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    Quote Originally Posted by trident-7 View Post
    Probably the cuddly toy rabbit, Bun, that I had when I was a baby.....from 1963.
    Ahhhhhhh! "Bun"

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheTigerUK View Post
    My wife, a late 40s vintage and still going strong :)
    Ha, ha. Very good.

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    I have a pair of Dumont tweezers gifted to me by Rocco Manfredi of Watchworks, who used them when he was an apprentice. They're probably around 40 years old and I've used them every day at work for the last 10 years and they feel an extension of my fingers.

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    I have a full set of stainless steel pots and pans I bought 38 years ago and are still used daily l

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    Quote Originally Posted by Franky Four Fingers View Post
    Most of my snap-on tools are 30 plus years old, I've a couple of King dick (fnar) spannerís my brother gave me when i was an apprentice that are well over 50 that are still going.
    Snap. I have some Williams,King Dick,Par x and Superslim spannerís that weíre second handed to me over 50yrs ago when I was apprenticed- BsF and Whitworth donít get much use now tho do they!

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    Quote Originally Posted by meridian View Post
    Snap. I have some Williams,King Dick,Par x and Superslim spannerís that weíre second handed to me over 50yrs ago when I was apprenticed- BsF and Whitworth donít get much use now tho do they!
    They've got me out of the doodoo a few times when dealing with rounded off metric nuts and bolts.

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    I went through a bit of a buying spree in the 1980s and have subsequently loaded myself with stuff I don't need but am reluctant to get rid of. Here is a list of just some of them.

    My favourite bit is a 3 drawer arts and crafts side table placed on the upstairs landing. It is oak and has 8 barley twisted legs and is around 1880- 1920.

    I have a long case clock by Thomas Prew of Tewkesbury dated around 1710-1720. It is good for gaining about half a minute over a month thanks to a long pendulum. The tick tock resonates throughout the house and it is strangely very hypnotic and restful.

    I have a 1710ish flintlock shotgun over the mantle piece made by Griffin of Bond Street. I also have a percussion shotgun made by Banks of Chippenham dated around 1820/30. Both guns shoot well but I last fired them about 10 years ago.

    I have a couple of prints by Michelangelo Rook of Oxford Colleges dated 1795ish. I also have a map of Wiltshire dated 1680 by Bob Morden a well regarded Map artist but it may well be a fake which is a bummer.

    I also have a Kurdistan rug which has been dated about 100/120 years by two different dealers and it looks beautiful. I shipped it over to Spain.

    My father was a toolmaker and I inherited a massive amount of his tools, mostly dating from the 1940s, all good makes and many handmade but all imperial sizes. They were useful when I ran motorcycles but I gave them up about 2 years ago. However I could never sell them and the kids don't want them.

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    Probably my great grandfather's memorial death "penny" and letter from the King which I guess is from around 1918.
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    Quote Originally Posted by earlofsodbury View Post
    I've just retired a pair of Timberland sandals I bought in 1997, worn daily, repaired often, and finally beyond further repair.

    The house itself dates from ~1750 (first two stories), and ~1850 (3rd floor and extensions).

    Probably the oldest thing serving any functional use is a large cobble of Lewisian Gneiss used as a door-stop to one of the bedrooms, collected on holiday a few decades ago, and which is somewhere between 2,700 and 3,000 million years old.


    @notenoughwrists - your fern is probably from the Coal Measures, so nearly twice as old as you thought at ~300 million years old.
    Ahhh! You are right.
    Was not in a position to check the old paperwork when writing (have had it since a kid so memory fades!) but looked and it stated Carboniferous, so youíd be bang on the money with that 300-odd million.

    Thanks!

    Although you win geology top-trumps!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mick P View Post
    I have a 1710ish flintlock shotgun over the mantle piece made by Griffin of Bond Street. I also have a percussion shotgun made by Banks of Chippenham dated around 1820/30. Both guns shoot well but I last fired them about 10 years ago.
    Mick, you could use them in the Bear Pit?😁😁

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    Quote Originally Posted by NigeG View Post
    Thorens TD150 turntable gets played at least three times a week. Unsure of its age but estimate around 50 years old. It belonged to my late Father in law who bought it new. Iíve had it nearly four years. It replaced my Rega Planar 3 which was from the mid 80ís.


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    I have a Thorens TD125 which is early 70s I guess. Also a Rega Planar 3 which I know exactly how old it is as my Father bought it for my 21st birthday (so from 1985). Sadly one needs to go due to downsizing the house (see below!) and it will be the Thorens sadly, it is by far the better turntable but no way can I sell the Rega my Dad bought me!


    As for the house it is 16th century if not older, somewhat smaller than our previous modern 4 bed but we love it albeit a bit expensive to run in these energy challenged times!

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    About 60+ years ago, my uncle gave me a Catholic rosary he bought at the Vatican in Rome. Inside the Crucifix is supposedly dirt from Mt. Calvary. The rosary was blessed by Pope John XXIII.


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    Quote Originally Posted by notenoughwrists View Post
    ... Although you win geology top-trumps! ...

    Over a quarter of a century doing it for a living endowed me with an annoying habit of smartarsery and related one-upmanship

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    My three boys have all slept in the same cot, which my parents originally bought for my younger brother 28 years ago

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    Ross and Kershaw WW1 and WW2 6x30 and 6x25 vintage porro prism binoculars which are still used / lent out / displayed at astro star parties —*The two binos on the RHS of the table



    The 1914 Kershaw binos have surprisingly bright imaging for a 108 years young instrument and observers are always very surprised how sharp / clear astro phenomena appear.

    British ex-military binos can be bought for less than £50 (sometimes £10 or less) and will likely out-last and often out-perform cheapo Chinese binos. Chinese binos need careful checking to make sure they're in collimation.

    The WW2 Ross binos were fully serviced and nitrogen filled / purged by Tony Kay at Optrep ... highly recommended for binoculars servicing and £reasonable charges https://www.opticalrepairs.com/notices.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    Mick, you could use them in the Bear Pit?
    I am much too nice to even think of that

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rod View Post
    Mick, you could use them in the Bear Pit?ūüėĀūüėĀ
    Much better to use them on guys who sexually assault women behind the bike sheds.

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    Do you have the guts to utter that straight to the member's face?
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    Quote Originally Posted by sundial View Post

    The WW2 Ross binos were fully serviced and nitrogen filled / purged by Tony Kay at Optrep ... highly recommended for binoculars servicing and £reasonable charges https://www.opticalrepairs.com/notices.htm

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    He serviced 2 pairs of kershaws for me earlier this year along with a pair of pair of Hartmans
    He is a top fellow to deal with

    The Kershaws are still in use along with a No32 scope on a monthly basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sundial View Post
    Do you have the guts to utter that straight to the member's face?
    Yes

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    After a week of national misery is it too much to ask that members don't turn a light-hearted fun thread into a childish bitch slapping competition?Pigeons playing chess springs to mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sinnlover View Post
    He serviced 2 pairs of kershaws for me earlier this year along with a pair of pair of Hartmans
    He is a top fellow to deal with

    The Kershaws are still in use along with a No32 scope on a monthly basis.
    Tony Kay is probably the UK's most experienced "binocular / telescope / anything optical" technician.

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    Nothing...........divorce took care of anything I once owned in the 80s............never let anything in my life be worth more than a few quid after, till 20 years ago and realised my latest missus is made of different stuff and a proper keeper

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
    I've used the same broom for 20 years. It has needed a fair bit of maintenance.
    Only five new heads and two new handles?

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    Hmm... Where to start? I have a Myford ML7 lathe which I use most weeks - that was made in 1947.

    On reflection, that seems quite modern compared to my railway carriage - it sits in the garden and I'm currently building a model railway layout in one of hte compartments. How old? Well, my dad played in it as a lad, and he's approaching 80. Mind you, it was quite old even then - we've not been able to get a definitive age on it, but we believe it's around 150 years old.

    That's still relatively modern though... I wind my grandfather clock every single day, and when we bought it 18 years ago, it was just coming up for it's 4th centenary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Balance wheel View Post
    Only five new heads and two new handles?
    Seventeen and fourteen.
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    I play hickory golf and my clubs range from 1905 to 1933 (you can date them based on the name of the pro/club stamped on them).

    Also wear a 1968 Tudor Oysterdate in my rotation, and a Patagonia synchilla fleece top is still going strong (bought it in 1986).

    My car has "one careful owner" (LOL) from new ... originally registered on 9th September 2002, so turned 20 years old recently ...

    Probably a load of other stuff, but those are the ones that immediately come to mind ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 459GMB View Post
    My car has "one careful owner" (LOL) from new ... originally registered on 9th September 2002, so turned 20 years old recently ...
    I have reached an age where anything from 2000 onwards still seems brand new to me...

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    Until recently, I had a 25+ year old Marin Bobcat Trail that I still rode despite it having a slightly bent front fork and never having had a service other than the occasional puncture repair. It was a teenage birthday present. Was pretty sad when I had to skip it and took a picture of me giving it a final sendoff at the household waste recycling centre. Moving to a new bike I realised just how knackered the old one was and how important servicing the drivetrain is!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wileeeeeey View Post
    Much better to use them on guys who sexually assault women behind the bike sheds.
    Totally agree 🙄

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    Quote Originally Posted by sundial View Post
    Ross and Kershaw WW1 and WW2 6x30 and 6x25 vintage porro prism binoculars which are still used / lent out / displayed at astro star parties ó*The two binos on the RHS of the table



    The 1914 Kershaw binos have surprisingly bright imaging for a 108 years young instrument and observers are always very surprised how sharp / clear astro phenomena appear.

    British ex-military binos can be bought for less than £50 (sometimes £10 or less) and will likely out-last and often out-perform cheapo Chinese binos. Chinese binos need careful checking to make sure they're in collimation.

    The WW2 Ross binos were fully serviced and nitrogen filled / purged by Tony Kay at Optrep ... highly recommended for binoculars servicing and £reasonable charges https://www.opticalrepairs.com/notices.htm

    dunk
    Cor, Ross binoculars, my old man used to go on about how good they were.

    As an aside, I think this thread should've been limited to "owned from new" else I'm going to claim some of my atoms dating from just after the big bang / 6000 years.

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    Talking about binocs, we've got a couple of pairs(?) that we found in my parents flat when they died in 2000. One is Russian the others from Sears USA and they had them for at least 20 years. I'll do pics if anyone interested. We still use them for spying on the neighbours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jools View Post
    Cor, Ross binoculars, my old man used to go on about how good they were.

    As an aside, I think this thread should've been limited to "owned from new" else I'm going to claim some of my atoms dating from just after the big bang / 6000 years.
    Creationist?

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    Casio scientific calculator, bought either in 1991 when starting A levels or 1993 for Uni, cant remember. As an engineer it sits on my desk and gets used most days. It's a solar & battery duel power jobby, pretty sure i've never put a new battery in it, so must have been going on solar only for the last 25 years or so

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    Ive got an old American milkshake maker from the 50s that gets some summer use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrlondon View Post
    I have reached an age where anything from 2000 onwards still seems brand new to me...
    Same here!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    Creationist?
    Fishing for Ussherites I suspect

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Smith View Post
    Creationist?
    No big bangist, but didn't want to offend as it's the G & D.

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    In a similar vein - or in this case nodule, I have a good slice of Garnet lherzolite picked up over 25-years ago.

    It reminds me that little is worth getting worked up over.

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