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Buck Brothers

141020 Buck Brothers A good 1 1/4" paring chisel, 12 3/4" overall. There are a few chips in the edge and it needs to be reground, but this is a nice Buck Brothers chisel with its original applewood handle. G+ $29





Timber Sampling Gouge

CH140956 Timber Sampling Gouge A timber merchant's sampling gouge in a rosewood case. The brass ferules have been polished but otherwise I have no complaints. A nice, honest, unmarked example. G+ Sold





P.S. & W. Co, No. 1 Ex

CH140970 P.S. & W. Co, No. 1 Ex A matching pair of heavy carpenter's firming chisels for timber framing work. Peck. Stowe, & Wilcox were among the very best American chisel makes, and these were their best grade chisels. The sizes are 1" and 1 1/2". The handles look original but they have seen some use and the larger size one is scorched a bit on one side. Not so that it will impair it in any way. This is a pair of chisels for a collector or user. G++ Sold


Ward & Payne

CH140912 Ward & Payne A set of 4 paring chisels that I believe have always been together. The largest one has a slightly different handle, but all of them have been ground the same way. The sizes are 1/4", 5/8", 3/4", and 1". The 3/4" has a bad chip in the edge and needs to be reground. These are first quality Sheffield chisels that will amaze you when you use them. G+ $99



Thos. Ibbotson and Co.

CH140916 Thos. Ibbotson and Co. This is a scarce matched set of 7 morticing chisels. The sizes are 1/8", 3/16", 1/4", 3/8", 7/16", 1/2" and 9/16". The handles all match and all look original. The 3/8" and 1/2" handles are damaged but could be glued and improved a bit. G+ $279




Slick

CH140918 Slick A lovely 3 1/2" slick with a pariticularly nice original turned maple handle, retaining its original finish with great color. It is marked, but I don't recognize the mark. The mark is an anvil, with A.T. inside the anvil, and Trade Mark outside the anvil. This is a high quality American slick, presumably 19th Century but possibly early 20th. Measures 29" overall. G++ $169



F. Merrill & Co.

CH140932 F. Merrill & Co. A heavy 2" carpenter's firming chisel for timber framing work. The original handle has had the hoop driven down a bit from being hit too hard, but is still a nice handle. I would have rated it a grade higher if the handle were a bit better. This is a really nice chisel. G+ Sold




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+ $399


Charles Buck

CH140834 Charles Buck A superb set of 7 matching cabinetmaker's gouges, and one similar in-cannel gouge. All 8 gouges have beautifully patined cherry handles. The sizes are 1/8", 1/4", 1/2", 7/8", 1", 1 1/2" and 1 3/4". The in-cannel gouge is 3/16". One of the best sets of this type that I have had. G++ $345




Ward

CH140823 Ward This is an unusual long paring chisel. It is not very thin like a pattern maker's paring chisel. The blade is 3/4" wide and measures 11 1/2" without the handle. The handle adds another 6 inches. The handle is nicely patinated boxwood and includes a natural defect in the wood in wood spot that only adds to its character. Nice original condition, it has only been waxed by a collector. I really like this one. G+ $65


Buck Brothers

CH140664 Buck Brothers This is a matching set of 10 carving tools that were all once owned by a man who worked as a pattern maker for Standard Steel in Burnham Pennsyvania, a manufacturer of cast iron locomotive parts. I bought them from a collector who had bought them direclty from the original owner, who is now long since deceased. The set includes 4 swept gouges, 5 spoon gouges, and one spoon chisel. The handles are all original polished maple handles. All ten are in immiculate condition and should appeal to the connoisseur. Fine $349


Buck Brothers Buck Brothers

CH140624 Buck Brothers This is a matching original set of 9 beveled socket chisels. They are just a bit longer than butt chisels and are an ideal lengh for cabinetmakers. One handle has a bit darker wood and may have been switched, but it is the proper handle in every way. The handles are all marked Buck Brothers and have leather caps. The sizes are 1/8", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4", 1", 1 1/4", 1 1/2", 1 3/4", & 2". In addittion, I have 1/4" and a 7/8" chisels that are of the correct type, but are not from this set. If you want these two to fill out the set, for an extra $60 you can buy them with the set. This set ranges from 8 1/2" to 9 1/4" in overall length. They have some light surface staining and a few have some very light pitting in patches, but nothing to worry about. This is a fabulous set of Buck Brothers chisels from their golden age. G++ to Fine- $395


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





W. Marples & Sons

CH140560 W. Marples & Sons A 7/16" morticing chisel with a nice London pattern handle. I have not seen this type of handle used on a morticing chsel before, and it is possible that it was put on it later, but it certainly looks right to me and it is a proper polished boxwood handle of the period. The ferule is polished and the blade is lightly cleaned. The handle is untouched and lovely. G+ $55



Hewes

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


Gustav Rubens

CH140398 Gustav Rubens A nice, properly cleaned, 5/16" morticing chisel. Measures 12" overall. A great user with nice patina. G+ $45





Oversruck

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


T. Turner, Sheffield

CH140316 T. Turner, Sheffield A scarce sash coping chisel, with the original handle, also marked T. Turner, and 9/16". There is a shrinkage check on each side of the handle where the bolster goes in. It is stable and I would do anything about it. Possibly lightly cleaned, but essentially as ffound with a dark patina on the wood amd a medium patina on the metal. G+ $95



S. J. Addis

CH13113 S. J. Addis A matched set of 6 boxwood handled carving chisels. 4 of the 6 are also marked by the retailer, H. Kelly of Liverpool. All of them have either an H or an A carved on the handles. I have not idea what that signifies. The set is comprised of: #1 - 9/16". #3 - 1/8" & 3/16" & 1/2". Finally, there are two 1/8" #10s. One has the H, and the other has the A carved on the handles. The only difference that I can see is that one has the bevel ground much more acute that the other. Priced cheaper than they would be one at a time. Fine- $195



Colquhoun & Cadman, Sheffield

CH1310111 Colquhoun & Cadman, Sheffield A 1 1/4" heaving firming chisel with a lovely boxwood handle. Nice as found condition. Approx. 14 3/4" overall. G+ $65





J. H. Sargent & Ward

CH130846 J. H. Sargent & Ward A 3/8" wide fishtail gouge with a very shallow sweep, about a #3 sweep, by J. H. Sargent. The other is a Ward 1/2" paring chisel that has been reground for some special purpose. Both were once owned by someone called Hughes. G+ $39




J. B. Addis, Sheffield

CH130822 J. B. Addis, Sheffield I bought these three carving tools together, but they probably were not new when the last owner acquired them. They have matching handles, but one has initials on the handle and another has a pattern stamped on to identify it. They are a 1/2" #5 (marked 5), a 9/16" #6 (not marked with the sweep), and a 5/16" #39 (marked). All three are in lovely original condition. G++ $95



Two Horn Handled Carvers

CH120692 Two Horn Handled Carvers These two carving chisels were found together, and both have horn handles similar to the handles on horn handled cutlter. First is a #46 swept parting tool, 11/16" by S.J. Addis, London. Second is a swept straight chisel, 9/16" wide. This one is marked with an early Herring mark that I don't recognize, I. Herring & Son. The sweep may have been added at a later date. I only say this because I have not seen a similar example. Both of these are nice examples that have been properly cleaned by a consciencious collector. G++ $148


Ward W&P

CH120619 Ward W&P A nice as found half inch round nose scraper turning tool. A short tool, 11" overall, similar to those that came in a Holtzapfel triptych. Has a nice dark patina. G+ $29





Wm Brady & Son, Mt Joy, PA

CH120512 Wm Brady & Son, Mt Joy, PA An eight inch socket morticing chisel, this is a rare form for Brady, who was more known for axes and big slicks. Nicely cleaned by a collector. There is some light surface pitting, but nothing serious. The handle is marked Buck Brothers, so obviously it is not the original handle. A nice example of a rare American blacksmith made chisel. G+ $65



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++ $295





I Sorby

CH140963 I Sorby A traditional morticing chisel in 1/4" size. This is a good usable morticing chisel, but there is a bend in the blade, about 1/3 of the way from the handle. This is before the steel is laid on, so it should be possible to bend it back to straight with some care. It is usable just as it is. There is also a chip in the handle and some dings where it was used to beat on a stuck screw or similar. Free to the first person who orders it, along with two other items on this page (Chisels) which are not free. Good $0


Antique Chisel

CH110734 Ibbottson & Co A 3/8" spoon gouge from a genuine 19th Century English carver's kit. Well worn, but still very sharp and ready to use. This tool is probably mid-19th Century, which is early for a carving chisel. G+ $36





Antique Chisel

CH110644 I Sorby, Punch Brand A 1/8" paring or fine morticing chisel. The punch logo is stencilled onto the polished boxwood handle. The handle is not on the chisel straight. It may have been pulled off and stuck back on at the wrong orientation. I don't know, but the chisel is not bent. Nice uncleaned condition. G++ $29





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+ $385





Antique Chisel

CH100158 Buck Brothers This is a very unusual tool, the purpose of which I don't know. I have never seen another like it. It has a socket type handle, but the the socket is keyed so that the handle can be used to twist. The blade is 3/8" wide. It has been speculated that it is a screw driver, but I don't buy that. The handle, which looks original, has leather washers at the top. Measures 12 inches overall. The metal appears to have been lightly wire brushed. A nice tool, whatever it is for. G+ $39





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