Welcome To Tooltique
Tooltique was originally started in the late 70's by my father selling quality reconditioned used tools and Antique Tools here in Norwich, Norfolk, Read more about us . Having developed multiple processes we feel our refurbished used tools consistantly provide a genuine option for professionals who use quality hand tools. Old Tools simply offer better value for money!
Whether your plane of choice is either Lie Nielson, Clifton, Veritas, Stanley or Irwin there are many reasons to consider an old refurbished plane first. Apart from a much better price when buying vintage tools the quality stands side by side with the very best available today. Unfortunately the great names of old may still be around but sadly their new tools do not compare with days gone past.
Vintage Leather workers Tools
With the rise in popularity leather working it's a hobby on the rise, whilst for some it has become a new profession. We offer a good selection of old leather working tools and many antique ones that are no longer produced. Given the quality of these old saddlers & cobblers tools and our ability to recondition them it's a great resource to those who use them.
General Vintage tools
Check out our general tool section and have a good rummage, it's surprising what handy tools you will find there. We add all items which don't fit into our main categories as there are so many trades to cover.
All tools are cleaned and sharpened when needed and are ready for use.
Our antique tool section has all the old tools that collectors would be interested in rather than general tools used by traditional craftsmen. We add tools such as Norris, Alex Spiers, E Preston, Mathieson and other old makers. These are being added every week so be sure to keep an eye out as there is likely to be something for all collectors at some point in time.
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. These chisels are fully refurbished and checked to ensure they are fit for purpose.
Vintage Hand Saws
Our saws are fully reconditioned for use and have been thoroughly checked and sharpened so that all the hard work of getting a saw back to a very good standard has been done. Just like new saws they will only require freshening up on its next sharpening.
Vintage Woodworking Edge Tools
Vintage and Antique Woodworking Edge Tools many suitable for use and some so old they just belong in a collection or a museum.
Vintage Electrical & Lighting
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 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.
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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.
Vintage & Antique Tools Past & Present.
Some of the vintage & antique tools that have been graced our website – Many from the past year & one or two still present. Old tools like these get listed here in the website so be sure to check the site every week if anything is of interest. Check what old tools are New In >>
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.