Antique mechanical contraptions have long intrigued me, and the Daisy Automatic Weather Strip for Doors does not disappoint! Discovered by Jim while recently exploring a long-vacant farmhouse, the device is still in operating condition after 101 years!
A deteriorated – but surprisingly intact – paper label states that it was manufactured by the Matthias-Wagner Co. of Cedar Falls, Iowa, a company I could find nothing about after an admittedly short internet search. It was first patented in 1900, and again in 1901, but installed in a house built in 1917.
A metal flap, or weatherstrip, folds up when the door is opened and down when the door is closed. The following photos show it in various stages of operation. Has anyone else ever encountered a similar weatherstrip?