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Hargreaves Smith & Co Hargreaves Smith & Co Hargreaves Smith & Co

CH180952 Hargreaves Smith & Co This is simply the best set of English paring chisels that I have owned, or even seen. There are 10 chisels in the set. They all have matching applewood handles of a form that is clearly American. Like many 19th Century British chisels, they were clearly handled here. I am guessing that there was probably some loophole in the customs rules that encouraged this. The sizes are 1/4, 3/8, 1/2, 5/8, 3/4, 7/8, 1, 1 1/4, 1 1/2, & 2". I feel fairly certain that this set is complete as it was original sold. The grinding is just superb. Every chisels thins out near the edge to an exceptional standard. For example, the 2" chisel, at the edge, is only about 1/16" thick. The ferules were hand polished by some fool, but otherwise they are wonderful. These are for the connoisseur who must own the best. G++ $995


Unmarked

CH180955 Unmarked An early looking 3/16" tradtional morticing chisel. Nicely kept condition with an original handle. I would think that this chisel was 18th Century or early 19th. G+ $39





Buck Brothers

CH18095 Buck Brothers A V pointed lathe tool. The handle is missing, but the tool is in nice as found condition. Being that it is a lathe tool, I assume that potential buyers own a lathe and can quickly make a handle. G+ $15





I. Sorby, Punch Brand

CH180919 I. Sorby, Punch Brand Measuring just under 3/8", this is a traditional morticing chisel in great untouched condition. The blade looks to have the original factory grind to me. The handle has had some trimming of mushrooming around the upper edge, but this was done back in the day and the patina matches overall. A lovely example that would be hard to replace these days. G++ $45



Moseley & Son, 17 & 18 New St, Covent Garden

CH180871 Moseley & Son, 17 & 18 New St, Covent Garden A 9/16" traditional morticing chisel. According to Goodman, this address was used by Moseley from 1838 - 1861. I haven't seen this mark on a chisel before. It is in dark as found condtion, with an old but not factory handle. The length looks to be near full original length. I am just not finding these traditional morticing chisels anymore except for short or bent examples. G+ $48



I Preston

CH180888 I Preston A 3/16" wide #3 gouge with a mahogany handle. This is a smaller size carving tool for delicate work. Lovely as found condition. Fine- $19





Moulson Brothers

CH180856 Moulson Brothers A 1/2" traditonal morticing chisel with an original handle in nice as found condition. The supply of these as all but dried up. I mostly see short or bent examples being offered lately. This one is about full original length. G+ $49




Ohio Tool Co.

CH180625 Ohio Tool Co. This is an original set of 5 beveled socket firming chisels. The sizes are 3/16", 5/16", 1/2", 5/8", & 3/4". The 5/8" chisels has a damaged socket where it was hit with a steel hammer and no handle. The handle with it is probably a replacment and it doesn't seat well, largely due to the deformation of the socket. The other chisels have handles that appear original, although they might interchanged between the set at this point. The longest one is 12 1/2" overall and the shortest is 11". The set is as found and needs a light cleaning, but you can't beat the price. G+ $99


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++ $75


Ibbottson Brothers & Co.

CH180529 Ibbottson Brothers & Co. A lovely 1/4" out-cannel bench gouge in as found condition. The handle is an applewood handle of the type that was typically installed in English chisels when they arrived in this country. They were shipped here without handles. I don't know if that was a duty issue or what. It needs a very light cleaning but should clean to at least G++ $38



I. & H. Sorby

CH180511 I. & H. Sorby A 3/8" traditional morticing chisel that appears to be full original length. The blade has been lightly gone over with a wire brush, so it has that frosted look. The handle is unmolested and clearly original. There is an owner's mark for "H. Davies, Prees". It is unusual for an owner's mark to have a location, so I looked it up. Prees is a small village in Shropshire, near to the Welsh border. The edge is rough and needs light grinding and honing. The hande as a few normal light shrinkage checks. This is a nice example in a useful size. G+ SOLD


Kiyomi Nishiki Kiyomi Nishiki Kiyomi Nishiki

CH180450 Kiyomi Nishiki This is a matched set of 6 chisels, all unused, that were bought new by our consignor from the Japan Woodworker some 20 years ago. They are what Japan Woodworker called "Special Quality Kamaji Bench Chisels" in their catalog. The sizes are 5mm, 9mm, 12mm, 15mm, 21mm & 30mm. The hoops are of course not set. The handles are white oak. They are all acid etched to highlight the metalwork. An opportunity to own a set of chisels by one of the great Japanese masters made in his prime. Mint $1195


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




Newbould

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


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 firming chisel. The handle is a modern replacement but quite attractive. The mark is very faint and it is only because I know the mark that I can read it. A nice clean chisel by a scarce American maker. G+ $25




J. Frost, Norwich

CH180966 J. Frost, Norwich A good 3/8" #4 straight gouge. The handle looks like some kind of rosewood but I am not sure. Free to the first person who spends $250 on old tools and orders this. G+ $0





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+ $19







Mottram

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+ $79


Antique Chisel

CH1112210 W. Marples & Sons A lovely as found wheelwright's bruzz. Fifteen inches overall and 1/2" on an edge. Fine- $59





J. Frost

CH180879 J. Frost A 1/4" wide #4 gouge with a lovely as found patina. The blade is a bit short from years of use, but it will still be a great user with many more years left in it. Free to the first person who spends $200 on old tools with us and orders it. G+ $0




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++ $169









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