After seeing some very nice local finds, I thought we should have a thread just for locally found stones. So let's see 'em, post 'em up! Here is a near perfect yellow green Escher I got locally quite a while back to start things off:
I have scored pretty well at both. My wife loves it that I will go with her to the local flea markets & estate sales. For me its a treasure hunt. Between my tool addiction, shaving, honing and pipe smoking hobbies I can usually find a treasure here and there.Good stuff. I never seem to find anything good at the local antique stores here, but the flea markets and garage sales are pretty decent.
Yep, I laugh out loud at when an old straight has a broken or rusty blade and/or broken scales and can't possibly be restored or have any collector value and the seller puts ridiculous price tags on them. I have tried to school a few of them, but they only find it offensive.Nice stuff guys! I find a good deal on razors here and there, but the only stones I ever see are those 220/600 combo stones you can pick up normally for $10 marked up to around $40 because "it's old, so it's gotta be worth a lot".
(Wife laughed a lot the first time I said that, now she uses it too.)
Yeah, I think the best one I've seen was a Filli. Scales were warped and scratched all to heck, blade so rusted it was actually scaling. But because it was a Filli and they are "rare and hard to find" and this person dealt in them so they knew absolutely, it had a fair price of only $495.......Yep, I laugh out loud at when an old straight has a broken or rusty blade and/or broken scales and can't possibly be restored or have any collector value and the seller puts ridiculous price tags on them. I have tried to school a few of them, but they only find it offensive.
Thanks. Like many things in the Boston area, the market is pretty much sewn up. So I don't find diddly-squat, apart from an old 5" x 2" coarse/fine India that I was happy to find as I prefer that size. But honestly, I haven't really made much of an effort, and I know that Gumbo has found some good stuff locally. A few months ago, the wife and I made a trip up to New Hampshire for some antiques fairs and I was psyched. Pretty much the same story there. One vendor had around six old razors for $30-$40. But they were in such bad shape that it wasn't even worth it to try to talk down the price.Local garage or rummage type sale or flea market sale, not picky about distance really.
That's my experience. I've gotten no stones ever locally worth mentioning... And one razor score. Typically I see $10-20 razors worth it for decent bone scales, 20-$30 razors that are salvageable but Worth less on eBay, and the usual trash with absurd price tags.Yep, I laugh out loud at when an old straight has a broken or rusty blade and/or broken scales and can't possibly be restored or have any collector value and the seller puts ridiculous price tags on them. I have tried to school a few of them, but they only find it offensive.
Well let's see 'em already!France, on the other hand, I've had lots of luck over there...
Thanks, and oh man, I would have gotten that guy's phone number if I were you! Sounds like a treasure trove.Man oh man! That Y/G Escher is awesome! Congratulations!
Once, when I was very new to straights back in the summer of 2008, I was visiting a large local outdoor flea market. It's a place I'd visited for months and found many, many DE treasures for $5 or less. On this one particular day, there was a man with table after table of small collectibles -- coins, thimbles, pens, whatever. On one table, was a glass case with lots of straight razors. I bought four (4) at around $40 each based on my very limited knowledge of collectible straights. One was a bust (didn't see the blade crack at the time), but the other three were pretty cool. As I was about to pay, the man asked if I wanted a razor hone. I had never researched hones, so I knew NOTHING about them. He turned around to the parked van behind him, and he pulled out a HUGE box of razor hones, all naturals. He sold me a glued vintage coticule for $25 while assuring me that he could get $75 for it back in NY. He turned out to be right. At the time, coticules were the flavor of the month in the shaving world, and they were consistently selling at $65-75 on eBay and in the forum here. Anyway, I never saw the man again. (I remember that he said he lived in TN, and that he only came down here once or twice per year.) I've always regretted not knowing more about razor hones. I'm sure he had SEVERAL Eschers, Hohenzollerns, Dreoschers, La Lunes, and whatever else you'd want in that giant box of stones. =(
Good luck on your treasure hunting! =)