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J. Buck, London

CH160652 J. Buck, London A good usable 1/4" morticing chisel. It is shorter than when it started out, but there is still pleny of life left in it. The handle is a nice original handle. It has been cleaned overall and waxed. Measures 10 1/2" overall. G+ $29

L. & I. J. White

CH160659 L. & I. J. White An extraordinary set of 6 chisels and one gouge. I have never seen any like these before. They are long paring chisels, but longer than any others that I have seen. The sizes of the chisels are 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1 1/2", 2", & 2 1/2". They are graduated in length from 18 1/2" to 23". The handles all look original but the largest chisel and the gouge are not a match to the rest. I am sure that this is how they came when new. The gouge is an in-cannel medium-sweep 1 1/4" wide and 20" overall. There are patches of surface rust on these but they are as found and mostly bright. From an old collection and before that directly from a tool chest. G+ Sold

R. Lee, Sheffield

CH160666 R. Lee, Sheffield A 3/8" mortiching chisel by an important 18th Century maker. The mark has R. Lee with the crown following it. The chisel has extensive medium pitting and has been cleaned with steel wool or some other similar abrasive. The handle looks oriiginal and is quite nice. A rare survivor. G+ $75

John Green

CH160639 John Green A 7/16" morticing chisel with a full clean blade and the fleur de lis mark that is believed to be 18th Century. I don't recall seeing an example that was this clean before. The handle is probably a later replacment, but the chisel is so clean that I could be wrong about the handle. It just dones't seem that old to me, but it certainly of the right quality. A great example of an early morticing chisel. G++ $79

W. Butcher

CH160643 W. Butcher A huge 1 7/8" out-cannel gouge that has light surface oxidation but should clean up well. Not collector's grade but a very scarce tool by a great maker. Good Sold

S.J. Addis, London

CH160644 S.J. Addis, London A 1/4" #4 gouge with a nice octagonal birch handle. There is a slight bend in the blade out an inch and half from the bolster that was clearly done intentionally to give the handle a bit of an offset for clearance when doing relief carving. A very nice gouge. G++ Sold


CH160648 Unmarked A lovely 3/16" heaving paring or light firming chisel with a London pattern boxwood handle. The blade has been cleaned and the ferule buffed but still an excellent chisel. G+ $29

W. Marples & Sons, Sheffield

CH160611 W. Marples & Sons, Sheffield A 1" wide medium sweep inside-cannel gouge with a London Pattern boxwood handle. The blade is in lovely condition and still very sharp. The handle and the ferule have been polished, but this is still a wonderful tool. G++ $49

Four Gouges

CH160617 Four Gouges This set of 4 out-cannel gouges all came from the same owner and bear the same owner's mark on matching applewood handles. They were made by 3 different makers. There is a 3/8" and a 2" by Barton Bros (Carbonized Steel) a 1 1/4" by Hilger & Son, and a 1 3/4" by Tillotson. They are all as found and need a very good cleaning. The edges also need regrinding. These are 19th Century chisels that have been in the US since they were imported as new. At $30 each they are a bargain. G+ Sold

Moulson Brothers

CH160558 Moulson Brothers A fat 3/8" (13/32) morticing chisel but a very well regarded Sheffield maker. The handle has some dents on the sides as if it was used as a mallet but it is a good old handle that I believe to be original. G+ $45

Four Spoon Gouges

CH160574 Four Spoon Gouges This is a group of 4 spoon gouges with similar rosewood handles that we bought together but which were probably assembled into a group. It comprises: E. Preston 3/8" #28. Wm Marples & Sons 7/8" #25 and a 1" #24, Henry Taylor 3/4" 28. Priced at under $30 each these are a steal. Fine Sold

Isaac Greaves

CH16052 Isaac Greaves A set of 3 Isaac Greaves paring chisels in 3/4", 1", & 1 1/4". The 1" has a replacement handle and a pretty big chip in the edge that would need grriding. They are ground with a very shallow bevel right now. The backs are clean and bright, but the other side has light suface oxidation that will clean off. They were mounted to a board and there is glue reside on the backs, and a bit on the handls, that needs cleaning as well. The octagonal handles look original and are nice. I think that these chisels are early to mid-19th Century. G+ $59

Newbould Newbould

CH160512 Newbould A rare 18th Century gouge. A 1" in-cannel gouge with what looks like its full original length. The handle is a later handle. The upper surface has very light oxication. The back is clean except for one stain. There is an original defect in the metal on the back, probably where the steel is layed on. That is really interesting to me as it speaks to the age of the tool. A rare survivor. G+ Sold

Douglass Mfg Co.

CH160516 Douglass Mfg Co. A superb 1" corner chisel. I was tempted to grade this one higher but I always try to resist getting carried away. This is about as good as they get though. Sadly, the handle is missing. Turn your own handle and you have a real gem. G++ Sold

Yoshiro Ikeda Yoshiro Ikeda

CH160523 Yoshiro Ikeda This is an unused set of 6 Oire Nomi (dovetail chisels) by Yoshiro Ikeda, who's chisels are sold under the Kunikei brand name. The edge is white steel, hardented to 64-65 Rockwell. The handles are an exotic wood. These chises are as good as any made today, including the Tasai chisels that we sell in our new tool section, and which are considered the gold standard of Japanese chisels. For the connoisseur. Mint Sold

S.J. Addis, London

CH160530 S.J. Addis, London A 5/8" straight gouge . Not numbered but around a #6 sweep. The fruitwood handle looks like it was probably installed in the US when it was new. G+ $36

Wm. Marples & Sons

CH160534 Wm. Marples & Sons A lovely crisp 3/8" paring chisel with the original factory grind on the bevel. The decal is all but worn off but the handle is retains all its bright original finish and the ferule is crisp and unpolished. Fine- Sold

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


CH160545 Ward A 7/32" morticing chisel. The handle is old but probably not original. The bevel needs regrinding. A good user at a budget price. G+ $32

S.J. Addis, London

CH160549 S.J. Addis, London A 1/4" #6 straight carving gouge. The applewood handle is an original handle that will have been installed in the US. Nice as found condition. G+ $36

I. Sorby, Punch Brand

CH160481 I. Sorby, Punch Brand This pair of long paring chisels was owned by one A. Bell, but the are not a matching pair. The smaller is 1/4" beveled chisel and measures about 13" overall. It has some light freckles of rust on the top surface and thus was rated lower. The other chisel is a 3/8" and measures nearly 14" overall. It is not beveled. The condition is superb. Both of them have superb original handles. G++ & Fine $95

S. J. Addis, W&P

CH160487 S. J. Addis, W&P A 1/2" #3 straight gouge. The end has been rounded off in the way that pattern makers often do. Nice orignal condition. There is a light check in the boxwood handle caused by shrinkage onto the bolster. G+ $36

J. Howarth

CH160491 J. Howarth A 3/8" firming (heavy) chisel, nicely cleaned by a collector. Measures 12 3/4" overall. G+ Sold

Ward W&P

CH160495 Ward W&P A 1/2" paring chisel with an attractive octagonal boxwood handle. Somebody has slighly beveled this chisel down near the edge, clearly to provice a bit of extra clearance. Measures 9 3/4" overall. It has had the ferule polished bright by an idiot, but is still a very nice chisel. G+ $36

W. Butcher

CH160498 W. Butcher A 1 1/4" firming chisel measuring 11 1/2" overall. Probably made for the US market, it has a clearly American handle that looks original to it. Untouched condition. G+ Sold

Humphreyville Mfg Co

CH160439 Humphreyville Mfg Co A 1" corner chisel with a good original handle. Humphreyville made a lot of plane irons, but I don't see many chisels by them. This tool would be in very nice untouched condition, but an idiot has just barely touched it with a wire wheel. You can just tell around the socket. The rest of it appears unmolested. It is ground properly with the small protrusion at the center, but it is not sharp now and needs honing. A first quality timber framer's tool in nice condition. G+ $69

Buck Brothers

CH160444 Buck Brothers A superb set of three graduated #19 Swepth gouges, 1/8", 3/16", and 5/16". Matching original applewood handles with lovely color. For the connoisseur. Fine+ $129


CH160453 Unmarked A particularly nice beveled slick. It is very well made and looks mid-19th Century to me. It is a full 4 inches wide. Great old untouched surface. Beveled slicks are very scarce. The bad news here is that I don't have a handle for it. A great piece. G+ Sold

W. Preston

CH160460 W. Preston A somewhat unusual chisel that is either a light morticing chisel or a heavy firming chisel. It is kind of stuck in the middle. It is a fat 5/16". The London Pattern handle is fantastic, and is also marked W. Preston. A really bold thick handle. The entire chisels was cleaned, but carefully by a collector, not brutally by a dealer. Highly recommended. G++ Sold

I&H Sorby

CH160424 I&H Sorby A 1/2" morticing chisel what is probably the original handle. The bevel has been somewhat hollow ground, which is not good on a moticing chisel. It weakens the edge too much. There is a chip in the edge. I would remove the hollow grind, which will get rid of the chip at the same time. A 5 minute job with the Sorby ProEdge or something similar. Untouched condition, this is a nice example. G+ Sold

Parting Tool

CH1603105 Parting Tool This is a special 3/8" parting tool with spurred edges for cutting the grain on each side. It was made by Strellinger in Chicago and called The Hustler, although I don't see that this one is marked. It might be covered by the handle. The tool is as found with light surface rust overall. The handle is not correct but seems to have been on it a long time. It should clean up to make a good user, and these really are effective for cutting in quickly. G+ $29

W. Butcher

CH1603107 W. Butcher This is a matching group of 3 short firming chisels from what was most likely a larger set. This is an unusual form. These chisels were made relatively short,. The sizes present are 3/8", 1 1/4", and 2". The two inch chisels is particularly unusual for its width. The handles are old octaganol handles that were presumably made and installed by the original owner after they were imported as unhandled new chisels into the US. The two larger handles have shrinkage checks caused by the tang keeping the handle from shrinking. These were glued to a display board and there is some glue on the backs, as seen in the photo, but these will clean up beatifully. The backs are polished and rust free, what you see in the photo is the glue, not rust. The wide one is worth the price alone. G+ $79

I. Sorby

CH160383 I. Sorby This is a group of three simliar graduated paring chisels with boxwood handles. I put this group together, which is why I am not using the word set. The sizes are 3/8", 3/4", and 1". All three have some scattered rust, but on the 1" chisel it is an issue. It will need some grinding to remove the rust. All three however will be great users and at less than $20 each they are a steal. G+ Sold

J. B. Addis

CH160395 J. B. Addis A #4 sweep 3/8" straight gouge with an owner made octagonal handle. The back side has the "Prize medals 51, 62, 70, & 72" mark. I would date this chisel to the late 19th Century. It has been cleaned, but no harm has been done. It does need sharpening. G+ $35

I. Sorby & Wm Marples

CH1603100 I. Sorby & Wm Marples Two beveled paring chisels with boxwood handles. An I. Sorby in 1/4" and a Marples in 1/2" Both are good quality hand-forged cabinetmaker's chisels that will make a great starting set of dovetail chisels. G+ Sold

J & R Dodge

CH160351 J & R Dodge A 1/2" out-cannel bench gouge with a medium shallow sweep, equivelant to about a #5 in carving gouges. The handle is yew wood, and it has that lovely patina that is so distinctive of yew wood. I have seen this maker's mark once before but it is very scarce and I don't know anything about it. I really like this one a lot. G++ $39

J. B. Addis & Sons

CH160364 J. B. Addis & Sons A J.B. Addis spoon gouge, with the "Prize Medals 51, 62, 70, & 72" mark. It is not numbered but I would say that it is a 31 or 32 and is 5/16" wide. Nice clean untouched condition with a comfotable owner made handle. G++ Sold

Wilfin Patent Handles

CH16034 Wilfin Patent Handles A set of 6 unused Wilfin Patent handles. These are new old stock handles, but I did not rate them higher because they are old and just don't look new anymore. The name and patent number is marked on them, but the stamping is not very clear. This would make a great set of handles to put on a group of small carving tools. They are 5 1/4" overall and the ferule is 7/16" OD. At less than $10 each these are a bargain. G++ Sold

Shark Brand Gouge

CH16036 Shark Brand Gouge An out-cannel gouge that measures just shy of 1/4". This gouge was made in Eskiltuna Sweden, the Sheffield of Sweden, and has a fancy birch handle typical better Swedish chisels. The shark logo is that of Eric Anton Berg. It has a bit of white paint on the handle and the blade needs a light cleaning, but it should clean to G++ Sold

J.V. Hill

CH160316 J.V. Hill A nice as found 3/8" straight carving gouge of about a #5 sweep. J.V. Hill was a dealer but tools bearing their mark are of the best quality. It could use a light cleaning but it is a nice G+ $32

W. Butcher

CH160320 W. Butcher A very scarce, long and delicate paring chisel measuring 5/32". These chisels were all of course hand ground and this was probably sold as a 1/8" size. People didn't measure the width of chisels with a micrometer the way they seem to now. We get new chisels returned because they are not exactly the width specified, but in the days of high-class work and hand-ground chisels, nobody cared. It measures 11 3/4" overall with a nice original octagonal handle. There is some scatterd light pitting on the blade but none that impacts its functionality. A scarce form by a great 19th Century maker. G+ $65

W. Marples, Sheffield

CH160325 W. Marples, Sheffield A harlequin pair of medium sweep gouges, 1/4" and 3/8". These are out-cannel bench gouges, not carving gouges. They have similar boxwood handles, but not exactly the same. The 1/4" is as found and needs a light cleaning. The 3/8" has been cleaned. A great user pair rating a strong G+ $55

Robt Sorby

CH160331 Robt Sorby A good 3/8" morticing chisel with a user made handle that swells in the center to fit a giant's hands. The guy who owned this one had seriously big hands. It looks to be about full original length. G+ $45

I. Sorby, Punch Brand

CH160340 I. Sorby, Punch Brand A 3/4" paring chisel with a boxwood handle. As found condition with some very light suface rust that will clean off easily. A great user chisel. G+ Sold

Herring Bros, London

CH160345 Herring Bros, London A nice as found #39 V parting tool, 1/4" wide. It needs just a very light cleaning. The handle has had a former owner's mark removed and another mark struck in the same spot, which is not particularly attractive, but otherwise no complaints on this high-grade carving tool. G+ $39


CH160299 Unmarked An as found 3/8" morticing chisel with very light surface oxidation overall. The handle is a nice old handle. This chisel has lost some of its original length due to use, but is still a good user that only needs a light cleaning. The blade measures 6" back to the start of the handle. G+ $25

S. J. Addis, London

CH1602102 S. J. Addis, London A nice as found swept gouge with a nicer owner made maple handle with some light tiger figure. Not numbered, but I would say that it is a number 19 gouge, measuring slightly under 1/2" This is a pre-W&P Addis from the London days. Rates a strong G+ Sold

I. Sorby

CH1602106 I. Sorby A harlequin pair of 1/8" and 1/4" paring chisels. They have similar but not identical handles. The 1/8" chisel rates G++ and the 1/4" rates G+ Sold

Ward, W&P

CH1602110 Ward, W&P A 1/2" swept gouge, about a #15 or 16. It has an American style applewood handle and has been polished overall. A great user. G+ $29

E.A. Berg, Eskiltuna

CH160183 E.A. Berg, Eskiltuna A matched set of 11 Berg beveled paring chisels. I see a lot of relatively modern Berg chisels sold for very high prices, capitalizing on the old reptuation of the firm. This is a set that was made back when that reputation was being earned. The handles are made from birch burl, and were most likely made by the owner. The sizes are 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", 5/16", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2", 5/8", 7/8", 1", 1 1/4". The 5/8" chisel has a more moder handle stuck on it now, but the original handle is also with it. I suspect that the the original handle became loose and in more modern times somebody was too lazy to fix it properly. The set is dirty and has old dried grease and paint that needs to be removed, but they are not rusty and will made a fantastic user set. I can't imagine why somebody needed so many chisels so close to each other in size, but my guess would be that a pattern maker owned these. The handles are also of a form that I have seen before on pattern maker's chisels. While these chisels were clearly neglected and misused in more modern times, they are with cleaning up and represent a rare chance to own a genuine set of Berg chisels that were not made in the 1960s. G+ Sold

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

Herring Brothers, London, Prize Medals

CH160148 Herring Brothers, London, Prize Medals A lovely as found boxwood handled carving gouge, about a #4 sweep, possibly 5, and 3/4" wide. The handle has great color G++ Sold

Holland, London

CH160116 Holland, London Holland is of course known as a metal planemaker, but I do occassionaly run across other tools marked Holland that leaves me to believe that he was also operating a small retail tool shop. This gouge in unusual in its lengh. Out-cannel gouges are not often this long. It is 7/16" wide and 14" overall. The sweep is around a 7 or 8. Nice untouched condition. G+ $59

Herring, London

CH160132 Herring, London This in an early Herring from when they were in London competing directly with Addis. It is a 9/16" gouge, not numbered but I would say a #10. The handle is exotic wood and there are some checks that have been filled with wax. A first quality carving chisel of a quality that has not been made in my lifetime. G+ Sold

T. J. Gardner, Bristol

CH160135 T. J. Gardner, Bristol A 3/8" morticing chisel with a boxwood handle. There is a slight warp to the handle and it goes off to one side. Nice as found condition. G+ $35

Illegible & Co.

CH151122 Illegible & Co. A large 2" out-cannel socket gouge. This is a clean tool, but the mark was not struck evenly and I can't read it. It is definitely a high-quality American made gouge of the late 19th or very early 20th Century. G+ $65

S. J. Addis

CH151053 S. J. Addis An 1/8" straight gouge of about a #6 sweep. Lovely as found condition including a beautifully patinated original handle. G+ $48

Buck & Ryan, London

CH151011 Buck & Ryan, London This is a roll of 10 stone carver's chisels, must of them appearing to be unused . They all hand forged, and are all marked for the London tool shop of Buck & Ryan. There are 3 gouges, two straight chisels, one point, and 4 stone chisels. I don't know much about stone tools, but these seem to be smaller tools for finer work. They are 1bout 10 inches long. Just a bit under $20 each seems really cheap to me for hand forged tools in this condition. Fine Sold

Isaac Greaves

CH1509111 Isaac Greaves A 5/8" paring chisel with a specially made fancy handle. The overall length is 14 1/2". The blade is in lovely condition and the handle is really cool. I think that it is maple and walnut. G++ $69

J. B. Addis & Sons, Sheffield

CH150984 J. B. Addis & Sons, Sheffield This is a set of 8 Addis carving tools that I bought together and probably started out together. They set includes: #11 veiner in 1/16", a #21 spoon chisel in 3/16", a #21 spoon chisel in 7/16" (missing its ferule), a #24 skew spoon chisel in 1/16", a #5 straight gouge in 1/8", a #3 fishtail gouge in 1/2", a #3 skewed fishtail gouge, and a #39 V parting tool in 1/4". All are in nice as found condition needing only a light cleaning. This set includes some rare Addis tools for less than $30 each. G+ Sold

C. Hunt

CH150930 C. Hunt This is a hand-forged American corner chisel by a maker that I am not familiar with, and of whom I have found no reference. The tool is in nice condition, with a good original handle, but the hoop is missing and somebody has taped a new replacment on that neither fits well nor looks right. It is an eye sore that should be discarded. The tool itself is very well made and probably early 19th Century. The size is 1". It is as found. In my opinion, this is a special piece. G+ $75

Set of 5 Working Chisels

CH150887 Set of 5 Working Chisels This a good working set of 5 similar paring chisels that I put together. They are all quality Sheffield made chisels. The sizes are 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 5/8" & 3/4". The 3/4" has a chip out of the top of the handle but these are all first quality chisels that will make a great set of dovetailing chisels, better than any new chisels, excepting Blue Spruce of course, for only $25 each. G+ $125


CH150732 Unmarked This is a typical 19th Century Dutch morticing chisel in 3/8". The blade looks to be about full original length to me and it is nice, clean condition, as properly cleaned by a collector. The boxwood handle has a shrinkage check, which is typical on Dutch morticing chisels. G+ Sold

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

James Swan

CH150648 James Swan This is a pair of out-cannel medium-sweep gouges that got out of the same old tool box. They are both mostly bright, but with some scattered staining. The 1" gouge has a superb original handle. The 3/8" gouge had no handle and I put a handle with it that is similar, but not exactly right. The taper at the end needs to be adjusted a bit as well so that it fits the socket better. My thinking if that thhe 1" chisel is worth the price that I am asking for both, so think of the smaller one as being free. They should clean up to at least G++ Sold

Rosewood Handles

CH150626 Rosewood Handles This is a set of 8 NOS fancy rosewood handles. I think that they are American, but I can't prove that. I have seen a few other similar ones, but I suspect that all of these came on the market at the same time, but I don't know from where. I think that they are late 19th Century. The quality is superb. The ferules are only 1/2 and these would only be suitable for small carving chisels or something similar. They are as found and need to be cleaned with wax. These are the nicest manufactured handles that I have seen. Fine Sold

I. Sorby

CH150533 I. Sorby A very clean half inch out-cannel gouge with a medium sweep. As found except that the brass ferule is polished. G++ $29

Robert Sorby

CH15052 Robert Sorby A good 3/4" firming chisel with the Kangaroo Brand label on the polished boxwood handle. The label is worn but still legible. The tool is very clean and will make a great user. I am guessing that this is from the 1920s - 1930s, but I imagine that it could be as late as the 50s. A quality old school Sheffield chisel. Measures 11 1/4" overall. G++ Sold

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

C. Nurse & Co. Invicta Works

CH150485 C. Nurse & Co. Invicta Works A matching pair of out-cannel gouges, both marked with the same owner's mark. Only one of the two gouges have are marked Nurse, the other has no mark, but is clearly from the same maker. Nurse was a retailer, so we don't know who actually made them. Nurse only sold the best. They are 3/8" and 1/2". The ferules are polished but they are otherwise in lovely untouched condition with polished boxwood handles. G++ $50


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


CH160484 Unmarked A 3/8" morticing chisel in as found condition. This chisel has seen a lot of use, but no abuse. It still has its original handle. It's too short for us to sell, but it is still a usable chisel. The blade is 4 7/8" without the handle. Free to the first person who spends $75 on old chisels and asks for it. Good Sold

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 $35

Ohio Tool Co

CH140858 Ohio Tool Co This is the first set of Ohio Tool Co. chisels that I have had, comprised of 9 long Carpenter's beveled firming chisels. The sizes are 1/8", 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 1", 1 1/4", & 1 1/2". The blades look like they were cleaned off with fine steel wool at some point and the handles have been lacquered. Not all of the handles have leather bolsters. From a distance, the handles look matching, but they probably are not. The chisels are certainly all from an original matched set. The lengths range from 13 1/4" to 15 1/2". This would be a great set for a user or a collector. G+ 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


CH140544 Hewes This is a rare early 19th Century (possibly late 18th) hand-forged Pennsylvania 7/8'" corner chisel. It is in lovely original condition, having been properly waxed by a collector. The maker's mark is struck in two spots and the base of the socket is faceted in a decorative way. It is a bit short, but not worn out. The handle looks to be original and is nice. If you just need a corner chisel to use, please don't buy this one. This is a rare early American piece that belongs in a good collection. It came to us from an important Pennsylvania collection, where it resided for many years. G++ $159


CH140372 Oversruck This is an unusal shallow gouge that is the size of a slick. There seems to be a mark overstriking the maker's mark. I think that maybe it started life as a slick, and the blacksmith who modified it, struck his mark over the original mark. I think that both marks could still be read, but I don't have time to mess about with it The handle has a great patina, as does the blade, which is 3" wide and in-cannel. It really doesn't look modified, but I can't think of another good explanation. A nice early American tool either way. Measures just over 20 inches overall. G+ $89

Buck Brothers

CH120436 Buck Brothers This is a remarkable set of 8 Buck Brother's chisel and gouges, all from one owner, and all is amazing untouched condition. They would all be bright except for old dried grease on the surface. There are four long paring chisels, 5/8", 1 1/4", 1 3/4" and 2. These measure 13 1/4 to 15 1/2". The gouges are of similar length, out-cannel, and measure 7/8", 1 1/4", 1 5/8", and 1 7/8". All but one has the early rectangular border mark, one gouge has the later stag head mark, but it is definitely from the same set. The socket handles are all original applewood handles. They are not marked Buck Brothers, which is consistent with there age, these chisels pre-date. that. One handle is missing and one handle has a split, which can be pulled up tight and glued. Besides this split, the handles and the blades are all Fine $465

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

Antique Chisel Antique Chisel

CH110294 John Brown's Patent, Sheffield I have had this chisel for over 10 years trying to find out something about it, and I have utterly failed. I have never seen another similar example, nor have any of the other experienced dealers and collectors whom I have shared it with. It is a 7/8" firming chisel with a most unusual bolster design. Measures 16 inches overall with a London pattern boxwood handle. G+ $295

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