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What's In Your Pocket?

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Ivory Notebook
     Extra Leads
Ivory Notebook with Hanging Loop
Miniature Ivory Notebook
Tricorn Keychain
Brass Lucet
Brass Heart Rings
Pewter Sinkers
Brass Bracelet
Seam Smoother
Federal Knitting Needle Holders
13th-14th C. Paperclip
17th Century Bodkin
"Lead" Tokens or Counters
Pocket Spice Box
Small Dutch GraterBrass Decoder Set
Pocket loupe
Pocket Grater
Basic box
Pipe Bowls with made-do stems

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Ivory Notebook

Ivory Notebook (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel.
Made with brass covers and genuine ivory pages, it is similar to Thomas Jefferson's, but with the addition of a pencil. The four pages measure about 5/8" by 4". The ivory used is taken from recycled piano keys which are approximately 150 years old. The overall size is about 1" wide by 4 1/2" long. The pencil takes a 1/8" lead (included) and holds the notebook closed in your pocket.
Notebook: $135.00
Extra Leads: $2.00 each
Extra Pencil: $16.00
Break a page? Get it replaced for $39.00

Ivory Notebook with Hanging Loop (above)
Your ivory notebook (item above) can be made with a swiveling brass loop on the top so it can be hung. Brass.
Ivory Notebook with Hanging Loop: $145.00

Miniature Ivory Notebook (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel.
It'a a baby notebook! Sized for a lady's chatelaine, this miniature notebook comes with a hanging loop. It measures 2 1/4 long, and 1 1/8 wide. Brass and faux ivory.
Miniature Ivory Notebook:$125.00

Tricorn Keychain

Tricorn Keychain (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Modern.
Copper with split ring. A fun little accessory!
Tricorn Keychain: $15.00

Brass Lucet

Brass Lucet (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historically inspired.
Lucets were also called 'hay forks'! Lucets date from about 1100 to 1800, but this one is not an historic reproduction since we have yet to find documentation of lucets made from metal. Ours is handmade out of heavy brass, and is very sturdy with a nice weight to it. This lucet will never break! It measures 4 5/8" tall by 2 1/2 wide.
Brass Lucet: $38.00

Brass Rings

Brass Heart Rings (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
Handmade brass rings with a little heart. All sizes available. Recreated from a verbal description of a circa 1750 French trade ring. Please give ring size when ordering.
Brass Heart Rings: $20.00 each

Pewter Sinkers

Pewter Sinkers (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
Recreated from an original found in a circa 1740 Virginia farmhouse. The copper wire makes the sinker adjustable. A neat addition to your fishing kit. Pewter ball with copper wire.
Pewter Sinkers: $6.00 each

Brass Bracelet

Brass Bracelet (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
Made from a verbal description of a Native American original that was made from a twisted brass kettle bail. Our version is made from four strands of brass wire, twisted and shaped, with the ends finished nicely. Please give wrist measurement for proper sizing.
Brass Bracelet: $38.00

Seam Smoother

Seam Smoother (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction. 
Also called a seam presser. Our oak reproduction is copied from a Royal Navy original. It is carved from one piece of wood, and has proven quite handy on all sorts of sewing projects. The one pictured was made of bird's eye maple as a present for our seamstress Amanda. Our version is made of oak.
Seam Smoother: $50.00 

Federal Knitting Needle Holders

Back of Federal Knitting Needle Holder

Federal Knitting Needle Holders (top photo; from left to right: fish, heart, urn, acanthus leaf. Lower photo; back of needle holder showing tube.)
Handmade by Peter Goebel.
Brass, circa 1790 - 1820.
Heart: appx. 1" 7/8 x 1" 3/8
Leaf: appx. 2" x 2"
Urn: appx. 2" 1/4 x 1" 1/8
Fish: appx. 2" 1/2 x 1"
These were sewn to a fabric swatch, then pinned to the waist of the knitter's skirt as a holder for one needle, to free up one hand. The tube will fit a needle up to 3/16". These have been copied from engraved silver originals.
Federal Knitting Needle Holder: $33.00

13th - 14th C. Paperclip (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
This is Anglo-Saxon, but when I saw the archaeology on it I just had to make it ... who knew?
This piece measures about 2 1/4 inches long, and the pads about 5/8 inch square. Brass.
13th - 14th C. Paperclip: $33.00

17th Century Bodkin

 17th Century Bodkin (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
A brass copy of a silver original. Many were made in brass for the poorer sort. Bodkins were used to pull ribbon or lacing through a tube, or to lace a bodice. This bodkin measures 5 inches long, 1/4 inches wide, and 1/8 inches thick with a slot for ribbon, a hole for string or cord, and best of all, an ear scoop, just like the original!
17th Century Bodkin: $35.00

"Lead" Tokens or Counters (above, at bottom of image*)
Handmade by Peter Goebel.
Actually made from pewter, these are reproduced from originals found in England as well as the colonies. Some were found at Shadwell, Thomas Jefferson's boyhood home. They are counters, or tally pieces, and probably passed as coinage of a farthing's value. The designs are taken from originals ... there are thousands of designs, spanning about 2000 years.

*Here, our tokens are pictured with five original 16th- through 18th-century original tokens from which they have been copied.
"Lead" Tokens or Counters: $2.00 each

Pocket Spice Box (above)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
A neat little box to keep a pinch of this or that in when traveling! In the 18th century, you were never certain of the quality of tavern fare. A little cayenne or nutmeg could improve the flavor of almost anything - and you could carry your spices with you in a little box such as this one so they were always handy. This little brass box opens at both ends, giving you two seperate comparts to store your favorite spices! The compartments swivel out on a pivot. This would make a nice gift, as it is perfect for engraving. Dated: 1745. Origin: English. Materials: brass. Dimensions: 3 1/4" long.
Pocket Spice Box: $175.00

Small Dutch Grater (above*)
Handmade by Peter Goebel. Historic reproduction.
To improve the taste of almost any food or drink, 18th century people would grate in a little nutmeg. Nutmeg was so popular, that you wouldn't leave home without your grater and a piece of nutmeg in your pocket! Graters of this size were perfect for traveling! These have brass grating surfaces with hand punched holes. Dated: 16th-18th centuries. Origin: Dutch. Materials: brass, various woods as available. Dimensions: 5" long x 1" wide. Style "A" has a rounded top, style "B" has an three-sided, angled top.
*Style "A" pictured.

Dutch Grater "A": $40.00
Dutch Grater "B": $40.00

Brass Decoder Set (above)
Handmade in the USA by Peter Goebel.
Our interpretation of a circa 1770-1780 brass original from England, our decoder has a rotating inner disc and a fixed outer ring, each stamped with the alphabet. Rotate the inner disc until your choice of letters matches up, and you have your code.
Our decoders are made in sets of two. Each set is unique, with the alphabet arranged in a different order.
Dimensions: 2.5 inches in diameter.
Note: the decoder pictured is a prototype.
Brass Decoder (set of two): $130.00

Pocket Grater (above, two shown)
Handmade in the USA by Peter Goebel and Erv Tschantz. Historic reproduction.
Years ago, a simple wood and tin grater was discovered in a join under the summer beam of a barn built in the 1740s. When the grater was opened, half a nutmeg was found inside.  We like to think that a man sat on the beam to eat his lunch, set his grater on the join, and never remembered to pick it up. Looks like people have always been forgetting lunch things at work.
We've reproduced that little 1740s grater from beautiful cherry wood and brass. It's got a sliding brass cover and a small wooden handle to keep your fingers away from the rasp, and the little depression inside is big enough to stow a nutmeg or two.
Measures 4 3/8 by 1 1/2. Cherry wood and tin.
Pocket Grater - $50.00

Repared Pipe Bowls with made-do Brass Stems (above) 
The Real Thing! These are repaired, mid 18th century pipe bowls from Thames. Very limited supply on them. A limited few have makers marks. Bowls are able to be smoked, with brass extensions to repair broken stems. 
Bowl size varies and pipe averages 5 to 9" long. We will pick one for you. 
A great example of a "make-do" item! 
    Unmarked bowl- 40.00$ 
    With makers marking- 50.00$ 
These are fragile! Almost 300 years old. 

Pipe Cover (above) 
Handmde in the USA by Peter Goebel. Historic Reproduction.
This clever gadget is reproduced from two original covers: one from the British merchantman General Carleton which sank in a storm off Poland in 1785, the other from a museum colleciton. Pipe covers kept sparks inside the pipe bowl, away from burning your weksit or setting fire to your ship. 
Brass. Appx. 1" diameter. Friction fit, lid snaps shut snugly. Dated to the late 17th century and on. Comes with 18th century style clay pipe. 
Other sizes available to fit your existing pipe. Please contact us for more information. 
Pipe Cover - $70.00

New pipes... Top is a typical 18th cent 8inch pipe.Middle is a 17th century 6 3/4 smaller bowl. Bottom is an Elizabethan nose warmer at 4 1/4 inches with a tiny bowl. Lg..$12

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Taken from a cast 18 th century original, this little pocket loupe measures an inch tall with a diameter of 1 3/8 inches. Great to look at apps, charts, or coins. Heavy brass..........$50.00

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