Knuckle Busters ~ Clackers – ouch!

In 1968, tempered glass sphere models emerged that would eventually shatter, sending glass shards into the face of the user and anyone nearby. In the early 1970s, manufacturers changed them to plastic spheres suspended on each string. When they were swung up and down, banging against each other with a lot of force they made the loud “clacking” sound. Clackers are similar in appearance to bolas, the Argentine weapon. They are formed out of two solid balls of polymer, each about 2 inches (5 cm) in diameter, attached to a finger tab with a sturdy string. The player holds the tab with the balls hanging below and through up-and-down hand motion makes the two balls swing apart and back together, making the clacking noise that gives the toy its name. With practice one can make the balls swing so that they knock together both above and below the hand.

Clackers have also made some appearances in pop culture media. They are featured in the television shows of Dan Schneider, most notably the 2007 episode of Drake & Josh, “Megan’s First Kiss,” and in the 2008 Zoey 101 episode “Rumor of Love”, which described the toys as “the hottest in the 1993 Netherlands”, and which increased interest in the toys. Clackers were a plot point in the 1993 “Love and Sausages” episode of The Kids in the Hall TV series. They were also used as weapons by Joseph Joestar, the protagonist of the “Battle Tendency” arc of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure; their appearance there is anachronistic, as “Battle Tendency” takes place in 1938.

from Wikipedia

Or maybe you just remember driving your mom crazy with the ‘clacker’ sound!!! Check out this video!!

Showing you how Clackers – also known as “Knuckle Busters” – work!

DIRECTIONS FOR USING

package directions for using clacker balls
Directions for using Clacker Balls

We don’t recommend using these since they are the originals and we don’t want anyone hurt. But if you’re a collector of toys, they’ll be a great addition!

EXPLODING CLACKER BALLS

Did you ever have the clacker balls explode? Evidently, it created quite a stir. At one point the FDA, Society for the Prevention of Blindness, and even the Consumer Product Safety Commission deemed them a hazard. Read more about them by CLICKING HERE

It appears that you can still get Clacker Balls. They are made of plastic and do not shatter. The noise will still make one crazy. (chuckle)

Don’t forget to stop in soon. We’re watchin’ for ya!

Brodie Knobs

It is always intriguing the items you can find in our shop. These Brodie Knobs, also known as ‘suicide knobs’ are just one of those unique finds!

Let’s look into the background of these “Brodie Knobs” which teens from the 50s and maybe early 60s will remember:

The “Steering Wheel Spinner Knob” was invented by Joel R. Thorp of Wisconsin in 1936. The Brodie name is a reference to Steve Brodie and was meant to describe all manner of reckless stunts. The device is often called a “suicide knob” because of being notoriously useless for controlling the wheel during an emergency. It is also called a “knuckle buster” because of the disadvantage posed by the knob when letting go of the steering wheel after going around a corner, the wheel spins rapidly and the knob can hit the user’s knuckle, forearm, or elbow. If the driver is wearing a long-sleeved shirt, the protruding accessory on the rim of the steering wheel can also become caught in the sleeve’s open cut by the button. Other names include “granny knob” “necker’s knob” and “wheel spinner.”

from Wikipedia

Suicide Knobs Are Not Illegal

Contrary to popular opinion, these Brodie Knobs are not illegal. You can check out this post and do your own research.

As we love to do, here’s another interesting tidbit for those of you not familiar with these Brodie Knobs:

The term “necker knobs” came about when it was discovered that the driver could steer his car one-handed and wrap his free arm around his girlfriend, who was usually resting her head on the driver’s shoulder.

from WeeklyView

The above article from WeeklyView is a great, nostalgic piece. In the meantime, drop by and chat with us. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Japan: Samurai Helmet Coin Craft

In researching for this post, we were surprised by the fact that this Japanese Samurai Helmet made of 5-yen coins is actually a popular craft. Here’s a quote from one story we read about a Tokyo grade-schooler back in the 1980s who created an entire suit of armor:

A photo of an entire suit of Samurai armor created in coin craft by a gradeschool student in Tokyo in the 1980s. From Japan Today magazine
an entire suit of Samurai armor in coin craft

@take14aki estimates that the armor and helmet required somewhere around 1,750 coins to put together,
which works out to 8,750 yen in legal tender.

from JAPAN TODAY

It’s interesting to learn that there are quite a few pieces of Samurai armor created with Japanese coins and tokens. Want to view more? Do a search for <Samurai Coin Helmets> and see for yourself.

Details of the Japanese Samurai coin craft helmet in our shop at Bahoukas Antiques.
Detail of our amazing handcrafted Samurai Helmet made of coins
Photo of Samurai Helmets made from legos from the Lego Ideas site.

LEGO IDEAS

While researching, we also found this interesting Samurai project from the Lego Ideas site! Who would have thought!

Just like we tell you all the time, we are most definitely a “Collection of Collections.” Some are very unique items as you can tell from our beautiful Samurai Coin Crafted Helmet. We hope you’ll stop in and give it a look! It’s quite an amazing piece and in great shape! (Of course, we wouldn’t want to wear something like this in battle!!!)

Yep, we’re watchin’ for ya! See you soon.

Need a Pack Basket?

Basket Backpack – Adirondack

Basket Backpack

This unique basket backpack needs an owner.

It was sitting on a high shelf and we just realized it was up there. It has many possibilities:

  • Picnic Basket
  • Use when fishing
  • Trappers Basket
  • Foraging for Mushrooms
  • Gather produce from your garden
  • Even a Laundry Basket

Have an idea that might make this basket useful to you? Stop by and see it soon. We only have one! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Really? An African Birthing Chair?

African birthing chair available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Yes… Seriously!

We received this beautiful, hand-carved African Birthing Chair from an Olympic skating coach who no longer had room for it in her home.

An absolutely exquisite piece, hand-carved with elephant and giraffes, this chair most certainly fits “Conversation Piece” to a T!

We believe it’s made of mahogany. Must be seen to be appreciated.

In the meantime, we thought you might get a chuckle from this interesting story of one woman’s first experience seeing a birthing chair in a museum.

Stop in soon and see this beautiful piece, then browse our shop. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

Another view of the African Birthing Chair!

Pie Birds?

Tis the season for making some great pies!

Do you have a pie bird to vent your pies? Have you seen this singing bird-choir and wondered what that’s all about? Maybe you thought they were waiting for ‘mommy to drop them a worm’!

singing pie birds at Bahoukas in Maryland

Oh, don’t know what they are? Check this out:

pie birdpie ventpie whistlepie funnel, or pie chimney is a hollow ceramic device, originating in Europe, shaped like a funnel, chimney, or upstretched bird with open beak used for supporting or venting a pie.   … from Wikipedia

pie birds at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace, Maryland

A little more detail of these little pie birds. They stand a couple inches tall. Some folks like collecting them.

Pie funnels were used to prevent pie filling from boiling up and leaking through the crust by allowing steam to escape from inside the pie. They also supported the pastry crust in the center of the pie, so that it did not sag in the middle, and are occasionally known as “crustholders”. Older ovens had more problems with uniform heating, and the pie bird prevented boil-over in pie cooking.

The traditional inverted funnels, with arches on the bottom for steam to enter, were followed by ceramic birds; and from the 1940s they have been produced in a multitude of designs. This trend has been particularly noticeable in recent times, due to their increasing popularity as gifts and collectors’ items rather than simply utilitarian kitchen tools.    … from Wikipedia

Want a more recent reference to using pie birds? Click here for a video with MARTHA STEWART!

WhoZwhatsIts #5

Do you remember a Suicide Knob?

The “Steering Wheel Spinner Knob” was invented by Joel R. Thorp of Wisconsin in 1936. The Brodie name is a reference to Steve Brodie and was meant to describe all manner of reckless stunts. The device is often called a “suicide knob” because of being notoriously useless for controlling the wheel during an emergency. Brodie knobs are also known as “necker knobs”, because they allow steering with one hand while necking with the passenger. It is also called a “knuckle buster” because of the disadvantage posed by the knob when letting go of the steering wheel after going around a corner, the wheel spins rapidly and the knob can hit the user’s knuckle, forearm, or elbow. If the driver is wearing a long sleeve shirt, the protruding accessory on the rim of the steering wheel can also become caught in the sleeve’s open cut by the button. Other names include “granny knob” and “wheel spinner.”  __from Wikipedia

We won’t ask how you know about the Brodie Knob. I’m sure some of you out there in cyber-space have a few stories you probably don’t want to share. 🙂 Watch for our next WhoZwhatsIt…. next week!

WhoZwhatsIts #4

It seems this SPOKESHAVE was too easy.

spoke·shave

ˈspōkˌSHāv/
noun
  1. 1.
    a small plane with a handle on each side of its blade, used for shaping curved surfaces (originally wheel spokes).
verb
      1.  1.
shape with a spokeshave.

WhoZwhatsIts #4 found at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace was a spokeshaver!

But if you didn’t know what it was, here’s a great video to show you how it works!

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!

WhoZwhatsIts #2

Sugar Shaker? Salt Shaker? Some  kind of filter? What do you think?

WhoZwhatsIts #2 photo at Bahoukas.com

1st CLUE:  Was sold in the mid-1940s

FIRST guess was a sugar shaker from a Hoosier.

NOPE! More photos…

Yeah we have a winner Becky Fitzgerald is correct…..Mothball atomizer to attach to a vacuum cleaner

ANSWER:  Mothball atomizer used to treat closets and storage areas for moth damage prevention. Attaches to vacuum exhaust end. Glass canister was filled with moth ball flakes and used to fumigate.

WhoZwhatsIts #1

Can you guess?

Bahoukas latest facebook game is name the WhoZwhatsIts

We are starting an identification game and want to see how many people can guess what the item is. The item’s identity will be revealed every Monday and a new item will be put on.

We’ll be playing it on facebook and then we’ll post it here. Join us!

WhoZwhatsIts #1

First Clue:
approx 3 1/2 inches long and 3/4 inch wide; round also tapered on the ends Guess what it is!!!!!!!!

Next Clue:
All very good guesses but none of them are right – CLUE – North & South
We want to know what it is and what it’s used for!

Final Clue:
It’s magnetic

DID YOU FIGURE IT OUT? Here ya go….

It was a Magnet to put down a cow’s throat to make its way through to pickup any nails or metal the animal may have swallowed!!!!

WhoZwhatsIts #2 – next week….