Copy and pasted from yesterday: I should probably say that I now have new bills to pay with the new office space. Therefore, not a lot can go out for cost + shipping. I will hopefully be able to go back to cutting deals in the future, but until then, ebay should be your guide.
Copy and pasted from above: I should probably say that I now have new bills to pay with the new office space. Therefore, not a lot can go out for cost + shipping. I will hopefully be able to go back to cutting deals in the future, but until then, ebay should be your guide.
Recent finds (ties). I'll try not to bore you with too many:
This is really interesting. I bought it at an antique fair and am going to try to get in touch with the dealer to buy the few others he had. It's a ball for a southern French version of bocci. The center is boxwood root and those are all nails. The entire ball is covered with iron and brass nails, so it's got some weight to it. The dealer was really up on it and said it was only made in this way from the 1800s-the early 1900s. Here is what I quickly read on Wikipedia: Warning: Spoiler!(Click to show)
Gallic tribes, which were introduced to boules by the Romans, used wooden boules. In the 1800s in France, boules were typically made of a very hard wood, boxwood root.
In the mid-1800s techniques were developed for the mass production of iron nails. Following this technological improvement, boxwood balls studded with nails (boules cloutées) were introduced in an effort to improve the durability of the balls. This eventually lead to the development of balls that were completely covered in nails, creating a ball that appeared almost to be made of metal.
By the 1920s, the growing popularity of boules in France created a demand that could not be satisfied using the available supplies of natural boxwood root, which were beginning to disappear. Paul Courtieu and Vincent Miles had the idea of manufacturing a ball made entirely of metal. Avoiding steel-based alloys (which were too hard and rust-prone) they developed an alloy based on aluminum and bronze, and (in 1923) patented a metal ball made of two welded-together hemispheres. A year later, in 1924, they filed a patent for a ball that was cast in a single piece -- La Boule intégrale. Other companies began manufacturing metal balls in a variety of metals and metal alloys, including bronze.
I'd love some help for the next couple of things:
I assume this is fake, but I bought it as it was relatively cheap and I thought there's a bit of value in it if it's fake but made with real sterling. Can anyone familiar with it tell me whether it's a knock-off?
I've done a terrible job with watches, so I question these:
I don't think this Seiko is fake (do they fake Seiko?), but another question. It's kinetic and the manual said to shake it 50 times to get it started. It works, but without movement on the arm, it's done after about an hour. I.e., I shake it, set it down, it will run for an hour. Is that normal for this type of watch?
Used to drink several cans of Coke a day, then that spiraled out of control into 1 2-litre a day, then sometimes 2 a day. That's over a gallon of coke per day... Pretty sure some girl in the news died of kidney or liver failure who drank that much. I eventually quit drinking it, I was around 265lbs and in terrible health back then. I think my kidneys were starting to malfunction and I was probably technically diabetic. That was 2+ yrs ago. I weened myself off with juice, then eventually cut out sugary shit almost altogether.
195 lbs now and I feel amazing. Soda is okay to have once in awhile, but large amounts are straight poisonous. #drinkwaternotsoda
Same here. 2 liter a day habit of coca cola until about 8 years ago. The fizz and sugar combo is like crack. I quit by buying seltzer water and cutting it with apple juice. Tasted like a Martinelli's sparkling cider. Put progressively less and less apple juice until I was drinking straight seltzer water. Still addicted to the fizz though. Went from 6'4" 275 to about 225 now. I can't drink coke now. It just tastes like straight syrup.
Am I the only person who never finds sunglasses worth picking up? I think I find about 1/year, tops.
Hans - That view is great! Take some indoor pics if you get a chance. I'm curious what the inside of that place is like. When I was a kid, my dad opened a flooring store in a building that was a hospital from sometime in the 1800s-1920s. The basement still had really cool empty pill/medicine bottles and boxes hidden in random areas.
I LOVE sunglass baskets/bins/drawers. They've caught on at a couple of my places, unfortunately.
I forgot to take an indoor shot, but here is one from awhile ago. I'm bringing in a big, heavy, leather topped old desk at some point. Photo area joins my office, storage/shipping is downstairs.
Originally Posted by txwoodworker
So, you're saying it's one of the newer houses in the neighborhood?
Ha! There are a number of old (old) buildings in this town, but new construction is also popular. They just took down a couple of older buildings to replace them...for no reason. They weren't super-old, but it's still annoying to see them go. My house was about 2m/6 feet out of the range where we could file a protest against it. One neighbor did and went to court. Apparently he lost, because the building just came down.
Golf shoe gurus, are these the vintage Footjoy I'm looking for? Quality is good but I can't find any "made in USA" markings and other makers marks inside are pretty illegible Warning: Spoiler!(Click to show)