5.03.2010

Antique Barn Beam Borer

I was feeling a bit defeated walking into this sale as there were a bunch of people already there, and I could see some good stuff getting paid for and carried off before I even saw anything.  I picked out some tools and a fishing pole, then saw this beauty sitting there:
I didn't know what it was, but I knew it was old, and being an engineer by trade, I was instantly fascinated with the hand crank gears.  I asked him what it was, and he admitted that he didn't know.  I asked how much, he said "ten bucks", I said, "Sold!"  
So after a little research, I found that this is a Buckeye Mfg. Barn Beam Borer (drill) "The Boss" made in 1882.  One sold a little while ago for about $150.  I started the auction at 99 cents, here it is:


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