When it comes to dairy and milk related products few companies can boast a history that matches Moore and Ross. What began with two farm boys meeting up at the turn of the 20th century evolved into one of the largest private-sector employers in Columbus and became the creator of Similac infant formula more than a century later. Pooling their money together in 1903, the pair opened up the Moores & Ross Milk Co. See below to check out the company’s accomplishments:


Next to the discovery of fire, some of the more important inventions to mankind were the development of techniques for the long-term preservation of food without rapid spoiling.  One of the earliest distinct bottle styles strongly identified with foods were the “gothic” or “cathedral” types.  Now when you think of cathedral or gothic design perhaps Europe comes to mind, however these pickling bottles were in fact American designed. Designs of this nature were commonly seen in the mid 1800s. Being a container for relatively perishable food products, these bottles were usually discarded shortly after use. Unlike most gothic pepper/pickle bottles from this era ours comes complete with a rarely seen stunning lead label. Adding further to its personality is a scare base pontil.

A great pair of antique railroad candle wall lights. These brass candle lamps likely hung on the walls of some passenger car back in the early days of the Great Western Railroad.

These candle lamps made perfect night lights for passengers on a train trying to sleep as steel wheels grabbed and pulled over the iron tracks….

Finding background information on Sharpless Ice Cream, the producers of “The Velvet Kind” turned out to be a little tougher than we had imagined. Others who have attempted seem to be stumped on whether or not there was actually a fellow who went by the name of Sharpless. Our research tells us that the Sharpless Ice Cream Co.  at some point expanded and developed the Sharpless Separator Co., which in turn produced the Tubular Ice Cream Separator. In 1922 Breyer – Sharpless Milk Association was incorporated under the laws of Pennsylvania. (sorry folks; that’s pretty much all we’ve come up with).


Before the invention of water pumps and hoses, fires were put out by throwing water from leather buckets. From the late 1600s to the early 1800s, hand-sewn leather fire buckets were standard equipment in most Canadian towns. Stores, businesses and warehouses all kept their own buckets handy. The buckets were often painted with a scene, a fire picture, or a business name. Many private homes also kept leather fire buckets ready for use. The buckets were used in ‘bucket chains’ where one line of men passed full buckets towards the fire, and another line of women and children passed the empty buckets back for refilling.

History has it that the Titanic only had 20 lifeboats and while most of them were outfitted with flares many passengers refused to light them for fear of being sunk by passengers who were in the water, swimming for their lives, and eager to board.

The copper canister displayed here has a brass label with wording: Coston Distress Outfit For Life Boats & Rafts Approved & Passed By The U. S. Board Supervising Inspectors Boston Supply Co. Inc. New York. The screw on brass-handled lid is complete with original rubber seal. A simply beautiful piece of nautical history with great patina. The cannister without lid is 10 1/8″ tall and with lid 11 7/8″( c. early 1900s)

Antique Folding ‘scrap’ Screen Room Divider Partition lovely Victorian Original  – Bi-fold Hinges

A rather charming example of a Victorian ‘scrap’ screen with high quality frame, ebonized finish and complete with bi-fold hinges, which allow the panels to fold conveniently in either direction. The images presented are lovely with vibrant colours and joyous subjects. The screen is in good order but has some damage worthy of mention on the back – certainly nothing which detracts from the overall feel of the piece. Overall a lovely display item that plays into the world of Victorian fun.

Perhaps the first words that come to mind when you think of Eleanor Roosevelt are First Lady or wife of  Franklin D. You may also think (or remember) that she served as founding member of the United Nations and was the architect of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In addition to those roles, she also wrote a daily newspaper column for twenty-six years, a monthly magazine column for Woman’s Home Companion, and a series of many other articles and books, It suffices to say that writing was one of her primary professions. But children’s writer? Children’s writer indeed! For offer here is a first edition copy of Eleanor Roosevelt’s, “Christmas”. A beautiful copy complete with dust jacket (stated first edition Knopf 1940).

Through wars, economic crises, disease and social upheaval, there has been a constant throughout the world; that constant is music and the power it has to connect people with each other and with their heritage. Cylinder music boxes (invented in 1796) proved to be very successful as they were a means of providing live music without performers. The sound produced was very much like a group of harpists or a hand bell choir. The development of Symphonion disc music boxes made tunes easy to add and relatively inexpensive, as well as making good music boxes more affordable. Symphonion (or Kalliope) boxes were originally made in Leipzig, Germany during the late 1880’s. They were destined to become some of the greatest music boxes ever known.

Pennington and Baker were manufacturers of school and office furniture. Located at 81 James St. Hamilton, back in the day they were the sole manufacturers in the Dominion of the “automatic” or self-folding school desks. The success of the folding desk was so remarkable the company was hardly able to keep up with the demand. At the time the top folding study desk was purported to be the strongest folding desk in the world. The company also established a name for themselves as manufacturers of the telephone boxes for Canada. Could this T square here have been used to draft the original design of either of these historical items?!

You just might amazed by the number of people out there who are avid collectors of Eaton’s memorabilia. We often receive inquiries involving Eaton catalogues, dolls, toys, glassware, and a number of advertising pieces with the Eaton’s name stamped on it.

What we have for offer here are two pieces of Eaton’s history – the first a checkered red and black Eaton’s Lunch Box and the other, a one of a kind advertising piece that would have been produced by the in house creative team at Eaton’s back in the 60s or perhaps 70s.

Recently we found an old box or two of Cat’s Paw Rubber Heels (ca: 1930s). Seeing these heels, reminded us of the days when people actually fixed things when they broke or wore out. And while the heels by no means are highly desirable or super rare (nor do they command large sums of money) they do however come with an interesting story.