Books, Military Books. Oh my, you’ll want to allow yourself a bit of time to browse if you love books.

Stop by soon. We’ll be watchin’ for ya, ready to point out the various locations of books – books – books!

Roosters, Flying Pigs, Gargoyles and more

Cast-Iron is Beautiful for More Than Pans

This beautifully painted rooster sits atop a large dinner bell that needs to be mounted to a wall. It’s an absolutely gorgeous piece.

cast iron dinner bell topped with a white flying pig
Beautiful cast iron horse tops this large dinner bell

Cast-Iron Figures for every decor!

We have an eclectic assortment of cast-iron figures (old and new), bottle openers, door knockers, and cast-iron mechanical banks.

These are just a few samplings. From lobsters to ladybugs, mermaids to Michelin men, flying pigs to turtles, well, you’ll just have to come and see for yourself. We’re sure you’ll find the perfect addition to your collection or for your decorating idea. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

1906 Wagon and 1960s Nail Barrel

Hunt, Helm, Ferris and Co

This amazing 1906 Star Coaster wagon is approximately 40″ in length with spoked, cast iron wheels. It’s a beautiful piece that we believe may have more recently been painted black. Come see this piece. It’s in our front display window. And it’s a beauty!

Beautiful Wooden Nail Keg

In excellent condition, this beautiful wooden nail keg is 18″ in diameter and 29″ tall with metal hoops. We believe it’s from the 1960s. You can see it in our front display window sitting on the beautiful Star Coaster Wagon.

wooden nail keg - 18" diameter x29" tall - with metal hoops

These two pieces are in excellent condition. Surely, you have the perfect location and use for one or both. Stop in soon to view them. Chat with George. You know we’re watchin’ for ya!

Model Plane Kits and more

In the last few months, we’ve acquired several interesting collections. Last week, we shared a few of our motorcycle memorabilia. This week we want to showcase a wonderful assortment of model airplane kits and an interesting magazine.

An assortment of model airplane kits in great condition

These kits include a large percentage of military aircraft. They are from the 1960s and the kits are in great condition.

Did You Know?

Though toy planes might seem like a byproduct of human flight, toys were actually airborne long before we were. In the late 1700s, Sir George Cayley built the first flying top using feathers, cork, and whalebone; by the middle of the following century, a helicopter device launched using a pull-string, called the “Spiralifère,” was a major hit in France. As inventors worked to develop life-size flying machines, they often tested their ideas on a smaller scale, leading to a variety of “mechanical birds” and other plane-like toys during the late 19th century.

from: Collectors Weekly

Unique Magazine Series: Royal Air Force Flying Review

We have a great selection of Flying Review Magazines from the 1960s.

First issue published in 1944 under the title ‘Royal Air Force Review’, but renamed ‘Royal Air Force Flying Review’ by the early 1950’s. Content at this time was a mixture of “ripping yarns” true flying stories and serious features on World War Two and contemporary aircraft types. Through the 1950’s it evolved into a serious enthusiasts magazine, with detailed type profiles, surveys of foreign air forces and assessments of the latest Soviet aircraft. It was renamed ‘Flying Review International’ in September 1963. With its large b+w and colour photos, cutaway drawings and colour profile drawings it became the premier aviation magazine in the UK.

from Aeriflight.co.uk

Evidently, in 1968 it was reformatted and the name changed. By 1970, it was no longer being published. This magazine had very enthusiastic readers.

So whether you want to check out this unique magazine selection or purchase a model plane – or two or three, we’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya. Stop in and we’ll point you to their shelf!

Spring – Time for New Planters

PLANTERS

Did you find a teapot, bowl, or other items that are just too beautiful to ignore but you’re trying to justify the purchase? We found a great article to show you how to upcycle your favorites into beautiful planters.

A wonderful display of just some of the many teapots available at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace
teapots make great planters for your indoor ivies and flowers
flower stems in old collectible bottles
flower blossoms in old collectible bottles
cactus in a fun collectible pitcher
This cactus looks so great in this fun, collectible pitcher.
beautiful tiny flowers arrangement in a small silver teapot
Or make a statement with these beautiful tulips clustered in a silver teapot. Exquisite!
tins of pipe-cigarette tobacco at Bahoukas Antique Mall

Tins

Tins of all shapes and sizes make wonderful planters to show off the greenery and the collectible tins!

Check out this article for ideas and how do to upcycle a variety of objects into great planters.

Colander Hanging Planters

image: Kalyn Brooke

Old or new, colanders make ideal hanging planters since they come equipped with their own drainage holes. You can line the colander if you’re concerned about some dirt spilling out, and you easily can tie some rope to the handles to hang your planter from the ceiling.

from SmallBizTrends
flower grouping using collectible items for vases
pitchers, bowels, teacups and more make great containers for spring flowers

Here at Bahoukas we have vases, pots, crockery, baskets, and so much more to add some fun to your plant shelf. Check out the above article. Then put on your creative cap and come on in and see what we might have that will work perfectly for your plant decor. Yep, we’re watchin’ for ya!

Spring Is Synonymous With Motorcycles!

Here at Bahoukas we’ve discovered some interesting and exciting items. In this post, we’ll share a number of pieces that may be of interest to anyone who loves motorcycles. You know who you are.

Pre-1930s Willson Goggles

pre-1930s Willson goggles with metal case
pre-1930s Willson Goggles with metal case

This pair of Willson Goggles is in brand new condition and nestled in a metal case. They are pre-1930s. The photo below shows the printed piece inside the case.

info inside case of Willson Goggles - pre-1930s

If you want to learn more about Willson Goggles, check out their website at Goggleworks. And YES, you can visit their museum and art studios. All of this is located in Reading, PA. WOW! The things we learn.

ADVERTISING related to motorcycles

motorcycle advertising from 50s and 60s
Advertising for Buco helmets, BSA motorcycles, and Triumph Motorcycles from the 1950s

Ephemera collections can include advertising brochures for those who collect all things motorcycles. You’ll want to see some of the items we acquired.

1963 BMW News - motorcycle
BMW News brochure – 1963 – for motorcycles

Do you remember the Indian Motorcycle?

from Indian Motorcycle

Spirit Lake Experience Center and Factory Tour

For a more immersive view of Indian Motorcycle, visit the Indian Motorcycle Experience Center, attached to the Indian Motorcycle factory in Spirit Lake, Iowa. The center showcases current and historic Indian motorcycles, displays vintage artifacts and memorabilia, and offers visitors the opportunity to purchase exclusive factory merchandise. Visitors are also able to view a short video tour of the manufacturing facility during times when guided tours are unavailable. Guests are welcome to visit the Indian Motorcycle Experience Center anytime Monday-Friday between the hours of 8:00am and 3:00pm(CST) with the exception of holidays.

from Indian Motorcycle
Indian Motorcycle Brochure - 1950s?
Indian Motorcycle Brochure – 1950s?
Paul Goldsmith on the Souvenir Program of the National Championship of the AMA Motorcycle Races

Who is Paul Goldsmith?

Paul Goldsmith is a former USAC and NASCAR driver. He is an inductee of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, and the USAC Hall of Fame. Later in life Goldsmith became a pilot and, flying primarily a Cessna 421, transported engines and parts to and from races. 

from Wikipedia

Stop by and take a peek at these amazing collectibles related to motorcycling. Yep, we’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya!

Looking for A New Collection? Bossons Maybe?

BOSSONS – THE FACES THAT LAUNCHED A THOUSAND COLLECTIONS

Bossons is the name given to an extraordinary collection of character wall masks, figurines, shelf ornaments, animal studies, wall plaques, lamp bases, bookends, wall clocks, thermometers, barometers, pottery figures and mirrors that were produced by the W. H. Bossons Company of Congleton, England between 1948 and 1996. The brainchild of a talented father and son team, they have become highly sought after works of art all around the world, but especially in the USA and England. 

from Bossons.com
Bosson Chalk Heads - 2
Bosson Chalk Heads

Talk about a small business with a quality of excellence!

Ray Bossons was an extremely talented artist with an intuitive ability to anticipate market trends. He was a perfectionist with regard to the anatomical detail, artistic excellence and historical accuracy of each item of art the company created. He was the creative genius and without question, the designer extraordinaire of the W. H. Bossons companies following the death of his father, W. H. Bossons in 1951. The company’s reputation spread within a comparatively short period of time to all the principal markets of the world. Most of the original ideas and basic concepts came from Ray Bossons fertile imagination. He would sketch the ideas for the wall masks and figurines after much research on each character to be portrayed and relied on his extensive library for research material. The original models were executed in clay by highly talented sculptors with no limit set on the time it took to create an original model.* Ray Bossons would set the standards for the pieces and then turn them over to the staff of painters to complete.

from Bossons.com
*italics by post author

This unique selection of Bosson Chalk Heads can be a perfect start to a new collection. Stop in and see them for yourself. We’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya.

UPDATE: Yes, we WILL be open on New Year’s Day!

Need A Go-Go Girl for Your New Year’s Eve Party

It may not be politically correct, but this go-go girl will certainly generate a few giggles and a lot of conversation this New Year’s Eve as she mixes a drink or two. Created in 1969 by Poynter Products.

Welcome 2022 – Happy New Year!

Stop in today if you’d like to have her mix a drink or two on your bar to bring in the New Year! We’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya.

UPDATE: Yes, we WILL be open New Year’s Day!!!

Unique Jacks

This selection of jacks is pretty unique. The center one is a train jack, the outside ones are car jacks.

Vintage Train Jack
vintage car jack
Vintage Car Jack
vintage car jack
Vintage Car Jack

These are certainly unique to our shop. Have someone on your gift list that just might be looking for one of these. Stop in today and pick it up. In the meantime, check out the great restoration in the video below. Beautiful!

All of Us at Bahoukas wish you a safe and wonderful Holiday!

Remember, we’re closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. Give us a call if you’re stopping by Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve to be sure we didn’t sneak out early! Yeah, we like to celebrate, too. And yes, we’re watchin’ for ya. So hurry in!

Lunch Boxes and School Desks

A bit of Lunch Box History

Dads carried metal tins with lunch to their jobs in the coal mines and factories. Of course, it wasn’t long before their children wanted to copy their dads.

… the first commercial lunch boxes, which resembled metal picnic baskets decorated with scenes of playing children, came out in 1902.

from Smithsonian Magazine

The first lunch box decorated with a famous licensed character was introduced in 1935. Produced by Geuder, Paeschke & Frey, it featured Mickey Mouse, and was a four-color lithographed oval tin, with a pull-out tray inside. It had no vacuum bottle, but did have a handle.

In 1950, Aladdin Industries created the first children’s lunch box based on a television show, Hopalong Cassidy. The Hopalong Cassidy lunch kit, or “Hoppy”, quickly became Aladdin’s cash cow. Debuting in time for back-to-school 1950, it would go on to sell 600,000 units in its first year alone, each at US$2.39. In 1953, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were featured on models introduced by American Thermos.

from Wikipedia
lunch boxes of metal and plastic at Bahoukas
Huge collection of decorated lunchboxes in plastic and metal

Many of the latest additions are complete with thermoses as well. Do stop in and check it out. They are a great last-minute gift for a child in your life – or your favorite collector. Remember, not just great for lunch, but fun for picnics, playing, keeping treasures, and more.

School Desks

Wooden school desk, cast iron base, lid lifts to a cubby for storing paper and books
Beautiful wooden and cast iron school desk.

The above desk is in beautiful condition. We also have another as pictured below:

wood school desk with cast iron base, lid lifts up for a cubby that can hold books and papers
Another beautiful wood school desk.

Another choice is this wood desk:

The front of the desk had the bench for the desk that sat in front of it

1881: The Fashion School Desk

The First Model

The first school desk was made in 1880 by John D. Loughlin in Sidney, Ohio. The desk, known as “The Fashion Desk,” proved to be extremely popular across the country. The practicality of the desks allowed for many to be put together in a one room schoolhouse, and the fashion aspect of it was aesthetically pleasing to those in the education industry. Loughlin’s marketing campaign also helped to sell these desks, which would eventually sweep the nation. The “Fashion Desks” were desks attached to one another and were big enough to seat two or three children. Usually, there was an inkwell so that the student could replenish his pen’s supply.

from TheClassroom.com

The Sidney School Furniture Company, located in Sidney, Ohio, began manufacturing the popular “Fashion” school desk in 1881. Advertising for the desk claimed, “No desk in the market is made with more care, nor of better materials than the ‘Fashion,’ and none has met with a more popular reception, or gives better satisfaction.” The desk featured a Patent T-head, which eliminated screws and bolts by joining the wood of the top, back, and seat to the legs, which were made of cast iron.

from EdTechMagazine.com
old wooden school chair with writing pad

Old School Chair

… with writing pad. These are solid and have a shelf on the bottom to place books and bags.

So whether it’s a lunchbox or a school desk, we can add a last-minute ‘surprise’ to your holiday gift-giving. Hurry in. We’re watchin’ for ya so that we can help you with your last-minute searches. Don’t forget, we DO CLOSE for Christmas Day and New Years Day. (Give us a call to be sure we didn’t leave early on the eve of both!) Happy Holidays!