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***Fred West's Tools -- Up For Auction!***
Posted By Ellis Walentine
Date Wednesday, 19 October 2022, at 6:55 p.m.

This is a major opportunity to bid on some of the finest and most esoteric hand tools anywhere, the collection of our good friend Fred West, formerly of West Chester PA. Fred was a passionate collector as you will see from the auction catalogs linked below. He only collected the best, and as much of it as possible.

Here is the letter I got from his wife and daughter, edited for clarity:

Dear Friends of Fred:

    Greetings!  Over the 8 years since Fred’s passing, our daughter, Eleanor, has carefully deliberated about what to do with his hand tool collection which she inherited.  It will not surprise you that Fred’s wish was that his hand tools be used daily by a wide range of people, especially younger, aspiring woodworkers.  Accordingly, to honor that wish, Fred’s entire hand tool collection (except those of his hand tools which have been retained by extended family in his memory) will be auctioned online in two parts by Alderfer Auction  on November 8 and 9, 2022.

   So that Fred’s tools are as accessible as possible to as many as possible, there will be no minimum bid on any individual tool or tool lots.  Thus, we expect that purchasers will be able to acquire Fred’s hand tools at very attractive prices, as he would have wanted and insisted upon.  We hope that the auction creates an opportunity for many woodworkers to own specialty tools that they otherwise may not be able to afford.  In this way, Fred’s spirit will continue to support hand tool woodworkers in their unique craft and to sustain this most treasured art.  

   We would appreciate you sharing this information with anyone you know who might be interested in the auction. 


       During pre-bidding online you are able to submit a max (maximum) bid. The bidding platform will bid on your behalf up to the maximum bid that you have entered. Here are the links to the auction catalogs for Day 1 and Day 2:

 "The Hand Tool Collection of Fred H. West, Jr." auction, Day 1,

open for pre-bidding until 10 AM EST, Tuesday, November 8, 2022

 "The Hand Tool Collection of Fred H. West, Jr." auction, Day 2,

open for pre-bidding until 10 AM EST, Wednesday, November 9, 2022


   At the conclusion of each pre-bidding period, that auction will go live online from the Alderfer Auction platform/website. The lots will be sold one at a time, in numerical order, by a live auctioneer who will be taking bids from multiple online bidding platforms, as well as absentee and phone bids. Once the auction goes live, if you wish to increase your bid, you will have to wait until that lot opens for bidding and enter any additional bids manually.

   Please note that there is a Buyer’s Premium of 20% of the winning bid amount charged to buyers using the Alderfer Auction platform.  Any and all third party platforms chosen to be used in conjunction with the Alderfer Auction platform will be at a 25% Buyer’s Premium.

   To find out more about how to bid, go here.  Register to bid online by clicking on the "REGISTER TO BID" tab on any lot.  You will be asked for a credit card number.  Once you have registered with Alderfer Auction, any subsequent auctions that you wish to bid in will only require you to agree to the Terms and Conditions before being permitted to bid. You may also arrange to bid by phone (the minimum bid per item is $150 if bidding by phone) by calling 215-393-3000 in advance of the live auction.

   Please direct any questions you have about the auction, how it works, or how to register and bid, to Alderfer Auction or call Alderfer Auction at 215-393-3000.

All the best,

Susan (and Eleanor)


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