Collector's treasures of a lifetime up for sale

LAIRD HARPER
Last updated 05:00 31/01/2013
Sylvia Vriend
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IN CHARGE: Sylvia Vriend is presiding over the Glencarron Clydesdale's sale.

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A lifetime of accumulated antique horse-drawn machinery, spare parts and rusting heaps is going under the hammer next month.

Wagon wheels, buggy parts, tyre fittings, tools and seasoned timber litter five sheds on Glencarron Clydesdales' Manaia property.

It is the accumulation of a life dedicated to the old ways that "snowballed" into a massive collection - but it's all got to go.

The decision to clear it all out didn't come easy for Sylvia Vriend because everything had a purpose and a place as far as her late partner Wally Allen was concerned.

With his death five years ago Ms Vriend now wants others to use and enjoy the eclectic items.

"It's just too much for me to take on by myself," she said.

"This way someone else can get some use out of it."

Lots will range in size from wooden spokes and wheels to a working horse-drawn seed drill, an antique spoke tang maker and even a 16-month-old Clydesdale gelding.

"There's been a lot of interest so far and there should be people coming from the Waikato as well."

Run by Quinn's Auctions the clearing sale will be held on Kauae St, Manaia, from 10am on February 23.

"If it's not sold on the day it's getting scrapped," she said.

Auctioneer Murray Quinn said the pair were well known on the auction circuit.

The sale should attract some serious buyers.

"It will be a real interesting sale," he said.

"There are a lot of people who have been after this stuff for a while."

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