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09-25-2019 05:44 PM

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Someone is interested in possibly purchasing my MB Tidey double beveling patented(July4th,1854) wood plane. He says it’s worth “ less” bc he will have to do a total restoration. No cracks, but 1 blade & brass plate at base of handle missing. Even if “ he” did do a total restoration , how much would that cost?
I thought a very rare valuable tool is not necessarily increased & may be even decreased if totally restored?
Still trying to learn & gather info about this. Thank you for any feedback.


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#1 posted 09-25-2019 07:14 PM

I’m not familiar with MB Tidey. I presume it is English.

In general, I would say that it’s worth what you are willing to sell it for and a buyer is willing to pay.

The value of antiques varies widely over time and place.

In general, for a collector tool, I would thing that it is worth more as is, without restoration.

If it is a user tool, of course, it has to be in condition to use.

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#2 posted 09-25-2019 07:16 PM

OK.

I found the thing.

In my option, that’s not something you would want to “restore” or modify in any way.

It’s a collector thing.

If you have one, I would seek expert advise on selling it, not free advise from us strangers here.

-Paul

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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#3 posted 09-25-2019 07:24 PM

Thanks for the advice. That’s what I was thinking also.

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#4 posted 09-25-2019 07:38 PM

Thanks for the advice. That’s what I was thinking also.

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#5 posted 09-25-2019 09:15 PM

What an awesome plane. Post some pictures.

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#6 posted 09-25-2019 09:35 PM

Amazing tool. I would also like to see pictures.

-- Petey

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#7 posted 09-25-2019 11:43 PM

His idea of restoration may be sourcing original replacement parts OR fabbing new parts. Either of those isn’t what I’d call restoration though. I’d suggest contacting a reputable dealer of tools and get second opinions or additional offers. Definitely don’t alter the piece yourself. i wouldn’t, anyway.

Good luck!

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#8 posted 09-26-2019 02:51 AM

I would email Jim Bode pictures of it and ask what he would give you for it. He would of course sell it for a markup, but at least you would get a fair offer of what it is really worth. Yeah collectors items aren’t meant for restoration

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#9 posted 09-26-2019 05:23 AM

Thanks to all for all the good info. I appreciate.
I’m familiar with Bode.
I have a professional antique dealer now that I feel I can trust.

I’m a novice so can’t yet figure out how to post the pics I have from my camera photos. I’ll keep working on it!

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#10 posted 09-26-2019 05:52 AM


I’m a novice so can’t yet figure out how to post the pics I have from my camera photos. I’ll keep working on it!

- Grant17

Just above the text box you type into, there is a button labeled “img”. Click that and dome options open up to insert an image. Click “choose file”, then select the picture from your phone(may need to allow it to access), then click the “insert this image” button, then post the reply.

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#11 posted 09-26-2019 12:33 PM

Very likely just a bargaining tactic. To my understanding collectors want a tool that is in original condition. A user like myself would want one ready to go. So your kind of darned if u do and darned if u don’t, just depends on your target buyers but I’d find it odd that a user wants a really old and valuable plane to put to work

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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