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Offline skipskip

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Wouldn't you love to find one of these sets from 1914
« on: April 15, 2018, 07:05:09 PM »
Hammacher Schlemmer  catalog from 1914.


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Re: Wouldn't you love to find one of these sets from 1914
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 09:18:44 AM »
Beautiful stuff. I wonder how many of those No. 100's they actually sold? That was probably a month's wages back in 1914.
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Re: Wouldn't you love to find one of these sets from 1914
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2018, 11:11:43 AM »
Beautiful stuff. I wonder how many of those No. 100's they actually sold? That was probably a month's wages back in 1914.

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Re: Wouldn't you love to find one of these sets from 1914
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2018, 03:34:58 AM »
I want it very much. It looks very classic. Do not know if it is sold or not.

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Re: Wouldn't you love to find one of these sets from 1914
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2018, 06:04:53 AM »
There is a #200 in the basement of an older gent just up the road from my shop, and it has all the tools.  He's been asking $4k and seemed pretty firm if anyone is interested.

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Re: Wouldn't you love to find one of these sets from 1914
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2018, 06:52:34 AM »
Hello, Todd. You tempt all of us. I have no idea if that is a good or bad price, value would be based on condition. I have never seen one, or even heard of one ,for that matter. I am going to look at some old auction catalogs to see if there is any info there. At the current rate of inflation, $64.00 in 1914 would be worth $1,545.16 in today's dollars. One could never put together a set like that today for the latter figure!!!!! Skip, thanks for sharing!!!!!! Regards, Lou

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Re: Wouldn't you love to find one of these sets from 1914
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2018, 08:05:55 AM »
Lou. The way I read the catalog the $64 price is for an empty cabinet, the cabinet and tools were $105 so I think that's about $2500 in today dollars. Jim

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Re: Wouldn't you love to find one of these sets from 1914
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2018, 10:23:47 AM »
Hello, Jim. Thanks for the correction!!!!!!!!  Regards, Lou