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History of Wagner Cast Iron

The use of cast iron for cookware is centuries old and many of the vintage pieces can still be used today. For example, cast iron Dutch ovens were used by the settlers of the United States as they traveled westward. Without their wood burning stoves, the camp Dutch oven provided a way for the travelers to cook their meals over an open fire.

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Wagner Hollow Ware Company (Pre Wagner Manufacturing Company)

The  official start of the Wagner Manufacturing Company was in 1891 and you can see the centennial commemoration of this in the 1991 version of the cast iron frying pan.  However, the Wagner brothers, Bernard and Milton,  actually started making metal castings of light hardware for general stores back in 1881.

In addition, the brothers manufactured tin hollowware for government contracts. Tin hollowware is describes  general tableware like  sugar bowls, tea or coffee pots, soup containers, hot food covers, water pitchers, platters, butter plates and other metal items that went with the dishware on a table.

Hollowware does not include flatware.  Bernard and Milton Wagner are credited as the first to cast iron for cookware in Sidney, Ohio. WagnerWare was born.

(A short footnote about the Centennial Commemoration of the 1991 version of the skillet, The Wagners 1891 Original Cast Iron Skillet  though it stated Original, along with a date, this line of cookware was manufactured in 1991 through the late 1990s.  You can tell the quality difference pretty much immediately. modemac over atCast Iron Chaoshas some additional details also.)

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This is the start of the Wagner cast iron dynasty as we are familiar with it. Two other brothers, William and Louis, were added to the mix in 1891 which triggered the beginning of WagnerWare cast iron cookware.  With the momentum of population growth and expansion, the Wagner brothers had a market ripe for growth and built the most modern and technologically advanced manufacturing facility for casting iron at the time.  Wagner Manufacturing was able to produce world class cookware, rivaling and later surpassing the other powerhouse in the cast iron cookware arena, Griswold.  WagnerWare Cookware was awarded in several nationwide as well as some international expositions, including but not limited to expositions in Chicago, Nashville, Paris, Buffalo, and St. Louis.

In some circles, this is stated as Wagner acquiring Griswold but it is not that simple.  The real story is slightly more complicated and is quite common when small family operated business grow into large corporations.

Companies are bought and sold, consolidated and dismantled, and the cast iron cookware business is no different.  The Randall Corporation purchased Wagner Manufacturing in 1952. McGraw Edison Inc. bought Griswold on March 29, 1957 and then sold it in December 1957 to Randall who already owned Wagner.

Effectively, the Griswold manufacturing plant in Erie, Pennsylvania was shut down in 1957 and any Griswold cookware made after this period was out of the Wagner Manufacturing Sidney, Ohio plant.  This was the beginning of the end of the high quality cookware that both, Griswold and Wagner, were known for.

Well, that might be a little bit harsh but most experts do agree that the quality started to decline in quality at this point.  In 1959, the final nail in the coffin came when Randall sold off Griswold and Wagner to Textron.

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It is widely accepted that post 1960 Griswold and Wagner cookware is not in the same collectable class as the pre 1960 cookware.  General Housewares Corp. bought Textron Inc. in 1969 and that included the Griswold and Wagner cast iron cookware lines.

One could argue that those cast iron skillets, dutch ovens, and griddles that were made after the merger and acquisitions are better than the ones made after 1990 or so, and that probably not far from the truth.

However, if you compare a modern day, Made in China, cast iron skillet to a 1970, Made in the USA WagnerWare cast iron skillet, to a 1920 Griswold or Wagner cast iron skillet, the difference will be clear.  An interesting note is that cookware that declares it was Made in the USA are typically not considered collectable pieces.

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In 1996, a group of investors, which included a former employee of Wagner, purchased the Wagner and Griswold cookware lines.  This was known as the WagnerWare Corporation.

They continued manufacturing for another 3 years before closing their doors in Sidney in 1999.  In 2000, the American Culinary Corporation purchased the rights, legacy, and remaining facilities of the Wagner and Griswold lines.

The former employee noted above is Peter Pike and is the President/CEO of the American Culinary Corporation.  It is clear that Mr. Pike is dedicated to the legacy and quality of the Wagner and Griswold names.

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Here are some comments from our old blog:

Why is that Wagner 1058 Skillet silver on the outside? (the top picture) It is one of the aluminum skillets? J

It isnt aluminum but is just the raw cast iron. It was actually covered, and I mean covered, with black, gunk-y, cracked seasoning. So I had no idea that the hammered finish was there. After a few hours with some oven cleaner the beautiful, hammered finish was exposed.

How much is a Wagner Ware 1060 A worth?

how much is a fat free fryer worth 12 or 121/2 inch with ridges.

It depends a lot on the condition but it could be from $50 $170++. Check out eBay periodically to get a good idea. Also, is that one of the deep versions?

is more like 11 inchs. is 2 inchs deep. good condition. does wagner make lids. would like to buy a lid.

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Hi Diane! Thanks for stopping by here again.

I think you could have a nice piece on your hands! What are the markings on the bottom? Can you tell me the labeling and lettering? Wagner does have lids and youd have to watch eBay for a week or two to find the right one for you. The prices range from about $9 over $50. Let me know if you need help locating a suitable lid.

says 11 3/8 is the size and 2 inchs deep. does wagner make lids?

i have my mothers corn bread pan, wagner c heavy. beleive from 1950s any information about it.

what is older wagner ware or wagner. i have a wagner fat free fryer and corn bread pan. think the corn bread pan c is from the 1950s

Hey Diane! Nice to see you back here. Can you tell me what is written on the bottom of the cornbread pan? Thats super cool that you have it. What is your standard cornbread recipe?

My dad has a Wagner 1891 original cast iron tea pot that is rustled or deteriorated inside Frm yrs of keeping water in it on their wood burning stove. Is it possible to clean the inside and is it of any value?

Well, you can clean the inside but it will definitely take some work. Review some of the processes here. Theres another step after the oven cleaner sessions where you treat the rusted area with a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water. The acid of the vinegar helps to remove the rust.

However, the kettle might not be a collectible though it will probably hold some sentimental value. So, in the 1990s the company that owned the Wagner name started to make The Wagners 1891 Original Cast Iron series in commemoration of the original cast iron company. The bottom line is that if the tea pot says 1891 Original then, against logic, the cast iron piece is probably only about 20 years old. Anyway, let me know about what the bottom of the tea pot says.

I inherited my grandmothers deep skillet which looks just like the one at the top of this site. However when trying to clean it up and put in the oven to season it the sheen turned to a thick glue like substance. Ive no idea how to clean it. It doesnt scrape out easily at all

Ive always favored cast iron, and particularly Wagner or Griswold because they had smooth finishes to cook on. Easier to care for too. The L word while they have a fine line-up are too rough. I miss the craftsmanship. Thanks for a great site. Now to find steel skillets.

Hi Greg, Thanks for coming by You have precisely described the way I found Wagner and Griswold. I had a small set of Lodge cookware that I assembled over the last few years and they were just so rough. I eventually sanded down the interior of the pans and skillets to smooth them out. Its remarkable how nice the Lodge pans are after sanded them. You got it right a craftsman used to sand each one of the pieces of cookware down. The difference is really something.

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Margarets cleaning question reminded me of something I did 20 years ago. I had a dutch oven that was seriously deteriorated with thick rust to boot. I worked at a place that had a shot peening machine. I put the oven in it and in minutes shot peening cleaned the oven to bare clean metal ready for a wash and seasoning. I tried for 2 days to clean it before that. We still use it to this day.

Looking for a polished inside cast iron skillet that has handle with opposing loop on other side. My first one 10 to 10 1/8 inches was a Wagner and was stolen! Ugh. I like the ease of two hand pick up with the loop. Know where I could find one. I still have the lid from my old one, but if one is available with lid I could always use an extra lid.

Hi Jill Oh, no. Sorry to hear about the theft.

eBay is the place to go for vintage cast iron since eBay is kind of like a consolidation of all the garage & estate sales across the country. There is a huge range of prices and quality. Try a search like wagner 10 inch skillet or wagner 8 skillet and you should have 10 or more results. Monitor for a couple weeks and if youre savvy, you can set up an email alert to send you a message when new items are listed that meet your criteria.

Let me know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

I would like to know how old my dutch oven with lid are. At the 12 noon position on bottom is WAGNER and below that is

SIDNEY OHIO USA and all encircled in an oval. On the bottom. 6 pm position, it says 5 QT./4.7 LTR. and below that is B 2 98. There is no raised circle around the bottom. How old might it be?

America introduced metrics after Congress passed the Metric Conversion Act of 1975 to coordinate and plan the increasing use of the metric system in the United States. Voluntary conversion was initiated, and the United States Metric Board (USMB) was established (wiki metrification) disbanded after 1982.

So, when I see dual capacity labels, I infer a early date of about 1975 to 1982. Pictures are a real need, here. cast lid, or glass with a clear glass knob? Wire Bail? and more questions

I suspect the B2 98 might refer to a mold plus, a patent date, first date of manufacture, of that item, not necessarily the date of your example, or Catalog Item Number.

But, I defer to the experts, if any are present.

I searched everywhere to find out if a small aluminum coated (chromed?) skillet (4) is really a Wagner. It has WAGNER imprinted on the bottom. It does not look like any I have seen.

I have a Griswold number 7 cast iron fry pan with Erie, Pa, USA 701 C. It looks like it was covered with this shiny silver on the whole pan but on the inside, it looks like it has worn off in certain areas. Is it safe to still cook with this pan? I need to re-season it. Do I use the same method as used for the other cast iron skillets? I havent seen this type of finish before. Thanks.

I have another question. I have some old cast iron skillets from my mother and they have a buildup on the outside of them. In reading, some have said to put them thru a self cleaning oven cycle and this buildup will turn to powder. Is this the correct way to clean these skillets up? They look like they have like a black shiny finish and it is worn off in the center of the inside and around the edges. Is that buildup or was it coated with something in shiny black?

They are also Griswold skillets. Thanks for you help.

Try checking out this link by a restorer of vintage cast ironI tried the electrolysis option and it works on both rust and old seasoning at the same time with just a little less elbow grease, lol. Amazing! The two pieces I found turned out to be vintage, one Wagner Ware and one Griswold! Didnt know before the cleaning! Check it out!

Hello..My son is interested in metallurgy and knife making. So it doesnt surprise me that he asked me to buy him a cast iron skillet. I went to our local used store/community service store and bought a used Wagner 10 skillet.

Reading the above notes you have here, I assume that it is likely a modern skillet with the Made in the USA on the bottom, Wagner Ware and 11 3/4 inch skillet.

I did not buy as a collectible, but rather as a skillet that he plans to use daily or routinely.

The skillet appears to be in excellent condition. IT has the typical dark, seasoned finish with no rust at all.

Question: What is the age of this skillet and what care/maintenance should be done to keep it in tiptop condition for routine use.

Hey Glenn, thats a great skillet for your son! Great find.

It is probably from the 50s or 60s. As you mention, the Made in the USA is the sign we need to say that.

Use the skillet often with oil grease. Avoid using soap if you can avoid it. I like to use a Lodge plastic scrubber or a green 3M scrubby. Dry it right away and dont let it soak in water. Once it is dry, lightly coat it in oil and wipe away all excess oil.

Tell your son congrats Thats a great skillet!

I have a old 4 qt ice tea picture made by wagner ware early 1900.I cant find none on any sites.It some kind heavy metal. If you know what it is pleae let me know

Hi, I have a Wagner Sidney O waffle iron, with the Patn of Feb. 22, 1910, is that the date it was made?

Thanks for all the posting info. Theres a wonderful shiny smooth frying pan I wouldnt trade

for anything! Its a sweet 8 WagnerWare, sidney -0- (at 12 oclock) and 1056 F (at 6 0

clock) Your postings fostered my curiosity as to its age. No matter, tho, its NOT for sale !!!

I do have some Lodge pieces and theyre okay, no complaints . the WagnerWare cooks

When my mothers passed away I collected her cast iron pans. Now that I am cleaning them I have 3 that say Wagner ware. The largest is a 13 1/2 in skillet that says made in USA. The smallest is 6.5 inches and has pour lips on each side. It also has 1053 N on the bottom. The third piece is a flat grill (?) or lid approx 12 inches with 1109 Bon bottom. The 2 smaller pans do not say made in USA. Any info you could provide would be great. Thanks!!

I hope you can help me. I have some Lodge pans and I use them all the time. I just cond my brother into giving me this pan and I would like to know how old and the worth. Its not black like my other pans.its silver. It says Wagner

Are sidney -o- at the top and 1058B at the bottom . Also a 8 on the handle

My Husband recently brought home & gave to me a large semi U shaped skillet, that I immediately recognized as a possible Omelet Skillet (never used one, but it wasnt a stretch to figure out its possible use)! It needs a good cleaning, but I can read the Engraving thats on the underside of both sides! Its Engraved as;

..plus it has Wooden Handles w/ Metal Rings at the end of each Handle, obviously for hanging it up by the Stove or Fireplace, that appear in good condition! Im wondering, based on the Info Ive given & laid out, would you be able to give me a general idea of its possible age or time frame of use? I do have Pictures, but not sure how to include them w/ my Comment/Question! Thanks for your help, & look forward to your answer soon!

I need the bottom piece to a Wagner Ware lid 1081A. Will a 1088A fit that lid?

Im just going through some old pots and pans and came across my grandmothers 5 qt. Dutch a Oven with glass lid. It says wagoners 1891 original 5 qt. with seasoning directions on the bottom. Im guessing its at least 40-50 years old since my grandmother passed away 32 years ago. Any ideas on worth? Should I hang on to it???

Hi, I just read an article that stated the Wagner 1891s were manufactured from 1991 to 1999. I have two of those, a skillet and a chicken fryer..

Hey Dick, thats right. It was a revival in the 90s.

Hi, I seem to have a 5qt like yours (lid missing) with seasoning instructions on the bottom. Can you tell me what the instructions say? I am unable to make out all of what is stamped on mine.

I came across this tiny little cast iron skillet and while cleaning a logo appeared on bottom can only make out part of it. Words in a circle bottom portion reads international cast iron there is a design in the middle kinda like a fluer de li with some other markings above it. Tried to look it up but to no avail. Would like to know the history of any can you help identify.

I have a skillet, 10.5 with only a B on the bottom. No marks on the handle (blank) made in USA. Stamped 1891 Original [Cast Iron Cookware]. With Seasoning Instructions 1 thru 4. Last stamp says Ready for use Reseason as necessary. Any idea of of its age? Yes it has 2 pouring lips.

Just yesterday, 8/26, a friend of mine gave me a Wagner cast iron skillet. If it is of value, I would like to return it to him. Im simply looking for an older skillet for baking cornbread.

It has WAGNER (all caps) on the bottom, and what appears to be II (perhaps eleven) also on the bottom near the handle. There is no rise on the handle where the thumb would rest while holding the pan.

Thank you in advance for any information you may provide.

my boss required DD 1056 last year and came across a business that has a ton of fillable forms . If people have been needing DD 1056 too , heres a.

i have a high logo wagner ware sidney with 8H at the bottom. what is the meaning of the 8 and the meaning of the H. also, i have seen other alphabetic letters, what do they mean. what is a heat ring.

I received a complete set of MagnaLite Wagner Ware as a wedding present in November 1954. That is still used everyday.

I have a small Wagner Ware Sidney 0 2 skillet. I wonder how much it is worth?

i have a wagner ware -0- it sez 1400 on bottom of skillet and inside of lid and i know it to be more than 50yrs old. could someone date this and give me a value? it is in excellent shape and was used. it says chicken fryer on the bottom of it. it belonged to my grandmother and she died in the late 70s. am interested if anybody could give me any information, ty.

I am thinking about purchasing a cast iron skillet that on the bottom only has SIDNEY across the middle and below at the bottom the number 10. It also has a heat ring. Is there a way to know if this is indeed a Wagner? Any idea of date of manufacture? Is it collectible? It appears to be in good shape. The seller claims it is a Wagner from 1910-1920. Thanks

I have my great aunts skillet. Im trying to figure out what year it was made. It is 11 inches wide. It says Wagner in an arch with Sidney, on a straight line underneath and O underneath that. At the 6 oclock position it says 9D with the 9 being twice as large as the D. There is a solid ring all around the bottom. There are no other markings. Thanks for your help.


I just picked up a roaster pan with cover and a insert for the bottom of the pan. It has Wagner (it is arched) ware is underneath Sidney O is under that and the number 4255-M on the bottom. I am not sure what material it is so could you tell me how to clean it . It needs a good cleaning also can it be used outside on a fire pit? Thanking you in advance.

Sorry I was wrong it says 4265 M you can see the number more clearly on the insert. Also not sure about old things but I am assuming this is old. Or maybe worth something.

Hi, just wondering the age of an 8 inch cast iron pan that I found in my back yard in the ground. I scrubbed it out and has some rust and corrosion going on. I rubbed canola oil all over and it reads Wagner with the curved w at the top with Sidney and o. The number 8 is on the handle and the bottom is flat. Please let me know anything about the age and value. I am looking at how to clean it up to restore possibly. Thanks for any input. Alexandria

Im collecting W.W.S.-O- w/thumb rest, excluding the 1891s.befor the 1891s was everything with a thumb rest consider a set.If so what did the set consist of.Thank you?

What does the thumb rest set consist of, excluding the 1891,a

A bit of nostalgia came over me tonight as I finished cleaning up after our Sunday evening family dinner. The last piece of cookware to get cleaned is usually a large what we refer to as a roaster pan with a heavy domed lid. I have always felt fortunate to have this roaster in my pots and pans cupboard for no other reason except that somehow I ended up with it from my mother. There were two of these such roasters, the other one having disappeared somewhere along the way. At no other time other than this evening did I ever think of the value of this piece other than it is a great source for cooking wonderful roasts and gravies and sauces. And, I know my piece has had no where the care as described above, so naturally the finish both inside and outside is questionable at best. However, the end result is still wonderful. The inside is several colors of grey, the outside is a patch work of burned on bronze. I have no real interest in its origin and have no need to add any further cookware to my inventory, but this piece is one I rely on when I expect a recipe to turn out good. Just thought Id take the time to let your company know of a satisfied customer from a long time ago. The number under the name and Sidney O is 4267 M. After reading the stories of other very satisfied owners of Wagner magnalite products, I think it very interesting to follow the history and legacy of those people involved. It is great to read such nice stories.

I have two Wagner pans (one 12 and one 14?) that were hand-me-downs from family. We used to have a gas stove and the pans performed beautifully! However, weve had to move and now have an induction stove top (cannot get gas in our neighborhood). Because these pans are both slightly warped, they cannot make a good connection with the induction surface and therefore dont heat properly or evenly. Plus they tend to spin, even with a paper towel underneath (yup, you can cook on paper towels thats the incredible thing about induction!)

Can these pans be flattened? Im concerned about grinding metal away because I dont want to get any thin spots. I cant imagine if they can be hammered wouldnt they crack?

Anyone have any luck with flattening? Id hate to part with these pans as they have history.

Hello I am selling a cast iron Cauldron from late 1800 the imprint on bottom is 8/4. 3 legs with handle do you know actual value?

I just went to a little festival called Oro Grande Days, In Oro Grande C.A. I bought a 10 1/2 inch skillet in an antique shop. It was way way rusty but, Im gonna get it back in shape.

What I wanna know is, how can I find out when it was made ?

You wouldnt believe the cast iron cookware Ive found in the Gar-Bage over the last 40 or so years. Wagner, Lodge, a d lots of foreign stuff that I probably should have scrapped. My most treasured find was a Wagner 10 (1060-A) which I still use every day. Believe it or not someone heated roofing tar in it. That person should have been scourged. It took me some effort to remove it along with a thick crusty layer underneath. These days shes as smooth as glass. I find things on eBay all the time but theres always some​ mental case who bids 10 seconds before time expires. Ive lost lots of good pans like that. My main question is concerning a Lodge 20 Hotel skillet. I understand that Lodge discontinued that pan in 2000. That monster covers all four burners of a residential stove. What would one be worth in very good condition? I had one in 1982 but it was stolen from me. I have taken a vow that I will own one again before I die! I would appreciate your feedback and opinion, thank you, Phil.?.

I have a cast iron skillet with the number 8 incised on the handle. It also has the word Wagner on the top of the handle period I would like to know where this came from and who manufactured it period I have not been able to find any information on it at all period and its the only one Ive ever seen like this. Thanks

Trying to find out how old my egg and bacon skillet is? Wagner ware O 1101c

Hello this is very interesting reading all of it. I just looked at the bottom of my old pan it says Wagner and has a x close to the end and a 10 on top, guess for inside inches, bottom shows 11 3/4, i love it

I have a 10 inch cast iron skillet. It has the word SIDNEY in quotation marks in an arc along one edge of the bottom and the mark 8 A opposite the SIDNEY mark. It also has a heat ring around the bottom edge. I am thinking that it was made around 1890. Can anyone give any more definitive information? The skillet is smooth and in very good condition.

I have a square Wagner Sidney -O- 1218, 9.5 skillet. Would love to have a lid. Did they even have lids for their square skillets?

I have a Wagner skillet with the Big W for Wager and the

wagner is arched over Ware. Sidney and and O. This is at the top center. Bottom center is 1088 D

Bottom is totally flat and the sided are straight. Pan is about 3 inches deep I think it is from the 1920s Is that look correct?

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The Dinky Toys & Dinky Supertoys Foden lorry. 1947 – 1964.

Dear collector, if you are choosing to invest in Dinky Toys, and so choose to invest especially in the Foden and Guy commercial range of models, then we strongly urge you to read the following information of the History of the Foden and Guy models. Then we also urge you to carefully read the articles and the Information updates on pages three and four as this will be invaluble to you.

We had been trading in DINKY TOYS for some twenty five years plus, and as we specialised in the Foden and Guy commercial models, we decided to look into the history of the colours made as there is an increasing amount of non original factory released colours on the market, and second to that, there are many, many models being sold on the wrong style boxes by dealers and auctions alike in which they are not being honest with their descriptions. Although when a dealer, or an auction house is selling a model on a wrong box, it will usually be described as a transition model and box so as to sell it to you. (Transition models and boxes do occur but only as a continuum, not, for example, a Foden 1st type model from 1948 [in which it would have no tank slots and a small unpainted tow hook] sitting with a blue paper box/orange & white label from 1950. Please refer to the History for the correct model & box issues). So dont be fooled by this transition model & box or the so called provenence history that again some dealers and auction houses use. We spent about ten years over the course of our collecting/trading years to look into the history of those models using original archive material, and the following colours/box styles in the History section are from those findings and are definitive.

Because the Fodens and Guy lorries use a nut and bolt to secure the back to the cab & chassis, it opens the way to a never ending source of new colours, switching the back on one vehicle and placing it onto the cab & chassis of another. Most collectors know that this goes on and steer clear of those non original factory release colours. But, there are collectors who are naive about what colours are the real deal and which are not. Many collectors seem to be guided by the collectors price guide book and the auction houses, and if they have a particular colour in their catalogue, it must therefore be correct! Some colours that are made up use rare components in the first place, but once switched about, you dont tend to ask the question how the, now new colour, came about.

Two colour Fodens that are easily made up and continuously made up are the, all Orange tailboard with Mid Green wheels and the all Yellow tailboard with Mid Green wheels. The all Orange tailboard always attract a price premium as a rare or even a very rare colour, but it is nothing more than, a number 902 in Orange and Mid Green flat bed and mid green wheels [use the Orange cab and chassis] and a number 903 in Violet Blue and Orange tailboard [use the Orange tailboard]. *See pictures below.

The same is said for the all Yellow tailboard It uses the cab and chassis from the number 902 in Yellow cab and chassis and Mid Green flat bed and Mid Green wheels, and the tailboard from the number 903 in Dark Blue and Yellow tailboard. These two models are rare colours in their own right, and so, in swapping these colours you get another so called rare colour. Now as the Dark Blue and Yellow tailboard uses the adhesive Yellow colour spot on the end of the box lid, you will often be misled into thinking it means its for the all Yellow version.

The three classic sale phrases you will hear for these models are usually its a factory mistake! or its a pre production or bought from the original owner who bought it in the 50s! So, no matter whether someone tells you it was bought from Hamleys or from the factory its self, if it can be made up, it is not a rare colour and worth no more than the two normal models sold individually.

Those two colours, along with other certain colours, were never released from the Binns Road factory.

Now second to the above mentioned, the most overly used word in the Dinky vocabulary is rare, or worse, very rare to sell models. (We are now also noticing certain dealers are now using ultra rare as a selling terminology). Dinky Toys in general are not rare, in fact they are in abundance. Only ceratin colours or certain models in exceptional condition could be classed as rare. So when you next see a model listed by a dealer as rare, dont be taken in, or be sold of the idea that you wont be seeing another example for some time to come.

Other colours we have seen that have been made up and sold as rare colours are:

Number 901, Orange and Fawn wagon, Mid Green wheels! This uses the cab and chassis from the number 902 in Orange and Green flat bed and the Fawn wagon from the number 901 Red and Fawn.

Number 901, Duo Green wagon! This uses the cab and chassis from the number 505 chain lorry in Fern Green, or the number 905 in Fern Green [shades can vary from the early number 505 to the later number 905] in which these have Mid Green wheels and the Mid Green wagon [again, shades can vary slightly, so dont think of it as a different colour] comes from the number 934 Leyland Octopus wagon in Yellow and Mid Green. A point of interest: the first examples of the wagon used on the Leyland Octopus, use the same casting as the Foden wagon. The later examples of the Leyland Octopus wagon, that now use a steel rivet, have a casting flaw on the passenger side in the shape of a raised circle 9mm in diameter. *See pictures below to see a couple of examples that were for sale on the internet auction site as very rare colours!



Number 902, Red & Green, Red wheels! This uses the cab & chassis from the number 501 or the number 901 in Red & Fawn wagon and the flat bed from the number 502 or the number 902 Orange & Green.

Number 503 (second cab), Duo Green tailboard! We have seen examples of this very rare colour made up. But instead of the cab & chassis being Dark Brunswick Green (same in colour as the first cab Foden flat truck/tailboard and the Guy flat truck/tailboard in Duo Green) it used the cab and chassis again from the number 505 chain lorry in Fern Green or the number 905 in Fern Green in which it has Mid Green wheels, and the tailboard from the number 503 first cab Foden in Dark Brunswick Green/Mid Green tailboard. The tailboard itself is the same Mid Green but, the way you can distinguish it from the second cab Foden, is that the first cab Foden casting has no chain post mount cast underside of the tailboard. *See the pictures below of the original number 503 in Duo Green along side the number 505 in Fern Green regarding the two different colours.

Number 501 (first cab) Duo Blue wagon! We have seen mock up versions of this model in which the cab and chassis from the first cab Foden, number 504 fuel tanker in Duo Blue with a Blue side flash, and the wagon from a number 501 second cab, have been used to reproduce this rare model. The genuine first cab in Duo Blue was made for about two months only, and so it was issued initially, with a small unpainted tow hook, then briefly followed by the large unpainted tow hook and NO tank slots in chassis.

A point of interest: There are a few sellers on the online internet auction site that are consistently making up colours and selling them on as rare colours, we have been watching these sellers with interest. One particular seller,pickegirl1982, that was unsuccessful in selling the number 504 first cab Foden Tanker in Duo Blue for 150.00 decided a few months later to make up a number 501 wagon in Duo Blue by using the same cab and chassis, and the Blue wagon he took from a chipped second cab 501 in duo blue. Then putting it with a brown style card box, of which it should have anyway, lists it as a rare colour. He ended up selling the Foden wagon for 516.76. *See pictures below.

Study the cab and chassis and you will see the marks on the each model correspond. This particular seller, of which we know his real name as Gary Whitehouse (he also uses the alias names of Garry Whitehouse and Paula Galloway) from Pickering, North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, also uses the internet profile name of

, has also made up various other so called rare colours, including, another number 501 first type Foden Wagon in Duo Blue, at least five number 504 second type Foden Tankers in Duo Blue and a number 905 second type Foden in Mid Blue & Grey chain lorry to name but a few. The internet profile name of

: this seller is now using the internet profile selling name of

to see more fake models taken from his sales page on the internet auction site.

There are many more, in fact hundreds of non original factory colours that we have seen on the market besides all of the above mentioned. And this is not just restricted to the online internet auctions, it is also prevalent at the toy fair circuit as well. But as the internet auction site keeps continuously changing its layout and the way it shows to the public [which always works in favour of the fraudster due to having private listings, private feedback and now, not being able to see the actual items in which the seller had sold which could have been seen, if the feedback wasnt private, if you clicked on view item] it should be said that its buyer beware when buying.

We would be interested in hearing from collectors who see for sale any swapped colours to which we will then be adding additional information about these sellers as time goes on with photographic evidence of their sales, and this will be shown onpage 3andpage 4in theInformationsection.




In August1947, the Foden and the Guy Lorry were introduced to the world, and that Foden is now recognised as the first type cab. These first cab Fodens were issued in aplain brown card boxwith ared & white labelon top and a smallred & white labelon the end of the box lid informing of the model inside. A point of interest: the base of the box was purposely designed with no staples to one end as the model was to be put in the box on its side with the roof at the non staple end, therefore no part of the model would touch any staple making way to chipping of the paint. *See pictures below for examples of this. (The same in design as the Guy models in the brown card box).

The casting, for the Flat bed and Flat bed/Tailboard, have no casting support for the chain post underneath as this was not introduced until January 1952.

The very first run of chassis castings have nomould blockto allocate thesmall tow hookas this was not introduced until September 1948. And there are NOtank slotsto allocate the tabs for the Fuel Tank as this was not introduced until October 1948. These first run of Fodens used theHerringbonestyle tyres until the introduction of theround treadstyle tyres, they also used asilver nut & boltfixing to secure the back to the cab & chassis.Please to note: the black nut & bolt was not issued on any first cab Foden.

The boxes were colour coded on the end label and the base of the box denoting what colour model is inside the box. There will either be a small paint stamp on the end label, a coloured roundel measuring 12mm in diameter or a coloured letter, i.e. a Blue B or a Green G or a Red R and so on. The production code stamp, readingM42on the base of the box, was also done in the same colour as the colour code on the end label. *See pictures below for examples of this.

Please to note: the 1947 – 1948 Foden lorries were not issued in the light blue or dark blue paper issue boxes.

The first run of colours consisted of having the chassis painted in a separate colour to the cab and flat bed/wagon. These colours are:

Number 501, brick red brown cab/wagon, black chassis, silver flash to side of cab and brown coloured wheels.

Number 501, light grey cab/wagon, black chassis, red flash to side of cab and red coloured wheels.

Number 501, blue cab/wagon, black chassis, silver flash to side of cab and blue coloured wheels.

Number 501, red cab/wagon, black chassis, silver flash to side of cab and red coloured wheels.

Number 501, dark grey cab/wagon, black chassis, red flash to side of cab and red coloured wheels.

Number 501, dark grey cab/wagon, red chassis, red flash to side of cab and red coloured wheels.*

(*As this colour was one of the final colours produced in the first run of colours, it can be found with the casting block which houses the small tow hook. Very few of these colours were made having the small unpainted tow hook)

Number 502, green cab/flat bed/black chassis, silver flash to side of cab and green coloured wheels.* (*As this colour was one of the final colours produced in the first run of colours, it can be found with the casting block which houses the small tow hook. Very few of these colours were made having the small unpainted tow hook)

Number 502, mid blue cab/flat bed, dark blue chassis, dark blue flash to side of cab and dark blue coloured wheels.

Number 503, red cab/flat bed/tailboard, black chassis, black flash to side of cab and red coloured wheels.* (*As this colour was one of the final colours produced in the first run of colours, it can be found with the casting block which houses the small tow hook. Very few of these colours were made having the small unpainted tow hook)

Number 503, grey cab/flat bed/tailboard, blue chassis, blue flash to side of cab and blue coloured wheels.*

(*As this colour was one of the final colours produced in the first run of colours, it can be found with the casting block which houses the small tow hook. Very few of these colours were made having the small unpainted tow hook)



In September1948a second colour scheme was introduced. This consisted of having the cab and chassis painted in the same colour and the flat bed/wagon in a different colour. These very first run of colours still used thebrown card boxwith ared & white labelon top and a smallred & white labelon the end of the box lid informing of the model inside. Also in 1948, they had a short run of labels used for the flat bed and wagon lorries in the form of ared & whitecontinuous wrap around style covering both ends of the lid, the same as used on the tanker lorry.

The boxes were colour coded on the end label and the base of the box denoting what colour model is inside the box. There will either be a small paint stamp on the end label, a coloured roundel measuring 12mm in diameter or a coloured letter, i.e. a BlueBor a GreenGor a RedRand so on. The production code stamp on the base of the box was also done in the same colour as the colour code on the end label. Once thelight blue paper style boxeswere introduced, the colour coding was simplified by using an ink stamp, i.e. aBforBlue, or aGfor Green and so on and this was now a standard purple in colour.

Please to note: the dark blue issue paper boxes were not issued until the introduction of the second cab Foden irrespective of whether the label shows a picture of a first cab Foden.

The chassis continued to use themould blockcasting to house thesmall unpainted tow hook, but NO slots for thetank slotsfor the fuel tank as that casting wasnt to appear until one month later, and these selection of colours still used asilver nut & boltfixing to secure the back to the cab & chassis.Please to note: the black nut & bolt was not issued on any first cab Foden. A selection of these colours were produced right up until September 1952 when the second cab Foden was introduced in which they in turn used the same colour schemes.

The early, second run of colours for the first cab Foden consisted of:

Number 501 dark blue cab/chassis, mid blue wagon, mid blue flash to side of cab & mid blue wheels. No tank slots. Small or large unpainted tow hook. This colour was only issued in the brown card box.*

(*This colour was made for two months only. It was issued with an unpainted tow hook andno tank slotsin chassis, but we have seen mock up examples of this model in which the cab and chassis from the fuel tanker have been used to reproduce this rare model. If you have an example with tank slots, then you have a fake model).

Number 501, red cab/chassis, fawn wagon, fawn flash to side of cab, red coloured wheels. No tank slots. Small unpainted tow hook. Brown card box.

Number 501, red cab/chassis, fawn wagon, silver flash to side of cab, red coloured wheels. No tank slots. Small unpainted tow hook. Brown card box.

Number 501, red cab/chassis, fawn wagon, silver flash to side of cab, red coloured wheels. Tank slots. Large unpainted tow hook. Green paper style card box.

Number 501, red cab/chassis, fawn wagon, silver flash to side of cab, red coloured wheels. Tank slots. Large painted tow hook. Blue paper style card box. 1950 onwards issue.

Number 501, red cab/chassis, pale grey wagon, silver flash to side of cab, red coloured wheels. Tank slots. Large unpainted tow hook.*

(*This colour scheme uses a very pale grey wagon, but, it is NOT the same pale grey as used on the 1947 issue of a light grey wagon/black chassis. This colour was only issued in the green paper style box with a label top and on one end or, a continuous wrap around label on the lid. The green style boxes had a production run of just under two years and were made from late 1948 until mid 1950, the same is said for the Guy lorry boxes. We have seen numbers 501, 502, 503 and 504 in the green paper style boxes. These run along side the end of run brown card box and then the beginning of earlylight blue paper style boxeswith the red and white label)

Theblue paper style boxes, using either thered & whitesingle labels, or theorange & whitewrap around label, were not issued until mid to late 1949.

Number 502, denim blue cab/chassis, red flat bed, red flash on side of cab, red coloured wheels. No tank slots. Small unpainted tow hook. No chain post mount underside of flat bed. Brown card box.

Number 502, denim blue cab/chassis, red flat bed, red flash on side of cab, mid blue coloured wheels. No tank slots. Small unpainted tow hook. No chain post mount underside of flat bed. Brown card box.

Number 502, denim blue cab/chassis, red flat bed, red flash on side of cab, mid blue coloured wheels. Tank slots. Large unpainted tow hook. No chain post mount underside of flat bed. Blue paper style card box, red and white single label. 1950 issue.

Number 502, dark burnt-orange cab/chassis, mid green flat bed, mid green flash to side of cab, pale green coloured wheels. No tank slots. Small unpainted tow hook. Brown card box.

Number 502, dark burnt-orange cab/chassis, mid green flat bed, mid green flash to side of cab, mid green coloured wheels. No tank slots. Small unpainted tow hook. No chain post mount underside of flat bed. Brown card box.

Number 502, dark burnt-orange cab/chassis, mid green flat bed, mid green flash to side of cab, mid green wheels. Tank slots. large unpainted tow hook. No chain post mount underside of flat bed. Blue paper style card box. Early 1950 issue.

Number 502, dark orange cab/chassis, mid green flat bed, mid green flash to side of cab, mid green coloured wheels. Tank slots. large painted tow hook. Blue paper style card box, orange & white wrap around label. Mid 1950 onwards issue.*

(*The very last issues of this colour ran up until early 1952 and so it is possible to find a few late examples with the chain post mount underside of flat bed).

Number 503, dark brunswick green cab/chassis, mid green flat bed/tailboard, mid green flash to side of cab, mid green coloured wheels. No tank slots. Small unpainted tow hook. No chain post mount underside of flatbed. Brown card box.*

(*This colour was made for one month only. It was issued with a small unpainted tow hook, no tank slots in chassis, and no chain post mount underside of flat bed. This colour was only issued in the brown card box).

Number 503, dark brunswick green cab/chassis, mid green flat bed/tailboard, mid green flash to side of cab, pale green coloured wheels. No tank slots. Small unpainted tow hook. No chain post mount underside of flat bed. Brown card box.*

(*This colour was made for one month only. It was issued with a small unpainted tow hook, no tank slots in chassis, and no chain post mount underside of flat bed. This colour was only issued in the brown card box).

Number 503, violet blue cab/chassis, dark orange flat bed/tailboard, orange flash to side of cab, mid blue coloured wheels. Tank slots. Large unpainted tow hook. No chain post mount underside of flat bed. Blue paper style box, red & white label to the top and on one end. 1949 issue.

Number 503, violet blue cab/chassis, dark orange flat bed/tailboard, orange flash to side of cab, mid blue coloured wheels. Tank slots. Large painted tow hook. Blue paper style box, orange & white wrap around label. Late 1950 onwards issue.*

(*The very last issues of this colour ran up until early 1952 and so it is possible to find a few late examples with the chain post mount underside of flat bed).

In October 1948, the tanker model was introduced. This appeared in two main colours and the first run used thesmall tow hookand was issued in thebrown card box. Shortly afterwards, the tow hook was enlarged and was still unpainted. In late 1950, it was painted in with the chassis as it was applied to the casting before spraying. Theselarge unpainted tow hookmodels should only appear on the brown card box and green paper style box [with a possible over run into the blue paper box] and thelarge sprayed tow hookmodels should only appear on the earlylight blue paper style boxes.

Number 504, dark blue cab/chassis, mid blue tank, silver flash to the side of cab and mid blue coloured wheels. Small unpainted tow hook and was only issued on the brown card box only. This is the first issue and very few were produced with a silver flash.

Number 504, dark blue cab/chassis, mid blue tank, mid blue flash to the side of cab and mid blue coloured wheels. Small unpainted tow hook and was only issued on the brown card box.

Number 504, dark blue cab/chassis, mid blue tank, mid blue flash to side of cab, mid blue coloured wheels. Large unpainted tow hook and was issued in the brown card box and green paper style box [with a possible over run into the blue paper box]. This is an early 1950 issue.

Number 504, dark blue cab/chassis, mid blue tank, mid blue flash to side of cab, mid blue coloured wheels. Large painted tow hook and was issued in the light blue paper style box, orange & white wrap around label. This is a late 1950 onwards issue and in early 1952 the box changed fromDINKY SUPERTOYStoDINKY TOYSon the label.

Number 504, red cab/chassis, fawn tank, silver flash to side of cab and red coloured wheels. Small unpainted tow hook and was only issued in the brown card box.

Number 504, red cab/chassis, fawn tank, silver flash to side of cab and red coloured wheels. Large unpainted tow hook and was issued in the brown card box and the green paper style card box [with a possible over run into the blue paper box]. This is an early 1950 issue.

Number 504, red cab/chassis, fawn tank, silver flash to side of cab and red coloured wheels. Large painted tow hook and was only issued in the light blue paper style card box, orange & white wrap around label. This is a late 1950 onwards issue and in early 1952 the box changed fromDINKY SUPERTOYStoDINKY TOYSon the label.

In January 1952, the flat truck with chains was introduced. This model was made in two colours and for nine months only until the introduction of the second cab Foden, in which that in turn, was produced using the same two colour schemes. It is not clear how many models were produced in those nine months, but both models are equally rare. *See pictures below of the 1st & 2nd cab Foden Flat Truck with Chains.

The box is of the orange & white wrap around label, and even though it may have a picture of a first cab on the box, to be the genuine and correct first type picture box for the first type Foden chain lorry, it must NOT have anX[in purple] printed on the end of the box label. (TheXwas printed on some issues of the first type Foden boxes as these boxes continued to be used for the introduction of the [then] new second cab Fodens which were issued inside). *See pictures below.

The casting to the chassis should always have thetank slotsand alarge painted tow hook. The flat bed, based on the standard flat bed, now has casting mounts underside to allocate the chain posts, and these very first examples have what is known to bedimpledin style. *Herringbone style tyres were never used on these two models.

Number 505, maroon cab/chassis/flat bed, silver flash to the side of the cab and maroon coloured wheels. This model only ever appears in the light blue paper style, orange & white wrap around label.

Number 505, fern green cab/chassis/flat bed, pale green flash on side of cab and mid green coloured wheels.Please to note: the flash on the side of the cab should always be pale green, not mid green as used for the wheels. This model only ever appears in the light blue paper style, orange & white wrap around label. *See pictures below.



In September1952, the Foden had a make over, the Foden cab changed in style to what is now known as the second type and the wheels changed from thehubto thesupertoywheels. The casting for the Flat bed and Flat bed/Tailboard now have the mounts underside to locate the chain posts and this casting is standard on all second cab Fodens. All 1952 issue Fodens now use ablack nut & boltonly to secure the back to the cab & chassis, thesilver nut & boltwas not introduced on the second cab Foden until 1955, and the base plate is of thescribbledtype. Please to note: Theshiny gloss blackbase plate was not introduced until 1959.

All 1952 issue Fodens use theround treadtyres [theblock treadtyres were not introduced until late 1954] and these are in either black or grey, and the grey continued to be used up until late 1956.

But, as most 1952 models used both tyre colours, there are two colour models that used just black and five colour models that used just grey.

The very first 1952 issue boxes continued to use theearlylight blue paperto cover the box and this soon changed to the laterdark blue paperto cover the box and this continued on until 1954 when the box design changed to what is now known as thestripe box.

The label is a standard orange & white wrap around in design, showing a picture of the second cab Foden and sayingDINKY TOYSon the face. This box/label was used as standard in the UK and Europe and it was also used in the US. There is however a box/label designed solely for the US market, no matter whether it has the Hudson & Dobson label or not, and this is recognised by the wordsDINKY SUPERTOYSinstead ofDINKY TOYSon the face, and both ends of the label are printed in English. These boxes/labels show the picture of the second cab Foden.

It is possible to find second cab Fodens, most commonly the tanker and the chain lorry, issued in boxes showing the first type Foden picture, but, to be the correct box for these two second cab Fodens, the box/label must sayDINKY TOYSnotDINKY SUPERTOYS. The way you can tell that the box is for the second cab is, on the end with the English wording, you will find the letter X [in purple]. This was the code, an indicator that it is the [then] new second issue Foden inside. (Please to note: The second cab Foden chain lorry is often found on a first type cab picture box, making the box, unlike the first cab Foden chain lorry itself, common in comparison).

The colour coding, to indicate the colour of the model inside, was simplified by just using an ink letter stamp, i.e. aBfor Blue, or aGfor Green and so on, and this was now purple in colour and standard on all boxes. *See pictures below for an example of this.

The second cab Fodens are more prone to be swapped about to make up so called rare colours, and as the Foden range had only so many colours produced, the following list is those assured, genuine colours.

Number 501, dark blue cab/chassis, mid blue wagon and mid blue coloured wheels. Black or grey tyres. (same colour way as the first cab Foden and the Guy lorry).

Number 501, d

Army 1950

Hard to find insignia worn by a small group of U.S. and French personnel between February 1955 to April 1956

RFU HBT metal button Fatigue Shirt, Used…..(

Reactivated in Germany in December 1954; served until 1971

Rank for Helmet Liner with screwback, 1 5/16 wide, made by William Schridde Co. Chicago, IL, quire

I believe the Armys Institute of Healdry started assigning the letter/number codes(i.e., M22) circa 1954

Other documents state this code system started in the 1960s

with Letter Code of 22 M, only 1 x Sterling clutchback(other one is chrome), quire

3508DE – pair of Green Felt Leadership Loops, slides on the epaulets; then the DI(Unit Crest) is mounted on them, 1950s, quire

4th AD with AG-44 OG, cut-edge, border, was hand-sewn to an AG-44 Class A coat, quire

Activated on 15 April 1941; moved to England and arrived on the Continent July 11, 1944; fought at Bastogne; ended the War in Czechoslovakia

Pulled some Occupation Duty; Returned to CONUS leaving many of its units to work for the Constabulary Command and qas DeActivated

Reactivated multiple times during the Cold War; was in Bamberg Germany circa late-1960s, ReFlagged as the 1st AD in 1971 and Deactivated

( stored in site-done box )

C company, 33rd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armored Division

formerly listed as UI89 on the UI/Mystery page, Strike Recoil Strike, European made, Used……..(

(it went to a good-home, the man that designed it but left the unit before the pin was made-email on 100304)

40th Tank Battalion & 109th Support Battalion DIs

Keychain with white enamel backing reads on reverse: PARTICIPATION AWARD 40TH TANK BN GERMANY

40th Tank BN DIs look German made(no markings) and from the late-1940s to the late-1950s (3rd 40th TB DI has 1 post missing)

109th DIs(double-shield N.S. Meyers) and plastic Ribbon bar are from the 1960s-1970s

63rd Tank Battalion – 1st Infantry Division

63rd TK BN, former owner IDd it on the reverse, quire

Following World War II, the 745th Tank Battalion was inactivated on 27 October 1945 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey. Three years later, on 14 September 1948, the Battalion was redesignated as the 63rd Heavy Tank battalion and activated in Germany as an element of the 1st Infantry Division. Company A, 745th Tank Battalion became Company A, 63rd Heavy Tank Battalion.

The unit was reorganized and redesignated on 10 October 1950 as the 63rd Tank Battalion. The Battalion served in West Germany until 1955, when it, along with the 1st Infantry Division, moved to Fort Riley, Kansas as part of Operation Gyroscope. The Battalion was inactivated at Fort Riley on 15 February 1957 and relieved from assignment to the 1st Infantry Division.

As part of ROAD (Reorganzied Objective Army Divisions), the Battalion was reorganized and redesignated on 25 January 1963 as the 63d Armor, a parent regiment under the Combat Arms Regimental System. Company A was reorganized and redesignated as Headquarters and Headquarters Company 1st Medium Tank Battalion, 63rd Armor. The 1st Battalion was then assigned to the 1st Infantry Division at Fort Riley, Kansas. The unit was reorganized and redesignated on 20 January 1964 as the 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor.

When the 1st Infantry Division deployed to Vietnam in 1965, the Battalion remained at Fort Riley. In 1969 it was posted to Fort Knox, Kentucky, returning to Fort Riley, Kansas in 1970, when the 1st Division came back from Vietnam. The Battalion was inactivated on 16 August 1987 and relieved from assignment to the 1st Infantry Division.

The unit was activated on 16 September 1987 at Fort Irwin, California and assigned 16 October 1991 to the 177th Armored Brigade. The 63rd Armor Regiment was reorganized under the US Army Regimental System with its home base at Fort Irwin, California. It was inactivated on 15 October 1994 at Fort Irwin, California, and relieved from assignment to the 177th Armored Brigade.

The unit was assigned on 16 February 1996 to the 1st Infantry Division and activated in Germany. The 1st Battalion, 63rd Armor Regiment continued to train in Germany, eventually becoming the 1st Infantry Divisions immediate ready task force (IRTF).

In February 2003, the IRTF was attached to the 173rd Airborne Brigade (Seperate) and became the first airborne-inserted armor Battalion, called to support the northern operation into Iraq to provide a credible threat to the Iraqi forces. The remainder of the Battalion flew in later in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II, returning home in February of 2004.

Upon returning to Germany, the 1-63rd Armor again cased their colors to support the troop drawdown in Germany. On 16 March 2008, the colors were brought back to Fort Riley, Kansas. The 2-70th Combined Arms Battalion was reflagged as the 1-63rd Armor. The 1-63rd Combined Arms Battalion was slated to deploy sometime in late 2008.

92nd Armored Field Artillery Battalion

After serving in WWII with the 2nd Armored Division (Hell on Wheels) the Battalion was stationed at Camp/Fort Hood.

On 12 August 1950, the 92nd AFA Bn left San Francisco for Korea; understrength the BN was sugmented with 200 ROK soldiers.

The 92nd was attached to the 7th ID which was to

follow the Marines on the Inchon Invasion.

The Red Devil Bn landed at Inchon on September 20th 1950.

Five days later, at Suwon airfield, Baker Battery fired the battalions first round in Korea.

The 92nd, which was never in reserve in Korea, was to see over a thousand days of combat in the months ahead.

On October 10th , after the battalions mission of aiding in the success of the Inchon landing was over,

the Red Devils marched 310 miles to Pusan for necessary repairs.

On November 5, 1950, the battalion took part in a second invasion, this time at Iwon on the East coast of Korea, north of the Hungham beachhead. The purpose of this landing was to close the vise on the communist North Korean forces.

Soon the Red Devils were given an important mission to perform. U.S. Marine and Army units were trapped by a new enemy, Divisions of Chinese Regulars, at the Chosin Reservoir. The 92nd AFA was to help hold the area open until the surrounded forces were withdrawn and had totally disengaged. The Red Devils performance was a major factor in saving these forces.

In January 1951, the 92nd and other U.N. units had ceased to be a withdrawing force and begun a new initiative in pushing northward. By March, the Red Devils were well seasoned in the realities of combat and the loss of fellow soldiers. The unit was confident and better prepared for the arduous tasks that awaited them. Readiness and combat preparedness of the battalion was proven on the morning of April 24, 1951 when A and C Batteries were attacked by a company size element of Chinese Regulars. The attacking forces were provided with heavy support consisting of mortar and automatic weapons fire. Enemy machine guns were destroyed by direct fire from the Howitzers and fire laid down by the 92nds automatic weapons mowed the communists down as they made human wave attacks. On that fateful day the Red Devil battalion lost only four men killed and eleven wounded while the communist losses were set at 175-200 killed or wounded.

Removed from a Veterans patch Grouping sewn-on a small, 1940s-1950s era, piece of cloth – pinback DIs were also attached

6210th RTC, large U. S. made patch, scrapbook residue on back, border & blue tab have some rub areas, quire

3508BD – CO of TF Funston Plaques and Door Signs

U. S. National shield patch worn by Local Nationals working for the U. S. Army in Germany

A U. S. shield left SSI was reported being worn in Spring of 1960 in Frankfurt, Germany on an old IKE Jacket

at an Army Mess Hall by a Polish National. He was, reportedly, a guard on Army Warehouses.

The reason given for a Pole to be gurading a U.S. facility in Germany was…..he doesnt like Germans.

2nd Design Insignia worn January 1953 – March 1954

Depicts a wooden A-frame pack used by Koreans & the rough Korean landscape

Japan made Bullion on wool/felt, RFU, quire

Japan Logistic Command, Bullion patch made in Japan

Large ( 1 13/16) Japan made 1st CAV Mule style horse head, quire

1st CAVDIV, early-Japan Occupation era

When the 4th ID switched from the Olive Green background SSIs to the off-White patch is unknown

when the switch to the AG-344 Class A Uniform occurred

( Anyone knowing the date change-over let me know and I will post it )

4th Infantry Division, off-White patches

( Large patch with White Border is shown in William Kellers book U.S. Army Shoulder Patches 1st – 40th Divisions, page 80.

Depicted with an inverted V HONOR GUARD overtab and era given as Post WW2 )

Activated and fought in WWI for 103 days; received the motto RED DEVILS by Germans in the Saint Mihiel campaign; deactivated at end of WWI

The 5th Division was Reactivated October 16, 1939 at Fort McClellan, Alabama

Probably Relocated to Iceland (date unknown)

Moved to England in August 1943; later to Northern Ireland; Landed at Normandy July 9, 1944

5th ID served in: XII & XX Corps and Third Army from August 3, 1944 to May 7, 1945; Inactivated September 20, 1946 at Camp Campbell Kentucky

Activated and DeActivated more than once in the 1950s and 1960s; date it was Redesignated a Mechanized Infantry Division is unknown

1st BDE, 5th ID(MECH) served in the RVN from early-1968 to July 1971

1st Brigade stood-down at Fort Carson after return from Vietnam

Reactivated again and stood down on November 24, 1992

7th Infantry Division Order of the Bayonet

Many years ago a Veteran told me he was issued this Badge 2 times, once when he went on R&R to Japan and when he returned to Fort Lewis for discharge.

The Army issued him a new Dress Uniform on both occasions that was fully badged for his Division.

He still had his paperwork for the issuance of the Order of the Bayonet so there is no reason to doubt his recollections.

7th Infantry Division U/7 BAYONET DIVISION KOREA

17th IR/7th ID, Japan made, mans name was ADOULF, the White Buffalo on a Blue Field is part of the Regiments Distinctive Insignia(DI), quire

Large 6 (vertical) German made patch, looks late-1950s, UnUsed……(

24th ID ReActivated July 1, 1958 at Augsburg, West Germany replacing the 11th ABD

6954H – 86th Mountain Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain Division

UI389 – REGULAR ARMY Arc, One ID is a picture showing 45th Infantry Division Troops in the 1950s wearing this Arc…it was worn to denote the Regular Army personnel from the National Guard soldiers….they were called up for duty in Korea so it might have been during this era?

Anyone have pictures showing the Arc being worn and also see the ID of the Unit?

Or, anyone have verbal information/documents explaining who wore this Arc?

62nd MP Co (HP), outstanding condition, it was dry-cleaned before it was correctly-folded and stored for 55 years, quire

Bullion thread emblem is 2 5/8(Horizontal) x 2 3/4(vertical)

yellow felt is 4 1/4(H) x 4 3/4(V)

Excellent German workmanship in Bullion thread, UnCut/UnUsed quire

partial History of the 62nd Military Police Company (Highway Patrol)

Company Headquarters was in Heidelberg with Detachments throughout Occupied Germany

Constituted November 30, 1943; Activated December 1, 1943 during North African Campaign

Reorganized/Redesignated June 20, 1948 as 62nd MP Service Compa

Reorganized/Redesignated September 20, 1951 as 62nd MP Highway Patrol Company

signated September 20, 1954 as 62nd MP Company (Highway Patrol); Inactivated September 20, 1958 in Germany

Redesignated/Activated March 25, 1964 on Okinawa as 62nd Military Police Company(Service); Inactivated June 30, 1974

The ASMIC book shows the 40th AAA BDE patch in the upright (elongated diamond) and laying on its side as this PFCs shirt was sewn.

Khaki shirt pattern 1946, dated 1950, patch sewn with the Nike missile laying to the left, quire

40th AAA Patch & PFC Stripe from same GI as above

Elongated patch was also sewn-on with the Nike missile laying to the left, RFU Khaki Shirt dated 1950, quire

4472P – 14 x 33, 40th AAA BDE left SSI, old OG on Blue PFC stripes, dated 1950, last-4, Excellent Condition, quire

This insignia was originally approved for the Twenty-ninth Regimental Combat Team(29th RCT) by the Office of the Quarter – master General on 19 May 1954.

Re-designated Seventy-fifth Regimental Combat Team(75th RCT) November 4, 1954.

Insignia Reinstated for the Twenty-ninth Regimental Combat Team(29th RCT) August 8, 1956.

RFU, scrapbook residue on back, quire

partial History (very shaky history on this patch – take it was a Large- LUMP of salt)

The 29th Regiment Combat Team wore it from June 8, 1954 – November 3, 1954; Redesignated 75th RCT November 4, 1954 – November 1, 1956.

On 8 August 1956 the insignia was Reinstated for the 29th RCT.

There are other versions of this history on the Web

293rd Infantry Regiment Pocket Patch

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UI42 – RANGER C 9 M, came from an old-time Military Family, possible Japan made in the 1950s(?).

Looks like an Ice Axe hanging on the left ski; a coiled rope on the right ski; sled leaning on the skis(?).

(A thought on the patch origin: Charlie Company, 3rd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment was Inactivated on June 20, 1959

and relieved from assignment to the 2nd Infantry Division while stationed in Alaska. On the same day it was Redesignated HQs & HQs

Company, 3rd Battle Group 9th Infantry Regiment. The M on the mountain could be for Mount McKinley?)

72 – STAR COM FAC CONT, Japan made, probably late-1950s or into the 1960s,

a Signal Corps Novelty Patch as the Duck has Orange color.

Writing may mean: Star Communications Facility Control?

Came with a Signal Corps Bowling patch.

What does SCU expand to? If you know, email

a Medical Unit at Robinson Kaserne, Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen, Germany in the 1950s?

UI187 – KAMO type Camouflage Flyers/Tankers/etc. Suit, Conmar Zipper on with relief pull on the bottom, U. S. made small snaps, Very High Quality workmanship, no markings on cloth. Has a collectors tag that read: Cuban Bay of Pigs Issue, the only picfile I have seen of BOP prisoners-they were weating Spot Camo from the KAMO Company. A similar heavywieght camo was used in Vietnam, notice the wide epaulets.

UI322 – Canal Lock and Key patch, Panama Canal Corps of Engineers or ? Could be for Civilian workers? Any ideas?

UI340 – Japan made, Trojan or Athens styled Helmeted Head on green disc, possible Womens Army Corps (WAC) novelty or etc. patch, any ideas?

I am dating this as a 1951 to 1953 Grouping

( items found on a bagged-out shirt in the 1990s )

Ranger was from Buffalo, New York area —– I have his last-4

UnCommon Ranger Grouping, RFU long-sleeved Khaki Shirt shirt (dated 1946), Combat Medics Badge was sewn-on above the Combat Infantrymans Badge, Parachutists Badge was sewn-on to the Pocket-Flap, Blue-on-Yellow Combat Sergeant First Class (SFC) Rank, painted Infantry Blue

backings( = UnCommon) for his PX purchased domed Collar Brass, Grouping in Excellent-Plus Condition, Used…..(

WD Circular dated July 7, 1948 is the initial authorization:

personnel wore Gold background with Blue stripes

personnel wore Blue backgrounds with Gold stripes

The gold was officially called goldenlite.

They went out in Feb 1951 but were worn afterwards, until 1953 or ?

( also on Ranger Patch and Army Gear pages )

2nd Infantry Division, Japan made, used………..(

Very-large (9.5 x 11.5) Backpatch for the 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment, 7th Infantry Division for 1957 – 1958……(

AFKN Radio TV, Japan Made by Wellington of Tokyo, probably 1950s, pin clipped so it could be mounted on a plywood block,

came from a very large collection of DIs dispersed in the late 1980s, Used…..(

25th Infantry Division (25th ID), Bullion thread, black cloth backing, UnUsed..(

Bullion 45th ID, made overseas, removed from an Ike Jacket, used……..(

132nd Tank Battalion (132nd TK BN), 32nd Infantry Division, 3.5, UnUsed……..(

RED NOSE TIGERS, Japan made, Korean War Era(?), USAF Air Cargo Delivery?

40th Infantry Division FIREBALL Lozenge style patch

Shown in Kellers US Army patch book, page 238 as being post-WW2, made in Japan

Japan made patch and scroll circa 1952

( Scroll and SSI not found together – depicted together to show how worn )

BALL OF FIRE Scroll, unusual as there is

no yellow border line inside the Red Border, Unused…….(


possible ID is RECON Troop( or Airborne Troop ), 3rd RECON SQDN, 8th CAV, 8th ID…….an Airborne Troop with M-551 Sheridans?

Anyone have any ideas on who wore this German made patch?


SCARCE, Early 20th Century Hiatts American made Flexible Link Handcuffs Marked Yuma To The Yuma Police Dept, Arizona , USA Numbered 97 With Original Matching Number Key. Sn 15415 –

These handcuffs designed by Hiatt are rare to find. Produced in America in the early 20th Century these Hiatt Flexible cuffs are made of iron and have correct flexible links. One of the links is crisply marked Yuma to the Yuma Police Dept, Arizona , USA and another link numbered 97. The cuffs are joined by the correct linked iron rings and have their original key with matching number 97. Both cuffs open, close and lock as they should. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 15415

RARE UNUSUAL, British Edwardian 1907-1909 Joseph Hudson Patent The Metropolitan Nickel Plated Brass Police Whistle With Sheffield Steel Folding Knife Blade. Sn 15341 –

This is a rare and unusual form Edwardian Police whistle with folding knife blade. The nickel plated brass whistle measures 3 length including its lanyard ring. The body is crisply marked The Metropolitan Patent J. Hudson 13 Barr St Birmingham. The Diaphragm is also marked J.Hudson Patent (Joseph Hudson worked at 13 Barr Street from 1888 to 1909. In 1907 he took out patent No.01112 for his Metropolitan Whistle). One side of the whistle has a small 1 single edged steel folding blade . The blade is undamaged with just staining consistent with age and is marked Sheffield England. The whistle functions as it should producing loud, piercing sound. The price for this unusual form of Edwardian Police Officers whistle includes UK delivery. Sn 15341

1830-1837 William IV Painted Ebonised Painted Wood Police Tip Staff /Truncheon & Wrist Strap. Sn 14867 –

The earliest record of the Tipstaff (Warrant Stick) was in the 14th century. The name derives from the early origins of Policing when Warranted Officers would apprehend a criminal with the help if necessary of a tipped staff. The staff would be made of wood or metal and were not only a means of self defence but would also bear symbols of their authority. Modern Police Truncheons originated from these Tipstaffs. This is an excellent original large William IV Tipstaff / Truncheon. William IV (William Henry; 21 August 1765 20 June 1837) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover from 26 June 1830 until his death in 1837. The Ebonised wood is hand painted dark green with Crown below W IV R cypher (William IV Rex) in gilt, red and blue/green colours which are vivid. The staff with domed pommel, grooved grip and tapering cylindrical upper section measures 21 overall length. The grip section is holed and fitted with leather cord wrist strap. The wood has areas of light surface wear consistent with age but no damage or cracks. Price includes UK delivery. Sn 14867

Original, WW1 / WW2 Era Decorated Scottish Coatbridge Burgh Police Constabulary East Lanarkshire Lignum Vitae Retirement Presentation Truncheon By Hiat & Co Ltd Birmingham With Wrist Strap . Sn 14763 –

The Scottish, East Lanarkshire, Coatbridge Burgh Police Constabulary were established in 1886 and ceased to exist in 1967 when it amalgamated with Airdrie Burgh, Hamilton Burgh and Motherwell & Wishaw Burgh to become part of Lanarkshire Constabulary. This is an original WW2 lignum vitae hardwood Coatbridge Burgh Police Truncheon. These types of decorated truncheon were often presented to Police Officers on their retirement from service. Our example is 15 length. The wood is undamaged and features colourful decoration, the Kings Crown with Royal Cypher (George Rex) together with Coatbridge Burgh Police within panel. It has a deep grooved grip with rounded butt and is fitted with original wrist strap. The butt is stamped with manufacturers roundel Hiat & Co Ltd Birmingham. The grip is fitted with original leather wrist strap. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 14763

Pre 1952 Essex Constabulary Womens Uniform Cap With Essex Constabulary Kings Crown Cap badge. Sn 13907:63 –

This is a 1950s era Essex Constabulary Police Womens uniform hat complete with Kings Crown Essex Constabulary hat badge. The hats design is based on the WW2 British Womens military uniform issue hat. The hat is in perfect undamaged condition. It has a large visor peak. The top is made up of 4 sewn segments, all made in dark blue cloth. The hat has a black embroidered head band with an Essex Constabulary cap badge. On the inside it is lined with black cotton. There is no size in the hat. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13907:63

1950s-60s West German Police Polizei Peaked Police Motorcyclist Helmet By Romer Helm, Size 57 / 58 and Helmet Transfer Badge. Sn 13907:62 –

This is a 1950s-60s West German Police Polizei motorcyclist helmet, size 57 / 58. The helmet is made of hard composite and coloured white and it has a leather headband on the outside which is padded. It is styled similar to the British Corker motorcycle helmet. It has a black leather neck and ear piece with black nylon chin strap which is adjustable with a steel buckle. To the front is a transfer type helmet badge which depicts a rearing horse. Inside it has the makers label Romer and a brown leather 9 tongue liner. The liner has a circular label with the size 57 / 58. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13907:62

1950s-60s West German Police Polizei Peaked Police Motorcyclist Helmet By Romer Helm, Size 59 and Helmet Badge. Sn 13907:61 –

This is a 1950s-60s West German Police Polizei motorcyclist peaked helmet, size 59. The helmet is made of hard composite and coloured white and it has what looks to be a leather peak, piped in white leather. On either side it has in black letters Polizei the German for police. It is styled similar to the British ;Corker motorcycle helmet. It has a black leather neck and ear piece with black leather chin strap which is adjustable with a brass buckle. To the front is a metal helmet badge which depicts a castle with three towers. Inside it has the makers label Original Romer Helm and a brown leather 10 tongue liner. The liner is stamped in black ink with the size 59. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13907:61

1950-1960s British Police Constables / Sergeants Staffordshire County Police Motocyclist Corker Helmet & Badge. Sn 13907:60 –

An Original 1950s-1960s Staffordshire County Police motorcyclists Corker helmet. The Corker helmet, so called because it was made from leather covered cork is in good original condition. The outer finish is black leather and the top is made od four panels, stitched. There are two breather vents on either side. The peak is also leather covered and it has a black leather stitched headband. To the front it has a Staffordshire County Police helmet / cap badge. It has a black leather insert which is stitched and covers the neck and the ears which incorporates an justable chin strap which is secured with a single press stud. Inside it is lined with red cotton and still has the word Corker visible. There is no size marking visible on the helmet. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13907:60

1950s French Police Paris Bandsmans Kepi With Bullion Badges By Perchet Freres. Sn 13907:59 –

An Original 1950s French Police Paris bandsman Kepi. The kepi is made from dark blue corded cloth and on the top and the top edges it has a fine gold bullion piping with cross design on the top. It has a silver bullion chin strap secured on either side with a silver coloured button. The peak is black with black rolled edge. To the front it has two bullion badges. The top one is silver green and red and the one below is silver. Inside it has a brown leather sweat band. It is lined in brown silk and in the top it is stamped with the manufacturers stamp, Equipment Militares Perchet Freres 4 Rue des Mauvais Garcons 58 Rue du Roi de Sicile, Paris. A very nice example. The price includes UK delivery. Sn 13907:59

Rochester Divison Kent Constabulary Victorian Police Presentation Truncheon, Hand Decorated Constable 88. Sn 14331 –

A Victorian (V.R. C.1837-1850) Police Presentation Truncheon, Hand Decorated to Kent Constabulary, Rochester Division. Following the introduction of the Metropolitan Police in 1829 one of the next pieces of legislation enabling the formation of a police force was the Municipal Corporations Act of 1835. The result of this reform was to allow 178 boroughs to form a watch committee, which in turn had to establish and supervise a local police force. The Kent County Constabulary became operational on 20 May 1857 with 222 officers, and truncheons from this period are rare. The example shown is decorated with a crown over a script VR cipher and inscribed KENT in the cartouche. This truncheon is made from hard wood and is painted black above the grips where the hand painted decoration has been applied. It is hand decorated and varnished. The truncheon has the Queens Crown at the top in red, gold, black and white. Below this is VR in gold and there is a gold cartouche below this with Kent in gold on a red background. Below this it has Rochester Div. 18. The truncheon has a multi grooved grip which is shaped. This is a very nice truncheon. The truncheon measures 18 1/2 long. The price includes Uk delivery. Sn 14331

28/5/2018 – Preston Charnock Richards

24/6/2018 – Birmingham Motorcycle museum

12/8/2018 – Preston Charnock Richards


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– This is a very nice example of what is reported to be a Western blown tonic bottle and possibly related to the California Dr. Henrys products (e.g., Dr. Henrys Sarsaparilla). It has the deep blue aqua color typical of the 1870s and 1880s products blown at the SF&PGW (or predecessors) and have been reported to be found in the West, though some seem to come from back east also. The shape, size and embossing pattern was probably chosen to emulate the way more popular Dr. McCleans Strengthening Cordial & Blood Purifier though the mold engraver (or Dr. Henry?) had a problem correctly spelling purifier choosing to spell it Purifyer to the delight of modern bottle collectors. Unlike the McLeans product, this bottle has the noted embossing spread over both sides of the body…once again to the delight of collectors.

In any event, this example is 9.2 tall, flask shaped body (over 4 wide and 2 thick), blown in a post-base mold, lacking evidence of body air venting although boldly embossed, and a crudely applied double ring lip or finish with an appearance and manufacturing signature dating it to the 1870s. The glass is, as noted, a rich blue aqua with a nice assortment of bubbles in the glass and a bit of other crudeness to the body. Condition is near mint with no issues besides one surface open bubble at the heel that has no depth at all; it appears to have been professionally cleaned to my eye. Great example of a very rare tonic bottle that Ive seen a couple examples sell for $500 or more in recent years. This example is well priced at$250

– Is that a great name or what!? These are quite rare bottles of which Ive seen maybe 6 or 7 of; here is an extra one Ive come into possession of recently. Dr. Kurnitzki was a doctor (or at least used the doctors title) who produced several different patent medicines – including aWire Grass Kidney & Liver Medicine- in the southern city of Charleston, South Carolina (the K&L medicine notes the city; the tonic bottle does not have the city embossed). This bottle is a light to medium amber in color, has a very crudely applied oil finish or lip (globby-ness completely – 360 – around the base of the finish), smooth indented base, and is 9.5 tall; these bottle date from between 1875 and maybe 1885 based on manufacturing features.

This example has been professionally cleaned as most non-stained examples have been. These bottles are of a glass type that apparently stains easily and/or are all found in areas (SC) that are prone to staining glass with highly basic or alkaline soils? With the cleaning – which did not compromise the still very bold embossing – this bottle is near mint, the only issue being some very, very minor roughness with no depth (more felt than seen) to one side of the lip rim that is likely to have been in-making. There is also must faintest wisps of haze a couple edges inside…very hard to see. This bottle also has some cool glass particles imbedded in the base and a couple sand grain sized glass fragments standing out from the lower size below the S inKURNITSKIS(click images to enlarge) – all in making and caused by glass from previous bottles coming off in the mold. I think these are neat reminders of the hand-made nature of these mouth-blown bottles. As nice as an example as one can find! Incidentally, wire grass (wiregrass) is a native grass to South Carolina (and elsewhere) -Aristita stricta- which makes decent cattle forage when young, is closely linked with the native Longleaf pine ecosystems in that area, and from which I have absolutely no idea how they would make any type of medicine! Maybe some type of alcohol extract…with the emphasis on the alcohol.$250

– This bottle is one of the oldest I have for sale and among the earliest embossed patent medicines bottles made in the United States. It is also one of a small handful of over 4 sided medicine bottles that are embossed on every side – six embossed sides in this case. And if that were not enough, it is also unusual in that it has left hand embossing, i.e., it reads from the base to the shoulder (and best read holding it in ones left hand) whereas the vast majority of vertically embossed bottles read right handed.

According to the late John Odells book on pontiled medicines (a great book BTW!) the product first claimed to have been sold in 1830 and continued (apparently) until about 1843 when it was renamed Rowans Improved Tonic… and the bottles (likely) began to be embossed as such (I believe IMPROVED / TONIC on one side?). Not sure of the precise dates of manufacture, but suffice to say 1830s and 1840s…early!

In any event these are early, crude, and light glass bottles that have a lot of appeal for an aqua medicine bottle. It is about 5.5 tall, blown in a true two-piece hinge mold, and sports a nice blowpipe style pontil scar; clickbase viewto see such. The lip is a short, tapered banded example that was tooled or rolled over to the outside to form it. The surface of the bottle is very wavy, lumpy and crude which is largely a function it appears of the rough, unpolished surface of the likely iron mold it was made it. The bottle also appears to have been professionally cleaned at some point and there is still some faint surface etching visible on most of the sides. However, it is very hard to see due to the noted crude as blown surface and is non-distracting. Outside of the noted glass surface issue, the bottle is otherwise in about perfect condition with no chips, cracks, dings, flashes, or other issues. Great bottle that is one of the earliest of the medicinal tonic bottles Ive collected.$125

Bark-Root Tonic – Celro-Kola Co., Portland, Ore.(label only) – This is an early machine-made labeled tonic bottle that has a great original-to-this-bottle label as noted, which was a mild laxative averaging 25% alcohol. This is a somewhat later product of theof Portland, Oregon. There are at least two earlier embossed versions of this bottle dating from the 1900 to 1910s era – one mouth-blown, one machine-made. (I have examples of both which I may offer for sale in the near future.) This example has the one label on the side as shown with the other three sides not labeled nor embossed. Several of these machine-made labeled examples were found, if I remember the story correctly, in an old house in Washington many years ago. Ive seen a couple since (a recent one sold on eBay for $175 or so!) though they are a rare bottle. this example is in mint condition with the original cork and about 99% of the label which only has some mild chipping along the edges and equally mild discoloring in a few spots. (Note: bottle sits straight up and is not tilted like the image shows; my poor camera work.) The base has the IPG in a triangle makers marking in the center of the base, used by the, San Francisco, CA. which dates it to the late 1910s to early 1920s most likely, meaning this was probably one of those legal medicines that one could still purchase during National Prohibition without getting thrown in jail! Neat labeled medicinal tonic and Western manufactured bottle.

COLUMBIAN / TONIC / (very elaborate CT with TRADE MARK) / COLUMBIAN / MEDICINE CO / FRANKLIN / OHIO- Talk about lots of bold embossing! This oversized prescription type (a Blake style) bottle is strongly embossed for a patent medicine instead of a pharmacist, i.e., Columbian Tonic. The bottle has a tooled prescription style finish (aka lip), is 8 tall with a smooth base which is faintly embossed with W. T. & Co. for Whitall, Tatum & Co. which was probably the largest producer of druggist (aka pharmacy) bottles between the late 1870s and maybe 1920 or so (although the company continued into the mid-ish 1930s). This bottle likely dates from the mid-ish 1890s as I suspect the name was inspired by the 1892-1893 Columbian Exposition in nearby Chicago? The glass is just about crystal clear with just a slight manganese dioxide induced pink tint, which is visible in the image. Condition is immaculate with no chips, cracks, nicks, staining or any other post production fact, it looks to have never been buried. Ive only seen a few of these through the years and believe them to be quite rare – certainly very rare in this essentially perfect condition. Even though clear/colorless glass, this bottles size and boldness of embossing would make a great window bottle, where it may turn a bit darker amethyst(?).

This is embossed on three non-indented sides (4th side for label). Just over 9 1/2 tall with a tooled brandy finish (or long tapered collar with a ring to some), blue aqua in color, smooth base, ca. 1880-1885. This is one of the rarer and more desirable tonic bottles and was almost certainly produced by the same company in Philadelphia as the very common Dr. Hooflands Bitters. Apparently this brand didnt do too well or was much more limited in distribution as the tonics are hundreds of times rarer than the bitters. Condition of this example is mint…period. I can find nothing wrong with it and am only selling it because I recently acquired a ever so slightly better one (a bit more crudeness). This bottle does have a lot of nice bubbles in the glass and some stretch marks on the neck so it has its crudeness too. Nice big, scarce, tonic bottle.

– These Arabian Tonic bottles have always been a favorite of mine – have had several through the years – in that they are big in size, nicely embossed, a bit earlier in age (1870s), and have a great name! This bottle is 9.5 tall, 3.25 wide and about 2 thick. It also has an applied patent finish, blown in a post-mold (smooth base), lacks any mold air venting, and as noted likely dates from the 1870s (possibly late 1860s or very early 1880s) era I would estimate from the manufacturing characteristics. This example is boldly embossed and is essentially mint with just a bit of content haze in the upper front shoulder that takes a bright light to see. It also has some nice bubbles in the glass, a pleasant blue aqua color, stretch marks on in the neck, and a bit of slop over below the lip. I dont believe it has every been buried and certainly not professionally cleaned. One of the bigger, better, and fairly scarce medicinal tonic bottles!$65

– This bottle is a very interesting, very early 20th century (1900-1910) wine tonic – common sub-species of medicinal tonics – bottle that was bottled in a standard Bordeaux style wine bottle. The bottle was produced in a turn-mold as it has no side-seams and the distinctive concentric horizontal rings on the body typical of that manufacturing method. It also has a tooled banded champagne style lip or finish, smooth base with a 1.25 kick-up and bump (mamelon) in the center, 11.6 tall, and is a nice medium olive green color.

The bottle is labeledVin Zymo Brand Elixir Wine Tonicwhich was produced byPurexo Productsof San Francisco, CA. It notes a 20 or 30% alcohol level (there is a hole that obscures part of percentage) which is much higher than the usual levels of wine (12-15%) so must have been fortified to give it extra medicinal qualities. The label also notes that itcontains valuable medicaments(whatever that means)in properly blended fully matured California wineand isfree from iron and laxatives. The bottle is in about mint condition (a little scratching on reverse) and the original label is very colorful and 95%+ intact and still solid. Bottle used for and pictured on theHistoric Bottle Website.Interesting California wine related item from the era when the government was just beginning to really crack down on quackery.$20

JOYNER / UNITED DRUG CO. (in a shield) / TRADE MARK / SPOKANE / U.S.A.- This is a scarce druggist bottle from Spokane, WA. that is quite rare with the original label and string around the neck that probably had some tag attached at some point. Clickclose-up of the embossingto see such. This 7 3/8 tall (12 oz.) bottle from the early 20th century has a tooled, unusual two-part lip or finish – what is called the reinforced extract or collared ring depending on what reference is used. It also has a large majority of the original label (see image) which notes that it containedIdeal Blood Mixture and Tonicwith an alcohol level of 20%; it also notes all the maladies it would treat – from acne to malarial poison. The bottle is also embossed just above the label with 12 OZ., has a smooth base, clear or colorless glass and is in mint condition with no chips, cracks, staining or other issues…reflecting it having never been buried. It does have a bit of dirt inside which would certainly wash out easily, though I did not since I didnt want to possibly disturb the label integrity. This bottle was acquired for use in helping illustrate some concepts on theHistoric Bottle Website.Nice item with bold embossing and a pretty nice original label.$25

MULLS GRAPE TONIC / ROCK ISLAND, ILL.- Interestingly enough, this bottle was blown in the exact same mold as the labeledlisted above. This is indicated via a close inspection of the embossing pattern between the two (identical) and the presence of an embossed 3 mold number on the base. As with the other example, this bottle is the smaller rectangular variant in a medium amber color with a touch of red (blown out of the same batch as the labeled example?), 7.5 tall, smooth base (the noted embossed 3), a tooled oil type finish (long tapered collar), and dates from the very late 1890s to early 1900s. Condition of this example is also near mint; no noticeable issues like chips, cracks, or staining.

– This is embossed on the shoulder of this wonderful pair of very rare and colorful medicinal tonic bottles that contained some form of extract of the coca leaf – a narcotic. Clickreverse viewto see such. This was probably a locally distributed (somewhere on the Eastern seaboard) competitor to the very popularCoca Marianifrom France. The larger regular size bottle is a rich green color – some would call it Lockport green after the glassworks in New York that made bottles in this color…and possibly the glass company that produced these items. It is 8.75 tall, smooth base, ladies leg type neck, crudely applied single banded lip or finish, and probably ca. the 1880s. The smaller sample size is also of the same color (a tad lighter probably due to the thinner glass), smooth base, similar – though tooled – lip, 5.3 tall, and ca. the same era – 1880s most likely. The condition of the larger bottle is sparking mint with no staining, chips or cracks…just a very tiny spot of roughness on the side of the finish in one spot which is very hard to see. The sample size is also essentially in mint condition, though it appears that someone at some time buffed the top surface of the lip. This is very hard to see and fooled me for years (it was sold to me a mint and didnt look very close) but a close inspection shows that it has been buffed slightly to smooth out (I suspect) a flat flake? Not much was ground down, but the polished look to the rim is not original, in my opinion. In any event, these are very rare bottles…Ive never seen another sample size and only a couple of the regular size. Both for….SOLD!

– This is embossed vertically within an arched sunken panel on the front (well, the embossing makes it the front I suppose) with the other three unembossed sides also being indented with rounded arching at the top. This is a quite rare Southern (Memphis, TN. in my research) tonic bottle that infrequently is offered for sale in my experience with medicinal tonics. (Note: One correspondent on this bottle years ago noted that it contained a Tonic Bitters but was embossed only Tonic – much like the Warners Tonics were labeled as Tonic Bitters.) This offering is additionally a spectacular example – the best Ive ever seen. The color is a beautiful yellow with a bit of an amber tint and possibly just a touch of green; the images to the right portray the color pretty well (click to enlarge) so judge for yourself. It has a very crudely applied oil finish, is 9.5 tall (a bit over 2.5 to each square side), has a smooth circular domed base, and dates from or just after the American Civil War (1860s to possibly early 1870s) based on the look and manufacturing features. The glass surface is very wavy and crude with lots of small to moderate size bubbles throughout the glass. The condition of this example is near mint with a very faint content line on the inside a bit over halfway up the body and a few very small, vary shallow open bubbles on the surface. This bottle may have been professionally cleaned, but I cant say for sure; if so it was very lightly. All in all this is an exceptional bottle which if it said Bitters instead of Tonic would be priced much higher.SOLD!

– Although these bottles arent real rare, they are much in demand for obvious reasons – the pyramidal shape, roped corners, crudeness & age, and just an overall esthetic appeal that is undeniable. It is one of the better (i.e., higher value) medicinal tonic bottles out there. This examples stats are: 10.5 tall, smooth base (with ample wear indicating it was never buried), somewhat crudely applied brandy style lip or finish, a noticeably lighter yellowish amber color, ca. 1860s to 1870s. This example is in near mint condition with the only issue being that there appears to be a very faint overall content haze to the inside – most likely from having some liquid (original contents?) stored in it for some extended period of time. The outside is sparkling clean (no haze) with no scratching of note and maybe a tiny rub here and there if one looks very closely. It is essentially in mint condition with no chips, cracks, or other damage. Beautiful lighter colored example; see the comparison photo showing the bottle (left) with a medium amber example.SOLD!

MEXICAN – TONICboldly embossed on two separate sides (the narrow sides). Medium amber with a bit of a reddish tint (see enlarged images), rectangular with wide beveled corners, almost 11 tall, tooled long tapered collar with ring, smooth base, American ca. 1890-1900 based on the manufacturing based diagnostic features. This is a BIG and fairly rare tonic in a great shape for which the place of origin is unknown…anyone know?

The couple of Mexican tonics Ive acquired through the years came from the Mid-west, though some think it is Western in origin. I just dont know. The bottle is essentially shaped like a big eight-sided flask – 4 1/2 wide and 2 1/2 thick – and has some nice bubbles scattered about in the glass. Condition of this specimen is about mint with no staining or cracks; just a very small nick on one heel corner. A boldly sized tonic bottle that isnt seen often.SOLD!

Dr. JONES / RED / (cloverleaf) / CLOVER TONIC- This is embossed horizontally on the front indented panel; the reverse is embossed vertically withGRIGGS & CO. / OTTAWA, ILLS.8 3/4 tall, crudely applied brandy finish, smooth base, ca. 1875-1885. The color of this fairly crude example is a brilliant orange amber with maybe a touch of red to my eye. It is unusual for a square bitters type bottle like this to have horizontal embossing on one side and vertical on the other, though this feature is shared with the regionally competitive and popularPrimleys Iron & Wahoo Tonic(Indiana). This particular example is in very good condition with some ample wear to the base (maybe never buried and sitting somewhere?) and a few small wear spots on the sides. There is also a small (1/8th square) abrasion mark on one back side corner that is very minor and non-detracting (most wouldnt even describe it) and a tiny bit of content haze in a couple shoulder corners. Otherwise this is a very nice example with bubbles, neck stretch marks, body crudeness (wavy panels – see pictures) and great color.SOLD!

– Yum! Sounds like this was as hard to swallow as cod liver oil. This is a very rare tonic bottle – in fact, only one of two Ive heard of – that is a modified semi-cabin shape (steeply tapered shoulders; see close-up image) . It is possibly from one of the famous Townsends of sarsaparilla fame (S. P. Townsend or Jacob Townsend…akaOld Dr. Townsend) though that is speculation. This particular bottle did come from New England so it is possible. In fact, these are actually rarer – in my experience – than the other Townsends tonic bottle – theDr. Townsends Aromatic Hollands Tonicwhich is the same shape as the later (1880s)Dr. Townsends Sarsaparillabottles. (Note: I will be adding a Hollands Tonic to this list in the future.) Maybe this Townsends Tonic is from the maker ofOld Dr. Townsends Sarsaparilla?

Anyway, this bottle is square, 10 tall, a light to medium amber in color, has a crudely applied long tapered collar (aka oil finish with a lot of glob on the outside and particularly on the inside), smooth base (post-mold type base), embossing is very bold (all on one side), and dates from the 1880s. Condition of the bottle is essentially mint in that I cant really find any thing wrong with it – no chips, cracks, dings, flea-bites – just the lightest of wisps of haze in a couple small spots on the surface. Great bottle with a unique shape which – like theDr. Blendigos Toniclisted above – is one of the better rarities in the medicinal tonic realm.SOLD!

DR. THENARD- One of my favorite of the picture medicinal tonics Ive offered several of these over the years – all sold pretty fast. This one has the typical applied long tapered collar (aka oil finish), is about 9 tall, has a smooth domed post mold type base (dot in the base and vague number), and no evidence of mold air venting dating these between about 1875 and 1885. I still have never found out where these originated though many are found out West here, though I believe they are found in various regions of the U. S. Never commonly encountered (like theReeds Gilt Edge Tonicbottles, which the Gold Lions may be a knock-off of), these also arent great rarities either. However, the embossed lion, embossing on two sides, and great name make them popular. This is a pretty good example in the typical golden amber color (done on purpose due to the Gold in the name?) with no chips, cracks, or outside staining, though it has some scattered light content haze to the inside (a bit heavier just inside the lip). There are also a few small onion skin type open bubbles on the surface with no depth (one shows in the Dr. Thenard side image), a few minor abrasions on the unembossed panels, and one small flea bite at the heel on one unembossed side. As the images show this is really a pretty good looking bottle – with the issues very minor – with some decent crudity and bubbles the glass.SOLD!

– This is a bit of an enigmatic bottle in several ways. First it is labeled (95%+ intact; see photos) which is quite informative (clickclose-up of labelto see such) except that it doesnt note where the product was made! This wouldnt be a huge issue except that the base is embossed boldly withP. G. W.which was the makers marking for thePacific Glass Workswhich, to quote Dr. Julian Toulouse, was the first glass-container factory west of the Rockies being founded in about 1862. It operated until 1875 or 1876 (there is some differences of opinion on the date) when it was combined with theSan Francisco Glass Worksto form the SF&PGW. To my memory, there arent a lot of bottles with thePacific Glass Worksmakers marking on it; the only one for sure I can think of is the Victory fruit jars (likethis oneI sold some time back) and a scarce body non-embossed blob soda bottle that is base embossed with this makers name. Ive never seen another example of this bottle, sans label, either, or any other bottle that had P. G. W. on the base, though there must be some out there since Toulouse described it. In any event, this is a pretty cool bottle on its own with a somewhat crudely tooled brandy finish or lip (smaller tooled lips likes this began in the 1870s on medicine bottles) with the original cork, no apparent mold air venting, and a wonderful color that is hard to describe but I would call it an olive yellow…it is not amber. ClickHEREto see another image which shows the color pretty well to my eye…and a great color indeed! The bottle itself is essentially mint as it has never been buried; just a few small scuff marks on the back side. The label is as you can see in the image which is virtually all there but a bit edge raggedy with some staining marks. Although I cant guarantee that this was definitely a product of thePacific Glass Works, there arent any other good choices that fit the letters on the base. Interesting bottle & label in a great color with a great makers marking!SOLD!

– Two different sizes! This is embossed on the shoulder of both these bottles – the regular size (a scarce bottle in its own right) and the much rarer sample size! The taller bottle is almost 9 tall; the sample about 4. Both are light to medium amber in color, have the unique pedestal shape that is very unique, tooled ring type one-part lips, smooth bases, and date right around 1900 I would guess.

These tonics seem to come out of the East, though I dont know specifically where. Both bottles are in good shape though have some light (large) to moderate haze (sample) that isnt too detracting. There are no chips or notable cracks, though upon close inspection the large size has a short (4 mm) flash in the back which is hard to find. A nice, pleasing-to-the eye pair of food tonics. Incidentally, there were a lot of food based tonic products during the era from the 1880s until well into the 20th century, including what was essentially just beer marketed as malt tonic. This offering was almost certainly one of the many wine tonics (VIN) that were popular during that same era. A lot of this marketing was a futile attempt by producers of alcohol products to make them more medicinal and try to stave off the evil (to them) Temperance types, who of course won the battle with the passage of National Prohibition which took effect in 1919/1920. Those were the days!SOLD!

– This is all embossed on three sides of this rare early 1900s medicinal tonic bottle from the South. Also included with this bottle is an original tin ofRamons Tonic Regulatormade by the same company -Brown Manufacturing Co. that dates from the same era, i.e., the very early 20th century. The bottle is about 6 5/8 tall, has a tooled double ring finish or lip, and is a nice sun colored amethyst color (whether irradiated or not I cant say). It has a smooth base which is embossedDIXIEindicating production by theDixie Glass Workswhich was located in Tallapoosa, Georgia and operated from 1898 to either 1906 or 1907. The bottle is essentially mint; the only issue I can see is a very, very, very faint iridescence to the inside that is even and almost invisible. The can is a really neat item that is full of whatever the formula was (fine granular) and has a folded flyer about the product sitting on top of the product and which appears to be in good shape (I didnt open an inspect it, but it has information about the ailments it treated/cured). The can is in good shape with some soiling and rust spots here and there but is almost all readable (one narrow side is hard to read but the same as the opposite narrow side). The product was for the…quick relief in Liver Complaints, Biliousness, Dyspepsia, Bilious Headache, Costiveness…among other things. Nice pair of rare tonics for one price.SOLD!

embossed around the shoulder of this nicely shaped quasi-tonic – probably a liqueur with medicinal qualities. Color is a beautiful golden yellow (see picture), round drum shaped body with a ridge at the base and shoulder, long ladies leg style neck, plain indented base, fairly crudely applied wide single band type collar, 10 1/4 tall, American ca. 1870-80. Bottle has no stains or cracks and some nice long bubbles in the glass. It does, however, have an extremely shallow, flat side-of-the-lip flake that is 3/16 long and 1/8 wide with some accompanying roughness right at the edge of lip. Doesnt amount to much and by describing it I make it seem more than it is – but its better to have more information than less, eh? There is also an small (1/8 diameter) impact mark on the side of the bottle that has no depth or radiations but its there – really no problem. This makes a beautiful window bottle (thats were I have it now) with its clear yellowish color. Though not quite a figural, it does have some unique shape attributes that make it a handsome piece of 19th century glass.

H. J. DWINELL / DWINELLS / NERVE TONIC / MORRISVILLE / VT.- A rare tonic from New England! Within the universe of medicinal tonic bottles are a small subset of what appear to be medicinal tonics that were as much beverage as medicine; this is a rare example of such from Vermont. It is boldly embossed as noted above within a somewhat oval slug plate (glassmakers just called them a plate or plate mold) this bottle is of relatively hea

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Well, for a start, you might find it easier, cheaper, and less frustrating in the long run. Or you might be a sucker for a shiny black coat with gold twiddles on, or you may just like the idea of not throwing the old away just because the new exists..

I have used old machines all my life, and my regular machines – Singer Class 15 treadle, Bernina 730, and Singer 31k industrial, are all old enough to know how to do it for themselves. My only modern machine is an overlocker – after much experimentation and considerable amounts of swearing, I decided that old overlockers, while charming, are not practical beasties…

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The world is full of old machines, but if you want to use one regularly you need to choose with a little care. If you plan to sew every day or every week its no good getting something splendid but which has no regular supply of needles, and if you plan to do more than the odd small job, you dont want a Long Bobbin machine (too much bobbin-winding and spares may not be easy to get..) (However, these are great for heavy work)

So, you come down to Singer, ideally, and Round Bobbin, absolutely, and the following models:- 15, 66, 99, 201, 185. All take the regular needles, regular feet, and round bobbins which are all still available. This is for a hand-cranked or treadle machine, of course. If you want a machine with a tail (electric) then the big solid mid-twentieth-century machines made by Singer, Jones, Frister and Rossman, Bernina and others may be just the job. If it gives you a hernia when you lift it, its probably going to last.

Now, dont think I dont like modern machines, I just think that the general selection available is no longer admirable. If you were buying a machine in, say, 1950, you would expect to go to a special shop, pay a lot of money, get some measure of after-sales service, and never have to throw it away. Now you can buy one for about two-pence-three-farthings in Aldi or Tesco (three-farthings in IKEA; dont go there), and you get precisely what you dont pay for. The bottom-end machines in all ranges are for people who buy them and put them in the cupboard. I teach regularly, and I now have a note on my Class lists that I do not allow toy machines in class. They are very cheap, sure, and lightweight, certainly, and they are not electrically safe or usable for sewing at all. Sad, really…

Sadder still, most of the bottom-end-of-the-range machines are only just functional, and none will sew anything as heavy as canvas, denim, or webbing…

So, where do I find a Machine?Start by asking your friends and relatives. Theres one in almost every attic still. Might be free, or very cheap.

Next, I would advertise in the local newsagents, local newspaper,Freecycleor work notice-board in your area. Machines are too heavy to post, and you want it nearby. My treadle came from an advert in the Post Office 40 years ago, and the chap delivered it for the (utterly paltry) price…

Then theres eBay. Look for local sellers. Look very carefully at the pictures. Does the machine have all the little plates that cover the bobbin? Is it clean? lit? the right way round? photographed somewhere clean? If not, dont bother to bid.

Does the seller say I know nothing about this machine? If they do, it may be broken, and they are covering their backs. Look at their feedback, and levels of literacy, and what else they sell…

I am always happy to give an opinion on eBay lots, providing you send me a link in good time. I dont guarantee the opinion, but I will tell you if something is obviously wrong with the machine. NEVER buy a lot without a picture!

And when you have bought your Dream Machine, do send a picture, and Ill sell you something nice to go with it…COLLECTION ONLY

HOWEVER, I do a lot of travelling in the year, so if you are on one of my routes I will deliver.. For 2018 I will be in Cumbria in March, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (April) Birmingham (August), Bristol (September), Lincolnshire, all sorts of other places while teaching, and lots of other places besides.. ASK!

All machines are serviced and replacement parts provided as needed (new belts, bobbin winder tyres etc….) I usually supply a couple of bobbins with shuttle machines and 6 or so with round-bobbin machines. All machines come with a useful collection of feet and needles etc. (according to the machine, this may be a bit minimal) and you can have an original attachment set provided at an extra cost if required, or a tailored set to suit your sewing practice can be made up for you..

I now have a few very special Antiques (but working, of course) – see below for a selection according to type…

SM282 Willcox and Gibbs Automatic Chain-stitch treadle

Lovely, tiny, heavy, working, with manual and needles

Complete, good decals, new belt, serviced, so delicious…


SM296 Singer 66 in brown fridge cabinet. Practical drop-in-bobbin machine which takes low shank feet and modern needles and bobbins, has all the requisite tools and is ready to go..


SM254 Jones Medium CS shuttle machine in a nice brown fridge cabinet

These are delightfully pretty, and fairly practical, taking modern needles


After the First World War, the word German was pretty dirty in France and the UK, as you might imagine, so machines did not sell with any kind of Germanic label..

This is most definitely a Vesta, as it has the badge (with the name scraped off) and has been rebadged as a Cleveland..

Came with a French manual, which I have found a reasonable substitute for, as it is a pretty good copy of a Jones Spool, which in turn is a re-imagined Wheeler and Wilson 9..

Stunning cabinet-work, and curly veneer…

Tools, and the Case.. Pretty, pretty


SM110 Singer 31k Treadle. Scruffy but eminently usable. Actually mine, but Im short of room and time and I can only sew on one or two at once

Restored by me and used regularly, so run-in pretty well…

and the table – honorable scarring filled with black to preserve the history.. Smooth, though

200 (Reduced (again) to make it go away…)

Lots of machines in preparation at the moment, watch this space…

SM209 Willcox and Gibbs Automatic chain-stitch machine in nice case. Manual, needles, serviced…


SM302 Willcox and Gibbs Glass Tension (early type) with scruffy box, manual, serviced, needles..


SM292 Willcox and Gibbs Automatic chain-stitch machine in good case. Manual, needles, serviced…



SM310 Silver Jones Deluxe (15 type) in card-lid case. Heavy and solid, also pretty…


SM305 Late-model Singer 99 with reverse and Crocodile case, very shiny…


SM298 Singer 201 in Grasscloth case, very good


SM195 Jones D53a – wonderfully square shuttle machine of extreme weightiness and solidity


SM311 Singer 185 in Grasscloth case, with built-in extension table. Nice solid machine which has been out with me a couple of times to demo, so, nicely-behaved

These are a 99 in a more modern shape, but with all the solid charm of the black machines


SM297 Jones CB (15 class) with drop-feed and reverse.

Heavy, practical, with a fantastic lizard case


SM300 Singer 99k with grasscloth case and built-in extension table, plus all the usual fripperies


SM238 Harris CB (15 type) in card-lid case. Very solid and practical, with reverse…


SM289 Slighty Goth 99k, early type, with blackside plates and wheel and nice refurbished domed case

Note – I could change the plates out on this for the curly engraved type; add 5


Working, uses available needles. From 1880, and archetypal in its way

Selling this on behalf of the Quilters Guild


SM258 Wheeler and Wilson 9 – early round-bobbin machine with serious pedigree and charm

Needles are still available for this machine, and I have a few different feet


SM281 Blue Baby with drop-feed, reverse, and No Name


SM116 Jones 35 shuttle machine in wooden case – has reverse…


This one came to me with a poor base and a big red bow in its hair.. I have replaced both, and refurbished a little.. Nice solid machine


SM120 Vickers VS Modele De Luxe with lovely Art Nouveau decals. Takes modern needles and is easy to use.. Remarkably like a Frister and Rossmann of similar age…

Portable is relative, of course.. All (mostly) heavy…

SM236 Viking 12 Straight-stitch machine with green Godzilla finish and nice leather-look suitcase

Nice quiet, fast machine with great charm, extension table, original tool tin and booklet. Rewired


This was mine, but I can no longer carry it about for teaching, so Im happy to pass it along – its a great machine and has been well-cared-for, and comes with tools, bobbins, needles, and a small selection of feet of your choice


SM189 Cresta 3/4 size copy of a Singer 15.. Whats not to like? Very heavy, practical, quite delightful.. Im almost tempted to keep this one


SM154 Frister and Rossmann VS in luscious cream.. Made after 1946 (see detail below) and fully restored..


SM102 Singer 185 in delightful brown, electric with tools, good box, extension table, and retro charmingness..

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SM284 Heinrich Grossman Dresdenia B hat machine – Chain stitcher without motivation, on base (probably not original). Not the original foot, but it seems to fit. A curio of great charm. Sorry, no case



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positive impact on our business moving forward.

Examples of AM1 and AM3 from PPS Inc. can be found in industries that include aerospace, medical, healthcare and food service, among others.

Based in the Heart of America, PPS, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and markets custom-printed electronics for a multitude of Industries. With our strong, lean-manufacturing culture and world class operational tools, we can meet and exceed your expectations.

Difficult projects that can be made reality with screen and digital printed membrane switches are virtually limitless. Varieties of textures and flexibility are the strong suit of membrane switches and can be easily tailored to the specifics of your project.

PPS membrane switches use only the highest quality parts and materials. In many cases / projects our standards of material exceed the bid request.

Once you envision an idea, we can make it happen by developing overlay pieces of the highest quality. Start by choosing from a wide range of overlay materials that will compliment your original designs and custom shapes.

Control panel overlays identify form and function of the component interface.  In many cases the overlay forms a protective barrier for the equipment and sometimes the operator.

Each die is configured for maximum precision to meet the tight tolerances required for your specific applications and industry. Just specify the shape, pattern and size you need.

PPS Inc. currently holds anISO 9001:2008 Certification andITAR Registration, which are part of its overall commitment to continuous improvement.  Since 1964, as a custom printer and industrial manufacturer, PPS Inc., located in the heart of America, has developed a new line of products AM1 and AM3 that guards against degradation from microorganisms.  AM1 emulates velvet texture and AM3 emulates a fine texture that can be found in fine or velvet polycarbonates or polyesters.

Digital Processes are a group of techniques used to quickly fabricate a scale model of a physical part or assembly using three-dimensional CAD data. Construction of the part or assembly is usually done using additive layers.

Welcome to PPS Inc.Based in the Heart of America, PPS, Inc. designs, develops, manufactures and markets custom-printed electronics for a multitude of Industries. With our strong, lean-manufacturing c ..

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