They are running a marathon today. Just saw the one where a guy brings in this gorgeous 19th century hand made tool chest. The thing was as big as a steamer trunk. Ebony and Ivory inlay on the compartment coverts. Several tiers of sliding drawers. Rick called it the master carpenter’s resume. All his skills were there on display.
Here’s the kicker. It was still packed full of 19th century tools. :eek: I’ve seen one ebony hand plane sell for hundreds of bucks. The collector market is just sky high for those tools. I bought some damaged ebony hand planes (wood was split) for my den’s decoration and they cost me nearly a $100 20 years ago.
The guy wanted 10k and Rick offers 2k. I think Rick went up to 3k and blew the deal.
I’d easily say there’s 10k worth of tools in that chest, probably a heck of a lot more. I’ve read stories of chests like this going on auction and selling for huge amounts. The chance to literally acquire a master carpenter’s entire set of tools is a treasure trove for historical reenactors. Guys like Roy Underhill would have gone nuts over this find.