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J. Rabone & Sons, Birmingham, Made in England J. Rabone & Sons, Birmingham, Made in England

ME150992 J. Rabone & Sons, Birmingham, Made in England This is a 4-fold patented rule, marked "Prov. Patent, No. 31394/35". The inside is just a 36" fule, and the outside has two scales, one that goes to 36" and another that in the same lenth only reaches 25 1/2. This scale is marked "45 degree offest in 16ths". The other scale is marked "Lengh of offset in inches, Center to Center". I am sure that one of you will tell me what it was for. The inside, as as expected much cleaner than the outside. I rate the outside G+ Sold

Rabone No. 1380 Boxwood Rule

ME150946 Rabone No. 1380 Boxwood Rule This is a crisp and lightly used 4 fold, 36" boxwood rule with nice big numbers that are easy to read. It retains about 80 - 90% of the original lacquer on the wood, with only traces left on the brass. A very nice tool for the discerning user. G++ $39

Comparator Calipers

ME150956 Comparator Caliper A delicate, late 18th or 19th Century caliper, that is graduated with three measuring systems, Sachsen (Saxon), Rheinl. (Rhineland), and Engl. The English scale runs to 3 1/2". This is presumably a hand made German tool of superb quality. It has been cleaned by a collector. Highly recommended. G+ $99

Plumb Bob

ME150963 Plumb Bob An 8 ounce brass plumb bob, with steel tip. It is marked "A.M, 1942", which is for Air Ministry. This plumb bob was likely used in the rapid building of hangars and barracks that took place in 1942 & 1943 as the RAF prepared for the massive buildup taking place. It has a lovely color with traces of original lacquer. It is also a very nicely made plumb bob. G+ $79

Brown & Sharpe MFG Co. Brown & Sharpe MFG Co.

ME150979 Brown & Sharpe MFG Co. A large caliper with micro adjust. Measures about 24" overall. Also marked "Tempered". I am not good at dating these but I certainly think that they are pre-war. They have an even light patina as one would expect on a well kept machinist's tool. The only complaint is that a former owner ground off another owner's name and stamped his in its place. Fine $99

W. Marples & Sons, Hibernia

ME150982 W. Marples & Sons, Hibernia A pair of handmade 7" dividers of a style that is often mistaken for 18th Century. This is a crisp and well cared for example that has been lightly cleaned by a collector. I have never seen an example signed by Marples before. G++ Sold

Unmarked Square

ME15098 Unmarked Square A 3" American cabinetmaker's square. The blade is graduated on both sides. Being graduated at all is unusual for this type of square, which really predates the period when squares were typically graduated. The condition is quite average, but I couldn't pass it up since it is such a handy size and a bit unusual. Good $20

W. H. Mitchell, Limehouse, London W. H. Mitchell, Limehouse, London W. H. Mitchell, Limehouse, London

ME150912 W. H. Mitchell, Limehouse, London A rare 12" boxwood slide rule for measuring the weight of nautical rope and cable. It has a table titled "Wt. of Hawsers per Fathom" (Hawser is a name for anchor rope" and another table titled "Wt. of Cable per Fathom". Limehouse is in the East End of London near the London Docks. I have not been able to find this maker in any of my tool references, but Googling it turned up a reference to somebody selling saws in 1862 with the same name and in Limehouse. I can believe that this tool is from around that period. It is all hand marked. It is as found and a bit worn. It would benefit from being waxed with museum grade wax. Unique in my experience. G+ Sold

Small Calipers

ME150936 Small Calipers This is an nicely made pair of calipers that only stand 3" high. They are not factory made, and are probably made by a machinist in the 19th Century. G+ Sold

Early Hand Forged Dividers Early Hand Forged Dividers Early Hand Forged Dividers Early Hand Forged Dividers Early Hand Forged Dividers Early Hand Forged Dividers

ME150846 Early Hand Forged Dividers This is a much better quality dividers than we usually see. The hing has five layers with brass on the center layer and the outside caps (which I am not counting in the layers) This complex style of hinge is usually associated with being 18th Century but I really have no way to say for sure about the age. One tip is pinned on and could be replaced. I have not seen that done before. They stand 16 1/4" high. The locking thumbscrew is missing but they hold OK from friction. The chamfers all have a stop followed by a cove. An extra little touch of quality. They have a nice even dark patina mixed with very light surface oxidation, just as you want to find on early iron. These are connoisseur grade all the way. G+ $245

Sliding Square

ME150882 Sliding Square A small square that slides on the edge of your work, similar to those that are used in drafting, except that it is only 4 1/2". A handly little tool that I believe was made by a machinist for his own use. G+ $29

Chesterman 770/2 Vernier Caliper Gauge

ME15085 Chesterman 770/2 Vernier Caliper Gauge This is a high precision vernier caliper graduated in metric, to 18 centimers. It has dual scales, one for inside measurements and one for outside. It is in it's original finger jointed wooden box with a label on the lid. There are some spots of old dried grease, that I at first thought was rust, but they come off. The condition is superb. This was an expensive tool when new and was clearly cared for all of its life. Fine Sold

I. Wheatcroft, New York

ME150837 I. Wheatcroft, New York A 4 1/2" cabinetmaker's square with a very scarce maker's mark. The stock looks like it may have been very lightly rubbed with some very fine steel wool. The wood feels too smooth and the brass has a lighter patina that it should. There is also some glue residue on the blade form old tape. This sould come off easily. Overally good example of a rare tool. G+ $65

The L.S. Starrett Co.

ME150839 The L.S. Starrett Co. This is a group of 4 relatively early Starret "Yankee" calipers. They probably did not start life together but are all of a similar age. There are three different outside calipers, and one inside. The outside are 3 1/4", 4 1/2" and 5", and the inside is 3 1/2.. These all have the lovely knurling and decorative thumbscrew of the early models. Just one of these would cost you about the same today G++ or Better $79

Unmarked Plumb Bob

ME150841 Unmarked Plumb Bob An interesting and attractive brass plumb bob weighing about 13 ounces. Never polished, it has a nice patina. It is 3 7/8" high. I have not seen this bob before. G+ Sold

Dancing Leg Calipers

ME15071 Dancing Leg Calipers This is a craftsman made double calipers, where the dancing legs are the inside calipers and the other end are outside calipers. They are 6" overall. They are totally made from brass, even the hinge, and it has taken on a medium patina. With dancing legs, the elegance of form of the legs is everything, and I only buy them if they are well done. These certainly meet that criteria, the legs have a lovely and realistic form that symbolizes well the natural beauty of the female form. G++ $159

Winding Sticks

ME150714 Winding Sticks A pair of 20" quarter sawn oak winding sticks. The finish on these is very dull and matt and the bone inserts have fallen out, but have been taped to the stick. I did that since they were so loose that I was afraid they might fall off and get lost. These are in crisp condition and with some carefully cleaning they should rate better than G+ Sold

Bevel Square

ME150736 Bevel Square An 8" 19th Century American bevel in nice untouched orginal conditon. This is a very nice example for a discerning user or a collector. G+ $36

Ornate Calipers

ME150661 Ornate Calipers These are the only calipers of their kind that I have ever seen, and certainly among the most ornate tools that I have handled. They are 6 3/4" high and are made to a very high standard of quality. I don't embrace the practice of assuming that anything with a modicum of style about it is undoubtably 18th Century, but I would not be surprised to learn that these were 18t Century. A cutter has been incorporated into the design, but I am assuming is for clipping off the ends of cigars. It may be a later modification but it looks like it was part of the design. A tool for the true connoisseur. G++ $745


ME15061 Rabone A 4 fold boxwood rule that has been lightly used and retains much of its original lacquer, including on the brass. This is just a standard 24" rule with nice big numbers that make it a good user. G++ Sold

Craftsman Made

ME150524 Craftsman Made A 19th Century mahogany panel gauge with a boxwood wear pad. and a rosewood wedge. The useful size is about 22". Nice as found condition. Not as elegantly made as the best gauges, but certainly respectable and a good user. G+ $59

Edward Preston Edward Preston

ME150542 Edward Preston This is a 24" four-fold boxwood caliper rule with truly giant numbers. It appears to be hand numbered. It shows signs of honest use and the brass is lightly hand-polished by a misguided British dealer. G+ $45

E. Elliott E. Elliott

ME150550 E. Elliott An early blacksmith made set of dividers, boldly marked "E. Ellliott". They stand 11 1/2" high. They have medium pitting overall but with a pleasing patina. A scarce and desirable tool that warrants some research to discover who E. Elliott was. G+ $95

Johnson & Conway, Philada.

ME150469 Johnson & Conway, Philada. An 8" bevel square that has been lightly polished. The mark is both worn and faint and is not really legible. Only Conway is clearly readable. Thus the low price for a scarce Philadelphia tool. G+ $45

Brown and Flather

ME150429 Brown and Flather An 8" rosewood level with brass face that has never been polished. Given the British propensity to polish, this is lucky survivor. The screws show some oxidation and are no longer perfectly flush to the brass. The brass has a lovely color. Just a nice honest example for a reasonable price. G+ $65

Panel Gauge

ME150435 Panel Gauge A 24" craftsman made mahogany panel gauge with a boxwood wedge. This is a nicely made tool in nice untouched condition. It has not see a lot of use and is ready to use now. The pad that holds the pin away from the shaft is dovetailed into the shaft; always a nice touch. The pad has a crack, but it not loose and is not an issue. G++ $75

E. Preston & Sons

ME150438 E. Preston & Sons A number 3113 four-fold boxwood rule that is as it came from a tool box, never cleaned or polished. Just a nice honest rule that will make a great user. The pins are all still there and it is not warped, it just shows moderate wear from use. G+ $40

E. Preston & Sons

ME150424 E. Preston & Sons A standard brass saddle template, 4 1/4" wide at the base. Lightly polished but not all buffed up. These are very handy working tools. G+ $45

C. Nurse & Co

ME150335 C. Nurse & Co A crisp and little used bevel, but it has some light rust on the blade, which otherwise still retains its bluing, and the ebony stock has light tool box rash. G+ Sold

Planel Gauge

ME150341 Panel Gauge A as found applewood panel gauge. Craftsman made with some elegance to it. The stem is about 20 1/2" long. There is one spot on the head where something fell on it and damaged the wood. This doesn't impact its use at all, but kept me from adding another +. G+ $59

J. Dobie, 205 Argyle St. Glasgow J. Dobie, 205 Argyle St. Glasgow

ME150212 J. Dobie, 205 Argyle St. Glasgow A very scarce brass framed morticing gauge in boxwood. These Ultimatum style gauges are nearly always in ebony, just like the braces. This one is in as found condition, never polished, with traces of original lacquer on the brass, which shine like traces of gilding against the patinated brass. The body has better than 80% of its original French polish, although there is significant surface rash. The pins are sharp and ready to use. This tool has been in my own collection for nearly 20 years. I found it in a rural antiques shop in New Hampshire. An important piece to the right person. G++ $245


ME150234 Smallwood A 4" saddle rule that is marked with the Air Ministry A.M and a crown, and dated 1937. Just think, this tool may well have played its small part saving the Western world in the Battle of Britain. It has a good surface, with a light patina, but there are a few scattered spots of deep pitting. Just a few, but enough to hold the condition grading way down in my eyes. This is one tool though that definitely looks better in person than in the photos. Good $49

Plumb Bob

ME150239 Plumb Bob A particulary elegant and attractive little plumb bob. It is marked 2, which I think is 2 ounce. It is just over 2" high. The screw top has lovely hand cut knurling and the form is really perfect. The brass has been polished and there is some old pitting on the point. A personal favorite. G+ $65

J. E.. Brown J. E.. Brown

ME15012 J. E. Brown A hand-wrought carpenter's framing square. According ot the EAIA directory of American tool makers, J. E. Brown made squares around 1841, but nothing is reported about him. The E. on the mark stamp is damaged. This is square is a usable square, and I have personally used it on a recent bathroom renovation project, but it has been cleaned overall with steel wool. It has pitting overall and a medium patina. The closeup photo gives a good idea of the surface, as it looks the same overall. Signed American squares of this vintage are not at all common. Good $59

W. Cresson, Philada

ME15017 W. Cresson, Philada A 10" cabinetmaker's mitre square in the classic Philadelphia style with round brass washers on the rivets and a walnut or mahogany stock (I am not sure which.) The blade has a dark but pleasing patina. Nice honest condition for a very scarce tool. Very few of these survive and they should command higher prices than they do. G+ $245

E. Preston & Sons

ME141233 E. Preston & Sons A rosewood 12" level with a brass face and an iron sole. The top is engraved, "Tom Ratcliffe, New Mills". I love personalized pieces like this and can't resist them. This one has had the brass polished by an idiot (misguided sole in modern sensitive terminology), but it such a wonderful object that I bought it anyway. Good $119

Woodrough & McParlin Woodrough & McParlin

ME141162 Woodrough & McParlin A rare graduated cabinetmaker's square by this scarce Cincinatti saw maker. The blade is acid etched with graduations and the maker's name, all very clearly legible. I have never seen a square marked using the sawmaking technique of acid etching before. Similarly, the blade is made from spring-steel saw stock and is more flexible than a square would normally be. Both sides are graduated. The stock is applewood, also unusual on a square, but that is what they used for saw handles so it makes sense. This tool is as found. The brass is crisp and untouched and the escutcheons still have quite a bit of lacquer left on them. The wood has nice color, and not too many marks on it, but there is a lot of old glue and other things on the wood that would probably be very hard to remove without damaging the surface. I would just wax it and leave it alone. This is a rare and wonderful tool. G+ $189

Patented Bevel Square

ME141193 Patented Bevel Square A 9" bevel square that locks with a thumbscrew at the base simliar to a St. Johnsbury or a Stanley 18. It is only marked "Pat. Applied For" on the blade. I don't recall seeing one like this before and it really intrigues me. I showed it recently to my friends Clarence Blanchard and Patrick Leach. Patrick said that he had seen one before and that it was a very early example of the Sargent patented bevel square. Pat is not one ot BS so I accept that as being correct. It is a lovely tool with a rosewood stock and brass trim. It is absolutely untouched as it came out of an old tool chest. The stock is much thicker than one expects for a bevel square but this would allow it to register more decisively on the edge of a board. A rare and superb piece. G++ $345

Disston & Morss, Philada, Warranted True

ME141140 Disston & Morss, Philada, Warranted True A crisp and wonderful mahogany stocked 10" mitre square. Shows normal surface wear from being in a tool box tray, but is about as nice as they come. American mitre squares of this style, and period are quite scarce. It is in the English style, but with an definite American interpretation. All of the Philadelphia mitre squares that I have seen are similar. There is hole in the bottom of the stock that probably once contained a hanging hoop. Highly recommened. G+ $129

E. Preston & Sons

ME141053 E. Preston & Sons An ebony and brass 10" level that was polished at one time and is staring to color again. G+ $69

Millers Falls

ME141068 Millers Falls A 9" torpedo level, number 590, in the original box. The level is very clean, with just some freckling to the plating on the level top. The box is OK but shows wear. The bottom of the level is marked "Rowland Tomkins & Son." A Google search reveals that this firm was a construction company that was indited for bribery by the government. I presume that they gave out these levels as a gift to customers, presumably before they went to more generous offerings. Fine- $48

Plumb Bob

ME141045 Plumb Bob A simple but elegant cast iron plumb bob, weighing approx. 18 ounces. Traces of old paint but mostly nicely patinated iron. G++ Sold

Acorn Finial Plumb Bob with Reel

ME140961 Acorn Finial Plumb Bob with Reel A lovely 1 pound brass plumb bob with an acorn finial and the original string reel. The brass has been hand polished by a collector. An elegant from and a lovely example G+ $119

W. Cresson, Philada

ME140934 W. Cresson, Philada A 4" cabinetmaker's square by a scarce Philadalphia saw maker that was bought out by Disston early in the days of Philadelphia saw making. The brass trim has a nice patina, as does the blade. The rosewood looks like it may have been rubbed with fine steel wool. I am not sure. The mark is a bit faint. This is a rare tool, and I rarely call any tool rare. G+ $109


ME140675 Rich-Con. This is a new old stock handle for a carpenter's claw hammer with a rule built into the handle. It is graduated to 6 inches. I didn't rate it fine only because it is a bit dirty with a few stains. It would probably improve with a cleaning with my usual wax and rag. I have not seen one like this before. Measures 14" overall. G++ $35

Unmarked Mortice Gauge

ME140644 Unmarked Mortice Gauge This is an unmarked, as found rosewood morticing gauge in the style of S. A. Jones. It is mid-19th Century and American. The pins are sharp and ready to use. G+ $50

Dated Square

ME140613 Dated Square This is a fixed square with a 3 3/4" blade. It is dated 1878 on the stock. It is a really handy pocket sized square and somebody with the initials JB probably really relied on it. It looks like it has been cleaned with steel wool and has no patina left. A nice little tool for a reasonable price. Good $45

Iron Plumb Bob

ME140521 Iron Plumb Bob This is an impressive iron plumb bob, 8 3/4" long and around 2 pounds. It has a lovely untouched patina and is of an elegant, elongated form. I particularly like this piece. G++ $189

Disston & Morss, Philadelphia Disston & Morss, Philadelphia

ME140527 Disston & Morss, Philadelphia An as found rosewood morticing gauge. This tool has a lovely patina on the brass but needs a light cleaning with wax for the rosewood. The pins are worn down but still fine to use. These old gauges did not start life with big tall pins like the gauges today. Big tall pins that look like nails don't actuall work as well as the fine pins on the old gauges. An old tool working better, no surpise there. G+ $49


ME140374 Unmarked This is a scarce brass-framed 9" bevel square in untouched condition. The wood insets are rosewood rather than the more common ebony. A nice user or collector's tool. Not pristine, but I have not seen many that were even this good and I have never seen a pristine one. G+ $98

Fisher Fisher

ME140122 Fisher's Patented Bevel Square W. T. Fisher, Patd June 23rd, 1868. An overcleaned example that has had the brass polished. The blade has a nice patina and is untouched. Priced to reflect having been polished. Good $379

L.S. Starrett, Pat. Jan. 6. 1885

ME131160 L.S. Starrett, Pat. Jan. 6. 1885 This is an early Starrett caliper, 12" high. It has a quick set adjustment feature, to allow you to return to the same spot consistently. One thumscrew locks the caliper in place, and the other locks it and also acts as a stop, to open it and then return to the same spot. This is invaluable for work where you must take a measurement and then remove the caliper over a thicker spot. Nice condition but clearly showing some use. G+ $58

Samuel Auxer, Lancaster, PA

ME131152 Samuel Auxer, Lancaster, PA A classic Carpenter style marking gauge, made by one of his apprentices. Nice as found condition. Graduated to 10 inches. G+ $119

Brass Plumb Bob

ME1310100 Brass Plumb Bob A 5" long brass plumb bob, about 12 ounces. It has been polished and the steel tip has some scratches and light pitting. A good user. Good Sold

J. T. Slocomb Co.

ME131027 J. T. Slocomb Co. A Slocomb 5" to 6" micrometer in the orignal box with the original instructions. The box has been taped with masking tape, which sometimes you can get off with a hair dryer. The tool is pristine. Fine $49

Brown & Sharpe Mfg Co Brown & Sharpe Mfg Co Brown & Sharpe Mfg Co

ME130937 Brown & Sharpe Mfg Co A magnificent 24" caliper with micro adust and pre-set. The pre-set feature allows you to open the calipers to remove then from a workpeice, and then close then again the set-thickness. This is a critical feature for measuring wall thicknesses that are thinner where yiou are measuring than where the caliper most cross over to be removed. Pre-War, connoisseur quality. Lovely untouched patina. The only minor complaint is that a previous owner's mark was ground off and Cox put has name over the ground spot. For the true connoisseur. G++ $98


ME1306115 E.G. A 10" brass level that has it is original lacquer and is truly pristine. Never cleaned in any way. The fitted box has been waxed with furniture polish, and smells of it. The box is made from some kind of exotic wood. Marked E.G. with a crown. Fine $95

Cook, Maker, London

ME130412 Cook, Maker, London A boxwood double slide rule, 9 1/4" by 2" body. Calibrated on both sides and the edges. I don't claim to understand the use of these slide rules, but this one is in lovely condition, and Cook is a good early London maker. G+ $179

Boxwood Tailor

ME130426 Boxwood Tailor's Square This square is 18" on each leg. In my experience, tailor's squares are not usually symmetric. This one has lovely color and comes from a good collection. Fine- $79

Craftsman Made Panel Gauge

ME130239 Craftsman Made Panel Gauge A nice magohany cabinetmaker's panel gauge. Properly waxed by a collector and suitable for a collector or discerning user. G++ $75

Dancing Leg Calipers

ME13013 Dancing Leg Calipers A 3" high dancing leg calipers that are genuine antiques and nicely made. They are thinner stock than is typical, so they are quite light. Nice as found condition. G++ $95

Stratton Brothers, Greenfield, Mass

ME121263 Stratton Brothers, Greenfield, Mass A superb 6 1/2" fully-bound rosewood level. This level is untouched with perfect patina. If you want just one example of one of these levels, this would be a good choice. This is my kind of condition, and it is in a very desirable size. This is just a level, not a plumb and level. The plumb and level combination is more common in my experience. Highly recommended. Fine- $365

Mathieson, Glasgow

ME120931 Mathieson, Glasgow A 9" torpedo level in connoisseur condition. This level has the original lacquer on the brass trim and on the wood, with the original label on the wood as well. The label has some wear, but is still quite nice. The brass cover over the vial is slightly bent down at the center, on one side, but this is hardly noticable. This type of tool is normally found completely buggered up by British dealers. Finding one in this condition, and untouched, is a real find. G++ $95

Midland Saw & Tool Co Ltd Midland Saw & Tool Co Ltd

ME12092 Midland Saw & Tool Co Ltd A 15" rosewood level with brass top and bottom in superb as found condition. The French polish on the wood is intact and still bright. The brass has a lovely light patina. It has portholes on the side side for viewing from the sides. The only reason it got a minus was a few light scratches on the French polish. This piece is connoisseur grade and scarce in this size. Fine- $145

E. Preston & Sons

ME120756 E. Preston & Sons An as found 10" rosewood torpedo plumb and level. Finding one of these that is not all polished up is not easy. This was is fresh from a tool box. It has the initials HC carved on each side, small but not well executed. A nice G+ $69

Roofing Square Roofing Square

ME120746 Patented Roofing Square This tool is marked only "Pat. July 11, 1911". I assume that it is for making measurements in roofing. It is nickel plated and in nice as found condition. G++ $145


ME120718 Unmarked A 7 1/2" brass stocked Philadelphia square of a form most commonly made by Disston and Morse but earlier made by Johnson & Conway. The blade has a dark patina with some spots of light rust. The brass stock has a nice unpolished patina. The top and bottom of the stock double as a mitre square. 49 G+ $49

Early Square

ME120571 Early Square A lovely as found brass square with rosewood stock. This type of square is typically assumed to be 18th Century, but the anachronistic nature of British tools makes it dangerous to make that a firm assersion. I do think that this one is liely to be 18th Century. It has a lovely molded tip. lovely color, and good honest wear. One of the nicest of its type that I have seen. G+ $175

Edward Preston

ME120585 Edward Preston A lovely Preston brass machinist's level measuring just over 5" long. It looks like it was lightly cleaned with steel wool or something. It still has patina, but it doesn't have that untouched look that connoisseur's crave. G++ $99

Wm. Marples & Sons, Hibernia

ME120532 Wm. Marples & Sons, Hibernia A lovely unpolished mitre square in the scarce large size, 12". Rosewood stock rather than the more common ebony. The blade is patinated with some scarttered and very minor surface rust. A very nice example of a scarce tool. G+ $79

Book:  Starrett Tools, 50th Anniversary Catalog

ME120547 Book: Starrett Tools, 50th Anniversary Catalog Catalog number 25, from 1930. 380 pages. The cover is detached. An invaluable reference. It amazed me how much of this stuff is still made today. Good $35

S. T. Taylor 816 B S. T. Taylor 816 B

ME120518 S. T. Taylor 816 B'Way, New-York A 13" by 24" folding maple tailor's rule. There are 4 clips on the outer edges that I don't really understand the use of . They would be for holding fabric, but I don't see how they were used. Nice untouched condition. There is one sliver of wood missing from the outer edge of the longer leg at the hinge. A rare example in nice condition. G++ $99

Unmarked Unmarked

ME120519 Unmarked A very unusal 45" takedown rule. Maple and clearly American (based on the wood.) It has a center scale in fractions of a yard and I assume that this was for measuring out fabric. Lovely untouched condition. There are two spots where paint dripped onto it, as show with arrows. G++ $95

Figural Calipers Figural Calipers

ME120474 Figural Calipers This is an example of a tool truly transcending utility and reaching a high artistic artistic plain. The tool is a caliper, graduated to 8 inches, but who cares, the form is everything. There are two horse heads facing away from each other that form the top of the tool. The patina is lovely. There are two different owner's marks, but it looks like the original owner's mark was ground off on each side. This is patinated now and not noticable. A masterpiece tool that will be in the top tier of any collection. Provenance: Dr. Ronald Pearson collection. G++ $1695

Brown & Sharpe

ME120485 Brown & Sharpe A number 13RS 1 " satin finish micrometer in the original box with the instruction sheet. The owner has neatly engraved his name on one side. Fine $49


ME120437 Unmarked A very small, 5", bevel square. While not marked, this bevel is immediately recongizable as a 19th Century New England made tool. The brass has lovely patina and the rosewood still has it is original French polish. Totally as found, it just needs a light waxing. A real gem for the connoisseur. Fine- $79


ME120372 Driver's Rule Works, Manchester A 24" by 18" folding boxwood square. There is a bit of chipping where the alignment pin chewed a bit on the side of the rule by being pushed together out of alignment, but otherwise this is a very clean and nice example. G++ $98

Brown & Sharpe

ME120376 Brown & Sharpe A dial indicator in the original box. The intermal foam is deteriorating in the box. The tool has a serial number written on the side with an electric pen. Otherwise it would rate fine. The action is a bit sluggish because the oil has thickened from sitting around. It needs to be lubricated. The box has some of the surface torn off, probably where something was taped to the box. Priced to sell. G++ $35

Full Female Body Calipers

ME120129 Full Female Body Calipers A 5" pair of brass calipers, with the legs formed as a woman's body. Dancing leg calipers are far more common than this type, which captures the entire essence of the female form in profile. These have been cleaned a bit carelessly and the patina is a bit blotchy. They are dead genuine. Many of the ones I see are fakes. G+ $265

Kersha Bros, Cleve. Kersha Bros, Cleve.

ME120111 Kershaw Bros, Cleve. A large size, 12", Eagle cast iron bevel. This is the design that became the famous Stanley 18. This one is marked on the blade, "Pat. Appl. For" and is presumably a quite early example. It has been very lightly cleaned in an inappropriate way, so the surface has a slightly frosted appearance in spots. I stress that this is very light, and only in spots. This is still a very nice example. G+ $95

S. Tyzach & Co, 543,545 Old St. E.C

ME120117 S. Tyzach & Co, 543,545 Old St. E.C A lovely 9" cabinetmaker's square with the original lacquer on the stock and the bluing on the blade. There are a few marks on the stock, and a few spots on the blade, but this is about as good as they get. From my personal collection. G++ $75

Antique Tool

ME1112250 Unmarked An unmarked but Disston made small sized bevel square, the blade is 6 inches overall. Totally as found and crisp, but there is some pitting on the blade which impacted the condition, and made it cheap. Still a great user with nice untouched patina. Good $35

Antique Tool

ME1112226 Winslow's Patent Face Gauge A used but well cared for example of this scarce patented morticing gauge. Only about 10% of the nickel remains, but the metal has a pleasing patina. No issues, just moderate use. Bargain priced compared to a pristine example. G+ $189

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ME111230 Engraved and Dated Level A 12" rosewood level with brass face, engraved, "B. Cook, 1869," The brass has been lighty hand polished but still has original patina. The wood shows some moderate tool box wear, but not like a level that was knocking about in the bottom for years. This is a nice piece, and hand engraved and dated tools are not common. G+ $198

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ME11098 Darling, Brown, & Sharpe, Providence R.I. A rare 3" caliper rule that was probably used in the Remington Arms Factory. The owner's initials are superbly engraved, "A C L". The last letter might be an S. I am not good with highly stylized engraving. Below that it is stamped Ilion N.Y. with a stamp that I believe was a stamp used by Remington to mark gun barrels. The engraved side rates fine, the opposite side is more like G+. The tools is nickel plated, and the nickel has an unven surface on the one side. I am not aware that DB&S nickel plated tools, but Remington certainly nickel plated guns. I wonder if the tool was plated at the Remington factory. $285

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ME110847 Masterpiece Surface Gauge This is a craftsman made surface gauge where the adjustable arm is in the form of a woman. I have never seen a machinists tool of any kind, portraying a woman's body, where the proportions and form were more accurately or elegantly executed. This tool was made by a man who really knew women, and was a true artist. In short a masterpiece example. The base and top are also wonderfully formed with a very elegantly molded base and an acorn finial. The very tip of the acorn is a bit rough and it is possible that the very tip of the acorn is damaged. The tool is nickel plated, with some light wear to the nickel from honest use. Stands 12 1/2" high. A true folk art masterpiece. Fine $1895

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ME110713 E. Preston & Sons A 24" boxwood shrink rule for iron and brass. NIce patina, but there is a big chip at one end, a lengthwise crack of about 8 inches, and some kind of varnish on it. Still an attractive piece. Good $25

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ME11055 William Slater, Bolton A complex boxwood rule that was made for engineers setting up spinning machinery. William Slater was the inventor and they were made by a few different manufacturers. This one is not maker marked. It is a 24", two fold rule with a brass slide-rule. A lovely example that has never been buffed or cleaned in any way with a great patina on both the brass and boxwood. G++ $265

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ME110457 Slater & Eldridge Co, Phila A very unusual mitre square, being set at 50 degrees. I have no idea why and I have never seen another example like it. The maker is also very rare. The mark is not super clear, but I can make it out. It looks like a typical Philadelphia mitre square until you check the angle. The blade is 8 inches across the top. The blade has some pitting on one side, near the end. This is mostly on just one side, as shown in the photo. The brass has a nice patina. This tool has only been properly waxed by a collector. For the advanced Philadelphia collector. Good Sold

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ME110468 Marsden Brothers, Bridge St. Works, Sheffield A 9" rosewood level with brass face. The rosewood is fine with all its original finish and nice grain. The brass top has been hand polished, which held the condition down a grade. If that doesn't bother you, this is a super piece. G++ $95

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ME110434 Starrett 50th Anniversary Catalogue 1930 384 pages of the finest American made machinist's tools. Printed on the back, Elizabeth Hardware Co, 137 New Brunswick Ave, Perth Amboy, N.J. Not stamped, but actually printed for this company. G++ $45

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ME110436 J. Watts, Boston A boxwood morticing gauge by a rare Boston maker. It has seen some use, and the brass has been polished. There is also a hang hole in the shaft. It is still usable with plenty of the pins left, but such a rare gauge belongs with a collector. Good $149

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ME110441 Craftsman Made Trammels A superb pair of cabinetmaker's trammels with a pencil holder, in untouched condtion on the original beam. The beam is marked J Gellan and the brass pencil holder is engraved J G. The beam is mahogany but I am not sure about the trammels and the wedges, maybe satinwood, but with the heavy patina I can't tell. The beam is 16 inches and the trammels are 2 5/8" high. These are connoisseur grade all the way. Fine- $195

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ME110449 P. L. Fox Pat. Oct 2, '88. This is a combination square and bevel. In my personal experience this is a rare tool. This one shows wear but no abuse. The blade has been cleaned and shows very light pitting overall, but the mark is still clearly legible. A good honest example. I saw a similar one sell recently at auction for much more. G+ $275

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ME110415 Young & Stoudinger, New York This is a precision measuring tool of a form that I have not seen before. It has been in my collection for 20 years waiting for me to find out more about it, but I haven't. It looks to be very well made, and probably mid-19th Century. I have found nothing out about the maker. The tool is a sort of combination protractor and depth gauge. The protractor only goes from 45 degrees to 90 degrees, with solid stops. The style of marking has a European look to it, but it is graduated in inches and was presumably made in New York. It is very finely made, to scientific instrument standards. Highly recommended. G+ $995

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ME101155 J. Stevens A & T Co, Chicopee Falls Mass USA A rare fine adjust inside calipers by the famous gun maker, which also made precision tools. They measure just over 3 inches in height. Superb quality consistent with fine New England arms making. Lovely original surface. G++ $95

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ME150871 Thos Wales & Sons A classic 9" bevel with rosewood stock. As found and never polished up. Free to the first person who orders it and any two other (not free) vintage tools. It should clean nicely to better than Good Sold

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ME100830 Engraved and Dated Level A 12" rosewood stocked level that has been engraved "J. Reid, 1869" with floral decoration. Beautifully done. The level shows honest wear from use and the brass has been hand polished. Good $169

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ME100658 Wood's Pat. Level by Tower & Lyon This is a Wood's patent sighting level with the pop up sights, that retains its original label on the side. It is 26in size. It has some tool box marks but it is as found and unmolested. There can't be too many of these that still have the label on the side. G+ $189

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ME100540 Driver's Rule Works, Manchester An unusual 18" by 24" folding boxwood square by a maker that I have never heard of. There is one tiny chip around one of the pin holes where it was probably closed with the pin not being properly aligned. Other than that it would rate Fine. A lovely piece. G++ $159

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ME100514 Winslow's Pat Adjustable Marking Gauge A clean honest example of this rare gauge in used but cared for condition. Totally as found, just like I like to get them. G+ $365

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ME150615 Slitting Gauge This is a lovely 19th Century slitting gauge, almost certainly from Eastern Pennsylvania. It has a lovely wooden thumbscrew and a pleasing patina. The blade is fashioned from a piece of old turning saw blade and the wedge is broken off. A great user tool. Free to the first person who orders it and 2 other vintage tools that are not free. G+ Sold

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ME100480 Sholl Pat Gauge This is a crisp as sound example of the 4 stem rosewood gauge. The brass trim still has much of the original lacquer on it. There is an old repair to the head, where it piece was chipped off and glued back on. Of of those "Oh S..." moments I am sure. Anyway, you will hardly notice this and the price is a steal. G+ $195

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ME100433 Rota-Meter Map Distance Measuring Tool I can't remember the proper name for this tool, a sign of my age. I am sure somebody will tell me. The dial is in feet and inches. It has a horn handle and measures 4 5/8" overall. English and presumably from around 1900. Perfect as found condition. Fine $149

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ME100218 Pocket Scales This is an 18th Century set of pocket scales, complete, in the original metal box. They are sa found, with nice patina on the brass, nice rust free patina on the scales. The case was fitted for two weights, both of which are still there. They are marked with a lion symbol. There is also a later Victorian weight in the box. The box retains the original coarse cloth on the botoom and paper in the lid. The exterior paint is about 70% with the remainder pleasantly patinated. One of the best examples that I have seen. G++ $229

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ME100151 D. M. Lyon & Clearman A nice untouched rosewood morticing gauge by a rare New Jersey partnership. In 25 years this is the first example of this maker that I have found and I must assume that it is quite scarce. One pin is a bit shorter than the other, but both are a decent length. Shows only moderate wear. G+ $165

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ME91149 American Patent Sighting Level This is a well known patented American sighting level, but it is not marked and I can't remember the maker. It is one that Don Rosebrook knows about and has cataloged. I priced it cheap to save me the hassle of looking it up. Nice clean as found condition, it still has the original price of $1.75 on the end, along with a price code. Great patina on the brass trim. The 12" long body is laminated cherry. A very nice example. G+ $145

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ME80835 Early Calipers This is superb early calipers. They have the large facetted head with a double leaf joint that is associated with 17th and 18th Century examples. These are not marked but they are in superb original condition and are as nice an example as one could want. The detailing is wonderful. They are brass with steel or iron tips keyed into the brass arms. Highly recommended. G++ $595

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ME71257 Dancing Leg Calipers This is a nicely made pair of dancing leg calipers that are neatly marked by the maker, F. Miller. Measuring just under 3 inches, this is a small but elegant set of dividers. G++ $179

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ME71240 C. Sholl This is the 4 stem rosewood version of this famous patented gauge. This one is in nice as found condition with only light tool box wear and only light wear from useage. If you want one nice example for your collection, this could be it. G+ $295

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ME70921 I&D Smallwood This is an advertising rule for the I&D Smallwood factory of Birmingham, one of the last makers of fine rules and levels in Britain to finally succumb to the march towards mediocrity that we are all on. This rule looks like it is mid 20th Century. A nice graphic piece of advertising and a functional 12" rule as well. Fine $85

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ME70343 Decorative Trammels I have never seen any trammels before quite like these. They have a very pronounced decorative chamfering. The beam is mahogany, but I am not sure about the heads. One point is broken off. They are as found and would benefit from a waxing. A superb example of the artistic expression of the workman as expressed in his own tools. Good $99

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