Purveyors and Dealers of Americana / Patented & Mechanical Antiques
Mechanical Americana & Misc
Office & Scientific
Antique & Collectible Tools
We will buy, or can help you sell your Antique & Collectible Tools!!
A Primer / Background
We Buy, sell, trade and deal in all manner of antique and vintage tools from a number of
trades. Sales of Antique woodworking planes and woodworking tools are
a major focus of our
antique sales website www.Patented-Antiques.com and are discussed on another page at this
site linked on the left. Past sales results for antique &
collectible tools as well as a
host of other types of antiques and collectibles we have sold are linked
column on the right. Please explore the entire page.
Condition is the single most important
aspect in determining
value or desirability of a desirable antique tool in today's market.
This statement holds true for most other antiques as well. As an
example, a rare woodworking plane or tool
that is in excellent condition might be
worth $1000. That same tool with one simple crack
or chip in the cast iron body might not bring 1/10th or $100 of that $1000 at
auction or on the open
Not broken, but with deep pitting or other major condition problems, that same
$1000 tool might fetch $100 - 200. The same tool in mint condition and in the original box could be
worth 2 or 3 times or more than the original $1000 figure.
The value of a given object is all in the details. There is a condition chart created by and published in the Fine Tool Journal that most
antique tool dealers adhere to in describing their
tools. A copy of that can be found on the
at our other website.
Antique Levels / Inclinometers
Anther example of antique and vintage tools whose values can range from very little to thousands are levels and especially examples known as inclinometers.
the heyday of
and ingenuity, and before China became the world's major tool manufacturer,
Americans designed, patented, and produced some of the finest levels
Antique Braces / Drills / Augers etc.
Yet anther example of antique and vintage tools whose values can range from very little to thousands are drilling related tools.
Today a lot of drilling related vintage tools are sought and their prices are driven by users who prefer classic hand tools to what is available today. The highest prices in this category are created by a small group of very passionate collectors. Prices for certain braces have reached the mid 4 figures in the past. The same with a few example of rare beam drills. Good quality user drills by Stanley, North Brothers, Millers Falls, Goodell Pratt and a few others routinely sell in the low hundreds. At the far end of the range are all of the who cares no name eggbeater style drills you see at flea markets and in shops that never sell for the 10.00 they are priced at.
Please click the other tool related pages in the left column for more specific info on different types of collectible tools we seek and deal in. On the right side are links to the Past Sales Archives where you can see examples of what vintage tools and other antiques have sold for and can be worth.
The above antique tools are an example of the caliber, condition and quality of antique tools that I typically deal in. Please contact me at LCM@AntiqBuyer.com if you have tools similar to those pictured here that are for sale.
To see many other examples of antique or vintage tools that I currently have for sale please go to our sister site at www.Patented-Antiques.com and visit the numerous antique tool sale pages you will find there.