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Marples/Tho. Ibbottson

CH180140 Marples/Tho. Ibbottson An associated pair of paring chisels with similar boxwood handles. The Marples is 1/4" and the Ibbottson is 7/16". They are as found and need a bit of work to prepare them for use, but no more than 10 minutes each. These two chisels aer all that somebody on a budget needs to do dovetailing for life. Good $36

Buck Brothers

CH180143 Buck Brothers A 1" socket firming chisel, 12 1/4" overall. The original handle has some paint on it and has been relaquered. The blade is crisp and clean. Just needs to be honed and it is ready to go. G+ $25


CH180144 Stormont A long 1/4" in-cannel gouge with a #7 sweep. Nice clean as found condition. Measures 13" overall. G++ $30

I. & H. Sorby

CH180115 I. & H. Sorby A 3/16" wide #6 straight gouge with an octagonal handle which is marked "Anchor Institute". Anybody know anything about this orgainization? I couldn't find anything in a very cursory search. Fine- $38

Mathiieson, Glasgow

CH180118 Mathieson, Glasgow This is a 1" wide chisel, 13" overall, in nice as found condition. It is a bit hard to categorize, as it is lgiht for a firming chisel and heavy for a paring chisel. However, the blade is ground for firming (A more obtuse angle), so we can call it a light firming chisel. The handle is canted to the right a bit, and was probably installed this way. It looks undisturbed. A bargain compated to a new tool of inferior quality. G+ $38

Buck Brothers

CH180129 Buck Brothers A 1/2" paring chisel in very clean as found condition. The edge is lightly chipped from misuse and needs to be reground. The top of the handle has slight deformation from being struck by a metal hammer. These two minor things kept it from rating fine. G++ $29

Charles Taylor, Screw Brand

CH171223 Charles Taylor, Screw Brand A 1/8" light morticing or firming chisel. I have never heard of Charles Taylor. There is a wood screw logo on the blade as well as his name, and a decal on the handle with his name and logo. This is probably a 1920s or 30s chisel. Nice as found condition needing only a very light cleaning of the blade with a white pad and wax, per our FAQs. A strong G+ $35

I Sorby

CH171226 I Sorby A very nice as found 3/16" firming chisel measuring 10 5/8" overall. The boxwood handle has lovely color but has one spot where it is marred, probably from an owner's mark being removed. That was done a long time ago and isn't obtrusive. G+ $35

D. Kimberley & Co.

CH171229 D. Kimberley & Co. Kimberley was a planemaker so they must have retailed this gouge. It is a 3/4" in-cannel gouge with a medium sweep. This chisel has been slightly modified to make it a bit cranked. The blade is now offset by about 3/16". This isn't a problem to a user. For many applications it could be considered useful. G+ $29

Blacksmith Made

CH171074 Blacksmith Made An attractive hand forged 7/8" American timber framer's corner chisel with an original handle. The handle is not all beat up like they usually are. The tool has an attractive patina. It probably once build bank barns in Pennsylvania. I found it in Lancaster county. G+ $59


CH171035 Newbould An 18th Century traditional morticing chisel that is a fat 9/16". Morticing chisels this wide are scarce, especially one this early. The blade is in lovely condition. The handle looks like it is old but that at some point somebody with small hands reduced it in diameter. It also has something, maybe leather, glued to the end. The blade looks to be like it has the original factory grind and measures 8 1/4" without the handle. I am not loving the handle but the blade is great. G++ $65

S. J. Addis

CH171021 S. J. Addis Two Addis carving tools that are as found and need cleaning. A #22 skew spoon chisel, 3/8", that will clean nicely. A 3/8" #2 skew chisel that has some light pitting but will be fine to use. Both have boxwood handles are priced to sell. Good $35

Henry Taylor

CH170938 Henry Taylor A 5/8" #7 straight gouge with an in-cannel grind. Whoever last ground the tool did a sloppy job but as a user it doesn't really matter. I would clean up the grind just so it didn't exacerbate my OCD. The handle is a lovely London Pattern boxwood one with nice color. The chisel has a large acorn stamped on the shank. This is the Henry Taylor logo but you don't see it this large and pronounced that often. The ferule is polished and the rest of the tool has a nice surface. G+ $35

I & H Sorby

CH17094 I & H Sorby A boxwood handled 3/16" sash (light duty) mortice chisel. It could also be called a heavy firming chisel. I am not really sure which it was intended to be but it certainly can be used for either. The blade is ground at a bevel angle appropriate for use as a morticing chisel. It is slightly overcleaned by a misguided English dealer but should be fine to use and it is cheap enough. G+ $29

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

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

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

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++ $69

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+ $28


CH171224 Illegible A 5/16" beveled paring chisel with a London Pattern boxwood handle. This is a nicely cared for chisel that has made thousands of dovetails and is well worn down. To the ferule it is only 2 1/2". The marker's mark was obliterated when it was beveled. The blanks were marked before they were ground. Still a good user and free to the first person who orders it and spends $200 on vintage tools. G+ $0


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

I Sorby

CH180145 I Sorby A 5/8" firming chisel. It measures 9 3/8" overall but I am thinking that it was longer when it started life. The boxwood handle is in nice condition but the finish on the boxwood handle is a mess. Nice as found condition and a greqt user tool. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $100 on old tools. G+ $0

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

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+ $49

Antique Chisel

CH1112210 W. Marples & Sons A lovely as found wheelwright's bruzz. Fifteen inches overall and 1/2" on an edge. Fine- $65

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++ $199

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