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Patent Models, Antique Salesman Samples and Models of Antique Farm Equipment
and related Farm Antiques!!

Antique salesman samples or patent models of farm machinery, windmills, and other vintage farm implements and tools used on the farm are of Salesman Sample Jones Mowing Machinespecial interest to us. These antique salesman samples are currently very popular, demand is high, and their values have skyrocketed in the past few years. I have had, and sold, some of the very best and I will share with you some pictures and info about some of them to give you a better idea of what we are seeking.

Just above is a very detailed and well constructed salesman sample / model of a Jones Field Mower (the name can be seen in the cutout letters in the cast iron seat).  I have seen other versions without the cut-out seat, and the name and patent info on the main frame.  We would be interested in buying any similar form model or salesman sample.  Please contact us at AntiqBuyer@gmail.com .
Salesman Sample Bullard Hay Tedder
On the right is a very detailed model or salesmen sample of a Hay Tedder.  This farm machine sample has a series of articulated wire prong arms that move up and down, and in and out, at the same time.  It is unmarked as to maker.  This salesman sample hay tedder exhibits a degree of craftsmanship and detail rarely seen in today's world.  Hay Tedders were used to stir or fluff mown hay as it was drying in the field before it was baled.

This model was purchased from one of the largest and best known auction houses in America a number of years ago.  It was an example of the right piece being sold in the wrong venue at the wrong time.  It sold for under 500 that day.  In today's market it would probably sell for 2500 - 4000 on a good day.

Models such as this were made to show the rural farmer the latest in technology and were carried around by traveling salesmen or used as counter or storefront window displays in an attempt to persuade the farmer that he needed an implement like it.  The detail and precision exhibited in these different farming related patent models, farm machinery models or salesman samples of farm machinery would have been sure to impress the early farmer when the traveling salesman pulled it out of its case.

The device on the left is a salesman sample or model of a Hay Fork from the late 1800's. Salesman Sample Patented Hay ForkThere is patent info engraved in stylistic font on the legs telling the important details such as the date and the inventor's name.  This is one of those pieces that looks like a patent model, but because of the information that is inscribed into the arms on the actual piece, and lack of papers or patent tag, it is in reality a salesman sample or model for other purposes rather than the actual patent model that was submitted to the US Patent Office for a patent.

It seems too small to have been very impressive for a salesman to be carrying around to show to prospective customers, but the detail and construction of this little hay fork model are very nice, and whatever the original intended purpose, it is evident that the creator was proud of his invention / device, and wanted the viewer to be impressed as well.  This exact design of this miniature hay fork can be found full size, and the patent is real, so the idea was in production and it was utilized.
Patent Model Seed Sorter
Sometimes you find things that you just know are patent models either from experience, circumstance, or by the size and construction details, intuition, or gut feeling, without a tag or other documentation it is near impossible to prove in most cases.  I have been to auctions where tables full of tagless patent models were offered.

This model looks to be some sort of a farm machine for separating seed.  Other guesses were a sort of water turbine.  I know it is a patent model, but could never prove it, even if I found Antique Salesman Sample Farm Machinery Oilersthe patent info. These tagless models are fun and are saleable in this state, but without proper documentation and the original patent tags the value is minimal.

On the left is a salesman sample of different size and style oilers for machinery for things like early one lung gas engines or steam engines.  It has a great look.

I have had and sold a number of models like you see above, and more examples are shown in the past sales archives linked below and on the right.   Such salesman samples and models are desirable and interesting pieces that I would love to buy outright if you have one or know where some are. 

Click this link if you would like to see past sales results for Salesman Sample Farm Machines.  Past Sales Results for other types of Farm Related Antiques are linked on the right under tools.

If you have similar antiques you would like to sell, please contact us at AntiqBuyer@gmail.com with details.

Farm Tools / Wrenches & Other Patented Devices from the Farm

Rope Winders

We are also active dealers in other unusual antique patented and mechanical devices used on the farm, in the rope winder fields, and farmhouses of early rural America.  Antique and vintage farm related devices like rope winders / makers are a good example. A typical and pretty common patented and manufactured version made of cast iron & wood is shown on the left. There are all cast iron versions and all wood primitive versions that can be found as well. They are 3 strand, 4 strand, 5 strand, and more versions that can be found. I have seen collections with at least 50 different versions of rope makers in them.  Other examples of rope winders as well as many other farm related antiques we have sold over the past few years can be seen at the Past Sales Archives whose links are on the right.

Click this link if you would like to see past sales results for Rope Winders / Makers.  Past Sales Results for other types of Antique farm related tools are linked on the right.

Hand Held Corn Shellers

I am also interested in buying antique hand held corn shellers.  There are so many different shellers available and so much interest that a book has been written on them.   Shellers come in a myrid of Antique Hand Held Corn Shellerdifferent sizes shapes and forms.  The smallest of these are known as popcorn shellers.  One hard to find version is the A. H. Patch popcorn sheller pictured on the left. A. H. Patch made a number of other size and design corn shellers as well.

Some table-top or bench mounted corn shellers are also of interest. We do not typically deal in large floor model corn shellers because of the size and weight factors that are involved. There are a few of these large early shellers that are very rare.  One example would be the corn sheller patented by the prolific inventor Rufus Porter a designer who also made / designed a great inclinometer / level. 
50 cent Hand Held Corn Sheller
Antique hand held shellers like the 50 Cent Sheller pictured on the right are a good example of the type sheller we seek.  The name of this cast iron squeeze type sheller coming from the fact that is what it cost when new and that info is cast into the body.  It is from Ohio and dates from the late 1800's.  Hand held shellers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and some are hard to recognize.  Occasionally people try and sell things like fish scalers, meat tenderizers or shoe shine brush handles as corn shellers.

Hand corn shellers were generally used to separate seed corn from the cob that was used for starting next years crop.  So, they were for seed corn as opposed to feed corn.  It was a process where you saved the best corn kernels from an ear of corn for next years crop as opposed to larger shellers used for feed corn where you just feed the whole ear into the opening and the machine would strip all the kernels for feed.  The earliest shellers were patented and manufactured on the East coast, and later as farming spread to the Midwest many shellers were introduced and patentedCorn Sheller from that region as well.  They are such a popular and valuable collectible that there are reproduction shellers being made and Black Hawk Corn Shelleroffered for sale.

Of the larger table mounted varieties there are several very common ones, like the  Black Hawk pictured on the left, and the similar looking Red Devil.  Larger corn shellers of interest would include shellers with names like the Right Speedy or the Peerless, or ones that are much smaller and aimed at popcorn size kernels.  The red sheller to the right is an example of a desirable form larger mechanical corn sheller.  This style sheller was used to make feed for the yard animals on small farms.

We are also interested in buying authentic windmill weights, steam whistles, unusual adjustable wrenches and Vintage Steam Whistle buggy wrenches.  We buy cast iron tractor seats with cut out names or cast out in the Cast Iron Tractor Seatseat like the Stoddard seat shown on the left.  We buy & sell a lot of other types of vintage and antique tools, stove pipe warmers, pressing iron trivets, that have this cutout letters feature within the casting.

Click this link if you would like to see past sales results for some of the hand held and table mount Corn Shellers we have handled. 

If you have similar antiques you would like to sell, please contact us at AntiqBuyer@gmail.com with details.

NOTE: I do not buy full size farm implements, or floor model shellers,  I simply do not have the room or means, and have little or no information about them. 

If you have farm related antiques described above to sell please contact us.  If you are looking to buy these types of antiques, please visit our sister site www.Patented-Antiques.com where we conduct our internet antique sales from.

Antique Wrenches
Buggy - Patented - Mechanical - Quick Adjust - Cutout & More


bradley wonder cutout wrench

We buy unusual and patented antique wrenches that date from the early to mid 1800's right up to about 1930 or so.  double head crescent wrench We also deal in antique adjustable buggy wrenches and other buggy wrenches with names embossed in them or with cutout letters. 

We are interested in patented pipe or monkey wrenches that have unusual quick adjust features from the mid 1800's to just after the turn of the century.  We also buy and sell small vintage 4" and 6" adjustable bicycle wrenches that have unusual patented features such as pumps or spoke tools incorporated into the design.  And finally we are interested in any and all wrenches that have names "cutout" in the handle like the International Harvester or Bradley's Wonder cutout wrenches that we have pictured just above on this page.

If you have any antique wrenches that you want to sell please contact us at AntiqBuyer@gmail.com with complete details including a picture, the size and any other written information that is on them, and we will get back to you ASAP

patented wrench We like antique wrenches with features like the swivel head feature pictured here.  There are a number of variations on this theme.  Up and down back and forth, and old wrenches like this can come in sizes from 4" long to 20" or so.  

We buy and sell small bicycle wrenches that date from near the turn of the century when the bicycle was first being introduced and promoted in America. The selection of these interesting and well hi wheel bike wrench made little gems is mind boggling, and when compared to the stamped out piece of nothing that they hand you today with your new Chinese bicycle, it makes one shake his head in wonder.

The bicycle wrench above may look like the rest, but it is different with the adjustment feature on the backside, and has the great feature of a picture of a high wheel bicycle logo stamped into the head. Please send a picture or scan of any nice or unusual antique wrenches that you want to sell.

Another category of vintage wrenches that is of interest and that we are always buying are commonly referred to as patented alligator wrenchquick adjusts.  These old wrenches come in all different sizes and configurations.   Most quick adjust alligator style wrenches like the one to the left are not common.  This particular model is very late as far as wrenches go (post 1900) and is from the West Coast.  A similar model quick adjust alligator wrench is named the Shark.

Antique Buggy wrenches are also of interest and a popular collectible with cross over appeal.  These are usuallybuggy wrench recognizable buy the square nut holder on one end.  There are hundreds of different varieties of these in both fixed and adjustable models.  The fixed one on the right is a Studebaker, which  is from the fellow who first made his fortune here in Placerville, California supplying early miners with his new improved version of the wheelbarrow, and then went on to further fame with his buggies in later years.

Adjustable buggy wrenches come in an array of variations and sizes.  We are particularly interested in buggy wrenches that have any oil can or oiling feature incorporated into their design.  Other desirable designs have twist handles, are lever actuated quick adjusts, or even self adjusting.  There were so many different buggy wrenches patented and produced during their hey-day spanning roughly from the early 1800's to the turn of the century that it would be nearly impossible to put to memory all the names and features of a given wrench and to be able to match those dates and names with the name of that wrench w/o referencing to a book or the patent.  In other words, even if we recognize the name or patent date of your wrench that you want to sell we will still need to see it in order to be sure that we are in fact both talking about the same wrench.

antique Prince combination wrench / braceAnother category of  vintage wrenches that are of interest are known as combination wrenches that combine more than one function into their design.  Examples abound of these unusual devices with the  most frequently found being those that have both hammers and wrenches, or drill / braces and wrenches, or those that are both a boot jack and a wrench, or some that incorporate a wrench and a knife in the design.  The example on the left is called the Prince, an unusual patented brace / wrench which was patented right near the turn of the century.  There are several other varieties of this wrench that are available the most common being the Lowentraut which you often find just half of as it just pulled apart instead of being bolted together as this one is.

If you have any interesting and in good condition farm related antiques that are similar to those that I have pictured on this page you want to sell  please contact me by email at AntiqBuyer@gmail.com

Click this link if you would like to see past sales results for Antique Wrenches.  Past Sales Results for other types of Antiques are linked on the right.

To see farm related and other antiques that I have for sale now please go to our sister site at www.Patented-Antiques.com. and visit the numerous sale pages you will find there.





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