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.

Dawn of the Century


I made a trip out to Villeray late last night thinking it would rain this morning. I came across this pile on Casgrain near Villeray (street) which laid in front of a sold house. I couldn’t tell if the trash was put out haphazardly or if it was already picked through. Regardless, I found some pretty cool stuff, some of which dated back to the turn of the 20th century.


This binder is kind of funny. It’s very proud of it’s ability to be refilled, a fair trick to be sure but one we take for granted in today’s world. I think this was made in the 1930s. The notes inside seem to be related to musical training, which makes sense given the stuff you’ll see later.


This is a diploma from a Montreal stenography course dated June 3rd 1940. I didn’t realize how gibberish-like stenography was before seeing some of the scribbles on this diploma. That people could (and still do, apparently stenography pays quite well these days) somehow translate English into these squiggles seems incredible to me.

This diploma is a really beautiful piece of ephemera. It has some great imagery, some of which you can see by clicking on the smaller gallery photos. (As well, there is a link for a “full size” image on the bottom right of the gallery image). I especially like the woman hanging out with some flags next to a Royal typewriter in front of the city of Montreal. It has a couple of significant rips but I think if it were to be framed (as it should) it would look fantastic.


I saved several books, most of which were Catholic theory and prayer books. This one was probably required reading for the stenography diploma above.


I found this glossy paper pretty interesting. It commemorates the 1925 beatification (basically the recognition that one has surely entered heaven) of the a group of missionaries (“martyrs”) who were killed by the Mohawk back in the 1600s. The imagery is pretty powerful. On the bottom is a depiction of the missionaries being murdered by the Mohawk, and above them, in the clouds, the missionaries are all fine and dandy, doing quite well in fact as they are now in heaven.

One of the missionaries was named Isaac Jogues. Read the link for more info on the event.


Last but certainly not least I found a bunch of piano sheet music, much of which dates from the late 1800s to early 1900s. Some of the imagery is really incredible, rarely do I find anything from this aesthetic era.

I should be able to make a bit of money off the ones in nice condition. I can sell the ones in less-good condition at a yard sale for a buck or two as they would still look pretty cool in a frame.

I included a gallery below of some of my favorites. There’s more yet but I might save them for another post.


I hope to find some more old stuff in the Plateau this evening. It’s just a lot of fun to look through. Leaving now!

Bes, Osiris, Khepri, and Marantz


I haven’t gone out as often the last couple of days because my bike needed some repairs. Of utmost importance was to change the rear tire which was getting pretty close to bursting, a dangerous situation for sure. I fixed that up at the bike co-op yesterday but unfortunately I didn’t have time to true the wheel. I feel a bump on every revolution of the wheel when I ride, which (I think, anyways) is a result of the wheel being out of tune. I don’t think it’s a particularly risky situation (assuming I don’t go too fast, that is) but it’s definitely annoying. It shouldn’t take too long to fix, I just need to get to the bike co-op while it’s open.

Tonight I went on my usual evening run of the Plateau.


I found this box full of plastic figurines and three ceramic sheep at the bottom of one of the bags. The plastic figurines look to be the various characters of ancient Egyptian mythology. They’re doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with them, I guess someone just lost interest! There’s 32 in all (and one missing it’s stand) which include such names as Bes, Osiris, and Khepri, who is a sun deity with a scarab for a head.


Later on I came across some stuff on rue Chateaubriand. I feel like someone moved into a new place and decided they didn’t have room for some of their things. Exhibit A is the empty moving boxes sitting on top of the bags.

marantz 2220b

I decided to take home the stereo amplifier sitting in-between all the boxes. It seemed like a good quality machine in decent cosmetic condition, and I know some of those are worth money even if they don’t work.

My instincts were right! The model, a Marantz 2220b, sells for up to 300$ in perfect shape on Ebay. Even an obvious parts/repair model sold for 51$. Here’s a link of the other 2220b’s that sold. According to wikipedia Marantz is a pretty high-end brand.

I tested it a little bit. The lights are fairly bright but not perfect. I didn’t hook it up to speakers but it played well into my headphones. Assuming further testing doesn’t find anything wrong I should be able to sell this piece for 100$ at a minimum. Not too shabby!


I also saved some books, many of which are pretty popular titles. Books often worry me because of the possibility of them having bugs, but I trusted my instincts and brought them home. I also inspected them just to be sure. I should be able to sell these pretty easily at a yard sale.

A pretty good day overall. I hope to fix my bike wheel tomorrow so I can be ready to garbage pick to my full potential next week.