In order of coolness, here’s some stuff I bought at fleamarkets that make good accessories for a steampunk airship engineer costume.
The writing says “LANZ Separatoren mit Neusilbereinsatz sind die vollkommensten”, i.e. “LANZ separators with nickel silver inset are the most perfect”. It’s an advertisement for the (no longer existent) German company “Heinrich Lanz AG Mannheim”. This company produced steamengine vehicles and airships in the decades around the year 1900!! Their coolest vehicle was the “Lokomobile”, a steam tractor used by farmers. Wow, this small antique is better than I had expected. Nothing is more Steampunk than (an advertisement for…) Lanz. :)
I don’t know where these “orb” pocket watches are coming from all of a sudden? Probably a modern company mass-produces them, knowing that dumb Steampunks like me will buy them, although it says Quartz… (Admittedly, the first Quartz clocks were invented in 1930 — but they surely did not look like that.)
This particular piece of junk from the Berlin fleamarket displays Central European Gravitational Time. What is gravitational time, you ask? When you pick the watch up, both hands point to the closest source of gravity…! :-(
The watch contains clockwork and a battery, but it’s so cheaply made that the two hands are too weak to move independently, much less “uphill”. Oh well. It looks steampunkish enough for now, until I find something better.
This pin and badge are the best pin and badge ever! <3 One Euro per piece from the Prague Kolbenova fleamarket. The lapel pin spells out "FS", which stands for "fakulta strojní" (engineering department). The F is a calliper and the S is two cogwheels! Very engineer-like. And the button badge is a super cool Jules Verne-style spaceship! Whee!
The third pin is a little airplane / sword labeled Letov. Letov is short for “letadlo” + “tovarna”, meaning airplane factory. The Czechoslovak plane company Letov existed in the 1920s, so the pin fits the 1900s/Steampunk theme well.
I have no idea what these pins were produced for, but the fleamarket sure has lots of them. Is it an “congrats, employee of the month” kind of thing? In any case, if you look hard and dig through a box, you find some that work as improvised imperial aetherforce badges on your steampunk jacket. :-)
The next five are the best of the rest of the handfull of pins I got. They say, from left to right, top to bottom: “Technometra Benešov”, “Elektrokov Trutnov”, “Tesla Strašnice Závod Votice”, “100 let laboratoří VTŽ VŘSR”, and “Tesla Karlín”.
You can tell that I simply picked pins with words that sounded appropriate for an engineer. Four of the pins are from factories in the Czech Republic, followed by the name of a city or department. The same Tesla logo also features prominently on a stained glass window in Prague’s Svetozor passage. :-) The larger pin is for the 100-years anniversary of “laboratories”, but the seller could not tell me what “VTŽ” or “VŘSR” means. I found hints that VTŽ stands for ironworkers (“válcovny trub a železáren”), and VŘSR might be the abbreviation for the October revolution. *shrug*
I purposefully avoided pins that looked political, but abbreviations can get me. You gotta watch what you buy, they do sell pins at Kolbenova that would be “frowned upon in Germany”, if you know what I mean. Oh, and I got another one (not depicted) that turned out to say something about an insurance company. Not Steampunky enough. ;-)
The box contained two dozen cogwheels of different types, four wind-up keys, a few springs and pullsprings, and some tiny screws. (And some small broken things that surely had their purpose in a watch, but were not salvageable.)
The large item in the top right still has a pull spring and a tiny lever that gets pulled back. *presses lever!* :-) *lever pulls back* … *nothing more happens* :-(
Hmm… Maybe the moose antlers hold on to that one barbed wheel? …
What ever they are, I will find some good Steampunky use for them. :-)