In my rush home last Friday to be prepared for the incoming Publicly Greedy
& Evil power shut off due to Public Utility Maintenance Failures (PG&E PSPS
is how they spell it), I stopped at an estate sale of a former engineer, in
its waning hours, in the expensive part of the Peninsula. Showed up,
headed straight to the garage (carport), pawed through a table full of
boxes of wrenches, bitstock, nails, etc, gathered a bag of decent goodies,
and then headed into the house.
Wandered in through the kitchen, ignored the cheap knives, then saw the
outline of a #5 on a table silhouetted against the Living Room window.
Beeline that way, saw a few drafting sets, including one in a nifty wooden
box, but not paying $75 for a box. Turned back towards a corner, and saw
an oak tool box. Tried to nonchalantly make a beeline that way. Get over
to it, it is a nice oak Union Tool Case (not a chest, no top bin).
Reasonable price tag was on the top, poked into the drawers, a nice mix of
both vintage and more or less new tools (some just old enough to smell like
barf, yippee). After agreeing to buy everything, of course I forgot I
spent $90 cash for something when the vendor's credit card reader failed
the previous weekend, so I had to run down the hill to an ATM, and back up,
through rush hour traffic, to get back to the sale before they closed.
Looks like is a roughly 1949 - 1953 vintage box, per Tool Box Ted's guide.
All in decent shape for 65+ years old. Looks like someone set a shellac
bottle on top, and left a huge lumpy ring, but otherwise decent exterior,
and few areas of rust on the tools and transferring to the felt. All the
pencil mark #s on the drawers match the case stamping (115), the keys are
present and functioning. The drawers all slide and have intact pressed
metal pulls and felt over the tin bottoms.
Here are a few pics, and a bit more of the box's story in the comments.
And here are the trivial tools gathered from the garage
Kirk Eppler in Half Moon Bay, CA, where bumpkin season will mostly end
tonight, and we can get back to more or less civility.