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antique mortising machine

Discussion in 'Open Forum' started by Paul Reagan, May 22, 2005.

  1. Paul Reagan

    Paul Reagan Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Can anyone give me some advice as to how to determine the value of an old foot operated mortising machine built in the 1880's by Seneca Falls Manufacturing Co. A search of the internet shows a picture in the Seneca Falls catalog and a picture of one (converted to line shaft operation) at a Tifton, GA museum, but I'm unable to find an estimate of value.
     
  2. dboles

    dboles LOVES Wooden Canoes

    Paul
    Give the same query over at the woodenboat forums.those fellas are crazy about tools especailly old ones.
     
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    Paul Reagan

    Paul Reagan Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Thanks.....good idea!!!!!
     
  4. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Hi Paul,

    The site you really want to go to is http://www.owwm.com/ - the Old Woodworking Machinery site. Good folks there!

    I have one of these machines, made by H.B. Smith in Lowell, Mass. It was pricey, but the Victorian lions paw feet make it all worthwhile!

    American Foot Power and Hand Power Machinery by Kenneth Cope (2001) gives a price range for Seneca Falls Diamond Mortice Machine at $400-750. Too bad it isn't a SF treadle scroll saw, that might go for as much as 5 grand...

    Cheers,
    Dan
     
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    Paul Reagan

    Paul Reagan Curious about Wooden Canoes

    Thank you, Dan. The photo I mentioned from the Tifton museum is from the OWWM site. I'll try the university to see if they have a copy of theAFP & HPM book. It sounds interesting.
     

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