Estate Auction

Hi all – if you missed out on the Harmon Estate sale – you can still get in on the action! Cabin Fever took over the estate when I returned to Seattle last year. They have been slowly selling the inventory over the months following the sale in June of 2014. BUT! They have saved some of the best stuff for their annual Expo and the upcoming sale on March 22. Check out the inventory here.

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The Harmon Workshop

Sale Announcement!

KEEP AN EYE ON THE HARMON ESTATE SALE PAGE – AS THAT IS THE OFFICIAL NEWS AND INFORMATION PAGE ON THE SALE. IT WILL BE REGULARLY UPDATED WITH A LIST OF CONTENTS AND THE SALE INFORMATION, ETC.

 

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Day No.87 – Bibelots and more

More curious things in the basement: a large jar of saffron, used for gilding as it was done in the Middle Ages, and rocks of rosin, obtained from conifers and used for glass polishing among other applications… Dennis was certainly a renaissance man.

Here are some photos of items newly arranged.

Complete staking set by J G Hall

Complete staking set by J G Hall

 

Complete surveyors compass by W & LE Gurley

Complete surveyors compass by W & LE Gurley

 

Rocks of rosin

Rocks of rosin

 

Single printing plate for Rolls Royce car clocks

Single transfer-printing plate for vintage Rolls-Royce automobiles

 

Crystal Grinder by Swarthchilde

Crystal Grinder by Swartchild

 

Crystal grinding & polishing

Crystal grinding & polishing

 

Crystal grinding & polishing

Crystal grinding & polishing

 

Safag pinion cutter

Safag pinion cutter

 

Optical equipment, meters, laboratory lights

Optical equipment, meters, laboratory lights

 

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Micro-projector

Antique micro-projector

 

Precision ground stock

Precision ground stock

 

Woodworking tools

Woodworking tools

 

More volt meters

More volt meters

 

Collection of auction catalogues by Sotherbys, Christies, Bonhams, and Antiquorum

Collection of auction catalogues by Sotheby’s, Christie’s, Bonhams, and Antiquorum

Day No.30 – A New Addition

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It’s been a week since I’ve updated the blog, given that the whole front room was turned upside down to make room for a small library wall. Lots of wonderful books with subjects including steam engines, thermodynamics, chemistry, refrigeration, brick laying, gear cutting, clockmaking, electroplating, heating, gem prospecting, metallography, gemology, history, and lexicography. Once the room is finished, I will post some photos of the library wall, but in the mean time here are a few of the books.

I am happy to announce, it looks like I will be ready to begin sorting the back room by mid next week! You can expect daily posts once again.

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Here are some of the objects from this week’s finds:

Antique milling machine

Antique milling machine

Antique lathe

Antique lathe

Handcrafted piercing saws

Handcrafted piercing saws

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A peek inside the newly organized display case

Collets

Loose collets finally organized

Anvil

Anvil

Stones new in their box

New stones still in original boxes

Day No. 20 – HB

It’s been a bit of a slow week getting through all of the bench drawers, each filled to the brim with beautiful tools. Old ebony and ivory handles on files, hand removers, gravers, hair spring tools… Each piece seems crafted with care, so unique, the mark of the maker so evident.

HB- the Harmon Brothers stamp

HB- the Harmon Brothers stamp

 

Today I found a small wooden box, well-loved and well used with the two letter stamps H&B pictured above. In the early days of the shop Dennis marked his work with a simple HB stamp. Later Dennis moved to DH – the D smaller than the H.

Here are some more things from today’s work.

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Antique watchmaking tools in their original boxes

Antique watchmaking tools in their original boxes

 

Rolex case back openers

Rolex case back openers

 

The SIP replica found some friends today

The SIP replica found some friends