We buy and can help you sell your Antique
Patent Models and Vintage Salesman Samples!!
buy, sell, and deal in antique salesman samples, and detailed
antique models related to
tools & technology.
Vintage models or salesman samples from a host of categories
are of interest and many of those have their own pages on this site
including Salesman Sample Washers, Patent Models, and Salesman Samples
of Farm Machinery.
Please see those info pages linked on the left for more info. Past
sale prices / results can be found on the linked pages to the right.
Our 2 websites combined are one of the largest and most visible sources for
information about, and actual sales of salesman samples and patent models on the internet. We conduct our internet sales from our
www.Patented-Antiques.com Please visit that site if you are in the market to buy
similar antiques, or want to see how
we conduct our consignment sales of antiques.
If you want to learn
more about our consignment sales program, please read the
FAQ page as
To see examples of Past sales results with descriptions and prices click
the appropriate link in the right column.
On this page, we will show you some examples of the types of antique
inventor built shop models and manufactured salesman samples that we are interested in, have sold in the past,
or currently have listed for sale on our sales website.
The picture on the left is a coffee bean
or other seed / bean drying
machine that would probably date from the later part of the 19th
century. The idea was that the beans were
cooled in a device like this to prevent them from overcooking after the roasting
process. Cool air
was fed into this device from the bottom, and by blowing
cool air through the material as you stirred it with the paddle and operated the
up and down mechanism at the top, you evenly cooled and dried the product
after roasting it. You
can still see similar machines in use at your favorite coffee
roasting house if they perform this process in view for their customers.
This example stands approx. 16" tall and appears to be a manufactured
piece but is unmarked.
We are also interested in, and buy
/ sell and deal in small table top coffee grinders or
mills as well as wall mount coffee grinders. I
have another page under the Americana Heading to cover
you can check out.
The term salesman sample is often misused and I try to explain this in
more detail on the
Wanted Page. We are
interested in buying both toy and salesman samples of stoves, washers, and
other pieces, but there
is such a huge difference in values between the two that it is oftentimes difficult
Many sellers assume their toy stove, washer, sewing machine or other
object is a salesman sample when in fact it is just a toy, and then proceed
to grossly overvalue /overprice their mass produced toy.
This same dilemma also arises with early steam toys. It is
oftentimes hard to differentiate
what are obviously toys by such outfits as Jensen, Weyden, Plank, Marklin
and others, and what are obviously shop built machinist made models of
steam engines. These toys are often found in shops with tags
mistakenly identifying them as salesman samples, or claiming toys from
the 1980's are antiques from the 1880's. The Germans made
some very detailed and exacting toy steam engines that look just like full
size steam engines, but they are still toys. Then there are the
detailed models of actual steam engines that have been made ever since the
engines were made. On the left is a contemprary model of a steam
engine and generator made in the 1990's by a model maker and sold
through auction houses like Christies. As art I suppose as they
hardly mention or address the contemporary nature of what they are
selling in the catalog. Again, they are contemporary
models, being made today and sold in
the large auctions houses as art. They are not true salesman samples. They are neat, well done, and can
be quite expensive, but are still just models. Similar things are
being produced here in the states as well. Miniature one lung
engines, farm machines, hog oils and more. All models.
Lastly there is the
class of small steam engines like the Creator steam engines that were used in
popcorn machines or to power other small machines during the era before
the introduction of electricity. These are a
favorite with collectors.
Another antique oftentimes identified as salesman samples are
models of or toy washers.
We have a page devoted exclusively to these interesting
Sample / Toy washing machines
that you should visit if you have one of those to sell or want to
see other examples and learn more about them.
Another category that is often confusing to determine what is
what is toy and salesman sample stoves. I have a separate page dealing specifically with these on this site,
(linked in the left column) and have a collection of toy and sample stoves currently listed for sale on our site
Past sales results with values can be found on the appropriate page
linked on the right.
In general salesman samples can come in all shapes and sizes. We are
primarily concerned with mechanical examples dating from the late 1800's
and in some cases extending into the 1900's. Many
people argue that in order for an object to be properly called a salesman
sample it must have a case or box that it would be carried in that the
door-to-door salesman would utilize. This
is not always true. It might be an indication, or be useful as a
negotiation ploy if what you have is in one, but the fact is many salesman samples never had a box
and were not intended to.
The roll of tool handle on the left is a good example.
Think about the models you see on retail
counters of stores acting as advertising and salesman samples today They
do not have boxes, and there have been store / countertop displays as long as there
have been general or country stores. That is the problem with making
blanket statements. On
the right is a salesman sample Pallet Jack by Yale & Towne from the 20's
Another category of antiques / collectibles that we deal in in a big way and
that are oftentimes
misidentified as salesman samples are toy sewing machines or TSM's.
I have never seen a salesman sample sewing machine, from any era, but half
or more of all toy machines listed for sale on eBay are identified as
salesman samples, especially Singer toy sewing machines. There are a
lot of small but full size machines that were produced and offered
over the years that are also identified as salesman samples that are
in fact just small machines designed for travel or for other reasons. We deal with
sewing machines on their own separate page.
We are active and
serious buyers, sellers and dealers in antique salesman samples and many
objects that are identified as them. If you have salesmen samples or
models, miniature toys, or or other science & technology related items,
that you want to sell please let us know by
contacting us at AntiqBuyer@gmail.com
If you have additional questions about our consignment
sales program please see the FAQ page.
To see many other examples of antique salesman samples
that I currently have for sale please go to our sister site
at www.Patented-Antiques.com. and
visit the sale pages you will find there.
Larry & Carole