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post #21 of 37 Old 02-06-2020, 10:32 PM
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It sounds like you’re not working, so you probably have an abundance of time. If so, I would skip the pawn shops, they are just middlemen who will seriously way into any money you make. I suggest you do your research, then sell them on Craigslist and/or eBay yourself.

Another consideration is that to many collectors, the tools have high value because the are part of a set and have a story about a real person. Breaking up the set could end up getting you less money than keeping them all together — it just depends on what’s there and the condition of everything.
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It sounds like youíre not working, so you probably have an abundance of time. If so, I would skip the pawn shops, they are just middlemen who will seriously way into any money you make. I suggest you do your research, then sell them on Craigslist and/or eBay yourself.

Another consideration is that to many collectors, the tools have high value because the are part of a set and have a story about a real person. Breaking up the set could end up getting you less money than keeping them all together ó it just depends on whatís there and the condition of everything.
Hi Scurvy,
Thanks for the information. The part about pawnshops was to look for used tools to get started. I will check into E-bay.
First, I need to get them out, clean them off, list, photograph then check out the value. I appreciate your ideals and time! I appreciate you!

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You probably have better tools than are available today, especially handsaws and hand planes, maybe try squares and torpedo levels with rosewood, marking gauges, brace and bits, push drills, amazing hand chisels, and on and on. You have two boxes of pure heaven! Some of us can only dream of such treasure. Please find a safe home for those, they are truly irreplaceable.
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You probably have better tools than are available today, especially handsaws and hand planes, maybe try squares and torpedo levels with rosewood, marking gauges, brace and bits, push drills, amazing hand chisels, and on and on. You have two boxes of pure heaven! Some of us can only dream of such treasure. Please find a safe home for those, they are truly irreplaceable.
Thanks so much Toby,
Yes everything you mentioned are there but if I can't sell at least some of them I can't but the tools I need
to build my fly tying stations. They belonged to my uncle, I do have his watch and several other things! I wish
I didn't have to sell anything! Since I can't sell here, where do you suggest I sell some of the things? I would love to keep at least one of everything! Those chests are both full and very heavy! Have a great weekend!
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Throughout my life, I've collected tools from those I've respected and have touched my life. Then when I use a tool I remember where I got them from and and the person's life.

Try to to a couple of his tools; and use them.
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In some collectible fields, it is sort of difficult to ferret out the collectors and know where they look. For instance, I would not consign a signed Van Gogh painting to a local household goods auction house.

You might check for a Texas chapter of PATINA. Follow the sales on ebay, etc. I had a cousin who rode motorcycles all his life. When he got tired of fixing them, he parked them in a barn. When he died there were 40 to 50 motorcycles in there. His sister wisely contacted an antique motorcycle association and an auctioneer that was a member. He brought in a crew to fix some of the motorcycles and he scheduled a special catalog sale advertised all over the world. Bids were called in from Europe. One local auctioneer said half of them were scrap metal. Not one brought less than two thousand and some brought over $20,000. You have to find the market where they bring to most. Been a while since I paid attention to such tool prices, but I think some have dropped a bit in price. People simply no longer use them, so more are on the market and folks who would formerly have bought them to use no longer do so. So the overall demand has dropped.
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In some collectible fields, it is sort of difficult to ferret out the collectors and know where they look. For instance, I would not consign a signed Van Gogh painting to a local household goods auction house.

You might check for a Texas chapter of PATINA. Follow the sales on ebay, etc. I had a cousin who rode motorcycles all his life. When he got tired of fixing them, he parked them in a barn. When he died there were 40 to 50 motorcycles in there. His sister wisely contacted an antique motorcycle association and an auctioneer that was a member. He brought in a crew to fix some of the motorcycles and he scheduled a special catalog sale advertised all over the world. Bids were called in from Europe. One local auctioneer said half of them were scrap metal. Not one brought less than two thousand and some brought over $20,000. You have to find the market where they bring to most. Been a while since I paid attention to such tool prices, but I think some have dropped a bit in price. People simply no longer use them, so more are on the market and folks who would formerly have bought them to use no longer do so. So the overall demand has dropped.
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Is there another name associated with Patina? I'm Googled them and find so much under the Patina name! Thanks for your help and time!

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The link for Patina is in post #17.
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The link for Patina is in post #17.
Thanks Tom-G! I found it, sorry I missed it the first time!

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If those chests are in good shape even they may have significant value too, and if the insides are organized so that each tool has a special position made for it in the chest there is even more demand for selling them as a complete chest with all of the tools in their places. Look up "H. O. Studley Tool Chest" on the internet and you will see a fine example of this. Even though your uncle's tool chests may not look like this, a tool chest full of tools where every tool has it's place, has significant value if it's kept together as a full set. Don't be too hasty to part it out and it may be worth way more than you could ever dream.

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If those chests are in good shape even they may have significant value too, and if the insides are organized so that each tool has a special position made for it in the chest there is even more demand for selling them as a complete chest with all of the tools in their places. Look up "H. O. Studley Tool Chest" on the internet and you will see a fine example of this. Even though your uncle's tool chests may not look like this, a tool chest full of tools where every tool has it's place, has significant value if it's kept together as a full set. Don't be too hasty to part it out and it may be worth way more than you could ever dream.

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CharleyL, thanks so much, they are certainly compartmentalized. The saws are held in the lids, the planes have their places. Even the bits have their places. I sure appreciate your help! Unfortunately it's raining today and predicted to rain hard for the next 3 days. I can't get the boxes out. It will be later in the week before I can start on them!
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Thanks so much Toby,
Yes everything you mentioned are there but if I can't sell at least some of them I can't but the tools I need
to build my fly tying stations. They belonged to my uncle, I do have his watch and several other things! I wish
I didn't have to sell anything! Since I can't sell here, where do you suggest I sell some of the things? I would love to keep at least one of everything! Those chests are both full and very heavy! Have a great weekend!
Those tools can actually make things, tools like those built the world we live in, and could make fly tying stations.

Can't help with where to sell, ebay is hit and miss, may not do well, and shipping is awful.

Good luck with whatever you do, just remember, one they're gone, they're gone.
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Super easy hand tool build.

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Hi Folks,
Over 10 years ago, when my aunt passed away, I inherited 2 of my uncles handmade tools chests.
In looking through those chests, I found old hand saws, several hand planes, braces and bits, etc.
I don't know anything about them other than knowing they are there. Do people have any interest in old woodworking tools? Are there lists someplace that would tell me if they have any value? My uncle was a carpentry foreman for
DuPont and they traveled all over the country. Now he would be over a 100. However, I don't know how old they were or how long he had them. There are no power tools, just hand tools. Thanks, I appreciate y'all!
You never know, maybe the two tool chests have nothing but a bunch of Stanley No1 planes in them haha.

All tools are different, I think they are more cool to display on a wall in the shop than to sell um. Conversation pieces, especially when you have some dating to the civil war era or turn of the century.
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Super easy hand tool build.

WOW! That is exactly what I want to do! Thanks so much! This was done all with hand tools?
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Looks like a fly tying station.
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