Collectors of barbed wire, grain cradles, horseshoes and copper kettles can find some informative reading in a new book, 'Collecting Farm Antiques', by Lar Hothem.
The book contains many photographs of objects anything from butter paddles to hay hooks to yarn winders to grain sieves which can help some new collectors especially identify items they own or have seen on sale.
Hothem seeks to provide broad coverage of the artifacts of our agricultural heritage, many of them now rare and rising in value. Grandpa would be astounded to see what people are paying for things he made himself, or bought cheap at the general store.
For those who demand figures, Hothem tries to please. He ranges between a high and a low, and suggest that fair market value would be somewhere in between.
The book does not go into large machinery such as steam traction engines or tractors.
Hothem notes that objects you want do not come seeking you out; it's up to you to do the searching.
The author graduated from Ohio State University; he specializes in writing about American Indian artifacts and life ways, but also enjoys antiques and collectibles. The volume is published by Books Americana.