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Starrett

ME140657 Starrett A No. 818 Automatic Center Punch. A pull ticket with it indicated an original date of June 1988, presumably the date that it was pulled in the warehouse. Still in the orginal box and certainly not used much. Fine Sold




Rich-Con.

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



Thurston, 14 Catherine St. London Thurston, 14 Catherine St. London

ME140626 Thurston, 14 Catherine St. London This is a 17" Mahogany billiard table level Thurston began at the Catherine St. address in 1822 and by 1833 he had a royal warrant, becoming the supplier of choice for game tables to the nobility. There is an original invoice from 1833, for the deliver of a billiard table to Windsor Castle, which shows a spirit level as among the supplied accessories. While it would be nice to speculate that this is that level, it is more likely that a spirit level was a standard option for tables supplied by Thurstons. Lovely original condition. Thurston seems to have left the Catherine St. address in 1840, but the reference book that I have is a bit ambiguous about that. The only tool of this type that I have ever seen. G++ $185


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





Unmarked Boxwood Mortice Gauge

ME14067 Unmarked Boxwood Mortice Gauge This is an expecially nice American boxwood morticing gauge. It looks like an SA Jones to me but it is surprisingly not marked. The patina is perfect and the rope knurling around the thumbscrews is very well executed. The pins are near orignal length. (The pins on old gauges did not start out life like big old spikes like they are on new gauges. The are much shorter than new gauges because very tall pins don't work well.) A real gem of a gauge. Fine- Sold


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



B. Smith & S..

ME140558 B. Smith & S.. These are classic hand-forged 12 1/2" dividers. Not usually marked, these are marked by a maker that I don't know. I presume that the mark reads "& Son" or Sons, but the end is not clear. Lightly pitted overall and cleaned. Probaly English and probably early 19th Century, although most dealers would call them 18th Century. G+ Sold



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++ $195





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


Rabone #1185

ME140541 Rabone #1185 A scarce 48" four fold boxwood rule. As is common, the inside is clean, the outside is worn. As is also common, some warpage in the long boxwood. Still quite clear and usable, but priced to go. Good Sold





Unmarked

ME14047 Unmarked I think that this tool is a real gem. It is a craftsman made American marking gauge. I believe that the stem is birch, and the head is highly figured birch. The thumbscrew is boxwood. Evertying about this tool speaks to me. The stem is 8 1/8" long and the head is 1 7/8" diameter. Nice patina and nicely waxed by a collector. G++ Sold



Woodrough & McParlin, Cincinnati

ME140414 Woodrough & McParlin, Cincinnati A very scarce 10" bevel by the sawmaker that made the famous panther head saw. This bevel is as found and shows some wear from honest use, but no abuse. It could use a light cleaning with wax and a rag. The mark is acid etched on the blade as would be done on a saw. The locking nut is sized so that it won't interfere with use, with the body being relieved below it to allow clearance. It is a very nice design. I would rate this too higher but for general wear on the wood from honest use. It is a nice honest example of a tool that is very hard to find. G+ Sold


J. Frost, Norwich

ME140396 J. Frost, Norwich This is a crisp and little used bevel. It still has the bluing on the blade and much of the lacquer on the brass. There is a light shrinkage check starting on the marked side, which is no wonder with it being so dry here now. Most tools like this from England are all buffed up and real dogs. This is a very nice example that rates a strong G+ $39



Handmade Dividers

ME1403103 Handmade Dividers These are hand forged, decorative English dividers, of a type that are typically called 18th Century when they are sold by dealers. They are lovely and in nice as found condition, but this form was made for a long time and these are 19th Century. This is a much smaller size than we usually, measuring only 4 3/4" overall. G+ Sold



Starrett

ME1403110 Starrett This is a factory second 12" combination US and Metric rule for a combination square. It has the standard steel finish, not the matte chrome. I have a few of these. They are marked with a pen where the defect is and the problems are trivial issues with the graduations but being perfect in that spot. Nobody would ever even notice. New Sold



The L.S. Starrett Co.

ME140351 The L.S. Starrett Co. This is an older 134 that has about 75% of the original nickel left. It is used but well cared for and is a nice looking, if not pristine, example. G+ Sold





Hand Forged Dividers

ME140361 Hand Forged Dividers This is a 9" high pair of dividers in nice as found condition. They are marked, but only with a small touch mark that I do not recognize. G++ Sold





? Paine & Co.

ME140369 ? Paine & Co. A nice crisp and ready to use brass-stemmed ebony morticing gauge with a retailers mark on hit that I can't quite read. The pins are still sharp and it has a nice, if very lightly cleaned, patina. G++ Sold





Unmarked

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




W. Marples & Sons, Sheffield

ME14036 W. Marples & Sons, Sheffield This is a particularly clean mitre square, one of the best that I have had. Ten inch size. It still has all of the lacquer on the brass and the bluing on the blade is also superb. The decal is about 85%. Connoisseur grade. G++ Sold




John Rabone & Sons

ME140322 John Rabone & Sons A 6" machinist's level with vials in both directions. In the original fitted box and in pristine condition. I would guess that it dates to the 50s or perhaps 60s. Fine $89





Plumb Bob

ME140326 Plumb Bob In a market flooded with fancy fake plumb bobs, this is the real deal. A wonderful decorative bob that is as right as rain. It has fantastic lines, great color, and is on the original spool. It looks pretty early to me, but with one off tools like this it is hard to say for sure. 4 1/4'" overall. For the connoisseur. G+ $185



Unmarked

ME140245 Unmarked An ebonized rule that is graduated for gallons, but of a style with which I am not familiar. It is marked at the top "8667Z16 and Correct", which I assume was some kind of verification. If somebody recognizes this rule, please let me know. It is in nice as found conidition with only light wear to the ebonizing on some of the edges. Fine- Sold



Winding Sticks

ME140252 Winding Sticks A nice pair of mahogany winding sticks out of an old English cabinetmaker's chest. These are a quality mahogany like Cuban, not the lesser quality timber that came on the seen by the latter part of the 19th Century. At one time every joiner and cabinetmaker had a pair of these. G+ Sold




Craftsman Made

ME14029 Craftsman Made A most interesting small sized panel gauge. The shaft is only 16". The shaft is dark mahogany, the head is ash stained to resemble mahogany and the wedge is boxwood. Wonderful as found condition. Highly recommended. G++ $65




L. S. Starrett L. S. Starrett L. S. Starrett

ME140226 L. S. Starrett A 12" Number 96 precision machinist's level in the original box. The box is finger jointed wood and has a great old label. There is a bit of the end of the box opposite to the label that is missing. This level retains all of its original japanning and bright nickel plating. The bare iron of the sole has some very light powder rust that should clean right off and just leave some very minor staining. This is a superior example and is probably from the early 20th Century. Fine- $98


Edward Preston & Sons

ME140193 Edward Preston & Sons A classic 6" cabinetmaker's square in nice original condition. A collector has probably cleaned this tool, but when its done properly, as with this one, it is hard to tell if it just came out of a chest or if it was cleaned off. Lovely patina with traces of lacquer remaining on the brass. The only fault that I can find is that the maker's mark is a bit feint. A lovely example. G+ Sold



Buck

ME1401101 Buck A 12" boxwood combination rule and level, clearly made by Rabone but with an early Buck mark, the script mark that only reads "Buck". This is a nice early example that looks like it was hand numbered. The surface has light tool box rash and is well patinated. Nicely waxed by a collector. Not a pristine tool, but a very appealing example. G+ $65



Hard & Robertson, Union Works, Canton Mass. Hard & Robertson, Union Works, Canton Mass.

ME140168 Hard & Robertson, Union Works, Canton Mass. This is a 12" square, as measured along the entire top of the blade, by a maker that I have never seen or heard of before. It is a classic English style with the rosewood stock and fancy escutcheons, but this is an American square. Absolutely untouched as found condtion. The blade is dark, with light surface rust over most it, but no pitting. This is an imporant piece to for the serious collector of rare American squares. G+ $279


E. Preston & Sons, B

ME140174 E. Preston & Sons, B'ham, Eng. A crisp and untouched 8" brass plated ebony level. Retains about 85% of the original lacquer on the brass and nearly all of it on the ebony. A superb example. Fine $85





Dancing Leg Calipers

ME140137 Dancing Leg Calipers Dancing leg calipers are found with everthing from crudely formed legs to elegantly shaped dancer's legs. This pair pair has very nicely formed legs that are at the more elegant end of what we see. They are 5 1/4" high. The surface has been cleaned with a wire brush so that they are a bit shiny, but they will tone down. I really like these. G+ $145



Kelvin-White Co. Nautical Insturments, New York and Boston Kelvin-White Co. Nautical Insturments, New York and Boston

ME140141 Kelvin-White Co. Nautical Insturments, New York and Boston A most clever idea, this is a nautical compass that is integrated with a flash light, creating a hand held compass that is self illuminating. Comes in a fitted wooden box. The paint on the maker's plaque is peeling, the tool is otherwise really superb and would rate higher. Unique in my experience and a great piece for the nautical enthusiast. G++ $185



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 $385





Unmarked

ME131233 Unmarked A nice as found boxwood marking gauge. The stem is hand graduated by a professional maker, but it is not signed. A nice honest example of a bench made American marking guage. The boxwood has a dark rich patina. G+ Sold




Proportional Dividers

ME131240 Proportional Dividers A clean German silver proportional dividers, with rack and pinion adjustment. Measure 7 inches overall. Fine- Sold





C. Nurse & Co. Invicta Works

ME13128 C. Nurse & Co. Invicta Works A particularly nice 12" ebony stocked square. The ebony has most of the original lacquer, as do the brass escutcheons. The brass face has a lovely untouched patina. The blade has been cleaned and has light rust staining on it. It looks like the cleaning of the blade was done as well as possible. I don't see too many squares that are this nice. G++ Sold



Star Pat. Marking Gauge

ME131210 Star Pat. Marking Gauge This is a scarce patented American marking gauge. The head locks in position by cam action as you twist it tight. It is really clever and works. The maker's mark is a bit faint, but tool is in nice as found condition and shows little wear. G+ $59




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





Angus McLean, Paisely

ME131116 Angus McLean, Paisely A 10" rosewood level wth brass face. Nice unpolished brass patina and a scarce mark. Angus McLean was a tool merchant in Paisely who traded from 1882 to 1915. I have my friend Derek Harley to thank for this information. A nice honest level that has only been lightly waxed by a collector. G+ $75




Stratton Brothers, Greenfield, Mass.

ME131069 Stratton Brothers, Greenfield, Mass. A wonderful as found 8" fully bound rosewood plumb and level. Great patina with about 30% of the original lacquer remaining. There is one spot on the side where there is something, old paint, old glue, or perhaps the remains of an old label. It blends in with the overall untouched look and I wouldn't even try and clean it off. Just as it came from a tool chest. I love it. G++ $345



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 $29





J. Rabone & Sons, Makers, Birmingham

ME131025 J. Rabone & Sons, Makers, Birmingham An 8" combination rule, plumb, and level in boxwood. Retains better than 95% of its original lacquer, with perhaps 90% on the untouched brass trim. A crisp unmolested example for the connoisseur. G++ $89





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


Unmarked Framed Square

ME130875 Unmarked Framed Square A scarce 12" framed square with ebony stock. This style of square is hardly ever seen, and when found, is typically overcleaned, as is this one. Some English dealer got hold of this thing and polished it up like the family silver. The blade has a nice patina, so hopefully it will tone down and look good again soon. If you use it regularly I am sure that it will tone down quickly. Good Sold



Dated Square

ME13087 Dated Square This truly lovely square appears to have been made by its owner, one "J. Grime" in 1872. The blade is 14". Lovely original patina. Wonderful little touches like the bottom of the stock is rounded out and the end of the blade has an ogee form. In order to make it more accuratte, the blade was wider where it is rivetted to the stock, but the then th exposed part was milled down to make the square thinner. Everly little detail seems to have been considered. G+ $119


Stanley, Great Turnstile, London W.C. Stanley, Great Turnstile, London W.C.

ME130815 Stanley, Great Turnstile, London W.C. This is a cased set of three drawing tools. First is a dividers, then a matching compass to work with a lead tip, and another to work with an ink tip. All three are fitted to a blue velvet lined black naugahyde case. The outside of the case shows some wear and only rates G+, but the tools are really superb. Fine $59



E.G.

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




Unmarked Unmarked

ME130619 Unmarked This is a most unusual mahogany and brass level. I am sure that one of you will explain to me what this was for. It is an 18" level, made from Cuban mahogany, with fancy brass inlay to the top. At oned end there is an adjustment mechanism to allow you to level the level on an inclined surface. That is the aspect that I don't understand. G+ $245



J. Rabone & Sons

ME1305125 J. Rabone & Sons A pristine, probably unused, No. 1461 3" caliper rule with inch and metric graduations. I don't see this variaion very often, and certainly not in this condtion. The blurry look to the surface of the caliper in the lower photo is glue left over from a sticker. I forgot to clean this off before the photo was done. but it will come right off. From an important British rule collection. Fine+ Sold




Unmarked American Bevel

ME130528 Unmarked American Bevel A nice as found small, 6" size bevel. The brass has a nice patina and this a nice 19th Century American tool. G++ Sold





J. Haldeon & Co. Ltd J. Haldeon & Co. Ltd

ME130539 J. Haldeon & Co. Ltd A 6" proportional diviers in its original leather bound, velvet lined, fitted case. Nice untouched condition. Fine Sold





1878

ME130541 1878 A dated slitting gauge with a bone thumbscrew. Perhaps made on a whaling ship. One side of the fence is curved and the other flat, so that you can reverse the fence. It has a small brass wedge to hold the blade. The owner's mark is "G.B. Dorning". It would be worth seeing if anything could be found on him. lightly cleaned. I think that it is a great piece. Dated tools don't come up very often. G+ $75


Folding Dividers Folding Dividers

ME130487 Folding Dividers This is a most unusual pair of cased dividiers. I have never seen anothe pair like this. Both tips can be rotated to expose either a point or a pen tip/pencil holder. The two sides have two different types of tips, one side is a pen, the other a pencil. They are German silver and the workmanship is absotely top tier. Even the fitted case is a cut about the pack. For the connoisseur. Fine Sold



L.L. Davis

ME130448 L.L. Davis Marked, "L. L. Davis' Adustable Spirit Level", it is a 12" cast iron fillegree level with gold trim. This is a connoisseur grade example with very little gold loss. I've not seen a better one. A few years ago, before the Great Recession, these were bringing much more. If I had to guess, I think that they will come back. Provenance: Mechanik's Workbench to David Arms collection. Fine $985



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





E. Preston & Sons E. Preston & Sons

ME130399 E. Preston & Sons A particularly nice 24", four-fold architect's rule in the rarely found original leather sheath. There might be a strap missing from the sheath, I am not sure how it was intended to close. The outside shows very light yellowing, the inside is very clean and Fine. The hinge is calibrated to 180 degrees. One pin is missing. A superb rule. G++ $495




J. Rabone & Sons, Makers

ME130370 J. Rabone & Sons, Makers A lovely Rabone caliper rope gauge with nicely patined boxwood and brass trim. Used but well cared for, with a great look that I presonally prefer. G+ $69





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++ $79





Johnson & Conaway, Philada

ME130247 Johnson & Conaway, Philada A rare 9" cabinetmaker's square. Saws by this maker are scarce, bevels are very scarce, and squares are rare. This one is nearly as found. The brass has been very lightly cleaned, but only barely and not in a bad way. The rosewood stock has light tool box wear, as you would expect. The blade is dark but not rusty. G+ $95



Unmarked Strike Knife

ME130260 Unmarked Strike Knife A typical cabinetmaker's strike knife in nice as found condition. As they go, this oen is on the smaller end of the scale at 6 inches overall. G++ Sold





W. Marples & Sons

ME130188 W. Marples & Sons A lightly used Marples rosewood morticing gauge in the original box. the box lid has become detatched and the box is a bit tatty, but it is complete. I love the little note in the box; don't be unfair to your tools. I agree. The tool is untouched but clean and ready to use. It retains most of the original lacquer. G++ Sold




Unmarked

ME130132 Unmarked A lovely untouched square with a brass stock and a 4 1/2" blade. Very lightly made, but very well made. Could be 18th Century, but I have no way of knowing for sure. Highly recommended. G+ $59





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- $379



John Rabone & Sons

ME121165 John Rabone & Sons A lovely 24" single fold boxwood rule. I am not sure of the trade of this rule. The inside has graduations marked "square" and "line". The outside edge has a rounded bevel for the first 8 inches. Waxed by a collector with lovely original patina on the brass and boxwood. G++ Sold




J. Rabone & Sons, Birmingham

ME121113 J. Rabone & Sons, Birmingham A 12" caliper rule in nice untouched condition. A larger size that is very easy to read. Better than half of the original lacquer remains on the brass. G+ Sold





Elliott Bros, 449 Strand London Elliott Bros, 449 Strand London Elliott Bros, 449 Strand London

ME121041 Elliott Bros, 449 Strand London A fitted mahogany box with two special purpose boxwood rules and a triangle. Please, somebody tell me what these are for. The rules are about 12 1/4" long and the scales start with 0 in the center. Each piece is fully marked and the box has the name painted on the lid, something that I have not seen before. Absolutely superb quality from one of the great London makers. The nicest thing that I ever saw on the Antiques Roadshow was an amazing drafting set, the nicest that I have ever seen, by Elliott. Sadly we did not film it, but I will never forget it. Fine Sold


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++ $99



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



Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

ME12095 Unmarked A most unusual folding rule. It is massive, and would measure 60" when unfolded. Sadly, 5" has been hacked off, so that unfolded it is 50 inches. It is 3 7/8" when folded and is made from solid ebony. The brass on the hinge has been lightly hand polished but still has a pleasing patina. It is graduated in inches, with another center scale that I don't understand, but which looks logarithmic. All hand graduated and clearly professionally made. Despite the serious deficciency of having been shortened, I still consider this to be an important piece, which would be worth dramatically more if it has not been modified. G+ Sold


Starrett

ME120923 Starrett A scarce number 569 one inch curved surface micrometer. Measures the wall thickness on pipe, etc. The minus is for minor wear to the japanning. This is a very clean and well cared for example. Fine- Sold





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





Unmarked

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



Panel Gauge

ME120693 Panel Gauge An elegant craftsman made panel gauge with a rosewood shaft and wedge, and a mahogany head. 24" capacity. Nice untouched condition. G+ $79





Moore and Wright

ME120697 Moore and Wright A 1" hub micrometer in an unusual fitted box. I have not seen this style of Moore and Wright box before. The tool is inserted through the hole of pulley, sheave, wheel, casting, etc. for when the overall outside diameter precludes the use of a regular frame micrometer. Lovely untouched condition. Fine $69





Unmarked

ME120647 Unmarked An 8" mahogany plumb and level. The brass is polished. The overall condition is a bit worn, probably from a life in a tool box. Still a good user and cheap for a high quality 19th Century tool. Good $38





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+ $185



Dancing Leg Calipers

ME120584 Dancing Leg Calipers An elganly formed pair of dancing leg calipers with a much more nicely made hinge than is usually seen on this traditional craftsman made form. 4" high. Probably cleaned by a collector at some point, but nicely done. I would date these as being 19th Century. A much better than averate example. G+ $189




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




Union Tool Co

ME120545 Union Tool Co A rare patented inside caliper with a clever quick set feature. The patent is June 13, 1914, really at the tail end of the age of invention. Lovely as found condition. Very neatly engraved by the owner, John D. Givens. 4 3/4" high. Fine- $85




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




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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





Morticing Gauge

ME120461 Morticing Gauge A rosewood morticing gauge with a very unusal feature. Instead of the typical inlaid brass strips for wear, there are 4 brass washers let in and screwed down.to protect the fence from wear. The bottom is graduated to 4 inches. There is a later varnich finish is old and shows wear. A good user or collector's piece. G+ Sold



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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




L.S. Starrett

ME120365 L.S. Starrett A machinist's belt speed indicator. Nice as found condition. G+ $29






Brown & Sharpe Brown & Sharpe

ME120366 Brown & Sharpe A pristine and comprehensive inside micrometer set in the original orange leatherette covered box fitted with blue velvet. Probably from the 60s. This tool is as close to mint as it can get. It comes with 10 different inserts ranging in length from 1" to 10", giving the tool a measuring range up to 12 inches. The only thing that holds it back is that you can see that the blue velvet is not new. Fine Sold




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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




Henri Joliot, Paris

ME120373 Henri Joliot, Paris A lovely 16cm capacity precision caliper. I am not sure of the age but I assume that it is 19th Century. The numbering is very elegant and may be hand engraved. The surface is a bit dark and the brass has some tool box dings, but this is still a tight and accurate tool. An elegant tool. G+ $95




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


L. S. Starrett L. S. Starrett

ME120250 L. S. Starrett This is a Starrett Builder's Combination Tool number 439, with the original 24" rule, which is marked #439. I think that this is a pretty early example, but I don't know how to date them accurately.. Somebody has carefully painted it green over the original black paint, which you can still see. They have then initialled it, R.C.C. in black paint. The blade is elegantly engraved "D. L. Fernald" in a flowing script. I wonder if R.C.C. was some kind of organization that Mr. Fernald was associated with. This is a nice honest example of a scarce tool. G++ $229


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+ $295



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






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ME1112244 Tidgewell & Co. Middletown, Ct A scarce signed American cabinetmaker's 6" square with the fancy shaped escutcheon. This tool is crisp, but neglected. It has its original finish on the blade, but also scattered rust. As found and usable as it is. Should be waxed. Good Sold



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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



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ME111239 Made & Sold by John Dupee A superb early 18th Century American surveyor's compass by John Dupee of Boston, and marked, "Made & Sold by John Dupee, North Side Swingbridge, Boston, New Eng." The dial is paper and the body is mahogany with an elegant blued needle. It has what I believe are the original sighting vanes, which is usually not the case. One of the vanes has a split at the very top were the wood is quite thin. There are two cracks in the glass, one all the way through, and one working its way across. Fantastic original surface. This instrument is nearly 300 years old and is one of the earliest instruments made in this country. Wonderful. G++ Sold



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ME1112221 W. Cresson, Phlilada A 10" bevel square by the early American saw maker, William Cresson. Any tools marked by this early Philadelphia sawmaker are scarce. The brass trim on this bevel has been hand polished and the rosewood, which is nicely figured, has moderate tool box rash. The blade is nicely patinted and retains much of the original blueing, which has faded to brown. G+ $69



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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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111254 J. Rabone & Sons, Makers, Birmingham A 9inch boxwood combination rule and level. Most of these are 12 inch. This one is nice and I would have rated it higher, and priced it higher, but an idiot has polished the brass trim. G+ Sold



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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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ME111255 E. Preston & Sons, Birm. Eng. A scarce Preston shipwright's double sided bevel with brass blades. The rosewood has lots of light tool box rash and the trim is polished, which held back the condition. The brass blades are crisp and untouched. Twelve inches when closed. Good Sold



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ME111120 Winterbottom, Philada A Winterbottom patent square with mitred top. The blade is 9 3/4" overall, which is large for these. The blade has a nice medium patina. The brass has been hand polished at some point and the wood has been cleaned with steel wool as well. Otherwise I would have called it G+. Still a decent tool. Good $59



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ME111058 Stephen Haughton & Sons, Makers, Ormskirk A super folding Guinea scale in the mahogany case. Used in the late 18th Century to verify gold coins. Crisp, uncleaned, and light used condition. One of the best that I have seen. Fine $295



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ME11091 North Union Shaker Colony This is a pair of tools that are were reputedly made and used at the North Union Shaker colony in what is now Shaker Heights, Ohio. They are both dated, but not marked, which is consistent with what we would expect of Shaker tools made for there own use. First is a 22" long log rule dated 1843 on both ends, and in superb untouched condition. The second is clapboard gauge, dated 1840, showing more used but also as found and quite nice. Both of these tools are museum quality. Fine & G+ Sold



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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 $1995



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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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ME110671 J. Rabone & Sons, Makers A rope gauge with lovely patina and 98% original lacquer on its brass. A superb example. Nicely waxed and with a collector's sticker on it from the Paul Kettle collection. Fine- $89



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ME110628 Ideal Tool Co, Rochester, NY A machinist's indicator. Not a dial indicator, but one that used a needle on a scale from 0 ro 10. In the original box with the original instructions. G++ Sold



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ME110651 Wm. Marples & Sons, Sheffield A nice pair of bronze saddle templates, 4 1/2" and 6". Both are as found with nice color. I got them together, but since they have different logos, I would not swear to their being together since new. Either way, a great working pair. G++ Sold



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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 $185



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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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ME110360 N. Crapper, Wicker A unique in my experience potter's boxwood single-fold shrink rule for clay. Nice as found condition. I am not sure if the maker has any connection to the famous crapper who pioneered the flush toilet. G+ Sold



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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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ME101058 G. Buck, Googe St. London A nearly unused beech marking gauge. This tool is bright and clean like new, with a full orginal pin. There are some light dings on the bottom of the head, but otherwise this tool is really crisp. That expression is so overused, but it really applies this time. Fine- Sold



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ME101011 Unmarked Rule A lovely polished boxwood 24" rule with brass tips. Wonderful color and as found. I don't know the purpose of this rule, but it is clearly some kind of pattern maker's rule. It is marked on one side "contraction", and on the other side "standard", in other words a shrinkage rule. The part that I do not understand is the tables that are on the "standard" side. An intriguing piece and highly recommended. G++ Sold OP



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ME100853 Unmarked The largest fancy Scottish style level that I have seen. The rosewood body is 18" long and 1 5/8" wide. It has a dovetailed mahogany box that was purpose made by the original owner. Sadly, the brass on the top has been hand polished. The brass on the bottom has a lovely patina and is just how you like to see. A rare level of fine form. From a fine Glasgow collection. Highly recommended. G+ $495



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ME100822 Drafting Set A most unusual traveling drafting set in a leather roll. The roll is nearly marked by the original owner, C.C. Clifford. All of the tools look unused, but there is some minor surface rust on some, the inevitable of storage in a leather roll. You will notice that we don't sell leather chisel rolls. This is why. An exceptionally nice little set, and highly recommended. I have never seen one like it before. It may be first word war vintage, or a bit older. Grear quality. G++ $119

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ME131097 Unmarked Gauge This is a very odd gauge, because it has no pin or cutter. It has a rosewood shaft on a fruitwood head. It is American. There is a shrinkage split in the head that has been screwed down. It has a lovely wooden thumbscrew. I just don't know what it was for! Free to the first person who orders this tool along with 2 other vintage tools that are not free. 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 $175



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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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ME10066 Engraved and Dated Level An 11 inch rosewood level with a brass top that has been nicely engraved with flowers, and the name T. Riley, 1885. The brass has been hand polished on the top. A lovely documentary piece. G+ $229



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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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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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ME91229 French Cooper's Dividers This is a classic French wooden coopers dividers, in nice collector's condition. There are some old worm holes, but not too many, that are filled with wax. This is a very nice example with no problems. They stand 13 inches high and 13 inches across the screw. One of those iconic tools that ever serious collector must have an example of. G+ $345



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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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ME9107 Unmarked Bevel Gauge I can firmly attribute this gauge to Disston & Morss, but like many other examples that I have seen, this one is also not marked. It is very dry. The blade retains much of the original bluing, but with some light surface rust. It is totally as found and will look great with just a gentle waxing. G+ Sold



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ME90140 F. Curtis, Stockbridge, Mass. This is a boxwood mortising gauge by an extraordinarily rare American maker. It is as found and needs a bit of work. It has brass plates on the top and bottom, and some of the brass pins that hold them on need to be reset. The head is also plated and a fool has put dent in the head resetting the pins. The head is currently on backwards. The boxwood is untouched. There is a small chip near the thumbscrew. The knurling is very fancy, althought it shows wear. The pins are nearly worn out. This can be carefully restored to be a nice example of a rare maker's work. Good $129



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ME81021 Turner, Routledge, & Co. Liverpool This is an unusual caliper rule of unknown purpose. (Update: A customer has told me that this tool is for measuring wood screws.) It is boxwood and measures 4 inches when closed. The central sliding piece is padded with cloth. I have shown this piece to a number of leading experts and none has offered a conclusive explanation of its function. Oddly, if you open it and measure an object, the size is not equal to what the rule reads, so its use must have been more subtle that it would at first appear. A very intriquing piece in wonderful condition. Fine Sold



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ME81019 Architect's Rule This is an unused old boxwood architect's 4 fold rule. It is only marled, "Warranted Best Box". It is missing one pin but this rule is as crisp and new as they come. The one end joint is graduated as inclinometer. Truly as if it was vacuum packed for 100 years. Mint Sold



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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++ $695



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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++ $185



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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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ME70439 J. Long, London This is an 18 inch dual slide customs slide rule. This rule could pass for 18th Century but J. Long was an early 19th Century London scientific instrument maker. The boxwood has lovely color and this rule is very pleasing visually and tactily. There is big chip at the end of one slide. and some staining, but overall it is still quite a nice example that I would be happy to put in my collection. G+ Sold



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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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