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Early Framing Chisel Early Framing Chisel

CH17077 Early Framing Chisel This is an 18th Century English heavy socket framing chisel, missing the handle. The width is a bit over 1 7/8". It is signed but I can't make out the mark very clearly. It might be Green. It is pitted overall. This chisel weights 2 1/2 pounds, and is about 13 1/2" overall, with no handle. This is a rare chisel, albeit not in great condition. Most of them were used up and I just don't see them. Good $49

Early Gouge Early Gouge

CH17078 Early Gouge This is an 18th Century socket gouge which is signed but I can't read the mark. I has a shallow sweep, 2 1/8" wide, with flared sides charactertic of 18th Century work. It could possibly be Dutch but the mark looks English to me. It is 11" overall, and weights 1 1/2 pounds, with no handle, which is missing. The top of the socket is deformed from being struck. G- $29


CH17063 Marples A matched set of 4 new old stock William Marples London Pattern boxwood handles. These handles have never been drilled for the installation of a chisel. They do have a pilot hole so it will be easy to fit them if you choose to use them. They still have the original decals that are probably 1930s but could be as late as the 50s. The ferules are 9/16" OD and they are 5 1/8" overall. I once had a set of carving tools with small London Pattern handles like these. The finish as a considerable amount of craquelure, which is why they got a negative on the grading. I have never seen unused period handles like these before. Fine- $99


CH170519 Tasai A matching pair of Tasai Mokume pattern Oire (bench) chisels, 1/4" and 3/8" (6mm & 9mm). Mokume is a particular pattern of Damascus. These chisels were bough new more than 12 years ago from the Japan Woodworker and are still new in the original boxes. They are prices less than our new stock even though many people prefer the older Tasai. Mint $475

Tasai Tasai

CH170520 Tasai A matching pair of Tasai Mokume pattern Oire (bench) chisels, 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" (30mm & 37mm). Mokume is a particular pattern of Damascus. These chisels were bough new more than 12 years ago from the Japan Woodworker and are still new in the original boxes. They are prices less than our new stock even though many people prefer the older Tasai. Mint Sold

G.E. Wood Everlast Chisels

CH170435 G.E. Wood Everlast Mephisto Chisels A pair of Everlast patented chisels that were made before Stanley bought out the firm in 1911. These are not a matched pair. The first is 1/4" wide and 8 3/8" overall. The maker's mark is on the bolster although it is not well struck and is not fully lebigle. The second is 1/2" wide and 7 7/8" long. Both seem to have been very lightly cleaned with steel wool but still have some patina. G+ Sold

S. J. Addis

CH170424 S. J. Addis A 3/16" size number 21 spoon chisel in superb untouched condition. It has a lovely applewood handle that would have been installed in the US when it was new. Most Addis chisels originally sold into the American market where imported without handles. I am not sure why. A gem. Fine Sold

Jas Swan Co. USA

CH170382 Jas Swan Co. USA A 3/4" medium sweep out-cannel gouge. There is some slight deformation to the top of the handle. Nice as found condition. G++ $36

Greaves & Sons/ Buck Bros

CH170346 Greaves & Sons/ Buck Bros This is a set of 4 gouges, all from the same owner and with matching American handles. Three are by Greaves and one is by Buck Brothers. The ash handles are magnificent, with an original French polished finish and the ferules are untouched. The three Greaves gouges have all beeen sharpened with some bevel on both sides and are very sharp for paring. The Buck Brothers gouge is in-cannel. The sizes are: 1 1/8", 1 1/4", 1 1/2" for the Greaves and about 15/16" for the Buck Brothers. Remember, quality chisels and gouges were hand ground and are not exact in measurements. There is some old dried grease on them but if you clean it off they should rate better than the current G++ Sold

S.J. Addis, W&P

CH170147 S.J. Addis, W&P A lovely 1/8" #27 spoon gouge with an exquisite rosewood handle. A fool has polished the ferule, for which I tacked on the minus. A gem. Fine- Sold

J. Frost, Norwich

CH161260 J. Frost, Norwich A very nice as found 5/8" wide #6 straight carving gouge with a boxwood handle. There is minor mushrooming to the end of the handle and the beginning of a split, from being struck with a metal hammer. It will not pose any issue as long as you don't abuse it. A great chisel that was almost certainly made by Addis. G= $28

J. Frost

CH161233 J. Frost An attractive boxwood handled bench gouge, 5/8" wide and with about a #5 sweep. Nice untouched condition. G+ $29

Marsden Brothers

CH161089 Marsden Brothers A 1" gouge with a very shallow sweep, similar to a number 3 sweep although this is not a cabinetmaker's gouge. I think that it was a patternmaker's gouge. It has a particularly nice octagonal handle. It does need a good cleaning and has surface rust overall, but it is well worth the effort. G+ $29

Wm Brady & Son, Mount Joy, PA

CH160542 Wm Brady & Son, Mount Joy, PA A 3/8" socket firmig chisel. The handle is a modern replacment but quite attractive. The mark is very feint and it is only because I know the mark that I can read it. A nice clean chisel by a scarce American maker. G+ $29

Robert Sorby, Kangaroo Brand

CH160194 Robert Sorby, Kangaroo Brand This is a matching group of 2 gouges and a paring chisel, that are all also marked by the retailer G.T.L. (Gauranteed Tools Ltd.) The gouges are out-cannel, 5/16" and 3/8", and the paring chisel is a fat 1/4". Clearly once part of a larger set but still a very nice little group of tools. They are as found with a nice light patina on the bare metal and nice handles. The GLT decals vary from very good on one to largely gone on one. GTL was in business in the 20s and folded during the Great Depression. G++ $79

James Swan

CH150643 James Swan An original finger jointed wooden box that, according to the label, once held a half dozen 1/2" Socket Firmer Chisels No. 1010. A nice box for a Swan collector. G+ $38

C.E. Jennings

CH150464 C.E. Jennings A 3/4" wide out-cannel socket gouge in nice as found condition. Measures 13" overall. G++ $35


CH15032 Mottram A massive 5/8" morticing chisel in as found condition except for the bevel and the upper edge of the end, which have been recently ground. No damage was done except for removing the patina. The handle looks original but has some splits on the right side that might be hard to glue back down because the deformation to the end that caused them is keeping the wood from going back down all of the way. An early chisel by an imporant maker, in a scarce size. G+ $85

James Cam

CH150311 James Cam A nice clean 7/16" morticing chisel. There is a bit chip out of the top of the ash handle, but otherwise it is a nice G+ $55

T. Shaw

CH150323 T. Shaw A 7/8" turning skew. The handle is an old but later replacement made from some kind of exotic wood. 18th Century turning chisels are quite scarce and this is a nice example. G+ $75

Hale Bros

CH150289 Hale Bros A 1/2" wide, out-cannel, medium sweep gouge. Pristine original condition. Fine Sold

Handforged Corner Chisel

CH140619 Handforged Corner Chisel This is a classic blacksmith made corner chisel. It is not a refined and sophisticated tool, just a very nice example of an American country blacksmith. G+ $59

Drummond Bros

CH120245 Drummond Bros A set of 12 special turning tools. The measure about 11 inches overall. All of the ash handles match. I believe that these are for ivory or other hard materials, not for wood. The bevels are very steep and they function as scrapers rather than cutters. They have some old dried grease on them and could use a bit of cleaning, but they are very crrisp and will clean up to at least G++ $199

Antique Chisel

CH1112210 W. Marples & Sons A lovely as found wheelwright's bruzz. Fifteen inches overall and 1/2" on an edge. Fine- $75

Antique Chisel

CH111246 Button Hole Chisel A really nice all metal button hole chisel that certainly looks 18th Century to me. Great untouched surface and still very sharp. One of the nicest examples that I have see of this scarce type of chisel. (Since I originally listed this chisel, it has come to my attention that these chisels, called button hole chisels by collectors, actually had nothing to do with button holes. I feel certain that they were for breaking wax seals on letters.) 11/16" wide. G++ $259

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