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: