Q: I recently purchased a toolbox filled with vintage tools from the 1920s and earlier. I have identified several, including a Jack plane by Stanley, a bench level by Davis & Cook, a bow drill, an early handsaw marked Woodrough & McParlin, and an assortment of other smaller tools. I understand that tools have become quite collectible, and I would like to sell the ones I have if the price is right. – Bill, Shreveport, La.
A: The tools you listed are, indeed, collectible. One of the better sources to buy and sell vintage tools is Brown Auction Services, 27 Fickett Road, Pownal, ME 04069. A good basic reference is “Antique Trader Tools Price Guide,” by Clarence Blanchard and published by Krause.
Q: I have four older duck decoys that were used on my family farm in Wisconsin. I assume they are probably from the 1930s, maybe even earlier. Is there a reference book you can recommend about decoys? Although I have no plans to sell, I would like to find out more about them, especially their collectability. – Rob, Sioux Falls, S.D.
A: Although there are several excellent references, my personal favorite is “Warman’s Duck Decoys: Identification and Price Guide,” by Russell E. Lewis.
Q: I found a presidential calendar at a yard sale and wonder if it is worth any money. If not, I’ll save it as a keepsake. I am enclosing a picture of it. – Margaret, Somerset, Pa.
A: I have examined the picture you sent and think it is probably a advertising calendar, which was a popular giveaway by insurance companies throughout the 1970s and ’80s. I could not see much detail, so I am unable to date it.
Q: My mom collected Bing & Grondahl Christmas plates beginning with ones issued during the early 1950s. I have inherited her collection and would now like to dispose of them. – Susan, Rio Rancho, N.M.
A: Collector plates are difficult to sell, especially in our sluggish economy. With that said, I suggest you contact Viking Import House to see if it is a possible place to market your plates. Contact is P.O. Box 386, Windsor, NJ 08561; email@example.com; 800-327-2297.
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