Welcome To Tooltique
Tooltique was originally started in the late 70's selling quality reconditioned used tools and Antique Tools here in Norwich, Norfolk. Over the years other interests In usable antiques has broadened our horizons. Read more about us or take a look at the variety of stock we hold for collectors, craftsmen and interior designers.
We are always hunting for antique collectible Planes for collectors and good quality old planes for craftsmen who want the high carbon steel found in older tools. Our general planes are reconditioned with matching parts where possible, sharpened and re-tuned when this benefits them to the highest standards possible, this often makes them superior to their modern equivalent for sharpness.
Vintage Leather workers Tools
We try our best to hold saddlers, cobblers tools for leather working enthusiasts. These are vintage tools which match or often better the best manufacturers today. These tools offer so much better quality and value that the modern equivalent.
Customers need to be aware these tools sell very quickly, so make sure you have added yourself on our mailing list.
General Vintage tools
Check out our general tool section and have a good rummage, it's surprising what handy tools you will find here. Here we add all items which don't fit into our main categories as there are so many trades to cover.
All items are cleaned and sharpened when needed and are ready for use.
Our antique tools section has all the old tools that collectors would be interested in rather than general tools used by traditional craftsmen.We will add more tools such as Norris, Spiers, Holland, etc. at a later date once we have become more established with collectors online as our regular contacts take all we find at this stage. Please contact us to register your interest.
Wood working Chisels
This section offers vintage and high quality used carving chisels, turning chisels, paring chisels etc. All chisels are selected for their known quality steel by a variety of renowned tool makers who used high quality carbon steel which provides a sharper longer lasting edge.
Students requiring sets or specific types should contact us.
Reconditioned vintage electrical items are UK compatible and PAT tested by a qualified electrician to ensure all items are safe and ready to use. Stylish appliances for the connoisseur antique collectors or those who simple want something completely different to what the highstreet offers.
Prices reflect rarity and the work involved to bring them to market.
On our travels we come across some antiques and collectibles which are suitable for other collectors, why not check out our latest additions for sale.
These items are often great for photographers who want props and interior designers who wish to complete their masterpieces with something special.
We often hold decorative items include original works of art and early lithographs in stock. This section also includes items such as vintage signs and interesting unique up-cycled products suitable for interior designers. It's a case of what is available on our travels but its an area we intend to expand in the coming months.
Ceramics And Metalwork
As all dealers tend to be collectors it is the same for me with Torquay pottery. you will find a selection of rarer items and a selection of other vintage ceramics and Antique metalwork. Torquay Pottery, Art Nouveau and Arts and Crafts. are all areas i look for when buying so don't be surprised what turns up next.
Quality Vintage Used Old Tools Professionally Refurbished ready for use.
Investing in Antiques and Collectables
A smart investor buys when the prices are low and sells again when they are high. Certain things can affect a markets value and with antiques it's generally affected by fashion.
With antique tools however it's still a strong market and demand for rare items and finding these rare items at a snip has become harder over recent years helping to keep prices buoyant.Read More
Beginners guide to collecting tools
Without tools the human race wouldn't have evolved and we would be no different to other animals on this Planet. That's the significant importance that makes collecting tools so fascinating. Tools could be deemed the father of all things, without them everything that is man made would be nothing more than an idea. Once there were tools it's only then it created the skilled workers who mastered them and the tradesman was born! There has been an evolution of tools as with man himself, we use tools to make better tools, and tools to increase productivity. Somewhere in between there was an era where it was important where tools should be crafted to a standards to that could be created from using them.
Tools can be collected for a number of reasons and each person generally will have a connection or interest with a certain theme. There are the obvious groups such as carpentry, leather work and mechanical but there are others such as dentistry, architectural, surgical and scientific instruments and many others besides. All subjects have history and I think where there is a practical skill it connects that person to the history of the subject. It's interesting to know how what you know evolved to its current form, its like retracing another form of history to the person you are.
Selling Antique Tools
There are various ways of selling your old tools online but you will never achieve a good return without hassle unless you are affiliated with a good dealer. It's a fallacy to think dealers pay less than the prices you will see in auctions because after fees are taken out and the time you have to spend doing it you will get less than we offer. Besides any profits we make are purely from the hard work we put in to reconditioning items we buy.
Old Tools Wanted
Do you have any old tools in your shed? Maybe you were left a set of tools by a relative in the past and want to sell them all together without all the fuss. We pay good rates for the right tools and usable antiques so please feel free to send us an image for us to look at them and give you a price to buy them. Contact us today for more information.