Agrarian Finds
At The
Bouckville Antique Extravaganza

Dateline: 14 August 2013

Early 19th Century Sugar Nippers. Price: $585

Marlene and I drove to Bouckville, N.Y. earlier today to spend some time antique hunting at the Madison-Bouckville Antique Week. We had heard from others that it is an amazing assembly of antique vendors, and that it was. I don't think we've ever been to a larger or better venue for antique picking.

I was looking for agrarian tools from America's past and I thought I might find some more old copies of Blair & Ketchum's Country Journal magazine. I didn't see a single Country Journal, but agrarian tools were in abundance.

I am drawn to the old, hand-forged iron tools, to woodenware, and to tinware. The pictures that follow give you an idea of some of the treasures that I found at the show (but did not buy). At the end I'll show you what I did buy.

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The tag said, "Very early large piggin." Price: $335

There were plenty of crocks, baskets, and hand-carved dough bowls at the show, all of which were a delight to behold, but that wooden shelf in the picture caught my eye. A closer look at the tag revealed that it was a "bucket bench c.1840." Price: $1,100

I studied the three reaping hooks in that box for some time. I don't see hooks like those very often and I debated with myself (in my mind) about spending $40 to buy one. In the end, I decided not to. But they sure are beautiful agricultural implements. There is no reason they couldn't be sharpened and put to use again for harvesting grain.

Shaker cheese cutter. Price: $550

A jack jumper from the early 1900s. I've always wanted to try jack-jumping. Click HERE to watch a YouTube clip of someone using a jack jumper.

A classic wheelbarrow. Price: $285

Herb "boat" grinder. Price: $525

I've always wanted an old roll-top desk like that one, but I didn't buy it. Price: $3,195

This old cider press was the find of the day. The man selling it said he got it out of a barn in Sherrill, NY. He said that all he did was pressure wash it. I remarked on how well it was crafted and he showed me the penciled layout marks still visible on the wood. I've never seen a cider press like it and I think it is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. I told the man it should be in a museum and he agreed. The asking price was $2,300.

The bottom tray of the press had hand-carved grooves to collect and channel the juice.

French coiled wire sifter (with wooden sides).  Price: $148

What I Bought

In the midst of a sea of so much great old stuff, the only thing I bought at Bouckville was a little, old, "noise maker" toy. It was priced at $12. This toy hearkens back to an age when there were no mass-produced plastic toys for children. It was an impulse purchase on my part but I was thinking of using it as a pattern for making a similar toy for my grandson. When I got home I showed him the old noisemaker and how it worked. He like it it. 

You may be wondering what Marlene bought. Well, she didn't buy anything. I was the big spender of the day. It's not like she didn't see things that she liked. It's just that we don't have room to put much more stuff. 

My Dream Shop?

On the way home from the show I saw this quilt shop and stopped to take a picture. I 'm thinking more and more about someday building a workshop/warehouse/shipping center/retail store for my Planet Whizbang business. I don't know if I will ever actually be able to do it, but I'm thinking and praying about this next step with my home business. It is getting mighty crowded around here, and it seems like a good idea. The quilt shop looked about the right size. I like the batten siding, and and I like the row of windows at the top. Architecturally speaking, that row of windows is called a clearstory.


Survival Gardener, AKA David the Good said...

I'm a sucker for vintage homesteading tools. I bought an antique hoe a few years back that gets a lot of use around here. I've also bought a scythe, a couple of sickles, an old cane machete, a very solid meat cleaver and some other great implements. Nothing like them around anymore, except for Clarington Forge's spades and forks.

Anonymous said...

I have three boxes of Blair and Ketchums Country Journal dating from the early 70's through the mid 80's. Do you have specific issues you're interested in? I could scan and share any articles you my want.


Herrick Kimball said...

Yep, a lot of those old tools were made to last. I'm looking for a good meat cleaver too. There were lots of them at the show, but I didn't see just the right one.

Thanks for the offer. I don't have any specific issues I'm looking for right now, but I might one of these days. I'm just looking to put together a complete collection from 1974 (when it started) to 1984 (when it was sold). It'll give me something to look for at yard sales and flea markets. And I'll republish an article every so often.