Don Taylor’s Tool Collection

It is with a heavy heart that I write about the passing of Don Taylor a long time EAIA and MWTCA member and avid tool collector earlier this year. (Details below) His son Scott Taylor wrote to me that he wanted to let the group know that he’s working to settle his father’s affairs and in doing so will be selling his tool collection. Information on the collection and how to connect with Scott is included below. Don’s collection covered a LOT of Early American Industries (See some of the photos below) . If you are in the mid-atlantic area and/or can get to Winchester VA I highly encourage you to reach out to Scott and pick up some great tools.
Take care,


This is the collection of Don Taylor (EAIA, MWTCA member) who passed earlier this year.  The collection consists of mostly early American tools, kitchen, glassware, measuring tools, blacksmithing, and a general assortment of other antique type tools and collectibles.  Also, lots of great books on the history, making, collecting of many things.  I would be interested in either hosting a small gathering of people to have a private shopping experience at the house in Clear Brook, or individually, both upon appointment.  This is my full time job right now, so I am very interested in continuing to connect with interested buyers, either in lots or as individual items.
Don Taylor
Don Taylor
[I am not looking to donate or give away, as it has good value to the right buyer and this was dad’s nest egg of sorts, so I am trying to recover some money in order to continue to pay the mortgage here while I settle his affairs.  I have donated several items to various houses/museums and will continue to do that with any items that are suggested to fit that category of preserving historical record.  Most of the items that fit that category were either donated before his death or subsequently by me.]
Separately, there is a lot of door hardware and miscellaneous stuff that I feel would work well for certain artists, in case word of mouth travels beyond the traditional scope of EAIA.  I would be interested in selling or donating to those interested artists.
The house is located just outside the city limits of Winchester, VA and I can be reached by mobile at (202) 839-2114 or sctaylor19@icloud.com.
Many thanks again,


The obituary below was copied from this site: http://www.ompsfuneralhome.com/obituary/franklin-d-don-taylor/

Franklin D. “Don” Taylor (Lt. Col. US Air Force, Ret.)

Franklin D. "Don" Taylor (Lt. Col. US Air Force, Ret.)
Died: May 5, 2016

Don Taylor, 83, of Clear Brook, Virginia, died Thursday, May 5, 2016 at his home.
Mr. Taylor was born in 1932 in Cross Junction, Virginia, the son of the late Ethel Leone Luttrell and Arthur William “AW” Taylor. He was a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech), where he received a Bachelor’s Degree and was a cadet in the Reserve Officer Training Corps in preparation for military service. Mr. Taylor was a veteran, having served in the United States Air Force as a pilot during the Vietnam War, achieving the distinguished rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He retired from military service on December 31, 1978. After retirement he co-founded Liberty Realty in Winchester where he was actively involved in the community as a real estate broker/agent. Mr. Taylor was an avid collector of tools and antiques. He was fascinated by and well versed in the history and craftsmanship of things, particularly American tools and art. He also enjoyed reading about the Civil War and could always be found enjoying a good book. Mr. Taylor loved being outside in his yard enjoying his landscaping and gardening. Surviving are his sons, C. Scott Taylor, D. Michael Taylor, and Don Taylor and his wife, Laura; grandchildren, Susan Taylor, Nan Taylor, Travis Taylor; great grandchildren, Cade, Brooklyn, Chassy, Chandler and Trey Taylor; sister, Ellen Patton; brothers, John C. Taylor, Arthur “Skeeter” Taylor, and James “Dink” Taylor; many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including his former wife, Brooke Taylor and dear friend Smahan Upson. Two brothers, Kenneth Taylor and Charles “Soak” Taylor, preceded him in death. The family will receive friends prior to the service on Thursday, May 26, 2016, from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at Omps Funeral Home, South Chapel. A funeral service will then be conducted at 11:00 AM on Thursday, May 26, 2016, at Omps Funeral Home, South Chapel. Interment will be in Shenandoah Memorial Park, Frederick County, Virginia. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of Don to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 West Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, Virginia, 22601. They operate as a non-profit and treated him with dignity and respect while helping him through his final days.
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