My Dad wants to sell an old wood toolchest that has many, many tools with
it. This I believe is a patterns makers chest. Tools are old but high
quality tools take a look.
Dad was hoping to do better than $300 for the chest with tools
Oh my. Please don't sell those. Keep them for yourself. Someday, when
your children (or grandchildren) are old enough to appreciate them, you'll
be able to pass on some priceless memories of a skilled craft and the man
who practiced it.
Possibly worth *much* more, I think. Have them evaluated. Try a
local auctioneer/antuque dealer, but let him or her know they are
presently NOT for sale, if he offers to buy them. You want an
unbiased opinion. You might have to remove your ad for that purpose,
then go back to that as one avenue.
I'd have been interested some years back, but am getting away from the
hobby due to health and age. My son-in-law will get most of mine.
That collection is worth a LOT more than that. I would have been happy
to pay you $ 500.00 or more... till I read Roy Smith's post...he's
right. Keep them. Do NOT sell that collection. It is too valuable to
Wayne, you're the guy that listed the patternmaker's shop stuff on W.
Mass. craigslist, right?
The stuff you have is far more valuable than $300. I don't know how
quickly you have to sell this stuff, but if you sold the stuff
separately on eBay you'd make over a grand for that stuff, no problem.
The more valuable chisels would easily fetch $40. You also have some
nifty little violin makers planes that are highly collectable.
I echo the sentiment of some of the other posters. Keep the box.
Cherry pick your father's collection and keep a nicely stocked box.
You might find out that you've got the genes for it and take up
woodworking. It'd also make an amazing family heirloom which isn't
going to go down in value.
Sell the stuff you've got to sell after researching it. There are eBay
consignment shops and Sellers Assistants that would take 30-40%
commission. You'd still come out ahead.
All hand woodworking with antique tools is a special interest.
I'll bet only a small percentage of the readers of this newsgroup
would have any interest in them for day to day use. Even if I
owned a nice collection like that, I wouldn't give up my power tools.
Now there's a tool! Alas... no Flowjet for this poor boy. I just couldn't
help myself above... I see a phrase like "the right tool for the job" and I
instinctively think torches... Oh... what you can do with a nice piece of
cherry and a good set of torches. It's simply art.
Yu seem to look at it as an either/or situation. Rarely do I ever do a
project entirely by hand but I, and a lot of others, have found that a lot
of things are done faster and easier by hand rather than setting up a
Why does everyone assume it is an heirloom?
Since he doesn't know what kind of tools they are, the odds are they don't
have any storys.
I expect they probably are worth rather more than 300, judging by what I
have seen stuff go for at auctions, but I can't really understand why.
Because of the definition of the word heirloom:
1. A valued possession passed down in a family through succeeding
2. An article of personal property included in an inherited estate.
They might not have the "I used this Barton gouge to pound through the
heart of a vampire" type of story, but more the "great-granddad was
such a craftsman that the factories relied on him to get the original
Because the stuff you would buy now would cost you more for what is
usually lower quality.
Or "granddad found these at a garage sale and didn't know what they are. He
wanted to sell them for $300, but decided to hand them down to other people
to whom they have no significance."
My MIL has a spoon her great grandfather used at Andersonville Prison. Now
that's a great heirloom. (unfortunately she is leaving it to my BIL rather
than my wife.)
It's probably worth more than that, as others have said, altho
it's hard to tell from photos.
If you're in Mass, as someone suggested, you might try calling
or emailing Patrick Leach, who does (or did) some dealing in
tools. He used to be active here on rec.ww, some while back.
leach (at) supertool.com
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