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Old-time mart's a mellow echo of the industry's vintage years.

The first dedicated sale of vintage machinery held at Hawes Auction Mart on Saturday has been hailed a huge success.

Auctioneer George White of George F White said: "I have never seen anything like it before.

"Not only did we have the most wonderful collection of items, we achieved very good prices."

He said: "Not only was it a history lesson for me, it was also the end of many generations of hard work for these items."

The weather was glorious and the people just kept arriving until the car park was overflowing with hundreds of people from throughout the UK.

Highlighting the interest was the fact that one prospective purchaser came especially from Orkney for a donkey plough ( but unfortunately went home empty-handed.

The farmer who purchased his tractor more than 30 years ago for pounds 989 15s, and sold it for over pounds 2,000, was delighted.

Other prices achieved for some of the 35 tractors included:

Restored Ford Force 4000, 1969 with loader, pounds 3,800; County 774, pounds 3,000; David Brown 950, 1959, pounds 2,200; Standard Fordson 1940, pounds 2,500; Fordson Dexter 1959, pounds 1,250; Massey Ferguson 35 1958 pounds 1,800; Massey Ferguson 35 1961 3 cylinder in the early stages of restoration, pounds 2,150; Ford 46000 1979 pounds 1,950; Nuffield 1042 1968, pounds 1,750.

Some of the prices achieved included: Imperial butter churn, pounds 340; pig killing bench, pounds 50; horse drawn potato lifter, pounds 130; horse drawn root gapper, pounds 170; oak cider and fruit press, pounds 70; old photographs, pounds 90; back can, pounds 105; fiddle drill, pounds 105; 17 gallon milk churns, pounds 80; tractor seats ( two, pounds 70; black cart and shelves, pounds 300; hand scythe, pounds 45; Allen scythe, pounds 50; 12 spoke cart wheels, pounds 140; stainless milk churn, pounds 60; 3 milk buckets, pounds 40; wooden turnip drill, pounds 150; old stone boot scrape, pounds 90; early wooden root chopper, pounds 70.

This sale was a joint sale between George F White and Hawes Auction Mart.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 26, 2004
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