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antique firearm in NH and MA

I'll be living and working in one of both. I want to buy a pepperbox revolver replica, because I always was fascinated by those , likely percussion based, and maybe take it to a shooting range once in a while. Do I need to fill out any kind of paperwork? What if I move from one state to another? What if I have the gun in my car as I cross state lines? Can I have the gun and ammunition with me in the car?
posted by spacefire on Apr 4, 2014 - 7 answers

 

Antique rifle appraisers

Does anyone know of an antique gun, specifically rifle, dealer in southeastern Mass.? I have googled and can find none in southeast ma. but I'm sure there must be a few out there. I've called several gun shops and none of them know of any people that are qualified appraisers. Any help would certainly be appreciated. Thanks.
posted by maursam on Mar 20, 2014 - 3 answers

Good dealer of Antique coins in Twin Cities area

Pursuant to cleaning out my parent's storage basement, I have been charged with finding the value of, and selling, a small collection of what appear to be antique coins and paper currency. Who is a good dealer to show this cache to? [more inside]
posted by BigLankyBastard on Mar 17, 2014 - 5 answers

Iconic, Street-Legal Cars In The US?

An actual help-me-with-my-story question: I've got a group of characters who need to ride around in an eye catching, iconic vintage automobile. It was orginally going to be a VW bus for the Mystery Machine echos but it turns out that's not actually street legal in the US. So, what's an old-fashioned auto that seats four or more, can be driven on US roads, and is antique/unusual enough to attract attention from car people but not enough that it sticks out like a surreal visitation ( like say, a Model T would.)
posted by The Whelk on Feb 2, 2014 - 54 answers

Decyphering this handwritten antique French legal document/curio

I need some help in translating further a curio I purchased recently - a short handwritten legal document (approx. 100 words) from Toulouse France, dated year 1672. My paid help has given up, so I am appealing to you! [more inside]
posted by 2ears1mouth0brain on Jan 31, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for a working Bakelite radio in the U.S

Aside from the standard stops ( etsy, eBay, etc ) where should I be looking to find a breadbox-sized, working radio from the 1930s-40s? Ideally Bakelite but not a deal breaker. Ideally shipping from the U.S? A period shell over modern electronics/cords is fine.
posted by The Whelk on Nov 28, 2013 - 8 answers

Finding the markets for your salvage?

I am in a remote rural area of Atlantic Canada. There is as much old collapsing shit here as a person could want, I have only been here a short while and already have more salvage than I know what to do with, it's an embarrassment of riches! [more inside]
posted by Meatbomb on Nov 23, 2013 - 13 answers

Where do Pittsburgh hipsters thrift?

I'd like to try setting up a small booth in a Pittsburgh flea market or antiques mall, but where? [more inside]
posted by MsMolly on Sep 20, 2013 - 7 answers

I am trying to discern the name of a Spanish printer in very small print

I have an antique label from a Spanish olive oil producer. The printer's name is at the bottom of the label in minuscule print. Even with a pretty good magnifying glass, the name is difficult to make out. It looks like "Huryabo" or "Hunyabo" or "Hursabo" or something like that. The name is followed by the place name "Jerez". I would like to know what the correct spelling of this printer's name is and when this print shop was in operation. Thanks. The label is probably from sometime between 1930 and the 1950s.
posted by kirsti on Aug 10, 2013 - 7 answers

selling antique quilts

I have 5 quilts, handmade in PA in the early 1930s. They are in perfect condition, never used. I'd like to sell them. Can anyone tell me how to sell them and where I might get the best price?
posted by judytaos on Jul 24, 2013 - 4 answers

How can I figure out if this painting has any value?

I've had this painting for many years. It belonged to my grandfather. He owned an antiques store and he traveled a lot in China. I'm not sure where it came from/how he obtained it. [more inside]
posted by doomtop on Jul 21, 2013 - 6 answers

What happened to all the copper engraving plates the USGS used to use?

My dad has a unique coffee table that his father (a geologist) made, in which the top surface is a copper plate once used by the USGS to print topographic maps. I was curious if I could find any more of these plates out there somewhere. [more inside]
posted by silvergoat on Jun 4, 2013 - 12 answers

Offset the cost of kitchen update...by selling the cabinets!

As mentioned before, we live in an old house. One of the many interesting (ahem) design choices of the previous owners was to craft kitchen cabinets out of wood taken from the attic - thick hard pine at least 250 years old. The wood is gorgeous, the cabinets, not so much. [more inside]
posted by heigh-hothederryo on May 8, 2013 - 8 answers

Accidents happen...can i make this one right?

Please help me find a replacement lamp globe for an antique floor lamp. [more inside]
posted by orangemacky on Apr 6, 2013 - 7 answers

Who will consider buying antique china plates and cups.

Twenty or so years ago Grams passed on and I got some very nice looking plates and cups made of china with gold trim, (I don't know if it's real gold but it looks nice) Since Gramps gambled most of his pay away I reckon the stuff was passed on to her as well. I've used it twice and its time for me to downsize (vinyl LPs go last). Can anyone recommend a place in the tri-state area (NY-NJ-Conn) where there are parties interested in such ware?
posted by daveo'h on Apr 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Restoring antique cabinet drawers: Ideas and Sources, please?

I've come into possession of an antique oak filing cabinet, and need help figuring out how to make the interior of the drawers functional. Restoration advice needed, please. [more inside]
posted by MonkeyToes on Mar 17, 2013 - 4 answers

When was the printer Oliveau & Fils graveur in Bordeaux in operation?

I have an olive oil label printed in France by A. Oliveau & Fils graveur in Bordeaux for a grocery store or outfit in Mexico City, Cia. Abarrotera. The label looks like it is from the very early 1900s. I would like to know when Cia. Abbarrotera and/or A. Oliveau & Fils graveur was in operation.
posted by kirsti on Feb 17, 2013 - 10 answers

Antique Tool identification assistance requested

I have a Challenge to all antique hand tool buffs. I'd really appreciate knowing what this tool is and what it was used for... The tool consists of a brass piece mounted to a wooden handle. The tool measures 6 3/4 " in total length. At the high point of the brass forefront, it is 1 15/16 ". The brass piece is 1 5/8 " wide. It has a tool stamp of 'IDEAL TOOL COMPANY' in raised letters on the reverse side of the upright brass fixture. I could not find anything like it on the Ideal Tool Company Antique website... I would greatly appreciate your expert opinions as to what it is and was used to accomplish. Thank you for your professional and generous offer to identify this hand tool piece !
posted by Jim Young on Jan 6, 2013 - 8 answers

What is this antique table?

Any idea what this mechanical antique table would have been used for? Photo of the side. Photo of the top.
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Dec 30, 2012 - 28 answers

Ultra-sonic, steam or both for cleaning Antique Jewelery

I am planning to buy a jewelry cleaner for my brother-in-law who sells antique jewelry (and other antiques). Will an ultra-sonic cleaner be more useful than a steam cleaner or visa-verse. Or, does one need both to be effective?
posted by lake59 on Dec 2, 2012 - 9 answers

Where can I find a watch like this?

I'm looking for a replica of this antique watch (or something similar to it) that I can purchase online. My mother has an antique watch from her grandmother that is very small. It's less than the width of a finger and it has a "jewelry clasp" on the thin leather straps. Is there a name for this style of watch? Or, is there a similar style that you have happened across online? I'm not looking for this exact watch, per se, just something this small and of the style.
posted by john the fourth on Nov 15, 2012 - 9 answers

Antique Clock Repair

I need to have repairs done on an antique clock in the Los Angeles area, but I'm unsure who would be reputable. Does anyone have any recommendations regarding a good place to get an initial estimate? Or is there a way to find good reviews for this kind of sevice? [more inside]
posted by SpacemanStix on Nov 8, 2012 - 6 answers

What is the model of this old stove?

Can someone tell me the model and year on this old stove? Is it worth anything? picture [more inside]
posted by racecar on Oct 28, 2012 - 3 answers

What was this spigot attached to?

What was this spigot attached to? It was found underneath the floorboards of part of a late 19th century luxury hotel in Montana (operating from 1889 to about 1940), along with many champagne and beer bottles and other alcohol-related paraphernalia. I can't find any examples of spigots that have similar valve hardware. I was thinking it was a beer or wine tap, but I have no evidence to support that.
posted by SixteenTons on Oct 4, 2012 - 4 answers

The Mystery of the Rusty Broken Thingamajig

What the crazy heck is this rusty antique yard implement a friend found under their house? [more inside]
posted by FatherDagon on Sep 5, 2012 - 8 answers

Mystery writing on teapot

Can anyone figure out the language/writing on the bottom of this teapot? If it helps, it was probably purchased in the NYC area between 1940 - 1970.
posted by mikepop on Aug 27, 2012 - 8 answers

how best to care for old and cherished books?

I need a more in-depth guide on the proper care of my old (1800-1960) books. I know the basics, (no sun, no moisture, no dirty hands) but I have some questions whose answers I cannot find. [more inside]
posted by windykites on Aug 27, 2012 - 5 answers

They work, but is it worth it?

Looking to buy an old gas stove and old electric chest freezer (pre-60's). Advice wanted! [more inside]
posted by katyh on Aug 23, 2012 - 16 answers

Help me find an antique/vintage pearl ring in the Toronto area

Recommend jewellers in the Toronto area where I might be able to find an antique/vintage pearl ring to give my partner for our 5th wedding anniversary! [more inside]
posted by colourmebrad on Aug 14, 2012 - 4 answers

Please help me help my parents to stop texting me about this.

My parents were eating in a Cracker Barrel last night and saw this thing hanging on the wall. What the heck is it? [more inside]
posted by phunniemee on Jul 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Sprucing up a junky old wood table

Ideas for refinishing an old dining table without stripping it? [more inside]
posted by elizeh on Jun 14, 2012 - 8 answers

Value of antique charcoal drawings

Two charcoal drawings were left behind when both my parents recently transitioned. We are attempting to establish their value. Both appear to be very old, Dutch in nature and both feature large sailboats and people "working" on shore. Each is about 36 inches long and about 30 inches tall. The artists name appears to be Janssam or Janssau...the "end-swirl" of the last letter of the name curves up and hovers over the name, back to the first "s". I have a photo of one drawing but haven't yet figured out how to post a picture on this site. Any help or suggestion toward identifying these pictures is greatly appreciated.
posted by Mickiezada on Jun 13, 2012 - 8 answers

Buying a Typewriter with history

I would like to buy a semi-famous typewriter. [more inside]
posted by rileyray3000 on May 20, 2012 - 5 answers

What Does The French Text on The Drawing Say?

French speaking friends on Ask Mefi - Can you please tell me what the text on this drawing says? Full drawing. Close up.
posted by extrabox on May 16, 2012 - 17 answers

What kind of animal was this?

What kind of animal was this? [more inside]
posted by nothingspecial on May 12, 2012 - 16 answers

Half remembered furniture

Does anybody know the term to describe this particular style of vintage kitchen/dining room hutch? It came in many forms but was generally made from a blonde, plainly figured wood and had bright red accents. I remember seeing examples in nearly every Toronto junk shop was ever in. [more inside]
posted by bonobothegreat on Apr 5, 2012 - 15 answers

Throw me a bone here

Help me identify this possibly antique carved bone object I just bought. [more inside]
posted by WickedPissah on Feb 21, 2012 - 5 answers

An elderly relative's pirates' horde of treasure

92.5% Sterling Silver scrap value, and where to sell it to a precious metals dealer in the Seattle area: Any advice? [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Jan 30, 2012 - 8 answers

Suggestions for wedding band shopping in San Diego

I'm getting married in San Diego in the middle of February. I will have a short span of time to acquire a wedding band in a city I know nothing about. Do you have an suggestions where I might find a non-jeweled, yellow-gold, vintage, possibly deco-period, wedding band?
posted by Foam Pants on Jan 30, 2012 - 6 answers

I swear we were born into the wrong generation.

[SewingFilter] We'd rather avoid making the worst sewing machine related purchase of our lives? Help us decide if getting an older machine could be a better choice than a newer model. [more inside]
posted by RolandOfEld on Jan 5, 2012 - 37 answers

Absinthe fountain or soap dispenser?

I think I got ripped off. Please tell me if this antique "Absinthe Fountain" is legit. [more inside]
posted by domo on Jan 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Help me make a 100-year-old look like a 20-year-old.

I bought this antique Art Nouveau jewelry casket from an Etsy vendor, and I'm thinking I'd like to reline it and restore the finish. I know I can handle making the new lining, but what do I do to restore the finish? Would I basically just paint it using a special kind of paint, or....?
posted by orange swan on Oct 19, 2011 - 13 answers

Camera stores in Seattle and Portland, suggestions?

I'm looking to nerd out on cameras in Portland and Seattle, suggestions? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Oct 12, 2011 - 8 answers

Mirror, mirror on the table, your scratches make your reflections a little unstable

I have three antique bevelled mirrors (date stamped April 1915 on the back) that are part of a three-way mirror from a vanity table and that I would like resilvered. Does anyone know of a good place to have this done in Toronto?
posted by orange swan on Oct 12, 2011 - 3 answers

wood carving of a horse head from India

My friend just bought a wood carving of a horse head (Pictures: 1, 2, 3, 4). It's supposedly from India and about 200-300 years old. Furthermore, the seller told us people used to hang them in pairs on the sides of their door as a status symbol (hence the wrought iron nail through the chest). [more inside]
posted by mahershalal on Oct 2, 2011 - 5 answers

daughter breaks, mommy pays

Shopping help - Need to find replacement glass lamp shade [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Sep 9, 2011 - 11 answers

What is this photo of?

Calling all Detectives: Help me identify what's in this photograph [more inside]
posted by coward on Aug 8, 2011 - 7 answers

Antiques Road Show, Guitar edition, Metafilter-style.

Please help me identify this old flat top guitar for my brother. [more inside]
posted by fings on Jun 8, 2011 - 8 answers

I want to ride like an old-timer!

How can I ride a penny-farthing bicycle? [more inside]
posted by Ms. Toad on Feb 6, 2011 - 5 answers

Wheat Flower Brooch

Antique wheat-flower brooch. What does it mean? [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Jan 31, 2011 - 9 answers

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