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    Smile Does anybody collect vintage or rare Beekeeping equipement ?

    Here My question.

    Does anybody collect vintage or rare beekeeping equipement?

    The Boyscouts do not give beekeeping badges anymore in my neck of the woods.

    So I LOOKED Thru there old stuff because they where disposing of because there were cleaning out there hideout... and found plenty of smokers 5". 7". 10". stamped, plain, aluminium, sheilded or not with brand new bellows!!! ALL NEW!!! (Theses are like a barn find treasure!!!... Feel like a picker!)

    Got like 10 of them! Was wondering if anybody would know how much they could go for and where would be the best place to sell them. Ebay, Craigslist or other...

    As for hives, tools, frames and other real beekeping stuff was destroied the week before I got there... ****!

    Thanks for you time. Denis

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    I am glad you got there before those went in the dumpster too. Are the smokers stamped BSA or something? I am sure they would indeed be collectable. I don't know where you would find a fair appraisal. If someone acts disinterested but wants to buy it all, they are worth money.

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    Default Re: Does anybody collect vintage or rare Beekeeping equipement ?

    Well I forgot to tell there all stamped and the bellows:

    F.W. Jones Bedford Québec... Aluminium Bee smoker

    The scout club is in the same town and none have been fired up!!!

    F.W. JOones have been in the Bee buisness since 1878 here in southern Québec.

    Will try to post some pictures later.

    Thanks.

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    I have collected my fair share of old beekeeping stuff,junk,call it what you like, even old treatments like frow mixture, never go looking for any of it, it just seems to find me, have lots of old Brother Adam stuff, including his 1920 something automatic bottling machine, some of Manleys old stuff, ect...maybe open a small museum some day.

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    I have a small collection of honey tins, 50 or 60 years old and some have the original apiary stamp on the tin. These are guys that use to operate in this area.
    Imagine selling honey in a tin !

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    Denis, just call Jones and ask for richard, he's there for a long long time. I still use one of those smoker with this frosted aluminium pattern but I've changed the bellow many times. Think late 70's model.

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    Ian My mother would drive us up to Carnduff Sask to buy buckwheat honey in a tin, Mackintosh toffee and Neilsens burnt almond candy bars! Oh yeah and Malkins fruit perserves. WIsh I had some of all of it right now!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ian View Post
    I have a small collection of honey tins, 50 or 60 years old and some have the original apiary stamp on the tin. These are guys that use to operate in this area.
    Imagine selling honey in a tin !

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    Nice!

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    Not to collect but to actually use, I'm looking for the device that folded the little wooden boxes that are used for comb honey. Kelley's still sells the supplies and I love how the product looks, but I hate folding and gluing those boxes one at a time by hand. If anyone has one or the plans for it I'd love to have one!
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    Default Re: Does anybody collect vintage or rare Beekeeping equipement ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Denis Auclair View Post
    Here My question.

    Does anybody collect vintage or rare beekeeping equipement?

    The Boyscouts do not give beekeeping badges anymore in my neck of the woods.

    So I LOOKED Thru there old stuff because they where disposing of because there were cleaning out there hideout... and found plenty of smokers 5"......

    Denis,
    Hope this does not cause any drama (rules for the site about selling stuff...???) but I may be interested in a 5" smoker. I am a new beekeeper (I do not even have a hive yet) but my young daughters (4 and 7 yrs) are very interested in beekeeping with me (they have sat on my lap and watched hours of videos about bees with me) and I have been kinda looking for a very small smoker for them. I know it will not stay light long or give as good of smoke as a large smoker but I want them to feel involved and have something more "their size" to use. I think you can PM me through this site... I would love to talk about this. Thanks! (Again I hope this does not break any rules... it is not my intention)
    8 Medium Hives. 5 Langstroth, 3 Nuc - www.twolittleladiesapiary.com

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    Default Re: Does anybody collect vintage or rare Beekeeping equipement ?

    Yes, we have a honey/bee museum in Ashippun Wisconsin.

    Roland Diehnelt

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    Default Re: Does anybody collect vintage or rare Beekeeping equipement ?

    Denis - Quick rule of thumb - if the bellow are secured with staples instead of small nails, it is probably new(er) construction and less desirable for collectors. eBay has a regular parade of old and new smokers for sale where you can get an idea on prices and values.

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    Default Re: Does anybody collect vintage or rare Beekeeping equipement ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Denis Auclair View Post
    Here My question.

    Does anybody collect vintage or rare beekeeping equipement?

    Wyatt Mangum does.
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    Default Re: Does anybody collect vintage or rare Beekeeping equipement ?

    These are all fairly new smokers.
    Regards, Barry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry View Post
    These are all fairly new smokers.
    How old would you says these would be? 1980. 1970. 1960 or older... My first is 6 months old... Like These I have never seen them in aluminium... Looks like a nice collection starter kit!!! lol

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    Default Re: Does anybody collect vintage or rare Beekeeping equipement ?

    Not older than the 60's, probably newer.
    Regards, Barry

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    Default Re: Does anybody collect vintage or rare Beekeeping equipement ?

    Denis,

    Some of these smokers may date to the 1960's, aluminum smokers were sold as far back as the late 50's. The Aluminum smokers might be of interest to collectors because aluminum burns out quickly and few examples of this type of smoker may exist. A smoker collector, -perhaps -Paul Jackson could give you an appraisal of the value and historical perspective on the smokers. But if you are interest in selling them, the best place to do this is on Ebay, with the rise in in popularity of beekeeping there is a growing interest in collecting beekeeping artifacts, competition in this area is growing and some are willing to pay foolish prices for such things.

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    Default Re: Does anybody collect vintage or rare Beekeeping equipement ?

    Why don't you forward your pics to F W Jones for dating and worth? Depending on age, they may even be interested if they keep a 'product museum' type of display... just a thought.

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    Default Re: Does anybody collect vintage or rare Beekeeping equipement ?

    A little bit off topic.

    I love collecting stuff (junk) from days gone by. We had a well known local beekeeper, Mr. Crawford, who made this smoker when he was retired in the late 80's. I picked it up at a beekeeping equipment sale several years back and keep it around because it appeals to my frugal side so much.

    The smoker was constructed completely from discarded recycled material. The bellows is made of plywood, vinyl upholstery, and metal trim from an olive oil container. The main canister is a used food can, and the lid was brazed and custom made with galvanized material. I can't even imagine how long it took him to construct this.

    It's not a valuable or antique item, but it appeals to me because it gives me a glimpse into the ingenuity of a depression era generation who for the most part are no longer with us.

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