Dobbs Fifteen


My Friday evening trip through the Plateau was largely uneventful. However, I did find a nice fedora. It lay under a bunch of junk in the closer of the two trash bins in the background. Inside the bins was a pretty random accumulation of things: a few small bags of screws, a couple of older-looking kitchen tools, and some other bric-a-brac that looked as if it had been in a garage or basement. It was hard to tell what the unifying motivation to “garbage” was.



The hat is a “Dobbs Fifteen.” It was fairly dusty but it cleaned off pretty easily, revealing that it was actually in really good shape. The consensus on Ebay is that it’s from the 1950s. One sold for 110$! It’s sort of fuzzy as well, which some collectors love based on what I’ve read.


It fits me pretty well though so I think I’ll keep it for myself! It’s good to have some nice hats. I think this would match well with a black suit. It might be time to hit up a Value Village to see if I can find one that fits.

Once in a while I find myself obsessed with a find and I spend a lot of time just looking at it. This hat falls into the categories, as do the golf clubs I found on Thursday night.


Later on I came across this electronic organ. It works, if kind of strangely, but it’s perfect for my room-mate who likes making music from this kind of stuff. The sound is very atmospheric, which I suppose is what organ music usually is anyways.

I had a yard sale today and made close to 60$. I’m going to do another one tomorrow as well, anyone who wants to check out my stuff should come to St Hubert and Gilford between noon and five. I’ll be somewhere (not sure exactly yet) around that intersection.

The mashie niblick, please


Last night’s trip to Villeray produced a couple of old golf clubs, and when I say old I mean the shafts are actually made of wood. They were among some things that looked like moving “leftbehinds.” I gave them a rub with some steel wool to remove the surface rust.


In addition to the wooden shafts the club heads are marked as “handforged.” They carry the name of an Alf W Lawrence of Rosemere Golf Club, which lies north of Laval. I couldn’t find reference to any Alf W Lawrences, but I would guess that he would have been a pro at the club.

The Rosemere course opened in 1922 – I bet these clubs would have been made around that time period, perhaps a bit later.

I like this putter. I golf occasionally, mostly when I go back home as Montreal isn’t a golf town (plus, it’s expensive). I’ll try it out on the greens and see how it works. It looks cool (almost like a 1-iron) and most of putting is mental wizardry anyways so I’m not too concerned with it’s obsoleteness.


Clubs back in the days had funny names. This one is a “mashie niblick,” which is apparently something approximating a modern 7-iron. I found this interesting article about the names of older clubs and how they were made by blacksmiths. I don’t know how the golfers of yore kept track of all these different terms!

These clubs are in pretty good shape. The faces are blemish free. They’re not shiny but they’re not rusty either (“mottled” seems to be the word used to describe this phenomena). They still have their original leather handles which are in fairly good shape. My preliminary research indicates that I could probably get around 30-40 dollars each.


I’ve been in a cleaning mood and I decided to polish up this silver plate vase from Montreal’s historic Windsor Hotel. I found it close to a year ago, back when the blog was a mere infant. See the link for a picture of the marks on the bottom.

I used a couple of techniques, one involving baking soda, tin foil and hot water and one that added a bit of vinegar and salt to the mix. I found that the latter worked better. Regardless, the vase looks great and is ready to be sold. I think I could get around 25-30$ for it.

I’m going to test the stereo amplifier I found the other day before going out on another mission for Montreal’s finest trash.

I am a camera


I came across this trash on Tuesday afternoon. I opened up the pack in front and saw some vintage cameras. I hadn’t gone far so I took the bag, brought it home and continued my mission, finding nothing else of interest. When returned later I found that the speakers and the box (which contained some bric-a-brac, I don’t remember what exactly now) were gone as well. I had probably come at exactly the right time, before some passerby walked by and took it for themselves.


This camera, a Mamiya 23, was definitely the most valuable. Including the accessories I also found in the bag it should sell for between 300-400 bucks. Here’s a link to other cameras of this make on Ebay. I’ll need to test it out but given its excellent cosmetic condition it probably works fine. If all goes well it could be one of my best finds in terms of monetary value of the year!


This Pentax K-1000 isn’t quite as valuable but should still net me around 50$ on Ebay, assuming that it works of course. It’s also quite clean, however, so I’m pretty confident that it does.


I also found this Omega Grain Focuser. I don’t know what it does exactly, beyond being of use in a darkroom, but they seem to go for a decent price on Ebay. I put it up for 95$, we’ll see if anyone bites.

I think whoever threw this out decided to move on from their darkroom / film photography days. In one of the black bags there was more darkroom equipment such as clothes-pins, empty vials, and another (broken) focuser thing. The fact that the cameras were left out in the open makes me think that they wanted them to be seen and taken home, though I doubt they knew exactly how much value they still have. A lot of people assume that old things (especially technology) aren’t particularly valuable. However, they can hold on to a lot of value, especially if they were high quality pieces to start.

Hopefully these cameras work as I expect them to, altogether they represents my monthly rent and a bit on top. I don’t know much about film photography but my room-mate does, she can show me the ropes and help me test them.

In other news, I forgot to mention that I finally had a little yard sale on Sunday. It was pretty successful. I made around 90 bucks, unloaded a fair bit of stuff, hung out with friends and met some cool people. I sold a lot of my ephemera (old written/printed papers) to someone who runs a local archive, which is sort of ideal as the items will be more accessible to the general public. I may also be able to sell some of my ephemera to the same person going forward.

I should have taken a picture of the sale come to think of it. Ah well, I plan to have another soon, possibly as soon as this weekend!

Ebay sales have also been good. I spent a bit of yesterday listing things on Ebay and a lot of three glasses, which I found in Outremont and talked about in this post, sold almost immediately for 55$. I also finally sold that textbook I was talking about for 52$. I think I’m getting better at maximizing my Ebay profit.

I’m going out soon to check out the West Plateau. I hope to find some more valuables!