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Clamps worth?

I have to do some serious clean up around here and sell a few things off. I have some clamps that are pretty neat but have no idea if what they are worth or if they belong in the Smithsonian. They have a name sticker but I cannot read it. What would be a fair price for them on Craigslist, there are 5 sets. What you see in the pics is what I have, I am in N Ft Myers FL.
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They look pretty nifty. You may or may not want to make some new snazzy wooden bars to up the price a bit, but they would probably sell best on ebay or another site where folks can bid for them.
I've seen old tools, especially older woodworking tools go for a pretty penny on ebay depending on how you word your advertising. In fact, you could probably ask folks here to help write your ad to see what suggestions come up.
Heck, I'd probably get in a drunken bidding war for them myself if I was still a drinker..

I figured it's time to change my signature so hold your breath. This is it.
Impressive, huh?
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My guess: 1/2 the price of a used pipe clamp.

If that don't work for you then $10000.00
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Personally I wouldn't pay more than $5 a clamp, and that's generous. Course, spruce them up and glue a pinecone on them and they'd go for a fortune on Etsy....

I need cheaper hobby
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The bars for the clamps look like they're made of Pine instead of a hardwood.
I wouldn't won't them at any price because I think the Pine will be too soft and weak. The length adjustment will be slow and time consuming.
We have members on this forum complaining about their metal bar clamps bowing.
The clamps can be the improved by trading-out the Pine bars for White Oak.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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Your not buying the wood, your buying the clamp fixtures....
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Your not buying the wood, your buying the clamp fixtures....
I'm not buying any part of it.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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There sash clamp heads....
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There sash clamp heads....
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Well I'll be, learn something new everyday. Mine are vintage Marples English sash clamps. Thanks for the input, now I have to contact the Smithsonian
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