Delaware mineralogical society

A Delaware 501(c)(3) non-profit earth-science educational organization

 

DMS Member Auctions Page

From time-to-time, DMS conducts refurbished or 'as is' equipment, specimens, and related items Member Auctions. Either Members will want to share from their hobby, or benefactors will donate to our organization with the goal to encourage collecting and the lapidary arts.

In recent years, Tom Pankratz, our Vice-President of Fieldtrips, has taken the mantle of processing the equipment, and running our internal auctions. As we are not permitted to offer by auction during the year to the general public, DMS Membership offers the opportunity to acquire and advance their appreciation of the hobby. Auction rules are below.

The proceeds fund club activities, such as fieldtrips, our Junior Program, honorariums to Guest Speakers, and support of Delaware natural history museums. Members, thanks for your support.

Equipment

Now to March 23, 2017 Auction: Loretone Tumbler (1 -Quart)

This message is going BCC to the membership of The Delaware Mineralogical Society
This is the announcement for the auction of the 1 quart Loretone Tumbler.
A description of the tumbler and photos are attached.
This auction starts now and stops March 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm.
The minimum starting bid for this item is $25, and the bid increment is $5.00
Submit bids by return email to Tom Pankratz.
A description of this item follows:
1 QT. Loretone Tumbler, Model
Tumbler frame with motor and electrical cord
Two 1-qt. tumbling barrels with lids
4 plastic jars for grits and polish compound
This unit does not show much use. I expect it has many years of life in it. New units sell for about $100.

 
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Now to March 23, 2017 Auction: 6” Sears Craftsman Polishing Head with motor

This is the announcement for the auction of the 6” Sears Craftsman Polishing Head with motor.
A description of the buffing head and photos are attached.
This auction starts now and stops March 23, 2017 at 8:00 pm.
The minimum starting bid for this item is $5, and the bid increment is $2.00
Submit bids by return email to Tom Pankratz.
A description of this item follows:
6” Sear Craftsman Polishing Head
Has 2 buffing / polishing pads, 6” diameter
Belt driven; has 2 spare belts
3 spare polishing pads
Electric motor; 115 volts, 1725 rpm
I use a similar polishing head to put that final great polish on cabs and specimen rocks. I use either cerium oxide or aluminum oxide polish compounds with enough water to make a moderately thick paste.


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Now to April 10, 2017 Auction: Thumbler Ultra-Vive 10 Vibratory Tumbler

This is the announcement for the auction of a Thumbler Ultra-Vive 10 Vibratory Tumbler.
A description of the system and photos follows below.
This auction is open to all members of the Delaware Mineralogical Society.
This auction starts now and stops April 10, 2017 @ 8:00 pm est
The starting bid is $25, the minimum bid increment is $5.
I estimate the value of this tumbling package to be about $150-$200.
I’ve attached a copy of our auction rules.

Submit bids by return email to Tom Pankratz. I will confirm your bid. If you do not receive a confirmation
Within a couple of days please recontact me (my email provider just loves to send things to ‘spam’)

This unit is well-used but I think it has a lot more life in it. I’ve never used this model so I don’t have any particular insights as to its operation or how to get the best results using it. As far as I can tell, absolutely everything you need for tumbling, except the rocks, is included. Our Jr. Booth inventory has 100 or so pounds of agates and jaspers for sale. See the attached photos.

Thumbler Ultra-Vibe 10 vibratory tumbler
1 gallon bowl; grinding
1 gallon bowl; polishing
3 plastic strainers
1 gallon bucket
8 quart jars with a variety of plastic tumbling
A variety of books and instruction manuals
4 tubs; each with materials for each stage of tubling
Strainers, grits, polishes, beads, measuring spoons


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Now to April 17, 2017 Auction: 6” WorkForce Tile Saw

This is the announcement for the auction of the 6” WorkForce Tile Saw.

A description of the saw and photos are attached.
This auction starts now and stops April 17, 2017 at 8:00 pm EST.
The minimum starting bid for this item is $25, and the bid increment is $5.00
Submit bids by return email to Tom Pankratz.
A description of this item follows:

6” WorkForce Tile Saw THD 550

6” tile saw unit with saw blade. It can accommodate up to a 7” blade. The table top ‘tilts’ up to 45 degrees.
The blade is in good condition. It’s a ‘dry’ blade. It easily cut a ¼ X 1” piece of Delaware Petrified Wood
Motor: 120v, 60 hz, 550 watts, 4.6 amps, 3500 rpm
2 extra blades. They are well-used and I don’t know how much ‘life’ they have.
Blade nut wrench
Safety Goggles
This unit has been used both wet and dry. It is in good shape. I expect it has many years of life in it. New units sell for about $100.
It’s missing both the splash guard and the water reservoir tray. If you use it dry it’ll make a lot of dust. I’d dry-cut outside (or in a dust hood), wear a respirator, and use a fan to blow the dust away from me.

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DMS AUCTION RULES
Auction Rules
1. Auctions will run for approximately 1 month. Auctions will start with the emailing of the auction notice and end on the date and time specified.
2. Auctions will be announced by email to the membership of The Delaware Mineralogical Society. Auctions may also be posted in the newsletter and on the website.
3. Auctions are for DMS members only.
4. Items auctioned will be described in reasonable detail and accompanied by photos. Additional information will be provided upon request. Items may be viewed by making arrangement with Tom Pankratz.
5. Bids must be submitted by DMS members to Tom Pankratz in writing. Email is preferred.
6. You will receive confirmation of your bid by return email, and told if you are high bidder or not. If not, you will be told what the highest bid is. If you do not receive a bid confirmation within 24 hours contact Tom Pankratz by phone or email.
7. A starting minimum bid, and bid increments will be included in the auction announcement.
8. A record of all bids will be kept and all bidders will be periodically updated: weekly at the end of weeks 1, 2 & 3, and 2 days and 1 day before close of auction.
9. Auctions will be blind’ and ‘silent’. Identity of bidders will not be revealed. The amount of all bids will be communicated as indicated in ‘6’ above.
10. The identity of the winning bidder and amount bid will be announced to the DMS Board and made available to members upon request
11. Payment shall be made to the Treasurer of The Delaware Mineralogical Society within 7 days of close of auction
12. Items are expected to be picked up within 7 days of confirmation of payment by the DMS Treasurer.