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 other antique woodworking tools are
a major focus of our
antique sales website www.Patented-Antiques.com.
Many different types of collectible antique tools are discussed on other pages 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.
I am currently helping the heirs sell tools from
that numbered over 15,000 tools when the owner died. I am selling
over 300 woodworking planes from another antique collection, and we have a slow but steady
supply of other antique tool consignments come in that we are selling for other sellers. We have
many other technology and scientific related antiques and collectibles
listed for sale on
that site as well. Please take a
look if you are either interested in buying old tools, or looking to
sell ones you have.
Old tools from all woodworking trades such as carpentry, cabinetmaking, shipbuilding,
pattern makers, and others are of special interest. Vintage
machinist tools such as squares, surface gages, calipers and dividers by
makers such as Starrett, D. B. & S, Darling, Brown and Sharpe, Lufkin,
Sawyer, Stevens, and many others can be of interest as well.
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 $200 - 300. 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 online or
at our other website.
Many casual sellers of antique tools
and other antiques do not
understand the concept of condition
in relation to the value. They ignore it or are looking at the object through rose-colored
It does not help to hear an old tool looks "great for it age",
or phrases similar to that. That phrase is the ultimate red flag, catch-all phrase many sellers on eBay and
elsewhere use to knowingly peddle substandard wares or things in
Early or vintage tools in super condition are special interest and
NOS (New Old
Stock) and vintage tools in their original boxes that
were made by all the major makers including Stanley, Ohio
Tool, Sargent, Simmons Hardware or Keen Kutter, Winchester, and
more are of particular interest, and in general have an enhanced value in the antique tool
We are always interested in hearing about them.
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
During 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
The best known large companies were Stanley Rule &
Level Co. Stratton Bros, Davis Tool
and Level Co, Jennings and others. But there were many rare and unusual levels
/ inclinometers produced by
small obscure makers that are just as nice, very rare and are actively sought
by collectors of antique tools.
The most popular
type of collectible levels today are known as
levels. These leveling devices typically have dials or pendulums to determine the
slope or pitch rather than the typical liquid filled vial seen in most levels. Some used small suspended
plumb bobs or liquid as the indicator. Many were odd-ball patented designs.
Some inclinometers like the Rufus Porter example were works of art and are now very desirable
and valuable as collectibles. To
see past sale results for different types of levels and Inclinometers
click the appropriate links in the right column.
That is but one example. Within each category of antique tools there are standout examples which
are worth far more than other more common examples. For example, with
chisels Stanley Everlast #40 chisels can sell for $100 or more each when
found in mint condition and as part of a set. Later #60 Stanley
chisels are lucky to sell for more than $10.00 each. Or take
Carpenters or Ship Builders Slicks, which are large oversize chisels. They go the same way
with examples by top makers selling for $200 or more, and lesser makes
barely bringing $100.00.
Crank neck or gouge style slicks by desirable makers like Barton,
or White can also sell for 200 or more. Later more common slicks by well
known makers like Greenlee struggle to sell for over $100. The examples
are endless and each category of antiques has them.
We Can Help You Sell Antique Tools or
Collections of Antique Tools and Vintage Collectible Tools.
I deal in all types of antique and vintage tools including
tools Such as those used by saddlemakers, cobblers, and more. On this page I will picture
and discuss some of the specific vintage leather tools that I typically deal in,
am looking to buy, or can help you sell.
If you are looking to buy antique leather tools
please visit our sales webpage at www.Patented-Antiques.com
you have any quality vintage tools you want to sell, please contact me at
LCM@AntiqBuyer.com and we can work out a deal.
Some of the most famous
names of makers of leather tools are Osborne, Gomph, Rose, Lyle, Sauerbier, Dixon,
Huber, Wiss, and a host of others. Many of these famous
19th century leather tool makers were
concentrated in and around Newark, New Jersey during the heyday of
production from the early to mid 1800's.
Other makers hailed from
different parts of the country, and some of those makers produced some very interesting and desirable
antique leatherworking tools as well.
One type of leather tool sought is
referred to as leather
splitters, or skivers. These devices were used to make
different thicknesses of material by passing them through a
under pressure. Osborne was the most prolific and well known
maker, and they
offered several different versions like the one pictured in the top left
corner with the twist handle set up to lock in the thickness. They
also sold a version with a pliers-like adjuster.
Pictured to the left is a Krebs Patent leather splitter which is a very
rare precision piece of
equipment and much harder to find than most other leather spliters.
On the right are
two early versions of leather splitters. One is from NH and the second is marked Osborne
so I assume they bought the original patentee out. On
these examples the table flexes to regulate the cut instead of the cutter
moving. Different versions sell for different amounts.
next leather tools pictured are draw gauges. These come
in a variety of
Draw Gauges were made by a
number of different makers over the years.
They were designed to cut
strips or belts of leather. The most common variety are all
steel in construction, then there are the steel and rosewood versions, up a notch are
brass and rosewood examples.
Some draw gauges have unusual
patented features like the twist head Latta's patent. Another unusual
example has an operable trigger to release the bar.
Finally there are homemade or blacksmith made examples that range in
workmanship from crude and plain to works of art with inlays and file work.
I also deal in and can help you sell small leather tools like those pictured
here for working leather. These
referred to as saddle makers
tools, but were used in other leatherworking trades such as the
shoemaker or cobbler, upholsterer, and others. Some were specifically
designed to shave soles of shoes, but there is cross over potential in the
almost any of these tools. Those that hold the most interest have
handles and are usually stamped with the maker's name such as Gomph or
Later or more
recent examples have hardwood handles and lack the feel, look and overall quality
that these earlier vintage examples have.
The leather working tools
shown are examples of the caliber, condition and quality of these tools
that I primarily deal in.
If you have quality antique or
vintage leatherworking tools similar to those that you see
on this page that you want to sell,
please contact us at
AntiqBuyer@gmail.com providing me with as many details as possible. Thank you!!
To see examples of antique
or vintage leatherworking tools
that I currently have for sale please go to our sister site
at www.Patented-Antiques.com and
visit the misc. tool sale pages you will find there.
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.
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
unusual patented braces have reached the mid 4 figures in the past. The same with a
few example of rare beam drills. Good quality user hand drills and
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 hand drills and braces you see at flea
markets and in shops that never sell for the 10.00 they are
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 AntiqBuyer@gmail.com if you have tools similar to those pictured here that are
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.
Larry & Carole