The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


March 29, 2014

Antique tools in demand at auctions

Our next auction is scheduled for April 12 at the National Guard Armory in Clinton.

This will take all 46 tables because of the large amount of collectibles at this auction. There is a little of everything from beer memorabilia to assorted glassware, early sheet music, costume jewelry, Lion still bank, Nippon vase, antique floor lamp and a large oak sideboard.

Many pictures are on the internet site at I can remember last year in Fenton, Ill., there was a nice Forge on the auction. Off hand I can’t remember the price it realized but it caused a little excitement and there was a lot of interest.

Antique tools are usually in demand. We have had many brakeman’s hand lanterns at auction and also the red and green ribbed glass railroad signal lamps. We occasionally see a nice broad axe, which usually brings spirited bidding. A nice log tong was at the Fenton auction last year along with many early carpenter tools.

The auction in two weeks has some nice wood planes. A very nice stitching horse sold in Clinton a little over a year ago. It was used in leather shops and on farms, and also sold at the same auction was a large set of cobblers tools. Nice pulley blocks often show up at auctions along with different types of early wrenches.

Draw knives often show up at our auctions and some are very unique. We used to see a lot of moving scythes but even they are becoming more scarce. Wooden hay forks and rakes will sometimes pop up and usually bring a pretty good price. An early cider press went to a new home at an auction this past year and more than one person mentioned to me that they wished they had bought it. When you see it and it crosses the auction block, buy it because you may never get another chance. See you at the auction on April 12, bring a friend and have a good time.

Ted Wilk is with Wilk Auction and Appraisal Service. To ask him a question about auctions, call (309) 654-2655.

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