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Huge Winchester collection
July 23, 2015
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Saw this posting on Craigslist of all places yesterday.  I had to work, so my dad took the 4 hour trip and purchased the entire collection for $3,000.00.  They even threw in a whole box of antique Winchester ammunition (many 2-piece boxes in the mix).  Dad’s on his way home now with the bed of the truck full.  All 400+ items are Winchester.  Pretty amazing collection.  Can’t wait to see it in person.  Evidently, the seller is the daughter of a lifelong Winchester collector that recently passed away and they sold the house and needed to get rid of it fast and didn’t want to have to move it all.  Supposedly, he spent his entire life wandering the western states in junk stores, etc. assembling this collection.  Actually, very sad that someone spent their entire life devoted to their collecting hobby, then to be sold off in a matter of minutes once their gone.  I guess the son inherited all of the Winchester rifles–one can only wonder what the rifle part of the collection consisted of. 

https://portland.craigslist.org/clc/for/5134023188.html

 

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July 24, 2015
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The Craigslist link is no longer active but assume you got a really, really good deal.  Looking forward to your pictures and report.

 

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July 24, 2015
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Don,

Sounds like an amazing find. I can’t wait to hear what all the collection includes.

Al

July 24, 2015
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Dad and I went through some of the stuff last night.  There’s so much stuff, it’s overwhelming.  There are literally hundreds of old Winchester tools–from all different sizes of screwdrivers, wrenches, S-wrenches, pipe wrenches, monkey wrenches, hammers, hatchets, axes, pliers, block planes, punches, chisels, scribes, angle squares, hacksaws, handsaws, hand drills, drill bits (all sizes), scissors, about 30 flashlights, a dozen headlamps, padlocks (not reproductions), scales, ice skates, about 25 pairs of roller skates (some new in original boxes), books/advertising/old targets, antique ammo, handloading tools, bullet molds, wooden ammo boxes, huge amount of kitchen cutlery, even a push lawnmower, and the list goes on.  This is the largest group of Winchester Store items I have ever seen in one collection.  All the boxes literally filled the bed of the truck.  We plan on going through and try to organize it this weekend.  I’ll take some photos and post them when we’re done.

Don

July 25, 2015
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Any Winchester Boys wagons?

July 25, 2015
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Unfortunately, no Winchester wagons.  Mostly lots and lots of tools.  I’ll post some pics soon.

July 26, 2015
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Spent all day going through all this stuff and took a lot of photos:P1060277-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060280-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060281-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060282-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060283-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060284-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060285-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060286-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060287-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060288-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060289-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060290-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060291-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060292-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060293-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060294-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060295-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060296-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060297-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060298-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060299-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060300-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060302-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060303-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060304-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060305-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060306-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060308-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060309-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060310-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060311-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060312-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060313-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060314-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060315-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060316-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060317-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060318-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060319-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060320-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060321-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060322-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060324-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060326-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060327-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060328-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060329-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060330-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060331-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060332-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060333-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060334-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060335-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060336-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060335-1-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060336-1-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060340-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060341-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060342-1.jpgImage EnlargerP1060343-1.jpgImage Enlarger

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July 26, 2015
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Don,

Your Dad made the buy of a lifetime… $3,000 for all of those items was an absolute steal!

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July 26, 2015
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Talk about stumbling onto a jackpot, that’s unbelievable. Congratulations on a great find.

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July 26, 2015
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Don,

Thanks for taking the time to photograph and share.  Very nice.

Al

July 26, 2015
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Wow! That is a great assortment!  You got a fantastic deal on someone’s collection, congrats!

Thanks for all the photos.

 

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July 26, 2015
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Thanks guys, definitely a once in a lifetime deal.  It’s a strange feeling though…Dad and I have spent many years scouring junk stores, antique stores, estate sales, etc. looking for this kind of stuff and only came across a handful of items.  It’s our passion and “thrill of the hunt” so to say.  Now that we hit the mother lode, there’s not much left to hunt for.  It’s like looking for that grand daddy buck every deer season and one day you finally bag it.  Now what?  Don’t get me wrong, as I’m thrilled as hell to be a part of this discovery.  I guess we now just sit back in awe and admire what we now have (and try to figure out where the hell to put it all).

Don

July 26, 2015
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Don,

You need to watch this… it fits your situation perfectly – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLJihJ4bzPI

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July 26, 2015
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Oh my god, that is so funny.  You nailed it on this one. 

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July 27, 2015
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Don, really cool stuff you got there, congrats!!

Bert, great video, LOL

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July 28, 2015
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do you want to sell the green oil cans?  

July 28, 2015
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Don

What a haul!  Thanks for posting the pictures.  I’d better not let my neighbor see them or you’ll have a knock on the door in a couple days!

Brad

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July 28, 2015
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jarod Dainoviec said

do you want to sell the green oil cans?  

Hi Jarod,

Sorry, but Dad wants to keep the oil cans.

Don

November 3, 2015
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Many of the items have been put up for auction through Ward’s Auctions if anyone is interested in any of these items.  The current auction runs the month of November.  More items will be put up for sale on future Ward’s Auctions.  I provided a link to the site below.

https://www.wardscollectibles.com/

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