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Larry and Carole Meeker

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Mechanical Nature Antiques

We are Larry & Carole Meeker
Dealers, Brokers & Purveyors of Fine Antiques & Collectibles!!

The primary focus of our two websites, and, is Buying, Selling, and Dealing in Antiques and Collectibles related to American Patented and Mechanical Antiques and Collectibles. We seek, buy, sell, and can help you sell, Antique Tools / Technology & Scientific related Antiques, Antique Sewing Machines, Antique Advertising, General / Country Store Antiques,  etc.  We call these different categories of Antiques Americana with a purpose. 

The antiques and collectibles we deal in, and buy and sell, include antique surveying instruments, antique and vintage woodworking tools, Handled Ebony and Boxwood Plow Plane w/ Cuttersespecially 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 are of special interest as well.  Other important pieces of early American history commonly referred to as Americana are of interest as well.

The antiques and collectibles we seek include figural cast iron antiques, rare examples of vintage mechanical kitchen antiques, early vintage office antiques, including antique electrical devices like fans and open frame or Bi-polar electric motors, scientific related antiques 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 a primary source of antiques listed for sale on this antique sales website We are currently selling many varied antiques and antique collections on consignment from Antique Hat Conformator several very large and diverse collections of antiques for different owners.

We also sell individual antiques on consignment for various owners.  Consignors include old time collectors, dealers or other antique sellers such as heirs or relatives of the actual antique collector.  Some collectors are simply downsizing, others re-focusing their collection, or are selling their antiques for any number of different reasons. Oftentimes we are helping new owners, collector's spouses and / or relatives of the original collectors sell antique collections that they have come into possession of. 

Consignment sales through our website can offer advantages for the seller / owner.

The largest and most obvious advantage is that through consignment sales, at a fixed price and reasonable commission rate, you the owner Muller #16 Toy Treadle Sewing Machine / TSMare 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 or % on one end,  and the sellers commission on the other. There are more advantages to the consignment sales approach 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 for relevant keywords. Our 2 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 antique website on a daily basis seeking specific antiques to add to their collections.  It is not just a small local audience, or casual lookers that most other venues like local "antique" shops or auction houses offer.  They are real buyers looking for quality antiques to add to their collections. 
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Other advantages are that this approach eliminates the typical adversarial role between the owner / seller when determining values or a price for your antiques / collectibles.  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 pieces on consignment for you.  Bottom line is in a consignment sale 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 Clients

One 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 here in California and will take years to redistribute to today's collectors. Stanley Millers Patent Bronze / Gunmetal Plow Plane

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 done selling for a deceased collectors spouse included 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 / collector 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. While selling one collection, 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 finished selling a collection of over 100 toy and salesman sample stoves from a large and old time midwest collection.  We also handled their large collection of sadirons and related. 

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

Outright Purchase and Sales We buy antiques outright all the time.  The most important considerations 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 any 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 collection. 

Outright sales are how most antique dealers obtain their merchandise.  It can be the quickest and cleanest approach to buying and selling antiques when the seller knows what he / she wants for that antique or collection, and is being realistic.  Often times they do not know, and are not realistic. 

Watson Patent Sewing MachineMany sellers want "retail" or retail + + for their antiques, be it a collection or single antique. Many sellers ignore the fact they have contacted an antique dealer who has to buy at wholesale and have room to resell pieces in order to remain in business. 

Oftentimes sellers profess they have no idea what the value of their antique(s) is or how much they would want for their piece or collection.Antique sellers using this approach to selling set up the classic adversarial dealer / seller situation mentioned before.  In general I do not usually participate in this back and forth when buying antiques.  In most outright sales situations it is the sellers duty to name his price.  In most instances it is hard for me the buyer to act as both the buyer and seller, naming the price and then buying the object.  I would rather help you sell your antique than fight with you over the price. 
Please see the FAQ page for more on this. 

If you have antiques to sell and have them priced ----- reasonably and realistically------ Contact Patented-Antiques.comand 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. 

Internet Auction Listing Service of quality single pieces or antique collections is another service we offer for select pieces.  If time is a factor andDolland Telescope your willing to let current market forces rule, we alternatively offer an expedited sales approach for your antiques or collectibles selling 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.

We offer this service on a commission basis with competitive rates as well.

I currently list antiques & collectibles on eBay under the names TheAntiqueMerchant, and In general I use that venue only in certain circumstances, or to help draw buyers / bidders from there back to our website.  Please take a look to see how I run auctions there.  Contact me if this is how you want to proceed 

Finders Service 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.

Appraisals, Research and Consultations are offered as part of the above services - - - - - - within reason. We no longer offer paid appraisals for pieces for several reasons.  Please see the FAQ Page for details.

J. Hale Patent 1885 Surveying Instrument We are very specialized in our field and interests, and that is where we can be of service to you.  Please see the Antiques Wanted and the FAQ / Questions page for more specific info.  Also visit our sister site to view the Past sales archives there. (Link Below)

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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If you have a single antique, or a collection of antiques to sell please Contact at giving us your PHONE NUMBER  and other contact info and we will get back to you ASAP. 

To view examples of the types of antiques and collectibles we have previously sold and are always interested in helping you sell please visit our Past Sales Archive Pages at our sister website

Please see our FAQ page, the Appraisal / Selling Page and the Selling Your Collection Pages for further info.


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