Unique Finds

For once it’s gone, it’s gone forever

Some of the pieces and materials we find are unlike anything we have ever seen. They are so unique and rare that we may never see them again!

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Tampon MachineBarn DoorLight FixtureBuffet Cart

Hitching Post

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Tree Branch Style Hitching Posts

Rare, matching pair of “tree branch” style hitching posts.  Both posts are complete and ready to install.  Most hitching post have a classic horse-head style or an expressive tree trunk design.  This set seems to mimic a single branch with vines wrapping around it.  We were unable to find others like it or additional information on the style the set is made in.

6″ W x 5’5″ H


E&J Burke Bottles

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E&J Burke Guinness Stout Beer Bottles


On a recent trip out in Western Pennsylvania Jay came across a dust covered crate of antique E&J Burke bottles.  The array of colors probably hadn’t seen the light of day in over 100 years!  These bottles carried stout beer from Dublin, Ireland during Guinness’ early days until they set up shop in New York City.  They cleaned up nice and look great in one of our shop windows.


Here’s a little more history on this find:

“Of the bigger firms doing the most business with Guinness, the three largest and most important historically were Read Brothers, founded in 1871; Robert Porter & Company, founded in 1848; and the firm of E. & J. Burke, founded in 1849.  As we have seen, Edward and John Burke were the first cousins of Benjamin Lee Guinness, and like him, were grandsons of the first Arthur Guinness…Burke was based in Liverpool, although they also maintained offices in New York and Dublin…The largest market for E. & J. Burke was the United States, to which they also exported Bass Ale, and where they dominated the Guinness trade until the early twentieth century.  Indeed, between 1864 and 1874, Burke had the exclusive rights to use the Guinness trademark label in the United States (although others could sell Guinness in the United States).” –Guinness: The 250 Year Quest for the Perfect Pint, by Bill Yenne

 Snow Roller

1800's Snow Roller - 10'1 x 5'3 - Barrels each 36" x 37"

1800’s Snow Roller – 10’1 x 5’3 – Barrels each 36″ x 37″

Before the time of snow removal, there was simply snow management.  This antique, horse drawn snow roller was discovered on a farm in upstate New York and judging by it’s construction it was build in the mid 1800’s.  Snow rollers were used to pave a path through farms and towns during the winter months.  Because the rollers provided a smooth surface to what were normally rough, dirt roads, snowy winters were often the best time to transport large loads of stone and lumber.  This roller is comprised of three wooden barrels each with ornate, cast iron wheels inside.  It is truly a rare piece of history.