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Caterpillar bought from Spalding firm in 1930s along with antique tools and collectables will be going under hammer in Gosberton Risegate sale



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Antique agricultural tools and collectables that are not thought to have seen the light of day for almost a century will be going under the hammer.

Gosberton Risegate farmer Brian Tiswell has discovered items he did not know he owned while getting ready for the dispersal auction which will be held on Saturday, November 20, at 10am.

Mr Tidwell and his wife Jane have made the decision to embark on a well earned retirement from Riseholme Farm.

Brian Tidswell is selling off antique farm machinery in a sale at Gosberton Risegate (53023031)
Brian Tidswell is selling off antique farm machinery in a sale at Gosberton Risegate (53023031)

He said: “My father bought Riseholme Farm in 1932 and in 89 years you obviously build up quite a lot of stuff.

"However, not only have we discovered things that probably haven’t been moved for 60 or 70 years but we found things that we didn’t even know we had, things that pre-date my father buying the farm.

"It has been a bit of a shock.”

Brian Tidswell is selling off antique farm machinery in a sale at Gosberton Risegate (53023028)
Brian Tidswell is selling off antique farm machinery in a sale at Gosberton Risegate (53023028)

The sale will be conducted by new firm Will Barker and Co and the 250 lots includes classic tractors and Victorian tools.

Mr Barker said: “The vintage stars of the sale include the first new tractor that Brian’s father acquired for the farm back in the 1930s – a Caterpillar D22, a kerosene crawler tractor that was bought from H. Leverton & Co of Spalding, the firm which had just been appointed the Caterpillar Main Dealer for the entire eastern side of the country.

"We have the original invoice for the sale that shows that the tractor cost £397."

He also added: “It’s a particularly special auction for me as the first under the the new livery of Will Barker & Co and also having grown up in the area and knowing the vendors and the farm.

“In total the sale extends to over 250 lots and apart from the tractors, it ranges across trailers, cultivation equipment, sprayers, spreaders, spares and all the rest, plus workshop equipment, not to mention all the other stuff that is needed to run a small farm – or could be needed!

“We also have some wonderful collectables. Amongst the things that Brian and Jane found during the clear-out was a pair of thistle pullers, the giant wooden nippers that were used to get rid of the pesky weeds back in the Victorian period.

"The back of one shed also yielded a wooden yoke of the type that milkmaids used to carry their pails and who would be without the pole hook to lead their bull around by the nose?”

The viewing day is Friday, November 19, from12 noon to 4pm at Riseholme Farm, Gosberton Risegate, Spalding.

The auction on Saturday gets underway at 10am.

The auction catalogue is available at www.willbarker.co.uk.



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