On Saturday when I go to the dump I carry with me a long steel hook which allows me to fish interesting things out of the metal re-cycling dumpster. I’ll also stop and look through intersting piles left curbside for collection on trash day.
Some find this practice unseemly, but I feel the greater crime is to let these items enter the waste stream in the first place.
April 14, 2007:
I found some nice things this week! A grandfathers clock escapement, a lovely silver-plate teapot in quite nice shape, one brass andiron, a brass vase from India, and a pair of, um, Catholic welding gloves?
The nicest find is the clock escapement, it’s full of lovely gears, levers and cogs. It’s made in Germany and must have played a tune of some kind on the hour.
These are interesting. They are quite small, I can not get my hand into them at all. They’ve either shrunk or were intended for a lady. Or perhap they are purely ceremonial – if you know what they are drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update: I believe my fellow Brass Gogglian exoskeletoncabaret has nailed it – they appear to be ceremonial gauntlets belonging to a Freemason that has attained admission to the exalted ranks of the Knights Templar.