We deal in Americana, which includes figural cast iron antiques
and patented or mechanical antiques that have a certain
"look or feel" about them. We invite you to contact us at
should you have antiques and collectibles similar to those
described on theses pages
you are looking to sell.
I can help you sell similar antiques and collections on consignment from my antique sales website
We deal in
many antiques and vintage collectibles that
oftentimes do not
fit into more
categories. We like them simply because of
their superior form, look, or
Our primary interests are toward
patented and mechanical antiques, tools, technology
and scientific related antiques dating from
the period of history commonly known as
the Industrial Revolution but we are equally interested in things often
referred to as Americana, advertising or General / Country Store
Collections of antiques oftentimes take
on a higher significance than single
objects. Take for instance the of the selection of lamp fillers on the
right. I used to
buy them when they were relatively inexpensive, then I bought them when a
different one appeared. Pretty soon they were a collection. I stopped when it seemed everyone else
started, and the ready supply dried up. As a group they are far more
significant and interesting than just one oil lamp filler.
Another example is the small collection of small oilcans / oilers
that I assembled over the years. They certainly
would not be considered important, but we like them and they fulfilled the urge to buy.
When it came time to sell them, the fact it was an assembled
collection was the factor that made them more interesting and
appealing to collectors of Petroliana and advertising.
common theme for our buying and selling interests is form and condition
and it must have a certain "eye" appeal.
We enjoy dealing with, and helping consignors sell the collections they
have amassed over the years. Other
specific areas of antiques that we deal in and are always interested in helping owners sell
are listed in the left hand
column of this page.
Even though we do not specialize in tobacco
related objects, we do deal in and sell tobacco cutters and other
tobacco related collectibles. Most tobacco cutters were just made to accomplish their stated job, while
others had unusual figural
aspects to their
design as represented by the Scotten-Dillon Flatiron Cut Plug tobacco
cutter pictured on the right. The base is a figural flat iron.
There are many other figural examples of Tobacco cutters that can be found.
Values can range from as low as $100 or so to over $1000 for unusual
and desirable examples.
Another example of unusual cast iron that we
like are antique
cast iron bootjacks. Particularly those that have
wrenches or cutout letters or names incorporated into their design.
We are currently finishing up selling 2 different collection of
bootjacks totaling over 300 on our
Often times the reason for buying an object crosses categories
and we drawn to a special antique for reasons
other than to simply add to the
collection or to sell. The Pratt patent sewing machine known as the
"Lady's Companion" pictured on the left, is a perfect example of this. Later
and more common treadle sewing
machines are a dime a dozen, and we have inquires from people wanting
to sell those later treadle sewing machines nearly every day. We sell all types of
antique sewing machines but rarely deal in those later more common treadle sewing machines.
When I first saw this tripod style sewing machine I knew I had to own it.
Even though it was the most expensive antique sewing machine we had ever
bought at the time, in looking at the condition, the strikingly different
form, and considering its historical
significance, we knew we had to own this. I did buy it, and true to form
and the dealer inside me sold it the next day.
Money is also important at times.
It was the condition and form that
convinced me to buy this sewing machine. The price was secondary. I knew it
would be OK, and the urge was satisfied.
We typically do not deal in later more common standard wooden treadle sewing machines found in nearly every home in America after the turn of the
century. It seems that there are
still enough of those to go around for every buyer or collector who wants one, even
There are a few other antique treadle sewing machines that we are interested in,
and the criteria for our interest are laid out or explained in
detail on the Sewing
We also have pics and sales results for
many other early and rare sewing machines and other antiques in our sales archive
pages. The links to those pages are in the right hand column.
We are always looking for unusual figural
antiques, early mechanical sewing machines, and other devices, and we invite you to contact us at
anytime should you have something
similar that you are looking to sell.
of figural antiques we deal in are figural water sprinklers and other unusual mechanical
I am mainly interested in lawn sprinklers that represent animals or people.
There are some great non figural sprinkler that were
over-engineered and look like a mechanical marvels that are very
collectible as well. If you have anything interesting you want
to sell contact me.
Many times the antiques that we deal in or
sell can fall
into more than one or into completely different categories. Oftentimes the
we like an antique is based solely on
the condition. We always strive to have the best
condition pieces we can find and have turned down
antiques that are considered quite rare, and that we would love to
have listed, because the condition
was not right.
In many instances, condition is more important
to us than the perceived rarity of a piece, a concept that many sellers never seem
to grasp. Collectors learn it after a while, but sellers seem to be oblivious.
In relation to that we have
come to recognize the expression "great for its age" used by many sellers
on the internet to be a giant red
flag that often indicates something less than acceptable condition in reality. It is small
wonder that is the phrase of choice to describe merchandise listed for
sale on eBay by many sellers there.
few examples of the type, style,
vintage, condition and quality of the antiques that we are primarily
interested in are pictured. Click the links on the right to see pics and descriptions of
past sales results for these and other antiques.
Please contact us at
if you have interesting
tools and technology, or great form figural antiques that are for sale. We are always
interested in quality antiques and vintage collectibles and can
help you sell them!
To see examples of antiques that we currently are
offering for sale please go to our sister site
Larry & Carole