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Ashley Iles

CH180328 Ashley Iles An Ashley Iles York set of 6 carving tools that is old, but still unused in the original box. You can see the York set new on our website under carving tools, but the news ones have beech handles. This has what looks to be rosewood handles. These will have been made within Ashley Iles lifetime. Ashley is gone now and his sons run the business. None of these tools have ever been honed and they are all dull. That is how they were sold. Even today, they are available both ways, but we order ours honed. This is a great chance to buy an older but unused AI York set for less than a current production set. That is still less than $25 each, which is really cheap for AI carving tools. Fine SOLD

James Howarth

CH180341 James Howarth A 5/16" traditional morticing chisel that looks to be full original length. It does need a light grinding now to fix the edge. The handle has a lovely color and surface, but was clearly made for the chisel by its owner, Mr. J. A. Twill, rather than being factory work. The blade has been lightly cleaned, but its OK. Good quality morticing chisels like this have really gotten scarce. Most of the ones that I see now are short or bent. This one also happens to be by one of the best makers. G++ SOLD

Marples / I. Sorby

CH180343 Marples / I. Sorby A similar but unrelated pair of firming chisels. A 1/4" W. Marples & Sons and a 1" I. Sorby Punch Brand . The Marples has no apologies but the Sorby has some patches of light surface rust and the handle has been stuck on really crooked. It needs to be pulled off and resintalled. Either of tehse is easily worth $25 alone, so consider this a 2 for 1 deal. G+ SOLD


CH18038 Ward/Marples A harlequin pair of two nice in-cannel bench gouges. The small one is a 3/16" with a tight sweep. It is not marked on the steel, but the boxwood handle has the remains of a Marples decal. It is a delicate tool with very little area on the shank to mark. The wider is a 5/16" Ward, also with a tight sweep and a boxwood handle. The ferule has been polished on the Marples, otherwise they are both in nice as found condition. G++ $39

C. Hill Sheffield

CH180311 C. Hill Sheffield A matching pair of spoon gouges, both with the owner's mark "C. A. Spinks". The handles and ferules have been polished. The carving tools themselves are untouched and in superb condition. There is a 9/16" #35 and a 7/8" #34. The smaller one has a crack in the brass ferule, not uncommon as the wood expands in the summer and the metal gets brittle with time. It doesn't affect anything. A superb pair that are worth the asking price for just one of them. G++ $49

I. & H. Sorby/Spear & Jackson

CH180258 I. & H. Sorby/Spear & Jackson This is an associate pair of boxwood handled bench gouges, both with a medium sweep. The Sorby is 3/8" and the Jackson is 7/16". The are both out-cannel but the jackson has been improperly sharpened with a micro-bevel on the inside. This can easily be ground off, and should be. A good working pair for less than one new one that won't be as good. G+ $39

S. J. Addis

CH180240 S. J. Addis A nice clean as found 1/4" #8 straight-gouge with a polished beech handle. There is a shrinkage check in the beech handle but otherwise the overall condition is wonderful. G++ $29

S. J. Addis/ W&P

CH180250 S. J. Addis/ W&P A nice as found 3/16" #21 skew spoon chisel with a mahogany handle. G+ $29

Buck Brothers

CH180221 Buck Brothers A lovely untouched 1/4" medium sweep gouge with a finger nail grind. G++ $29

I. Sorby / Thos Ibbotson

CH18023 I. Sorby / Thos Ibbotson A pair of long pattern maker's gouges that have the same owner's mark and similar handles, but are from different makers. The I. Sorby is a 1/2" medium sweep and is about 12 3/4" overall. The Ibbotson is a 3/4" shallow sweep, about 14 3/4" overall. Both of them have grease on the blades and need cleaning. The owner made leather sheaths to protect the edges. I can't get it off of the larger one and I don't want to ruin it getting it off. The 1/2" gouge has a big chip in the edge and needs regrinding. The price is essentially two for one. G+ $25

I. Sorby, Punch Brand

CH180177 I. Sorby, Punch Brand A 3/8" morticing chisel that looks to be full original length. It has been used but I don't think that it has ever been ground since new. It is missing the handle. The leather washer is there but the handle is lost. It is in great as found condition and well worth taking the time to make a handle. 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

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 SOLD

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

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

S. J. Addis / W&P

CH18034 S. J. Addis / W&P A 1/2" #7 straight gouge in as found condition. The applewood handle is unmarked but clearly a Buck Brothers handle. The blade seems a bit short from use. Not very short, but clearly it has seen some honest professional use. A nice example of an honest working tool by a premier maker. Free to the first person who orders it and spends $200 on old 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

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

Mawhood, 1918

CH18039 Mawhood, 1918 A delicate 3/16" paring chisel in as found condition with a mostly bright and clean blade. There is a mild bend in the blade near the bolster, where the metal should be softer and easier to bend back without breaking it. Or you can play it safe and use it as it is. It is a very nice little chisel and it is free to the first person who orders it along with $150 of old tools. G+ $0

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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