Experienced antique tool collectors know that having a price guide to antique tools is a valuable resource when adding pieces to their collections. They also know that a price guide is just as important when selling their tools regardless of the venue.
Antique tool collectors know the importance of having a reliable and current price guide. This is the book they rely on for guidance while searching through antique shops, flea markets and garage sales. It often accompanies them to auction houses and rests on their desks as they browse auction websites. Newcomers to the world of antiquing may wonder what makes antique price guides so important to antique buyers and sellers.
The importance lies in the information found in antique price and identification guides. Most antique price guides provide a range value of an antique or collectible. There are several websites that provide free antique price guides for tools that are antique or collectible. Home Improvement Christmas Interior Design Furniture Bedding Antiques Antique Price Guides Price Guide to Antique Tools Learn more about antique hand tools Experienced antique tool collectors know that having a price guide to antique tools is a valuable resource when adding pieces to their collections.
All Rights Reserved.The member page will display only your tools. View a sample member page. Mission: Old Tool Photos mission is to provide a place for woodworkers and tool collectors to view photos of antique tools for research and reference. How it started? Searches on the Internet turned up nothing, even though this spokeshave was very common. I've found a number of good resources for antique tool information but none was complete so I've always been forced to used search engines to track down specific models of antique tools.
What types of tools will be photographed? The focus of this site is woodworking and carpentry hand tools. The tools offered to view on the site will include but are not limited to planes, chisels, hammers, axes, braces, hand drills, screwdrivers, and saws. What brands of tools will be displayed?
All types of tools brands will be displayed. How old does the tool need to be? All types of collectible tools are okay to list. For example, a Lie-Nielsen is a modern collectible tool. A generic screwdriver purchased at the hardware store is not an "old tool". Plane Collection. Norris - A5. Mathieson level Millers Falls Hand Drill. The Baboon.Identification of antique tools can be a fun and interesting endeavor.
Overall, antique tools are quite common and plentiful in the collecting market. Most are easily distinguished as being heavy in weight, well made, and may contain manufacturer inscriptions. Many contain fine metal such as brass accents or ornate wood, such as inlays. The process of identifying these tools can be easy provided you have the time to spend sleuthing.
Measure your tool and make notes of any manufacturer's marks or inscriptions. Note any key features of the tool such as special or fancy materials used that may also help you identify the tool.
Determine if there is a patent number on your tool. If not, move to Step 3. This may clue you in to the company who took out the patent, thereby identifying your tool. Seach your local library. Pull books that will help you identify your tool including antique tool books, antique and collectible price guides, history or reference material on tool manufacturing, and also woodworking tool books.
If your have a manufacturer's name, do a search for the company to see if there was a book made. If the library has an archival database computer system, you may also wish to search for your tool there. Conduct a specific online search using the Internet. Search for a short description of your tool to alleviate the mass amount of information that is unnecessary.
An example would be "antique wood claw hammer brass handle. If these steps fail, search eBay under "Collectibles" section and "Tools" category looking for a similar type item. Consult an antique tool dealer for help. Search for antique malls in your local phone book.
Call and ask if anyone specializes in tools, and would be willing to take a look at your item. You may also want to search online for antique tool collectors, and email them to see if they would be willing to look at your item via digital photographs. Pay for a professional identification. Many places offer such services, provided you pay a nominal fee and submit clear photographs either online or by mail.
You may also search your local phone book for an antique appraiser in the area who may be able to offer an appraisal with identification. Condition is the key factor in determining if your tool has any value.
A common tool that is mint in the original box will have a higher value than a rare tool in poor shape. Sometimes antique cobblers hammers and tools are confused with general construction tools, so keep an open mind when trying to identify the type of tool you have.
Ira Mency, nom de plume of Cindy Fahnestock-Schafer, has been writing for more than 25 years and is a published fiction novelist. Her work encompasses ghostwriting, e-book publishing, press releases and Web design. By: Ira Mency Updated April 12, Share It.Witch posts are almost exclusively a feature of the North York Moors region.
It is a solid upright timber of oak or rowan wood which is built as part of a house's structure, often by the fireplace. It has a carved cross near the top of the post and it is thought their purpose was to protect the house and its inhabitants from witches. It has also been suggested that itinerant priests in the 17th century who sheltered in the house may have given a blessing on the house and its inhabitants, the occasion being recorded by the carving of a cross on one of these posts.
Whatever, the custom is of remote antiquity and a remarkable relic of superstition. There is very little information to be found on witchposts, but one lengthy article can be found here by noted author Peter Walker. It poses some questions and has a few more theories on this interesting subject.
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Looking at the other side of the head of the hammer, a slot held the tack or nail so it can be used high on the wall. Also visible is part of the clip that actually held the poster so it could secured to the wall. All I can say is that it made perfect sense to me when it's use was explained to me as I held the hammer. Neosho, MO. Patented Mar 11, July 9, A handcarved Whetstone holder. This might be used as a farmer works the fields. The "barrel" portion would be filled with water to hold the stone, the hook would hang on his belt and when he stopped to use the whetstone, the pointed end would be put into the ground to hold it upright.
Used by British Meteorological Office to record the duration of sunshine as the sun moves across the sky.
Threshing Tool - Hale's March 5, 1878 Patent Bundle Wire Cutter (Minneapolis, Minn.)
There are three overlapping pairs of grooves, each to take cards suitable in shape for different seasons of the year. Thanks go to The Gemmary, a fascinating website dedicated to serving the serious scientific instrument collector. Ceramic pig was given out by a pig association many years ago. It's a bit sadistic, it was made to put flies in the pig and the flies would cause the ears and tail to wiggle. This is a brass item, about 8 inches in length, 1 inch wide and.
It is hollow and has a lid. It has a squarish box-shaped thing attached to one end. There are emblems in one side of the 'box' that appear to be a small fish? An antique travel brass inkwell used in the late 19th century through early 20th century, these have dated back to the 15th century.
It has a compartment to hold quills and has an attached inkwell powdered ink. This unusual piece fits into a candleholder, a candle is then inserted in to the top of the spring loaded base. A metal lamp shade sits on top to complete the look and piece. Size: From the Louis C.Vintage Plomb 1066 Wrench USS markings
An "eraser" that would gently scrape off the layer of ink on paper. The piece has a sharpened edge for that purpose.This page will present tables of registered trademarks, brand names and informal trademarks, and logo images used by various tool companies. These are closely related concepts that define the way a company presents its products to the public.
Registered trademarks, as the term implies, are words, designs, or images that have been granted trademark status by the U. The trademark records maintained by the USPTO are publicly available and can be searched in their online database. In a few cases a company may have claimed a particular name or phrase as a registered trademark, but no corresponding registration could be found in the USPTO TESS database. In the event that no public record can be found for a claimed mark, it will be included instead in the later section listing informal trademarks.
In the table below, the Company column is generally the entity name that filed the application. In the case of name changes or mergers, trademarks representing the same product line may be listed under different entity names. The Reg. The First Use column gives the date of the first public use of the mark, as provided by the company with the application. These dates were generally not subject to validation and may be rough estimates in some cases, especially if the trademark application was filed long after the first use date.
In addition to registered trademarks, many tools are marked with words or stamped images serving as brand names or informal trademarks. In some cases, the maker may have claimed the brand as a trademark, but no corresponding registration could be found in the USPTO trademarks database. It's unclear whether these discrepancies are due to filed but rejected applications, or possibly lost or incomplete trademark records.
Table 2 lists a number of word marks used as brand names or informal trademarks, with notes indicating the particular use. Table 3 below shows a number of logo images taken from various tools. In some cases these are also registered trademarks as noted in the tablebut in general the logos are simply informal marks chosen by the manufacturer to identify their tools.
The "Shorthand" column is just a fanciful name assigned for convenience of reference; it doesn't necessarily correspond to what the maker would have called it. Certain logos are identified in the table as "Forge Marks", meaning that they appear as a raised symbol on a forged piece, having been incised into the forging die.
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These marks were often used on contract manufacturing production to identify the maker. The information in the registered trademarks table was obtained from the U. Klein trademarks. Introduction This page will present tables of registered trademarks, brand names and informal trademarks, and logo images used by various tool companies.
Registered Trademarks Registered trademarks, as the term implies, are words, designs, or images that have been granted trademark status by the U. Note that the table is sorted first by company name and then by registration number.
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Truth Tool Co. Williams Co.These antique cooking and baking gadgets give new meaning to the phrase "just like Grandma used to make. Perfect for pumping out pretty cookies in the '50s. Do not fear this scary-looking antique kitchen tool. It's actually meant for cutting delicate cakes like Angel food.
In Grandma's kitchen, everything had its rightful place. Decorative breadboxes were all the rage in Grandma's day. Because it was very important that butter be beautiful, these molds came in all kinds of designs. This was a farmhouse must-have for making jam and tomato sauce.
It was all about presentation in the good ol' days. Case in point: This cute condiment serving tray from the '60s with glass bowls and ladles. Whether cast iron or wrought iron. If Grandpa liked his eggs poached, Grandma surely had one of these pretty pans.
The old-fashioned way to make everything from baby food and applesauce to mashed potatoes and pureed soups. The clever design allowed for cool water to fill the area on the saucer around the glass bowl—effectively keeping butter chilled but still soft enough to spread.
Because even grandmas craved fries. We're betting these nesting cutters bring back some memories of helping Grandma with pastry-making. In the days before electric standing mixers, all the blending was done by hand, with little egg beaters like this one.
We're totally down with bringing back this '70s Tupperware trend. For shaving ice. Anyone care for a snow cone? Vintage meat mallets like this one look more like something from a horror film than the tenderizers we know today. Before everything came in plastic, Grandma froze water in one of these metal contraptions with levers for easy ice removal. Much like a pencil sharpener, grinders like this one from the '30s clamped onto the counter and could be cranked to churn out ground spices.
These little gadgets sat atop pots to make it easier to drain water. You don't see these in most modern-day kitchens. Every Grandma had at least one of these. Heck, we still have a whole collection!
Basically the SodaStream of the '60s. This handheld utensil features 11 sharp metal blades—to conveniently slice things like eggs and cheese, of course. Vintage baking molds like this looked a lot like a waffle iron—only for cookies. Home Maintenance. Type keyword s to search. Today's Top Stories. Shop Country Living's Spring Collection. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below.Alloy Artifacts is an online tool museum and resource center for information on 20th century hand tools.
You'll find thousands of high-quality photographs of different types and makes of tools, with background history on the tool companies that helped shape the industry. We also provide tables of patents and trademarks, logo images to help identify unfamiliar tools, a timeline of tool industry events, and finally a Site Index to help find everything.
May 31, As we noted a while back, today is the th anniversary of modern socket tools, based on the release of Blackhawk's interchangeable socket sets in We hope our readers will take time to review Blackhawk's socket tools, as well as the earlier sockets sets by Bay State Tool, Miller Combination Tool, Mossberg, and Walden.
May 11, We've completed our planned changes and hope that visitors with mobile devices are finding the site easier to use. Please let us know if you run into any problems!
April 18, We recently started working on some long-planned changes to make the website more accessible to mobile devices, with the goal of having the site look good and work well on any kind of device. The changes will include features such as scalable images, smarter navigation menus, folding tables, a mobile-friendly index search facility, and various layout changes. As a demonstration of the planned changes, we've updated several pages to the newer design and invite anyone interested to try viewing them on your mobile device, or simply play around with resizing your browser window to watch the response.
We'll be adding more as time permits. April 14, We've added a new feature that lets you search the entire index using keywords such as company names, tool types, or model numbers. Just enter your search terms in the form at the top of the home page and hit 'Search', and a new page will come up with a ranked list of matching links. The search is case-insensitive and will find partial matches, so you don't need to enter the full keyword, and to look for multiple words together you can join them with an underscore e.
Although we usually don't mention the coming of a new calendar year, brings several events that should be of interest to our readers. The first is that Cornwell Quality Tools has reached their th year milestone, and we'd like to offer them a big shout-out: Congratulations on your first century!
Cornwell is the first of the modern tool-truck companies to reach the century mark, and we wish them continued success in the future.