Part of a collection of antique tools was put up for auction in September. David Russell, now retired, sold part of his collection of antique tools, which amounts to 1500 pieces in total. The first 240 items sold at auction in Leicestershire, raising £145,000.
Russell has been a keen collector for most of his life, and started his collection when he was an apprentice joiner. His passion for antique tools designed to carve and plane wood has been thriving for forty years, but he has decided that it’s now time to sell up and let the younger generation develop a passion for the tools. The auction was an emotional and moving experience for Russell, who watched an antique gun- metal Norris plane sell for £13,500.
David Russell also sold his book which contained photos and avid descriptions of the antique tools, which he hoped may have given the auction a boost. The book by Russell which describes the whole collection, was published in 2010 and contains 1556 entries and 935 illustrations. This work is so cherished by others in the same field, that it is to be kept in the Victoria & Albert museum.
There are many reasons why people sell their collections of antiques, or even just one or two pieces. Whether antique tools or furniture, many of the pieces are still usable and provide practical use around the home. If you are looking for Victorian dining chairs around Lancashire, a reputable antiques dealer will have a number of items on display that will make attractive additions to any home.
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