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The American Patented Brace 1829-1924 by Ronald W. Pearson The American Patented Brace 1829-1924
Ronald W. Pearson

This is a vastly expanded successor to Dr. Pearsonís earlier Guide to American Brace Patents 1829-1910. Not only are many newly discovered patents included, but these are now cross-indexed and illustrated.

192 pages. Soft Cover. List price: $22.95
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The Art of Fine Tools by Sandor Nagyszalanczy The Art of Fine Tools
Sandor Nagyszalanczy

Finally there is a book that has no agenda but to revel in the beauty of tools. Sumptuously photographed, it parades before the eyes some of the most impressive tools in private collections.

240 pages. Soft Cover
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British Planemakers from 1700 British Planemakers from 1700
by William Goodman

This is the second edition of this seminal work. The third edition is the largest and most comprehensive to date, but it has been out of print for some time. We have some old stock copies of the second edition. They are new but the dust jackets might show very slight wear. This is an invaluable reference for anyone collecting British wooden planes.

List Price $30.00

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Buck Brothers 1890 Catalog Buck Brothers 1890 Catalog

This catalog reprint is probably the most comprehensive catalog ever printed by an American chisel manufacturer. No other company was as well known or as successful in the marketplace as Buck Brothers.

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The Case for Francis Purdew by Don & Anne Wing The Case for Francis Purdew
by Don & Anne Wing

This book poignantly exposes the risks of speculation, by showing how very wrong the previous writings concerning the mark of Francis Purdew had been. If you are a serious student of wooden planes, owning this book is not optional.

28 pages. Printed in Great Britain.
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A Catalogue of Tools For Watch And Clock Makers by John Wyke of Liverpool A Catalogue of Tools For Watch And Clock Makers
John Wyke of Liverpool

This book is both a catalogue reprint published by Winterthur of an original 18th Century catalogue plates and modern text to go with them.

155 pages. Hard cover. Printed in USA. List Price $39.95
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Christopher Gabriel and the Tool Trade in 18th Century London,  1770 - 1809 by Jane and Mark Rees Christopher Gabriel and the Tool Trade in
18th Century London, 1770 - 1809

Jane and Mark Rees

This is a serious book for serious tool historians. Casual readers will probably find it boring. We couldn't put it down. The Rees's...

Soft cover. Printed in USA. List Price $16.95
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Dictionary of Woodworking Tools by R.A. Salaman Dictionary of Woodworking Tools
R.A. Salaman

This was a landmark book, and is still the great tome of tool collectors. It is the most comprehensive catalog of tool types ever assembled. Recently revised by Philip Walker, this new edition is...

546 pages. Soft Cover. List Price $39.95
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Four Centuries of Dutch Planes and Planemakers Four Centuries of Dutch Planes and Planemakers 2nd: Edition
Gerrit van der Sterre

This fascinating book covers every aspect of Dutch woodworking planes and their makers. Included are chapters on the development of the planemaking trade, the nomenclature of Dutch woodworking planes, descriptions and illustrations of all known types of Dutch planes, indexes of planemakers' and plane-iron makers' marks, and much more.

264 pages. Hard Cover.
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Early Planmakers of London by Don & Anne Wing Early Planemakers of London
by Don & Anne Wing

This is the single most impressive work of scholarly research ever published on wooden plane makers. Don and Anne Wing have painstakingly researched every aspect of this book using original source materials.

87 pages plus poster. Soft Cover. Printed in the USA.
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Greenfield Tool Company 1872 Catalog Greenfield Tool Company 1872 Catalog

Catalog reprints are one of the few research avenues open to wooden plane scholars today. Much of what we know today about wooden planes was gleaned from old catalogs.

85 pages. Soft Cover.
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A Guide to The Makers of American Wooden Planes by Emil and Martyl Pollack A Guide to The Makers of American Wooden Planes
Emil and Martyl Pollack

The fourth addition of this book is the most comprehensive catalog yet of American wooden plane makers with more than twice as much information as the third edition.

Paper Back. Printed in USA. List Price $39.95
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The Handplane Book by Garret Hack The Handplane Book
Garret Hack

This landmark book is the first highly specialized plane book written for a mass market. Unfortunately, it is fraught with rather glaring mistakes. It was probably never edited by a tool person.

Hard cover. Printed in USA. List Price $34.95
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The Handsaw Catalog Collection The Handsaw Catalog Collection

Some of the finest handsaws ever made were produced in the early 20th century by four of the leading manufacturers of their time: E.C. Atkins & Co. of Indianapolis, Henry Disston & Sons of Philadelphia, Simonds Manufacturing Co. of Fitchburg, Mass., and Spear and Jackson of Sheffield. This book is a compilation of four catalog reprints, one from each of these makers.

136 pages. Fully illustrated. Soft cover.
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Henry Disston & Sons 1876 Catalog Henry Disston & Sons 1876 Catalog

Catalog reprints are one the most important research avenues open to old tool scholars today. This book is an important resource for anyone seriously interested in Disston Tools.

86 pages. Soft Cover.
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More Makers of American Machinist Tools by Kenneth L. Cope More Makers of American Machinist Tools
Kenneth L. Cope

A follow-on to Mr. Copes first book, this volume documents hundreds of more makers.

185 pages.
Soft Cover. List Price $22.50
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Murlands Antique Tool Value Guide Murlands Antique Tool Value Guide

This is the first good general price guide for tools since the landmark work by Barlow back in the 1970s. I remember when I first got into tools; I pored over the Barlow book for hours. This is also a book that a neophyte collector will study for hours. It is also a useful reference for antiques dealers who might find the occasional tool.

232 pages.
Soft Cover. List Price $29.95
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Norris London Metal Planes Catalog Reprint Norris London Metal Planes
Catalog Reprint

This catalog, a reprint of the two most important Thomas Norris catalogs, represents almost the full line of Norris planes up through the end of the 1920's.

34 pages. Soft cover. List Price $16.00
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Patented Transitional and Metallic Planes<BR> in America, Vol. II by Roger K. Smith Patented Transitional and Metallic Planes in America, Vol. II
Roger K. Smith

This book, and its volume I companion, are the only two tools books in English that can be compared favorably in every...

396 pages. Hard cover. Printed in USA. List Price $90.00
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Planemakers of Western Pennsylvania and Environs by Charles W. Prine Planemakers of Western Pennsylvania and Environs
Charles W. Prine

Chuck Prine has been intensely collecting and researching Pittsburgh area planes for years. This book is the culmination of that research and brings to this field a degree of scholastic rigor...

118 pages. Soft cover. Printed in USA. List Price $22.00
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The Preston Catalogue No. 18 May 1909 by Mark Rees The Preston Catalogue No. 18 May 1909
Mark Rees

This is a reprint of Preston's most comprehensive catalog. If you are interested in British tools, this is a must have. Many of the tools pictured would not normally be associated with Preston...

Nearly 200 pages in all. Soft cover. Printed in USA.
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The Rule Book - Measuring For The Trades The Rule Book - Measuring For The Trades

This book focuses on the measuring tools used by tradesmen and professionals in their everyday work, on the trades in which specific tools were used and how these tools were made and by whom.

450 pages. Hard Cover. List Price $97.50.
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Sandusky Tool Company 1877 Catalog Sandusky Tool Company 1877 Catalog

Catalog reprints are one of the few research avenues open to wooden plane scholars today. Much of what we know today about wooden planes was gleaned from old catalogs. This is a reprint of an original copy of the 1877 Sandusky Tool Company catalog of wooden planes.

67 pages. Soft Cover.
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The Stanley Combination Plane The Stanley Combination Plane

Invaluable for anyone who owns or uses a Stanley #45 or #55 combination plane. This special compilation covers the development of all major types of Stanley combination planes: the Miller, the Traut, as well as the Stanley #45 and #55.

80 pages. Soft Cover.
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Stanley Tools Catalogue Nr. 120 Stanley Tools Catalogue Number 120

A reprint of Stanleys catalogue number 120 from 1923. Hard cover reprint by Roger Smith Publications.

135 pages. Hard Cover.

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1797 - The Tool Chest of Benjamin Seaton - 2nd Edition The Tool Chest of Benjamin Seaton - 2nd Edition

The Seaton Chest, now in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester, Kent, is the finest and most complete surviving example of an 18th century cabinet-makers kit in Britain, if not in the world.

180 pages. Soft Cover.

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Tools - Working Wood in Eighteenth Century America by James Gaynor & Nancy Hagedorn Tools - Working Wood in Eighteenth Century America
James Gaynor & Nancy Hagedorn

This book is full of scholarly insights on woodworking tools from the 18th Century and is an important edition to your library if you have an academic interest in tool history.

Soft cover. List $25.00
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Van Vliet's Craft and Trades presented by Harry Bober Van Vliet's Craft and Trades
presented by Harry Bober

This is a hardbound folio containing 18 etchings and a paperback booklet. The etchings are copies of a series of 18 originals created by Jan Van Vliet in 1635. The focus of this series is the arts and trades of the time. As such, this is an extremely important reference on the trades of the 16th Century. The accompanying booklet by Harry Bober is a 31 page study of the etchings, and was written in 1981. This book is long out of print, but we unearthed a small cache of them recently.


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