are active full time antique dealers. Over the years we have
bought & sold many U.S. Patent models, antique salesman
and other detailed antique models of washing machines, vintage ironing devices, other collectible laundry related antiques
and much more. Some of the laundry related pieces and washers
we have previously sold have appeared on the Antique Roadshow with their happy new
We are interested in any original U.S. Patent Models, early salesman samples of washers,
toy washers, and other detailed antique models or salesman
samples related to those categories of antiques that we
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Please visit that site if you are in the market to buy, or want to see how
we conduct our consignment sales of various antiques. If you want to learn
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Our internet Antique websites are one of the largest and most visible sources for
information about and actual sales of salesman samples and patent models on the internet.
Patent Model Washing Machines
It is amazing how many different patent models and
salesman samples of early washing machines that were produced. The
number of patents given out for these devices during their heyday
spanning from the the mid to later parts of the 19th century up until
the first part of the last century must number in the thousands and a
lot of them have survived.
models to be complete and proper they should have their original patent tag
and usually their receiving tag from the Patent Office. For more info on
the history of Patent
Models see our
Patent Model page.
depicts a very detailed example of
Yankee ingenuity running wild in the form of a patent model for an unusual
plunger type washing machine. A mechanical plunger / washer must
have seemed like a pretty advanced concept to this fellow, even
though he hailed from San Francisco. One can only wonder what his
world experience was or if he had ever
seen what the competition was offering when he came up with this
idea. This 1885
patent was granted for an idea whose time was already past---by 1885 when
this patent was issued there were already much more advanced and practical
washers on the market to impress the American consumer who was already
falling into the pattern of "I need a bigger and better one" way of life that
still seems to
drive our culture today. One can only wonder if the inventor was
married and if his wife encouraged this, or what he was thinking.
next picture is of a patent model of an antique washing machine that is in
the form of
our favorite for several reasons. This was an idea that was so absurd that Mr. Maytag's
sure to be a winner some years down the line. But hey, this is America, the place
that was built on ideas, and where
you can sell most anything. This model was set up to be operated
either stationary, or when it was pushed around the yard. The
inventor must have had to push one some where in his past to have come
up with this wacky idea. I have spent 20 some years looking for the full size
version, but fear this is an example of a better idea that never made
it into production.
What we are looking for are patent models and salesman sample washers, from
and unworkable ideas, to those you recognize. We are
not in the market for the full-size one your neighbor
gave you, or that your mother never
the scrap guy to come pick up, or was left in the basement of the house
you just bought. We also do
not buy Mangles or Ironrite ironing machines either.
In general we do not buy or deal in full size washers because of size
constraints, cost of shipping, and lack of demand. Some are
great, and I love the designs and action but I do not buy them.
Let me illustrate the reason so you can more fully understand. If you
box it, crate it, ship it to me, pay for storage, all at your cost, I will sell
it for you for far more than you can get locally. I sold 5 full
size antique washers a few years back for 5,000 - - - far more I imagine than you can get
locally. To date nobody has taken me up on that offer and I
bet none will. Get the idea.
Salesman Sample & Toy Washing Machines
In addition to the many patent model washers of
machines that are available there are also salesman samples and
small size toy washers that resemble their full size counterparts. We
are interested in any quality
examples that you may know of.
Generally speaking, if they have the manufacturer's location and other information stenciled on them,
we consider them more likely to be salesman
samples or display models rather than toys, as demonstrated by the Queen
Washer on the left.
In that picture, and the one on the right I am showing you a graphic example of
the difference between what we consider to be a salesman sample and a toy
washer, and you can easily
for yourself. The difference in quality and craftsmanship
are clear and evident when comparing these two machines. The early
salesman sample / display model on the left is a much more valuable and
desirable than the typical toy washer on the
right. We can help you sell either, but as can be seen there is a big difference, and there is a 5 - 10X
difference in value as well.
The sample & Child size washers
seen above, described here and on the archive sale result pages are examples of the
caliber, condition and quality of these antiques that I am primarily interested in
buying and can help you sell.
If you have any antique patent model or
salesman sample washing machines similar to the examples
shown that you want us to help you sell and consign to our sales pages at
www.Patented-Antiques.com, please contact us at
To see examples of antiques
that I currently have for sale please go to our sister site
at www.Patented-Antiques.com and
visit the numerous sale pages you will find there.
Larry & Carole