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|Vintage Adjusto Doctor's Stool|
Built in the 1940s by the Adjusto Equipment Company, Bowling
Green, Ohio, we think of these backless stools with a revolving seat as
physician's examination room stool, although they could have had
countless other commercial and industrial uses.
This early model has a four-footed cast iron base and a rotating steel seat;
it never had
casters or a foot rest of any kind. The Adjusto Stool features a novel
seat-height adjusting mechanism, but it's not currently working on this
stool, and in addition there is a welded repair to one foot and surface
rust on the seat that suggests it has spent some time outside. It
clean up nicely if that's what you wanted.
The 13 inch diameter seat currently is 18 inches off the floor, and the feet stand 12 inches apart from each other.
If you are interested you can click here (US Patent Office) or here (Google Patents Scan) to view the original patent, which chiefly concerns the telescoping height adjustment mechanism.
Metal Can ~ Borden's, New York
This is a rare example of a flat top
milk can, favored by shippers but not by farmers. 20
inches tall and 14 inches in diameter, the can is the standard ten
gallon size, with room left at the top to minimize loss through what
remains a very tight-fitting lid.
The combination of that
small size and its flat top
makes this ideally suited for home or apartment living--no need for a
loft size space to display and use this piece of vintage industry. Set
a 30 inch glass top on it
and you'll have a fine little table.
Although faint in the
image below, the top is clearly embossed "Borden's / 2-55 / New
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Industrial Stock Cart Trolleys
singly or as a pair, TWO "Ladderback" factory or warehouse stock carts,
46-1/2" long x 16" wide x 42" tall, each with a shelf and a small parts
basket. Each bears the surface scars of heavy use, but no damage; both
are entirely original, the wheels are good, and the units steer easily.
$200 for either one, or
$325 for both
A steel work table, very heavy, with all the expected signs of use but
no abuse. The top has been drilled in several places for a grinder or
a vise. 42" long, 29.5" deep, 33.5" tall, it is bolted together so it
be disassembled for moving if necessary (although I have never done
it). A hand truck, however, is essential, and you really don't want to
hand-carry it up stairs.
36" long, 14" wide, and 40" tall, this mobile utility cart
was built for and has seen heavy industrial use, but
it's still solid, if bent here and there, and still rolls and steers
easily. The sets of stationary and swivel casters are the originals.
Three removeable shelves have been added to repurpose it
as a serving cart, a bookcase, or whatever else you may have in mind.
Or ditch the shelves and use it to carry five or six hundred pounds of
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Sign ~ Men Working
A steel sign in a zinc galvanized frame that folds flat
when not in use and additionally has a socket on each side to insert a
A magic marker is the only tool you will need to transform this into a sign
that says "WOMEN WORKING".
Industrial Safety Glasses
Still in its original box mailed directly from Bausch & Lomb in
Hudson, NY, to the Allis-Chalmers Boston Works (opened in
the glasses are in fine shape, no damage, no wear to speak of, and the
original lens cleaning cloth is still in the box.
within in the US)
Large Spun Brass Shallow
Cone Pendant Light
unpolished spun brass shade, porcelain socket, hung on a 24" chain. The
ceiling canopy and the lamp cord wiring are newer, probably still 40+
years old, but still serviceable. Lamps similar in style are being
widely reproduced but with small shades; this one is "the real thing".
(mailed within in the US)
|Cast Iron Base
Aluminum Shade Task Lamp
vintage goosencck lamp has been completely rewired with a new inline
switch and plug.
It's indistinctly marked on
the cast iron base, probably "Varick Elec. Co." The one-piece aluminum
shade is 8-5/8" in diameter and 6" deep, and has picked up a dent
somewhere along the line and a couple of other small bruises, but other
than that it still looks good and will now serve its new intended use
(mailed within in the US)
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Steel Transport and Storage Box
29" long, 11" deep, 13" wide,
almost certainly US military
issue, the lettering on the top has been obscured. Built of steel and
itself quite heavy, this box was meant to carry something either
heavy or valuable, or both. The top can be securely latched and
with the addition of padlock, locked shut.
"When you haven't got it or can't
get it, make it." The legs are
ball and clawfoot legs probably from a porch stand, the seat and its
probably from a piano or organ stool, and that cylindrical piece
between them was bandsawn from two pieces of
thick pine. What you end up with is a stool with a rotating seat that
can be adjusted to between 24" and 28" from the floor, and has a 17"
square footprint on
the floor. It's a fun and
funky piece of vintage repurposing.