A price guide is only as helpful as its prices are current. With this in mind, the fourth edition of Herbert Kean's A Price Guide to Antique Tools takes its prices from the latest live and Internet auctions as well as private sales. Like previous editions, the guide includes more than 12,000 prices (individual and chart combinations) that represent extraordinary tools, as well as those found in flea markets.
There is an explanation for each tool group that allows the reader to judge the condition of a tool (the most critical of all factors when determining price). A chapter on American wooden planes covers more than 400 makers, each graded with a single value number … a system that is at the same time simple and comprehensive.
To help even more, almost every tool is illustrated with a photograph or line drawing. The section on Internet prices explains the mechanisms of electronic auctions and gives tips for successful bidding. If you have ever wished that you could consult with an expert before investing in a tool, this is the book for you. It puts at your fingertips the knowledge and expertise of noted tool collector and dealer Herb Kean, both in determining current prices and in evaluating condition.
Author: Herbert P. Kean
We’ve all seen at least one in our lifetime. That rusty, worn-looking antique tool that we can’t quite figure out: What does it do? Why was it made? What is it even called? When Farm Collector put together a special edition dedicated solely to these mystery farm tools, readers snatched it up, making it a best-seller. Now, Farm Collector proudly introduces the second volume of the Field Guide to Mystery Farm Tools. This new edition includes more than 160 tools that have been identified and includes a small paragraph explaining what the tool was used for! You’ll read how to identify tools yourself using patents, online collector resources, and books and publications for collectors.
The guide is separated into six categories: field/crop, farmhouse, livestock, barn/shop, specialty tools and odd lots. Packed with super photos, patent drawings and collector resources, this is a great resource for antique farm equipment collectors.
Plus, there are 24 tools we couldn’t identify. Can you?
In 1992, author James B. Ricci set out to develop a booklet on the power lawn mowers produced by The Locke Steel Chain Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut. His topic and interests continued to expand over the years. Hand, Horse, and Motor: The Development of the Lawn Mower Industry in the United States is the result of Ricci’s extensive efforts.
This thorough and well-researched resource for the lawn mower collector documents the development of the lawn mower industry in the United States of America; it features nearly 200 individuals or corporations that manufactured lawn mowers in this country and offers a snapshot on the patents, products, and historical contributions each brought to the industry. It also offers interesting anecdotes, photographs, and ephemera from the author’s extensive collection.
Hand, Horse, and Motor touches on the beginnings of lawn mower history in England in 1830, when Edwin Beard Budding obtained the first patent for a lawn mowing machine. Honoring these roots, and Ricci’s long-standing connection to The Old Lawnmower Club in Wolverton, England, the book also includes a foreword by Keith Wootton, the club’s founder and president.
Author: James B. Ricci
Farm Collector put together two special editions dedicated solely to mystery farm tools and readers loved them, making the publications best-sellers. Continuing with the farm tool trend, Farm Collector has put together a two-book set dedicated to old-fashioned farm tools and implements, plus the skills and techniques to make them. This set includes nearly 400 pages of cast-iron field rollers, broadcast seeders, and corn harvesters, along with how to make straight forming tools, re-flute worn cutters, grind curved surfaces, and more!
Old-Fashioned Farm Tools Set includes:
Turn-of-the-Century Farm Tools and Implements
Published in 1898, this trade catalog advertised tools, fertilizers, insecticides, and other essentials for the turn-of-the-century garden, farm, greenhouse, lawn, orchard, poultry yard, stable, and household. Abundantly illustrated, it included approximately 680 black-and-white images. Within the catalog’s pages, you’ll find butter printers, cast-iron field rollers, broadcast seeders, corn harvesters and huskers, root cutters, cider mills, veterinary remedies, and more.
When first published in 1915, this book was an answer to a vast array of tool-room problems and explained many essential toolmaking operations. It includes timeless practices as well as some personally tailored methods by master toolmakers. With detailed descriptions of every procedure, essential mathematical rules and calculations for use in the workshop, and a number of illustrative figures, this book stands as an invaluable reference for those with an interest in practicing hands-on toolmaking processes.
The practical, intriguing American devices contained in this handbook come from an era long before milking machines, pesticide sprayers, and industrial hay balers. Designed to speed and simplify everything from making your own butter to protecting drain outlets to organizing and storing tools, the easy-to-make mechanisms you’ll find here can be just as useful for today’s farmer as they were for frontier homesteaders.
Discover how to transform odds and ends—scraps of lumber from old building projects, leftover sections of barbed wire, the box spring sitting in the attic—into handy household implements. With the illustrated instructions here, you can make a movable nest for hens, a ribless boat, a contraption to extricate a mired animal, a farm cart with movable racks for larger roads, a wire fence tightener, a fruit picker, a grindstone set and frame, and much more. This book is perfect for the rancher, farmer, craftsman—anyone with a love of the rural life.
Bringing together the collective wisdom of a past generation of craftsmen, Old-Fashioned Toolmaking provides an in-depth record of the skills and techniques that made the mass production revolution of the 20th century possible. When first published in 1915, this book was an answer to a vast array of tool-room problems and explained many essential toolmaking operations. It includes timeless practices as well as some personally tailored methods by master toolmakers, including how to:
With detailed descriptions of every procedure, essential mathematical rules and calculations for use in the workshop, and a number of illustrative figures, this book stands as an invaluable reference for those with an interest in practicing hands-on toolmaking processes.
Author: Franklin D. Jones
Here is the book that finally unlocks the secrets that professional restorers have been using for years. It explains critical (and previously closely held) restoration techniques in a way that even the most uninitiated can understand and follow. Chapters cover boring and edge tools, planes (wood, wood-bottomed and metal), measuring tools, saws and other miscellaneous tools, as well as information on cleaning and refinishing. The author explains how to make a bow for a bow drill, how to make wedges for planes, how to replace vials in levels, and literally hundreds of other such invaluable instructions.
Author: Herbert P. Kean
The Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog was the Amazon.com of its day, giving American families across the country access to thousands of items, from clothing and furniture to buggies and hair tonic. Whether they could buy it or not, people would pore over the massive volume that was an icon of American retail. The 1908 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue offers an amazing look at life in early 20th-century America. Sears, Roebuck & Co. was the very definition of American retail innovation. As the company grew from humble beginnings, its catalog selection exploded to include categories that encompassed almost everything imaginable. With merchandise ranging from ordinary to fantastical (and almost all of it priced at the pennies-on-the-dollar rate of the time), this vintage collection is sure to provide an enjoyable browsing experience.
Published in 1898, this trade catalog advertised tools, fertilizers, insecticides and other essentials for the turn-of-the-century garden, farm, greenhouse, lawn, orchard, poultry yard, stable and household. Abundantly illustrated, it included approximately 680 black-and-white images. Within the catalog’s pages, you’ll find butter printers, cast-iron field rollers, broadcast seeders, corn harvesters and huskers, root cutters, cider mills, veterinary remedies, and more.
Author: Henderson & Co.
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