|Forum topic by poopiekat||posted 04-29-2012 01:57 PM||779 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
04-29-2012 01:57 PM
I reluctantly walked away from some handsaws yesterday, most of which were early (IMO) examples of Disstons, from a garage sale that was chock full of old barn stuff. These were all $3.00 each I’ve already got perhaps 20 old saws that have not yet made it to the sharpener’s shop! I walked away, wishing I knew what to look for. Same with bit braces. I have no idea if there is a specific model that carries a premium price.
I’ve accumulated most of my handplane menagerie by going to yard sales, antique shops and flea markets. I’ve got a pretty good handle on plane values, and indeed I’ll snag an odd duck just because it IS different. Just about every plane I see goes home with me unless it is blatantly overpriced, or damaged beyond repair.
So… what do I do, what are the right things to look for, are there certain medallions to look for, certain handles that signify value as a collectible, or what? Is there a holy grail for the saw collectors, like a #1 or #2 Stanley plane is to plane collectors? Are there specific bit braces that I should be keeping my eye out for?
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