Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Live Free or Die Auction Now an American Tradition

Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Live Free or Die Auction Now an American Tradition

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It's a happening!

With the Live Free or Die Auction that was held April 27-28 in Nashua, New Hampshire, Martin J. Donnelly is continuing the Nashua experience of New England tool sales and auctions that have become part of American tool collector's traditions.

I arrived a day early and by midday the parking lot was already busy. Each time another dealer arrived, there was a flurry of activity to see what fresh material had been found, then back to roaming the tables and discussing the endless details of the world of antique tools. But these conversations were being done with one eye cast toward the far end of the lot, waiting for the next load to pull in, and getting ready for that big find.

After Friday's early start (some were out at 5 a.m. in the parking lot), there was the listed auction, inside dealer sale and preview for the Saturday catalog auction. The parking lot sale was the largest I can remember.

Martin started off his main auction with a bang. Lot 1 was a Stanley No.1 in nearly new condition in the original box which contained the original bill of sale. …

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