2015-12-07 

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Farming History Goes Under the Hammer

A private collection of small hand tools and vintage equipment used on farms in Hampshire over the last 300 years will be offered for sale at Special Auction Services in Newbury on Tuesday 2 February 2016.

Amassed by Hampshire farmer Keith Brown from items he found in old sheds, the collection includes an antique butter table and roller (estimate £50-£80), cutting tools (estimate £50-70) , two vintage sythes (estimate £50-70) and a group of vintage farm forks and digging tools (estimate £100-200).

A collection of eight vintage and modern animal traps, including Lloyd trap, Juby trap, Fenn trap and others, mounted on a board with some labels.

A collection of eight vintage and modern animal traps, including Lloyd trap, Juby trap, Fenn trap and others, mounted on a board with some labels. Estimate £60-80

A twin-handled milk churn (estimate £50-80), an antique rope making tool, (£40-60) plus a large collection kitchen and domestic vintage items including a stoneware bread bin, two egg collecting baskets, a bread mould, a Hovis bread tin (estimate £100-150) will also be offered.

In addition man and vermin traps (estimate £60-80) and a display case of finds from the Civil War including coins, medieval buckles and metal objects, Civil War musket balls and an axe head (estimate £70-100) will be included in the auction.

On his retirement Keith Brown and the farms head cowman John Taylor restored artefacts and opened a museum at Freemantle Park Farm Hannington. Many local farmers donated items to the museum and Keith spent hours on the internet trying to identify the farm equipment that was often left anonymously on the doorstep.

Neil Shuttleworth, Director at Special Auction Services says:
“This auction is bound to attract attention from a diverse range of people - whether it is those interested in the vintage hand tools themselves or people wanting to decorate a pub or an old barn - there is something for everybody.”

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