Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jeweler's Workbench for Grinding and Polishing

Identifier: 2008 148 0002

Title: Jeweler's Workbench for Grinding and Polishing

Description: Light green steel jeweler's workbench and accessories for grinding and polishing by E. Nickl and Sons Jewelers

Item: Workbench, Jewelry

Place: US; NY; New York; New York, NY, US

Dates: 1925 to 1935

Type(s): Objects Collection

Maker/Creator: Leiman Bros.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Leiman Bros. - Oil Burner Assembly

Oil burner assembly 'Leiman'
Leiman Bros. Newark, N.J.
Leiman Bros.

Currently equipped with a much later model 60 cycle motor, having been used as a service pump in the repair shop of T. H. Oliver Aurora Ont. a mark of the long life of the Tuthill pump used by Leiman Bros.


"Early central automated heating machinery needed understanding from homeowners"

With central automated home heating would come new noises, aromas, and awareness that something different was going on in the basement. This oil burner by Leiman Bros would be representative of those of the early 20th century, to be found in the homes of well-to-do Canadians.

Including an electric motor, also new for the times, pumps, and a myriad valves and fittings, this burner was mounted on a cast iron tank, supported by four pipe legs. It would be connected by pipes to a firing head mounted on the fire door of the furnace.

While great progress had been made moving toward automated central heating, there was still much more to be done. Oil pump shaft seals would leak fuel oil producing pungent odors throughout the house. The seal on this machine would require constant lubrication, supplied by oil from the self-contained tank under the pump. When the oil ran out a whistle would blow, calling an attendant to add more oil — please.

Crude machines in the home, such as this, represented a major step on the way to automated central heating — machines that operated without the touch of human hand — well almost.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Leiman Bros. - "The Brothers"

George W. Leiman
Birth: Mar 1866 in Manhattan, New York, New York
Death: 21 Oct 1956 in Rainbow Trail, Lake Arrowhead, Denville, New Jersey

Obituary - 1956

Augustave Leiman 
Birth: Dec 1869 in Manhattan, New York, New York
Death: 12 Dec 1939 in Bronx, Bronx, New York

Marriage Record

Death Certificate

Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx, NJ

Edward Charles Leiman 
Birth: 12 Mar 1873 in Manhattan, New York, New York
Death:  ?
World War I Draft Registration Card

John Leiman 
Birth: abt 1867 in Manhattan, New York, New York
Death: 1955

William H. Leiman
Birth: Mar 1862 in Manhattan, New York, New York
Death: 3 Mar 1931 in Orange, Essex, New Jersey

Obituary - 10 Mar 1931 - NY Times

Henry Leiman was the eldest sibling of the Leiman brothers.  He was not part of the Leiman Bros. Company, but left NYC to Tampa, Florida.  For significant amount of time he would become the head of the one of the largest cigar box manufacturing companies, Tampa Box Company.

Henry Leiman
Birth: 31 May 1857 in Manhattan, New York, New York
Death: 5 Dec 1931 in Tampa, Hillsborough, Florida

Florida from Indian Trail to Space Age Vol III, p.79

Tampa Box Company - 1909

Employees in front of Tampa’s first cigar box factory, appropriately named the Tampa Box Company. The building was located on the North-East corner of 7th Avenue and 17th Street, in Ybor City. It burnt down around the turn of the century.

'New' Tampa Box Company  
Built in 1907 and located at 21st Street / 1st Avenue.

The Tampa Tribune - Dec 19, 1909. p.27

The Tampa Tribune - Dec 16, 1917

Directory and guide of Florida railways for shippers - 1920, p.106

St. Petersburg Times - May 31, 2002

The "Father" Daniel Leimann
Birth: 18 Jan 1829 in Röddenau, Hessen, Germany
Death: 4 Jul 1872 in Manhattan, Kings, New York

Daniel Leimann - Röddenau, Hesse Cassel, Birth 18 Jan 1829 

Daniel Leimann - Passenger List 
Ship:    F. J. Wichelhausen
Arrival :  17 May 1850

Daniel Leimann - Naturalization

New York Times - 5 July 1872
Accident of the Day

Death Certificate

Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens County, New York 
Lot 14112, Map 3

Monday, July 14, 2014

Leiman Bros. - 60-62 Lispenard Street

On September 24, 1920 The New York Tribune reported on the sale by owner Hyman Benowitz.  Two years later Leiman Brothers would be renting in the building, making "pumps for automatic feeders, folders and labelers."

 60-62 Lispenard Street

Leiman Bros. - 175 Christie Street, Newark, NJ

175 Christie Street, Newark, NJ 
Google Earth Street View (circa 2013)

Leiman Bros. - Jewerly Polishing System

Leiman Bros. - Jewelers Workbench

Appears to be converted for this use from a machine bench by Leiman Bros., NY.  Lower drawer is lined to catch items accidentally dropped from top.  There is  4"x 6" metal work place on top.  About 36"x 33"x 18".

Vintage Leiman Bros, Newark, N.J.  Jewelers bench found in Cleveland, Ohio. Heavy cast iron legs with a patina chopping block top & tin lined wood drawers.