Full Chisel Blog

February 22, 2009

When rust is a good thing

Filed under: Historical Material,Of Interest,Uncategorized — Stephen Shepherd @ 6:12 pm

There is a term used by tool collectors called ‘rust hunting’.  The lovely brick red glow of oxidizing iron and steel that indicates a non modern ferrous metal, delights some folks.  When I go through a flea market or swap meet, I look for rust, as that usually indicates something I might be interested in purchasing.

Well sometimes the rust is just rust and not worthy of consideration, so in the long and involved hunt, I have run into other objects.  A few years ago I started collecting glass and it has got completely out of hand.  I don’t do well with glass, I break things.  And for some reason I have started collecting.

Not only glass but also pottery and ceramics, and I don’t know exactly why, other that I just can’t pass up old stuff.  Here is an interesting Redware milk or cream pitcher,  it has a great traditional shape and if it is old is remarkable condition.

Redware Pitcher

I also purchased what I called ‘a beautiful cased glass tumbler’, and I heard myself say that out loud.

Cased glass tumbler

It is done in a three piece mold and is finished off on a pontil.  The top edge is ground, has a few minor chips and the photograph doesn’t do the color justice, I can’t believe I said that out loud.

Sauce Bottle


However, I did find a bit of rust, albeit a deposit in the corner of a sauce bottle.  Now while this just looks like a small glass bottle, when I first looked at it, I wondered how the hell did they make that shape on the inside?  The outside of the bottle is square, in a nice inverted taper.  The inside of the bottle is octagon.  It is blown into a two piece mold, with an internal mandrel and the bottom is added on to finish.  The bottom has a ‘ponty’ and is a separate piece added while still hot.    This accounts for the distortion of the outside bottom of the bottle.  The neck is also flame finished.  Somebody went to a lot of trouble.

The liquid in the bottle is white vinegar, there are some deposits on the inside plus the rust in the corner.  I really would have liked to find a nice sash plane, a twist auger or old saw but if I can’t I guess I will continue to accumulate this stuff.

I need a life, I need a wife.



  1. Stick with the glass and ceramics, Stephen. They might take up more room than a wife, but they are definitely cheaper.

    Comment by Mitchell — February 22, 2009 @ 8:05 pm

  2. It sounds like you might be complaining about collecting a bit of rust yourself!

    Now if a rust hunter would just pick YOU up. 😉

    Comment by Luke Townsley — February 23, 2009 @ 6:54 am

  3. Just one wife?

    Comment by Paul Kierstead — February 23, 2009 @ 5:03 pm

  4. I’ll meet you at the church in one hour. 🙂
    Your future wife.

    Comment by I need a husband — February 23, 2009 @ 11:45 pm

  5. I might be a little late.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — February 24, 2009 @ 1:17 pm

  6. I’ll wait. 🙂

    Future wifey.

    Comment by I need a husband — February 25, 2009 @ 11:39 am

  7. We should talk.


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — February 25, 2009 @ 2:18 pm

  8. Can you speak ‘Canadian’? Eh? 😀

    Future wifey.

    Comment by I need a husband — February 26, 2009 @ 3:39 am

  9. Ah-ya,


    Comment by Stephen Shepherd — February 26, 2009 @ 5:29 am

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