Primitive Railroad Shovel - Coal Shovel with Wonderful Patina


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Sweat dripped from John Demming's forehead as shoveled large lumps of coal into a large wheel barrow. Once it was full, he picked up the wheel barrow's handles and began working his way up a long ascending ramp, straining to reach them summit. At the top of the ramp he dumped his load into a large shoot and watched as the coal chunks tumbled down to a massive cast iron door that was glowing orange with the heat of the fire behind it. Every few minutes the door would open, to reveal the flames and the coal would fall into the roaring inferno. John only hoped that the door would not open while he was on the ramp as the heat was nearly unbearable, he quickly turned and began scamper down the ramp pushing the empty wheel barrow in front of him. Through the corner of his eye he caught the silhouette of a lone figure standing behind a window far above the factory floor. At the window, well removed from the coal dust and heat below stood a thinly framed man dressed in a dark gray suit. He nervously rubbed his hands together as he watched the drama play out below him. When the boiler door would open, the light of the flickering flames revealed the man's face which brandished a maniacal grin. John and the other workers referred to the character at the window as, "The Man."

"John...John," a voice whispered over John's cubicle wall, "There's, Birthday cake for Cindy in the break room."

"Um...yeah...right, I'll be there in a minute," John said trying to respond in a way that would not reveal that he had been asleep at his desk for the last ten minutes.

For sale is a wonderful old circa 1920s-30s coal shovel/railroad shovel with "D" shaped wooden handle and loads of character and vintage patina. It measures 43" long and 11" wide with a 1.5" diameter handle. No maker's marks found. This old tool has a great look to it with smooth worn wood and worn and lightly rusted metal--perfect for a farmhouse or industrial chic decor.

As mentioned above, this old shovel has lots of distressed patina from years of use but is still structurally sound. It is missing a couple of rivets where the steel bracket connects to the blade and on the backside, the bracket is broken has a chunk of metal missing but again the blade is still firmly attached to the wooden shaft. The wooden has a chunk of wood missing on the back side. The wooden shaft has some cracks, chips, stains, etc. but again is structurally sound. The metal has some surface rust and pitting but is clean.

Flat shipping rate of $24.95 to anywhere in the lower 48 USA states. It will probably ship via FedEx Ground so please provide a physical shipping address if different than your mailing address (no PO Boxes). We can also ship it to Alaska/Hawaii/US Territories but it will run a little more for shipping by USPS Parcel--Convo us for a shipping rate prior to purchasing for those locations.

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You may pay for your item by Debit/Credit Card or by PayPal. We also accept money order payments but your item will not ship until money order clears our bank. Idaho residents will be charged 6% sales tax.

Shipping from United States

I don't know about you but when I order something online, I like to get it get it fast, so It is our policy to ship items as fast as possible. Most items ship within 1-2 business days of a paid order. Items usually ship via USPS or FEDEX Ground. Lighter items usually ship via USPS Priority Mail while heavier items may ship via FEDEX Ground or USPS Parcel Select. If your shipping address is different than your mailing address, please provide us with both so we use the correct one depending upon the carrier.

We take great care in packing items but on rare occasions an item can be damaged in shipping. All items shipped within the USA are automatically insured against damage. If your item arrives damaged contact us within 5 days from the delivery date so we can process a claim/refund.

We are not responsible for items delivered to your home or business that are lost or stolen after delivery has been confirmed. If you would like us to require a signature upon delivery, please let us know prior to ordering and we will add that option for a nominal cost.

We offer combined shipping discounts on most items (see shipping costs on each item). Please note that Etsy handles combined discounts this way: You pay full listed shipping cost on the item with the most expensive shipping cost and then the combined shipping discount applies to additional items (of lesser shipping costs) on your order.

We are happy to ship internationally on most items but realize that heavy and/or bulky items will be very expensive to ship so we may note on an item that international shipping is not available.The most cost-effective means for shipping internationally is by U.S. Postal Service (either First Class or Priority International mail) but tracking is often unavailable for items sent this way. International delivery times vary from country to country. An item may take anywhere from 7 to 30 days and occasionally longer and depends upon customs or local delivery delays. We have shipped many items all over the globe with very few problems, but items can get lost or stolen along the way. Should an item be lost in the mail, we will provide you with a copy of the U.S Customs form which is proof that we sent the item. The international buyer will be responsible for contacting their own country's customs/mail officials to trace a lost item's whereabouts. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE DELIVERY OF ITEMS SHIPPED OUTSIDE THE U.S.A.

Also note that the international buyer is responsible for any duty or customs fees charged by your country.

Returns & Exchanges

I gladly accept returns and exchanges

Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery

Ship items back to me within: 21 days of delivery

I don't accept cancellations

But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.

The following items can't be returned or exchanged

Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:

  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)

Returns and exchange details

At the Leaping Lemming, We like happy customers! Upon receipt of your purchased item, check for any shipping damage and Convo or email us ASAP if there is shipping damage or other issues.

We accept returns on items within 14 days of receipt. If you are returning an item for whatever reason, contact us within 14 days to arrange for a return. Once we receive the item back in good condition, a full refund (less original shipping cost) will be issued to you. Buyer is responsible for return shipping charges and original shipping charges unless we deem that an item was not as described. Returned items must be in original condition with all original parts and be packed well for damage-free shipping.

NOTE- We try and describe items as if we were the buyer so carefully read all item descriptions. Most returns can be avoided if you read sizes, descriptions, etc. carefully and Convo us with any questions you might have prior to purchasing.


The vintage items we sell are over 20 years old (some are much older) and are sold "as is." We do not imply any warranty beyond the 14 day return policy described above. This means that if an item breaks or ceases to function after 14 days of receipt no refund or return option is available.

Some large/bulky furniture items may come to you partially disassembled to keep your shipping costs down and we will state that on the item description. The buyer is responsible for correctly reassembling an item. If you have any questions about reassembly or are not certain that you have reassembled properly, please contact us prior to using the item. If you would prefer to have an item sent to you fully assembled--contact us prior to purchasing so that we can provide a shipping cost for a fully assembled piece. Note- some items may not be available for shipping if they are not partially disassembled. Fully assembled pieces are always available for local pick-up.

We attempt to describe items as best we can but be aware that vintage appliances and electrical devices may have electrical hazards so the buyer is responsible for any risks in use of them.

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