My name is Larry
Meeker and my wife Carole and I are full time antique dealers.
We gave up our day jobs in real estate and
general contracting / construction to pursue this "job"
over 30 years ago. This website
and our sister antique sales website
www.Patented-Antiques.com are our means of meeting
todays challenges in the ever-changing world of
buying and selling antiques. Our two antique related websites have
been online for going on 20 years now.
My initial education in the antique business began
as a child in the 60's working with my mother working the curbside in New
Jersey during monthly "junk" pickup week. The concept of one persons
junk being another's treasure held meaning
back then. I remember those days and early experiences
of "antiquing" vividly and fondly.
Times have changed, and over the years we have seen
the world of antiques and the process
of both acquiring and selling
antiques go through many major changes.
Our main buying and selling interests center on early patented, mechanical and
technology related antiques
dating from the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution and
up through the 1920's or so. Tools / Technology and Scientific related
Antiques as well as Americana, General Store, and related antique
advertising are of particular interest. We refer to this as
Americana with a purpose.
These patented and mechanical antiques come from the
home, shop, farm, or office. We are active and enthusiastic
buyers, dealers, brokers and sellers of unusual items in the
many categories of antiques and vintage collectibles.
We buy, or can help you sell your quality antiques and collectibles in
these related fields, be
it a single found piece, something that was inherited, or a collection that was assembled over the years.
Click any of the
headings in the left column for more information on specific categories of
antiques we are interested in buying, sell, and deal in, and can help you with. Click
the links in the right column to see hundreds of examples of past sales.
See the FAQ page to learn why some of the prices
have been removed.
for me to help you I must know what it is you actually have. After
reviewing this site
and understanding the types of antiques that we deal in, if you have
similar antiques you want to sell outright, or have us help you sell on
consignment, please contact us by email at
. Please include as many details as possible, including your phone number.
Vague descriptions like I have a "mining light"
to describe the "TIP" miners carbide lamp at the left are not going to
work. For example, there are old similar looking carbide lamps
that sell for no more than $20 on the open market. Others can sell for $200 or more. There are even a few
sell for $2000 or more. I need to see, or know what is
you have in order to know if it is of interest, or if I can help you.
A Tribute to Madison
On top of that condition of the piece can dramatically change the value.
The carbide light on the left is worth approx. $100 in nice condition. Beat up, dented, or otherwise
damaged it would struggle to go $20. Mint in the box, it might
bring $200 or more. The end value of antiques and collectibles is all in the details, and one needs to
know them to act.
It is like that for all categories
of antiques and collectibles that we deal in. The end value of a
piece is all in the details,
and without knowing or seeing them it would be like me asking you what my car is worth
without telling you whether it is a Porsche or Volkswagen. And that
is even before the condition is discussed.
affect the price or value of a given antique more than you can imagine.
get inquires every day related to antiques from folks who have
things to sell, and I just do not have time for guessing games that I am
often-times asked to participate in. In order to be able to help
you, or participate intelligently in the conversation, I need to know
what you have, or see what it is you have. Simple descriptions with
requests asking me to name a price or asking if I am interested without
pictures, prices and descriptions do not work.
Requests for free
appraisals for something I have not seen are impossible.
Requesting offers for things I have not seen or are not in front of me
are are a waste of
Please see the FAQ page for more on all of this.
This is not, as some suppose, a game of cat and mouse. That
is not what antique consignment sales or outright purchases are about. Or how I operate when
antiques. When antiques are sold on
consignment from my page I am here to help you sell
your antiques for the most possible. I
only get paid for successful sales, or not at all. When buying
is sometimes a negotiation process, and I can not always just say yes, or
be able to help you, but I am a serious, knowledgeable dealer and
seller of antiques and collectibles and in order to be able to help
you I need to be as informed as possible to be able to help or to buy.
hope you enjoy our site, and
that you will consider our services should you have some neat pieces
you want to sell, or need help selling.
This can and should be a win-win situation where everyone comes out feeling good, and we await your
We can provide numerous references from past clients to attest to our honesty,
fairness, and integrity when
buying & selling antiques.
Finally, I don't know about
all of you, but I like to see who I'm going to be doing business with. So here
And here is Madison, our now 14 year old Black Lab. (now dead)
She is our real inspiration, always happy, always ready, and she never
complains. She loves to do whatever we are going to do, although
she would like to go swimming or go to the beach more often. When
you need a friend, or a
change pace, she is there ready and willing. And yes, she does
sleep in the bed.
We buy and can help you sell quality Antiques
For further info on consigning / selling your antiques
with us please see our FAQ page,
the Appraisal / Selling Page and the
Your Collection Pages.
Our current offering of
Antiques for sale are at our sister Website Patented-Antiques.com.
Due to time constraints, a full time work schedule, and the large
volume of free appraisal and general information requests that we receive everyday, it
is not possible for us to respond to
all individual requests for general
information about every item, or give free online evaluations / appraisals of your antiques
that are not for sale. Please see the FAQ page for more info on
Thanks for understanding!!
Larry & Carole