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Mechanical Nature Antiques
We are Larry & Carole Meeker, Antique Dealers and Purveyors of fine antiques and other things!!
The primary focus of our two websites, Patented-Antiques.com and AntiqBuyer.com, is Buying, Selling, and Dealing in Antique Americana related to American Patented and Mechanical Antiques and Collectibles. We seek, will buy, and can help you sell, Antique Advertising, General / Country Store Antiques, Antique Tools / Technology & Scientific related Antiques.
The antiques and collectibles we deal in and sell include antique surveying instruments, antique and vintage woodworking tools, especially patented antique woodworking planes, antique sewing machines, antique pressing irons and other laundry related antiques. American patent models, vintage salesman samples, especially farm and agricultural related models, and other important pieces of early American history commonly referred to as Americana are of special interest.
The antiques we seek include figural cast iron antiques, rare examples of vintage mechanical kitchen antiques, early vintage office antiques, antique electrical devices including fans and open frame or Bi-polar electric motors, and more. We buy, sell, and deal in what is known as Americana and General / Country Store Antiques and related antique advertising as well. All fit into our definition of Antiques of a Mechanical Nature.
We call it Americana with a purpose.
Services We Offer
To meet the varied needs of today's antique collectors and sellers of antiques we provide a five-fold service-oriented approach to buying and selling antiques and collectibles.Consignment Sales are the primary source of antiques listed for sale on our antique sales website. We are currently selling many varied antiques and antique collections on consignment from several very large and diverse collections of antiques for different owners.
We also sell individual antiques on consignment for various owners. These include old time collectors, dealers or other antique sellers such as heirs or relatives of the actual collector. Some collectors are simply downsizing, or selling their antiques for any number of different reasons. Oftentimes we are helping new owners, spouses and / or relatives of the original collectors sell antiques that they have come into possession of.
Consignment sales through our website offer advantages for the seller / owner.
The largest and most obvious reason is that through consignment sales, at a fixed price and reasonable commission rate, you the owner are able to net the highest possible price and return for your antiques. Another major advantage is that through consignment sales you name the final sale price and are not at the mercy of an auction result. By paying a single commission, and only upon a successful sale, the uncertainly of auctions and the double fees incurred with a buyers premium in addition to the sellers commission are gone. If you are unfamiliar with this concept, I can discuss and explain it to you. Bottom line though, when you see an auction result for an item you have, the actual net to you the owner / seller can oftentimes be 40% or more less than that published price when the math is done correctly. That being the buyers fee on one end, and the sellers commission on the other. There are more advantages as well, and these are discussed on the FAQ page
Antiques listed for sale on this site get worldwide exposure. Our websites are well ranked on Google and all other major search engines. Our websites get over 1000 unique visitors a day with 10's of thousands of individual page views. Over 50% of those visitors are "new". The other half are regular customers looking for new pieces listed. Many are serious buyers who visit this site on a daily basis seeking specific antiques to add to their collections, not just a small local audience, or casual lookers that most other venues offer. They are real buyers looking for quality antiques to add to their collections.
Other advantages are that this approach eliminates the typical adversarial role between the owner / seller. That would be you and me, the end seller, as we are both working toward realizing maximum price / value for your antiques when I sell them. Bottom line is I want to help you sell your antiques for the most possible. I am not trying to buy them for the lowest possible price. I am working w/ you to realize the highest possible price, not against you trying to buy them for the least amount possible.
We are actively seeking quality consignments of antiques in all areas related to our fields of specialization and interest. Please browse through the sale pages by clicking the links to the left to see what we deal in and how this service could work for you.
Please see the FAQ Page for more details.
Current ClientsOne antique collection we are currently handling is focused on antique tools in general & specifically on antique woodworking tools. This collection was begun in the 60's and numbers over 15,000 tools. This collection originates right here in California and will take years to redistribute to today's collectors.
An antique collection we are about done selling hails from Washington State and is laundry-related. It included close to 3000 antique pressing / sad irons and trivets, miniature stoves, and much more. Over the last 15 years we have helped numerous consignors, and sellers sell well over 9,000 sad irons from several different collections.
A collection from Oregon we sold from was focused on antique Irons, & other Ironing related antiques all set up in a general store type museum with much advertising and related Country or General Store Antiques including General Store Fixtures, Cash Registers, scales, hardware and more.
Another collection we are selling for a deceased collectors spouse includes over 300 toy and full size sewing machines. This collection had some great toy treadle sewing machines as well as some of the hardest to find of all toy sewing machines in it.
We recently sold a large collection of Bootjacks for an owner downsizing, and refocusing his collection. This collection of over 300 Bootjacks included examples across the spectrum from Patent Models to mechanicals, Naughty Nellies, figurals, heart motifs and more. We picked up and sold another large collection of bootjacks similar in size so that at one point we had over 400 bootjacks in stock.
We are currently handling pieces from approx. 30 different antique collections across the country including special antique sewing machines and sewing related antiques including sewing birds / clamps and other sewing related collectibles.
We are in the final stages of selling a collection of over 100 toy and salesman sample stoves from a large and old time collection. We are also going to be handling another large collection of irons, and more are in the pipeline.
To view specific examples of the types, level of quality
of the antiques we are interested in, and provide more
information about, including past sales prices please review our Past Sales Archive pages
at our sister antique website
Purchase and Sales We can, will, and do buy
antiques outright. We do this all the time. The most important aspects
that influence our decision to buy a given antique are price, condition, and
desirability. These are the main
factors or most important considerations in determining our interest
in buying a given antique. Without knowing the specifics of each
of those factors, it is very hard to
say whether or not we are interested in buying your antique or
If you have antiques to sell and have them priced ----- reasonably and realistically------ contact us and we can sew up the deal with me buying them now! Or I can help you sell them on consignment, and in many instances you can beat your expectations.
Auction Listing Service of quality
single pieces or antique
collections is another service we offer for select pieces. If time
is a factor and your willing to let
current market forces rule, we alternatively offer an expedited
approach for your antiques or collectibles through EBay or other
internet auction sites. We have several thousand positive
feedbacks from selling antiques and collectibles on eBay and it can
be a good approach for certain pieces. In general though we do
not recommend this approach for most pieces for a number of reasons.
for Antique Buyers We offer this as a service for those
who are looking for specific antiques to add to their collections.
We offer a paid finders service for serious collectors looking for
serious pieces and treat a paid retainer as a contract to find and
provide the piece for a reasonable commission. We have good
contacts for the types of Antiques that we deal in. We will work
for a fixed finders fee as well. We treat general requests to
look for something as --- general requests.
Research and Consultations
are offered as part of the
above services------ within reason. If appraisals or research are desired for
other reasons we offer these services as a paid
service. Please see
the FAQ Page for details.
We hope you enjoy this site, and that you will come back often to see our latest offerings. As antique dealers who buy and sell antiques we are fair, reasonable, and honest.
We deal with people openly and with integrity when conducting our business. We treat sellers and our customers the same way we want to be treated. Our reputation is important to us and we can provide numerous references from past clients, collector friends, and others attesting to this.
Please review the general info pages listed on the left for more information on what we buy and sell and how we conduct our business.
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We Want to Help you Sell Your Quality Antiques
Larry & Carole