There is some pretty interesting stuff in this world. Run of the mill doodads from the past and items that were once upon a time top of the line technology. The trick is finding them. You would be surprised at what you can find at Estate Sale Auctions.
While most of the items are pretty ordinary, tools, paintings, future and stuff like that, Estate Sale Auctions are one of the best places to find interesting, one of kind and rare items. We thought you might like to see some of the more interesting items that some of our Xpert Auction Software clients have recently sold on their online auctions. Today we are going to show you five antique items found in Sacramento online auctions.
1. El Chico Cuban Rum
These two hard to find bottles of 90 proof Cuban Rum were found near Knights Landing.
This rare Cuban Rum produced by Ramon del Collado of Havana was made sometime after the prohibition, but before the embargo placed on Cuba in the early 60’s.
The bottles of El Chico were found with some age and wear, as well as partial corks, but still intact. That’s right this 90 proof hard to find Cuban Rum is complete and ready to drink
2. Antique Keystone 8mm Movie Projector
Break out the old movies!
Next, we have an Antique Keystone 8mm Movie Projector model r-8. It was also found near Knights landing. This generation of old time movie project saw its hay day in the early 40’s.
It was found functional, but with repairs to be made. A little work and it is ready to be used to see some good old black and whites.
3. Vintage RCA Tube Radio
Remember when families would sit around the radio and listen to the great old time radion shows like Roy Rogers, Fibber Mcgee and Molly, Martin and Lewis, Abbot and Costello?
Our number 3 item will bring back the memories! A vintage RCA Tube Radio, it was made back in the day when they still made radios out of wood and people knew what an AM radio station was.
This vintage tube radio was found with some wear and tear, but still in working condition. It has an all wood case that is 12” high, 17” wide and 9.5” deep.
4. Western Union Telegraphs
Bee bee Beep bee beep. Near Davis was found equipment for Western Union Telegraphs, 3 sounds and 2 Relays. From the second half of the 1800’s to the early 1900’s telegraphs was the way to go if you wanted to get message sent quickly and reliably.
Even though Morse Code was originally one code developed by Vail and Morse, it eventually was divided into 3 distinct codes, Continental Code, International Code and American Morse Code (railroad code). While none of this telegraph equipment appears to be functional it is certainly an interesting reminder of the longest used electronic coding system Morse Code.
5. Vintage Burroughs Adding Machine
Before computers and calculators were invented there was the adding machine. What does the adding machine do? Exactly what it says it does it adds, no more and no less. What makes this machine so interesting? Unlike the computer and calculator which work digitally and cease to function when the batteries are dead, the Burroughs Adding Machine is all mechanical.
You start off by clearing it to zero. Then you type in your first number. It works in dollars; the black keys to the left are 100,000’s, 10,000’s, and 1,000’s. The white keys in the middle are 100’s 10’s and 1’s. Then your black keys to the right are your cents. So you type in your first number, each of keys stay pressed down after you press them, then you pull the lever. That registers you first number and resets the keys. Then you add a second number, once you pull the lever adding machine adds the second number to the first number. Continue this process until you have added the prices of all items and the machine gives you the total.
A machine that all it does is add, seems pretty unimpressive, but when you think about a machine that adds using nothing but levers, toggles, buttons and wheels, it is pretty impressive.
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As you can imagine these are some pretty specialty items. While they might have gotten a good price auctioning them in just the Sacramento area, putting these items online greatly increased the number of people that were able to bid on the items. With more people interested in the items the bids prices were much higher than what would be expected at a local auction.
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