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Ward, W&P

CH150246 Ward, W&P A good 3/16" traditional morticing chisel with a dark patina but a nice smooth blade that is not rusty and will make a great user. The handle is a good old handle that is probably original. It looks to be full original length, or near enough. G+ Sold




S. J. Addis, London

CH150257 S. J. Addis, London Also marked by the dealer, Worship, Finsbury, this is a 1/2" spoon gouge with about an 8 sweep. It has a nice rosewood handle. The ferule has been polished but there are no other issues on this first quality London made carving chisel. G+ Sold




Dovetailing Set

CH150265 Dovetailing Set This is a set that I put together of three quality boxwood handled beveled paring chisels for dovetailing. Two are marked Marples and one is marked Nurse, but Nurse was a retailer and it was probably made by Marples as well. The sizes are 1/4", 1/2" and 5/8". A perfect group of chisels for dovetailing. G+ Sold



S. J. Addiss, London

CH150277 S. J. Addis, London A 1/4" wide #41 V parting tool. The edge needs some light grinding. An untouched chisel with a nice original handle by a maker that set a standard that is not even approached today. G+ Sold





Hale Bros Ltd

CH150285 Hale Bros Ltd A 1" long thin beveled paring chisel. The overall length is about 13 3/4". The boxwood handle still has traces of the original Hale Brothers label. A nice clean user chisel. The blade rates about Fine-, but the handle is a bit lower so I gave it an overall rating of G+ $49




Hale Bros

CH150289 Hale Bros A 1/2" wide, out-cannel, medium sweep gouge. Pristine original condition. Fine $35






Robt Sorby

CH150211 Robt Sorby A 3/16" tranditonal morticing chisel with nice patina and a nice original handle. There is some very light pitting at the very tip that might need to be polished out. It might be fine as it is, but you'll have to try it. Still a very nice chisel and if the pitting does cause any trouble it is so near the tip that it can easily be dealt with if necessary. G+ Sold



Set of Firming Chisels

CH150219 Set of Firming Chisels This is a matching set of 3 firming chisels, 1/2", 3/4", and 1 1/2". These were bought by the British government, and are marked with a contract number. Two of them have the contract number struck over the maker's mark. Those two are dated 1962, and the third is dated 1963. They are an original set, or at least what is left of it. The lengths 9 1/2", 9 3/4", and 12 1/2" respectively. The finish on the handles is deteriorated and makes them look scruffy. They are actually a pretty nice set and priced really cheap for what must be amont the last of the hand-made Sheffield chisels. G+ $79


Wm. Marples & Sons

CH150229 Wm. Marples & Sons This is an in-cannel gouge, just shy of 1/2". The sweep is appropriate for sash coping. We get frequent calls from people wanting to know if they can use our new gouges for this. I tell them no, but they invariably don't like that answer. I don't know of any new gouges that are appropriate for sash coping. This gouge has a lovely boxwood London pattern handle. The ferule been polished which is why I rated a bit lower. A nice gouge. G+ Sold


Hearnshaw Bros

CH150232 Hearnshaw Bros A superb quality chisel that looks about unused. It measures just shy of 3/16" (remember these were hand ground). I would call this a firming chisel. The narrow sizes like this were made thicker to compensate for being so narrow. They were oten used for cutting the mortices in sash bars. This one looks like it was stored in a clean chest and never touched. Connoisseur grade. Fine+ $45



Wm Marples & Sons

CH150235 Wm Marples & Sons A long socket morticing chisel measuring about 7/32", or a fat 3/16", depending on how you like to call it. About 12 1/2" overall. The steel hoop is loose because of how dry it is here now. That is normal. This is an unusual form for Marples. A very nice chisel. G++ $45




Moulson Brothers

CH150124 Moulson Brothers A 5/16" traditonal morticing chisel. The blade has been "cleaned" with a wire wheel. The handle is quite nice. Measures 12 1/4" overall. A good user. G+ Sold





I. Sorby & Wm Marples & Sons

CH150155 I. Sorby & Wm Marples & Sons A composed pair of in-cannel pattern maker's gouges, both with London Pattern boxwood handles. The Marples gouge is 1 1/8" wide with a shallow sweep, about a #5 sweep. It is about 14 1/2" long overall. The I. Sorby is 1 1/2" wide with about a #4 sweep, and is 15 1/2" long overall. G+ Sold




Ward, W&P

CH141263 Ward, W&P A lovely swan necked morticing chisel with a more pronounced sweeping curve than most. Measures a fat 3/8". It has been nicely waxed by a collector and has a pleasing medium patina. The stubby socket handle is commonly seen with this form and looks original. G+ $75




J. B. Addis & Son, Sheffield

CH141273 J. B. Addis & Son, Sheffield A group of 4 small Addis carving tools that I bought together, but which all have slightly different handles and may or may not have had the same original owner. They are all nice as found Addis tools. 1: A 1/8" #39 60 degree V parting tool. 2: A 1/16" straight gouge, not marked but likely a #10. 3: A 1/4" straight gouge, not marked but likely a #10. 4: A tiny 1/32" straight gouge, not marked but likely a #10. This last tool has been completely misground and needs to have the edge complete reground and sharpened. This is less than $25 each. The V alone is worth $50 alone. G+ Sold


Hunber & Brigham, Clyde, O.

CH141227 Hunber & Brigham, Clyde, O. A timber framer's 7/8" corner chisel in nice as found condition with an Ohio blacksmith's mark that I have never seen before and is not in the EAIA Directory of American Toolmakers. This chisel has light surface rust over much of the other surface, although not near the cutting edge, which is still sharp and will ground. I hope that a collector of early Ohio hand forged tools will buy this as it just seems to rare to use. It has a nice original handle. I would clean it off with wax and a synthetic steel wool pad, and it should rate better than G+ $89


I. Sorby

CH141049 I. Sorby A 1 1/8" wide heavy firming chisel, 14 1/2" overall and with a nice boxwood handle. The ferule is polished and the rest of the chisel is cleaned more sensitively. A great quality user. G+ $49





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++ $165



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+ $389


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++ Sold




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- 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





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


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



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++ $145


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++ $259





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





Woodcock, Sheffield

CH150147 Woodcock, Sheffield A 1/4" traditional morticing chisel that is little used with a nice original handle. Rust on a chisel may not matter, depending on where it is. A chisel may be an ugly old thing with lots of rust and if the criticial spots near the end are OK then it will be fine. This chisel has a bit of medium pitting, just where you don't want it. On the left side right at the end where it matters. It is restorable, but it is not TBT grade. Free to the first person who orders it along with two other items from this page that are not free. Good $0


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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