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Sock Darning Egg

MI160552 Sock Darning Egg A turned maple sock darning egg with a Shaker look to it. About 6 5/8" overall and 1 3/4" diameter. It has a lovely untouched surface and is ready to use or collect. Fine $24





Millers Falls

MI160556 Millers Falls A Millers Falls number 2 spokeshave with rosewood handles and a compassed sole. This shave has been used and the blade is worn pretty far down but it has been cared for and will still be a great user. G+ $49




W. Marples & Sons, Sheffield

MI160560 W. Marples & Sons, Sheffield An attractive boxwood spokeshave with a compassed sole for working inside curves. The blade is 2" wide and the tool is 10 3/8" wide. The sole shows only moderate wear. A nice example. G+ $48





Butter Paddles

MI160562 Butter Paddles A matching pair of American butter paddles. I think that they are butternut but I am not sure. They are 2 3/16" wide and 9" long. Nice original condition. Fine $18





Veneer Hammer

MI160565 Veneer Hammer A nice clean veneer hammer, probably owner made. A great working tool. G++ $48






Carpet Knife

MI160567 Carpet Knife A nice as found tool. Free to the first person who orders it and spends $50 on old tools. G+ $0






Plumber

MI160568 Plumber's Flaring Tool Thise plumb bob shaped plumber's tools are often mistaken for tops or plumb bobs, but they are actually for flaring the ends of lead pipe. This one is boxwood with a lovely patina. It is 3 1/2" high and 1 13/16" diameter. G++ $19




D. Flather & Sons

MI160571 D. Flather & Sons This is a group of 5 Flather center bits and one coutersink. I don't think that they all started life together, so I am not calling them a set. I bought them together. Only one of them has a notch in it, and one of them has the extra cost straw finish. The sizes are 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 11/16", and 1 1/16". G+ $35



Upholsterer

MI160575 Upholsterer's Hammer A particularly nice upholsterer's strap hammer with a rich dark patina and a nicely colored ash handle. Really a superior example. G++ $69





Otto Bernz Co. Inc

MI160578 Otto Bernz Co. Inc A plumber's torch in really nice untouched condition with much some original lacquer remaining on the brass and the original decal on the front. The decal has some losses but is still legible. Most of these torches are all buffed up and ruined, but this one is a survivor. G++ $49




Ember Tongs

MI160584 Ember Tongs A Georgian scissor joint ember tongs that extend out to 24". These are all hand made bright cut steel. Similar style tools were mass produced later in the 19th Centuiry but these are best quality English work. Fine $159




Millers Falls

MI16057 Millers Falls A nice as found hand drill that will make a great user. It has a rosewood head with removable top, but there are no bits with it now. The chuck closes right down to zero. This model has a wear adjustment to take up play in the gears. It looks just like a #5 to me except for having the wear compensator. One tool that every craftsperson needs. G+ Sold



T.E. Wells & Co

MI160510 T.E. Wells & Co T.E. Wells & Co. is believed by collector's to have made these braces in Philadelphia. While there is certainly a Philadephia connection, I doubt that the braces were made there. None the less, T.E. Wells braces are scarce and this is a nice example in honest untouched condition. There are braces made by Booth & Mills that have a distinctive style that I do beieve were made in Philadelphia, but I suspect that the T.E. Wells & Co. braces were made to order in Sheffield. G+ $135


Spring Compressor Spring Compressor

MI160513 Spring Compressor An early 19th Century English lock spring compressor for working on a gun. This tool is hand made to the highest standards of London gunmaking. There are patches of light corrosion but most of the tool has a pleasing patinated surface. This tool would most likely have come from a cased set. Nice untouched condition. G+ $125



Wax Seal Breaker

MI160524 Wax Seal Breaker This type of tool is commonly accepted by collectors as a button hole chisel, but I am not convinced that they were really made to break the wax seals that were commonly used on documents in previous times. Measures 4 7/8" long with an 11/16" wide blade. Whatever you chose to believe it was for, this is an elegant 19th Century tool. Fine- $145



Book:  Farm Tools & Implements before 1850, Robert Bailey

MI160531 Book: Farm Tools & Implements before 1850, Robert Bailey This is a 72 page paperback book from 1973 describing farm tools in the US before 1850. I have to copies of it, both of which are very clean. You are only buying one copy, unless you specifically order this book twice. Fine $9




ROE

MI160533 ROE A 1/4" spoon bit. G+ $9






Warrington Hammer

MI160538 Warrington Hammer A classic Warrignton style cross-pein happer with with about an 8 ounce head. It is marked by the mark was not deeply struck and I can't read it. It is as found and needs a light cleaning., The head is a little loose.and the handle, while old, is probably not original to this head. G+ Sold




GTS Sheffield

MI160541 GTS Sheffield A polished boxwood spokeshave in nice untouched condtion. The boxwood has a lovely color and the mouth is only moderately worn. The mark is so feint that it tiook me a few minutes to find it. GTS was just a retailer anyway. The blade is 2 5/8" wide and the overall width is 10 1/2". G+ $39




Edward Preston & Sons Edward Preston & Sons

MI160546 Edward Preston & Sons A harlequein ( mistmatched) pair of Preston's patent shaves, one being flat soled and the other compassed. A good user pair for less than one could cost alone in a bit cleaner condition. G+ $89





Baland, Aine Baland, Aine

MI160550 Baland, Aine An unusual pair of scissors with a curved blade that slides nicely into the curved leather sheath with a metal tip. The overall length of the scissors is 6 1/8". The seem on the sheath open for the first inch or so but it doesn't really matter. I think that these are pretty old but I don't know much about scissors. I know nothing about the mark on them. Please speak up if you do. Nice original condition. G++ $49


Booth Mills & Co, Philada Booth Mills & Co, Philada Booth Mills & Co, Philada

MI160473 Booth Mills & Co, Philada A heavy duty Philadelphia spokeshave with the cupid's bow decoration. This form of shave seems to have been specific to Philadelphia. They are not common but enough of them have been found to indicate that it was a form that was regularly sold. The applewood has a lovely patina. The mark is faint but clearly legible. The applewood has a lovely patina. About 14 1/2" wide and the blade is 5" wide. Highly recommended. G+ $145


Griffiths, Norwich Griffiths, Norwich

MI160475 Griffiths, Norwich A lovely as found wheelwright's jarvis. The sole is a heavy brass piece that is screwed on with the screws ground in place. It still has never been polished and has great color. The maker's mark has been overstruck, but I can still read it well enough to be sure of the make. Measures about 12 3/4" wide with a 2 1/8" wide blade. G+ Sold



Toaster

MI160480 Toaster A nice as found tin toaster from the days before electric toasters. G+ $25






Unmarked

MI160486 Unmarked An as found Sheffield brace with a dark patina. The brass parts are as dark as brass gets. The chuck is the fancier style wtih the release at the end rather than a button. So many of these braces have been buffed up that we don't get too many that are so dark and unmolested. G+ Sold




Ohio Tool Co.

MI160493 Ohio Tool Co. An as found 9" drawknife with a dark patina. This tool could be sharpened and used as it is or you can clean it a bit. I don't recall ever having a drawknife by Ohio Tool Co. before. G+ $45





Millers Falls

MI160494 Millers Falls This is the Millers Falls equivelant of a Stanly 71, their number 67. This router is pristine and complete. They don't come any better than this. Even one in the original box couldn't be any cleaner. Fine+ Sold




Bow Drill Bow Drill

MI160499 Bow Drill A most interesting horn handled brass bow drill. Neatly engraved TM on the brass and on the handle. I have never seen one quite like it. It certainly is pre-1900, but I am thnking that it is quite a bit earlier than that. Lovely untouched condition. It measures 6 1/2" overall including the bit. This is a very special piece. Fine Sold



Draw Bore Pins

MI1604101 Draw Bore Pins A matched set of 4 heavy draw bore pins for timber frame work. About 1/2" diameter at the top. 12 3/4" overall. As found with a dark patina. G+ $89





H. Hawke, Solly Works

MI160437 H. Hawke, Solly Works An as found plated Sheffield brace. These brases are so often ruined by dealers, but this one is fresh from an old estate. I has the eagle on the oversize chuck button, which I believe was made for the American market. It needs a light cleaning, but has great original surface and color. As is normally the case with these braces, the body has shrunk slightly, and the plates have not, so the plates are pushing up in spots. Bob Baker used to remove these and adjust the inletting on the brace to allow them to sit flush again. This can be tricky to do because it is hard to get the screws out, so it is probably best to leave it alone. G+ $99


Goodell-Pratt, Greenfield, Mass

MI160440 Goodell-Pratt, Greenfield, Mass A small sized egg beather drill with a fine chuck that will close down to zero. The rosewood head screws off, but the head is empty now. A high quality tool that has been used but not abused. G+ Sold





Wm. Marples & Sons, Sheffield

MI160452 Wm. Marples & Sons, Sheffield A polished beech shave with a 2 1/2" blade and measuring 10 3/8" overall. Nice as found condition with lots of original polished finish remaining. The mark is somewhat faint. It was marked a second time on the frront, as if they knew that the first mark was too faint. In the photo it looks like rust on the blade. The blade is great on this tool. It is a high polish blade and that is a stain in the polish, but is not a rust spot. A great user. G+ Sold




Millers Falls

MI160457 Millers Falls A scarce 5" throw brace. There is an old chip out of the rosewood head, but otherwise the tool shows only honest wear. G+ $95





Blacksmith Made Blacksmith Made Blacksmith Made

MI160461 Blacksmith Made This is my favorite big turnscrew. It has a cherry handle and the blade was forged from a coarse rasp, so it has the classic dragon's scales surface. The detailing is just superb on this piece. I think that it is American, but one can never be sure on these things. The handle looks like American cherry and the owner's stamp on the handle looks more American to me. It is 24" overall. This tool has been in my personal collection. G+ $129


Nicholson

MI160465 Nicholson A full original set of 12 Providence, RI, US made Nicholson Swill Pattern files. These are 5 1/2" No 2, which is the coarser version, although they are still very fine. One file is shorter than it should be. All of them seem to have seen very little use and are still very sharp. The box is a bit distored as if it was near heat, but it might just be the deterioration of the plastic with age. If only such quality Nicholson files could still be bought. Today, you can pay twice as much for new ones that are not comparible. G++ $75


Perfect Handle Screwdriver

MI160467 Perfect Handle Screwdriver I believe that this is the smallest size of the classic "Perfect Handle" screwdirver. It is 4" over. Superb untouched condition. Fine $69





Knife

MI16042 Knife This is a craftsman made knife that I think was a leatherworker's knife, although I could see it being used by a sailmaker too. It has a bone handle and is 5 3/4" overall. It is in nice condition and doesn't look cleaned to me. I really like this piece, it has a certain something about it. G+fs $65




Planemaker

MI160417 Planemaker's Float A nice untouched example with an even medium patina. 10 1/2" long overall. G+ $69






Thos. Wales & Sons, Sheffield

MI1603103 Thos. Wales & Sons, Sheffield A delicate boxwood spokeshave with a 1 5/8" wide iron and 10" overall. It retains much of its orignal polished finish. The sole is compassed for doing inside curves. There is wear to the sole, but this is still a most usable shave in nice as founc condition. G+ Sold




Union Hardware Co.  Torrington, Conn.

MI1603106 Union Hardware Co. Torrington, Conn. This a pair of strap on ice skates in size 10 1/2. They look to me like they make be unused. There is list freckling on the bare metal surfaces, but they are mostly bright and in amazing condition. You could use them as they are, right now. G++ $35




Hatchel Hatchel Hatchel Hatchel

MI160347 Hatchel This is, without a doubt, the most ornate and attractive hatchel that I have ever seen. These tools are typically quite utilitarian, but this one is a piece of folk art. I bought it from an elderly gentleman who said that he bought it at a Sotheby's sale of the contents of a Virginia plantation, however it would be my guess that its origins are European. It is about 27" across. The wood appears to be birch but it has a rich patina that makes it hard to be certain. I would certainly think that this tool is 18th Century. Wonderful original condition. G++ $299


Sharratt & Newth, Patent, London

MI160294 Sharratt & Newth, Patent, London A nice as found diamond glass cutter. It has a Brazilian rosewood handle with lovely grain. As found, the brass has a lovely patina. The steel end is light rusted overall, but could be improved with some attention. G+ $36




Record Router Plane 722 Record Router Plane 722

MI1602105 Record Router Plane 722 A Record #722 in the original box. The box says that the cutting iron is 1/4" and tungsten steel. The upper part of the plane rates fine, but the sole has had light oxidation, from sitting in the box, cleaned off. G+ $69




Millers Falls

MI1602124 Millers Falls A brand new 2" plane iron. Marked "Solid Tool Steel, Millers Falls, Made in USA". There is old dried grease on the back and some small scattered stains on the front, but this blade has never been honed or used, and is essentially a new blade and certainly a high quality one as well. Fine $29




Sugar Nippers

MI160255 Sugar Nippers A nicely cleaned sugar nippers with a pleasing medium patina. They measure 8 1/2" overall. Not fancy but a nice honest example. G+ $65





Handforged Turnscrew

MI160264 Handforged Turnscrew This trunscrew has a lovely hand-forged blade that looks 18th Century to me. The oak handle looks like a somewhat later replacement to me. Measures 21" overall. Nice patination and great form. G+ $79





Carpenter

MI160268 Carpenter's Awl A handforged awl, one end being straight and the other is bent at about 75 degrees. It measures 11 3/8" overall. There are a lot of these about that are modern repros, and sometimes they are hard to spot, but I do think that this one is a genuine antique. G++ $59




Silversmith

MI160275 Silversmith's Planishing Hammer A typcial silversmith's hammer. The head is about 5 ounces. The handle looks orignal, but somebody has put a nail and a screw into the top to tighten it. This tool is probably from the first half of the 20th Century. G+ $49




Millers Falls Push Drill

MI160284 Millers Falls Push Drill A Number 100 push drill in the Buck Roger series of tools with a bright red handle. The bits are stored in the head, and the head is rotated to expose a hole over the bit that you want. Only one bit at a time can be accessed. Bits 1 & 3 are missing. The box is tatty and has been taped. The tool is in lovely untouched condition. G++ Sold




Spit Engine Spit Engine Spit Engine Spit Engine

MI160245 Spit Engine An 18th century spit engine that looks stylistically like a handful of others that I have seen, including one that we have previously sold on this page, but this one is larger and heavier. I have seen perhaps half a dozen similar examples to the one that we previously sold, but I have not seen another others quite like this one. It is significanly more robustly built and perhaps 20% larger (and more than twice as heavy). I can't say if the rope is original or not, but it is wound with a very heavy rope. The flywheel is old, but not original. It appears to be a 19th Century valve handle from a steam engine or something similar. While most of these spit engines are British, there is the possibility that this one is American, owing to its somewhat different nature. Perhaps a highly skilled Colonial blacksmith was copying an English versio from drawings. A spit engine of this size and ornate nature would have been used a great house, or a large plantation house in the colonies. This example came from a collection in Arlington, VA, although we bought it at auction and don't have any more detail than that. A rare and exceptional piece. G+ $2995


Small Planishing Hammer

MI160223 Small Planishing Hammer Marked only France, this is a very light little jewler's or silversmith's planishing hammer. It s about 1/2 ounce. The head is lovely, with a domed faced. The handle is very nice but I suspect is newer than the head, hence the low price. G++ Sold




Book:  Maryland Period Rooms

MI160230 Book: Maryland Period Rooms Published by the Baltimore Museum of Art, this is catalog of the period rooms at the musem. It is soft cover, 36 pages, published in 1987 and pritned in USA. The pictures beautiful and it should give you some good design ideas. Fine- $15




Pocket Fruit Knife Pocket Fruit Knife

MI160236 Pocket Fruit Knife A small pocket fruit knife with a sterling silver blade and mother of pearl scales. The blade is hallmarked for Sheffield 1857-1858. It is also maker marked, GU. This mark seems to be that of George Unite, who was a Birminham silversmith. This makes sense as a Sheffield knife maker would have bought in the blades, but it would not have been hallmarked until it was a finished product. The mother of scales have great depth and irridesence. The condition is superb. Silver blades were used for fruit knives because in the days before stainless steel, things like oranges would rust a pocket knife blade very quickly. The blade is 1 5/8" and the closed size is 2 1/2". For the connoisseur. Fine+ $119


Rosewood gunstock scraper Rosewood gunstock scraper

MI160244 Rosewood gunstock scraper A small craftsman made gunstock scraper with a 2 1/4" wide blade. The handles are short and stubby in a rather atypical manner for this type of tool. It shows moderate wear and is in nice as found condition. G+ $55




Henry Disston & Sons, Philada

MI160166 Henry Disston & Sons, Philada An apparently unused 3" X 5" scraper card. It has never been sharpened. There are some scattered stains, mostly on the side that is pictured. Dates to the first half of the 20th Century. G++ $35





E.C. Stearns & Co. Syracuse, NY

MI160172 E.C. Stearns & Co. Syracuse, NY A nice as found jointer gauge that is attached with cam action levers. A common but very useful tool. This one could use a light cleaning, but as it is still rates a strong G+ $69





Tuck

MI160178 Tuck A scarce hand made 19th Century American saw set. According to the EAIA directory of American toolmakers, this maker started in 1852 in Brockton Mass. The set is in nice as found condition and is clearly all hand forged. It is 3 1/2" overall and the end about 3/32". I don't recall seing another signed American sawset that was made before the days of mass production. G++ $49



A.G. Bachelder

MI160179 A.G. Bachelder A double spokeshave, similar to a Stanley #60, but older, and with the unusual feature of cap irons on the blades. Each blade has two screws that allow the cap iron (chip breaker) to be adjusted, and one larger screw that sets the blade. A.G. Bachelder was in business from 1845 - 1878 in Lowell Mass. This tool has lost its orginal finish over the years, but is in nice as found condition, showing only signs of honest use, not abuse. It is a heavier tool than the Stanley and with the cap irons should work very well, or fill a spot in your collection. G+ $48


Sargent VBM No. 81 Double SIde Rabbet

MI160195 Sargent VBM No. 81 Double SIde Rabbet A nice as found example of Sargent's patented side rabbet plane, which works both left and right side, and has a removable nose to function as a bullnose. One of the blades is more worn than the other, but both blades should last at least another 100 years. A very handy tool that doesn't get the attention it deserves. G+ $99



Masterpiece Wooden Press Masterpiece Wooden Press Masterpiece Wooden Press Masterpiece Wooden Press Masterpiece Wooden Press

MI160198 Masterpiece Wooden Press This is a magnificent wooden press that has been in my collection for around 20 years, but I have no idea what it was for. It is made from cherry, or a similar fruitwood, and is made with great artistic flourish, particularly in the turnings. The handle is ash. It has been carefully cleaned with wax and a rag, but me, and has been in my living room since I got it. Everyone comments on how beautiful it is and asks what it was used for. It is 16 1/2" wide and with the screw in the position shown in the photos, it is 16" high. I bought it at an auction in England, but I have always suspected that it could be Swiss or possibly French. Both are really just a guess. There is a brass chuck at the end of the screw, with a thumbscrew. One common theory is that this held seals, and and this was used to press seals into something. If anyone has a definitive answer, please let me know. I am also loathe to try and date this piece, although it is clearly old and definitely pre-1900. Needless to say, I think very highly of it, but it is time to let somebody else enjoy it. Fine $895


Carborundum

MI160154 Carborundum A No. 446-F slip stone, new in the original box. The stone has the consistency of a Norton fine crystolon stone. The box is in lovely condition and the stone is unused. The original sticker on the stone is also in nice condition. A rare find for the connoisseur. Fine+ $65




Plumb, Boy Scouts of America Plumb, Boy Scouts of America

MI16014 Plumb, Boy Scouts of America A lovely as found Plumb Hatchet with the Boy Scouts of American logo on the blade. These camp hatchets are common, but most of them have been neglected and or abused. This one has a pleasing patina on the blade, with an edge that shows it was never abused. The original hande is also nice with great original color and surface. The back side of haed is slightly marred from being struck when the hatches was used for splitting. There is one chip out of the handle, on the back, where it was likely accidentally struck when using the hatchet for splitting. Overall this is a very nice example of a quality that would be hard to find today would would cost much more if you did find it. G+ $65


James Bee, Sheffield

MI151225 James Bee, Sheffield An adjustable beech spokeshave with a brass wear plate. Measures 11" overall with a 2 1/2" wide blade. This tool has not been used much, as the blade doesn't show much wear. It has been cleaned quite a bit. A great user with the handy adjustment feature. G+ $55




Rogers, Cutlers to Her Majesty, Sheffield, England Rogers, Cutlers to Her Majesty, Sheffield, England

MI151232 Rogers, Cutlers to Her Majesty, Sheffield, England A superb Victorian quill cutter. The brass is crisp and retains much of its original lacquer, as does the ebony body. The pen knife blade is bright like new and is marked Rogers as well. Connoisseur grade. Fine $169




Unmarked

MI15129 Unmarked A magnificent char makers travisher. This is the best example that I have seen of one of these scarce tools. 15" wide with a 4 3/4" wide blade. The blade is still bright and sharp after all these years. This tool was found in New England, and I believe that it is American and probably belonged to a Windsor chair maker. It has no owner's marks, which would be very unlikely for a British tool, and more supports the idea of a rural chairmaker, who would have had no call to mark his tools. Wonderul orignal surface and color. G++ $285


Razor Stone

MI151136 Razor Stone I stuggle to date piece, but it looks early to me. The base is good mahogany, with a natural stone on one size and a piece of leather on the other. The stone is very fine like an Arkansas stone, but I believe that it is a British equivelant, like a Tam O'Shanter. It has a nice dry untouched surface. The working surface of the stone has no flaws, but from the side you can see that the stone has a fault that is only visible on one side. The stone is 1" by 5". G+ $45


Robt Varvill & Sons Robt Varvill & Sons Robt Varvill & Sons Robt Varvill & Sons

MI1304108 Robt Varvill & Sons A magnificent oversize gentlemen's oak tool chest. Victorian gentlemen's tool chests, marketed by the Sheffield makers, are scarce, but not rare. This one is the only one that I have seen by a York maker, and it is also the largest one that I have seen. The label has the original owner's name written on, and dated Sept. 1876. This chest has two drawers on the bottom, and a large top compartment. It measures 23" wide, 12 1/2" deep, and 12" high. The top has a shrinkage crack across the top and a few old stains that are typical of a chest of this type. The lock for the lid is missing, but we are including a proper period replacement that requires only very minor fitting. it is a near perfect fit as it is. One of the 4 drawer pulls is missing the rosette that goes between the knob and the drawer. Not a bid deal. It is also missing the label that would have been in the center of the lid and listed the original contents, as supplied. This is a hand-made chest, with first quality dovetailing work, that is worthy of any living room. A magnificent example for the connoisseur. G+ Our consignor has now authorized a major price reduction on this piece to: $595

W & S Butcher W & S Butcher

MI151123 W & S Butcher This is a rare original invoice from W. & S. Butcher, dated Nov. 7th, 1872. It is 2 sheets, both sides used, of tools, totally just ove 600 pounds. That was a lot of money then, about $3000 then, which is a small fortune now. The invoice was to E. Mullins of Philadelphia, There is also a page, with an original seal, from the U.S. Consul in Sheffield. What his role was I am not sure but he seemes to have been acting as a kind of agent. This is a once in a lifetime chance to own such an important piece of tool ephemera. The Butcher works in Sheffield are now a protected site. G++ $245


Patternmaker Made

MI1510100 Patternmaker Made A cast bronze carriage maker's rabbeting spokeshave, based on a Stanley 68 but clearly done by a pattern maker for his own use. Nice original condition and patina. G+ $48





Early Multi-Tool

MI151060 Early Multi-Tool A horseshoe shaped multi-tool, of the type that is scene in Smith's Key. This one was nickel plated, which makes me think that it is a bit later. Nickel plating was invented in the early 19th Century, but I am not sure when its use became widespread. I have seen one of these tools marked Holtzapfel, but this one is unmarked. None of the little tools are broken, which is often not the case. It includes a hoof pick, a button hook, a corkscrew, an awl, a gimlet, a a screwdriver, a screw like tool that might be a puller of some kind, and a leather punch. 3" across and 3 " high. A much nicer example than is usually seen. G++ Sold


Handforged Turnscrew

MI151064 Handforged Turnscrew This turnscrew was forged from an old file and has the scaled surface of tools made in this way. It has about 19" overall. There is a screw in the side of the head that is holding a check in the wood tight and was probably put in when it was made. A classic example of 19th Century American resourcefulness. G+ $45



Builders & Decorators Sign Builders & Decorators Sign

MI151030 Builders & Decorators Sign This is a sign, I am presuming from between the wars, for H. Alex Evans & Son, Builders & Decoratoros. The phone is "Wimbledon 2334". I did a quick web search and this firm is still in business, on the same street, but not a different number. It might be the same place, as many streets in the London area have been renumbered since them. The sign is about 21 1/2" wide and 21" high. The paint has a bit of crackelure and the varnish over it is a bit dark. I think that it would be a mistake to clean the old varnish off because then it would look like a new sign. WIth a painting of course we would have cleaned off the old varnish. G+ $395


Camco, USA Camco, USA

MI151042 Camco, USA A good quality advertising pocket knife. Marked on one side, Abeles-Lewit Co. Inc" and on the other side "Autobody Reconditioning Supplies, tools and equipment". Probably 1950s. This is a good quality US made pocket knife, not a disposable piece of junk. It is carbon steel, not stainless. Nice untouched condition, as it came from a drawer. G+ $35



Warranted Best, London Made

MI15108 Warranted Best, London Made A quite nice wooden router that has no maker's mark, just the stamp stated above. It is probably early 20th Century . It has a purpose made blade, not a plow iron like many of these routers use. The blade is 5/8" wide and the router is 6" wide. It will make a great user. G++ $49




Bagshaw & Field Bagshaw & Field

MI150991 Bagshaw & Field Thisi is a gentleman's tool roll of the type associated with Holtzapfel, but this one is a Philadelphia made example. These are sometimes seen in smal wooden boxes, with a selection of bits, but I have never seen one in a roll with so many tools. The selection of tools is staggering. There are 26 tools and a rosewood handle with a nickel plated nozzle. The tools include a hand cut rasp, 2 hand cut files, a spoon bit, 3 chisels, 3 gouges, 3 gimlets, 2 countersinks, a saw, a knife, a square and a half moon reamers, an awl, 2 cold chisels, and three graduated small tools that I thnik are for leatherwork. I believe that all of these tools are original to the roll, although not all of them are marked. Those that are marked, are stampled "B&F", which is how Bagshaw &Field always marked bits. The bits are all in nice as found condition. The roll itself is deteriorating and might be best recreated. The handle has some marring at the top where it has been struck. This is a a rare find. I have never seen another set that is so comprehensive in its selection of tools. A serious collector's piece. G+ $389


Pricking Wheel

MI150964 Pricking Wheel I believe that this tool was used by fine leatherworkers, such as glove makers, for pricking the leather where it would be stitched. The gool sis as found with lovely patina. The handle is Brazilian rosewood with great color and an original finish. A superb quality tool. Fine $39




C S. Osbourne & Co. Harrison, N.J

MI150915 C S. Osbourne & Co. Harrison, N.J A set of 3 leather hole punches, sizes 4, 6, & 10, in an original C.S. Osbourne box. I got them in this box and I assume that they started life in it. The end label reads 1/2 dozen and also size 16, but the size appears to be crossed out with a pencil. The top label is attractive but has insect damage all around the periphery. Two corners are torn out. The leather hole punches have staining on them overall and the smallest one has some rust on it. All of them are still good working tools made to the highest quality. G+ $35


Edward Preston

MI150923 Edward Preston A Preston sash shave that cuts a 5/8" sash ovolo on a straight or a curve, and in either direction. Used for doing fancy gothic sash work. The blades are full original length. The japanning shows normal tool box rash but this is a nice example. G+ $85




Magnagrip Magnetic Tool Holder

MI150941 Magnagrip Magnetic Tool Holder A 9" wide bar that mounts to a wall or workbench and holds tools through magnetic force. It is in the box and appears to have never been used. It is from the 1950s. The graphic inside even shows a 1950s car as the tool is being used in a garage. This is a high quality tool that was made in East Longmeadow, Mass. The box has no ends, but I think that it was always just a slip case and didn't have ends. Fine $49


Jointer Fence

MI150944 Jointer Fence This is a Millers Falls type jointer fence, but it is not marked. It is designed to clamp onto the side of an iron bench plane with cam clamps. The adjustment has fixed stops at 90 degrees and 45 degrees. Nice as found condition. These are very handy tools, both for getting square edges on boards and for doing any kind of coopered work. G+ Sold



A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow

MI150858 A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow A lightly used example of a coachmaker's jigger that has been waxed by a British dealer or collector. The blade is a Mathieson marked plow plane iron. I can't say for sure if that is right or not. A nice example. G+ $45






Antique Tool

MI91240 The Ultimate Brace I have found two more new old stock copies of this book. When these two are gone, I think that will be about it though. It has been out of print for a long time. These books were never sold. The books themselves are mint, the dust jackets show slight handling wear but are still fine. One Left. Fine $89

Swedish Burl Mallet

MI15081 Swedish Burl Mallet This is a 27 ounce joiner's mallet that has a turned burl birch head and a straight birch head. This mallet shows normal moderate wear, except in one spot where an idiot hit a metal tube of some kind and put 6 round indentations into wood. The surface is dry and would really pop with some wax. A great piece of wood. G+ $95



Hand Forged Turnscrew

MI150813 Hand Forged Turnscrew A 17 1/4" long tunscrew that looks quite early, but it is the kind of tool that can be decieving. This tool could be 17th, 18th, or 19th Century. One really can't tell for sure. It has a heavy iron ferule, which is usually seen on earlier examples. the wood has a very rich patina from years of usage. An interesting piece and modestly priced. Good $59



L. Stoudt

MI150816 L. Stoudt An early hand forged ax head for a felling ax. I don't know who . Stoudt was, but it is clearly marked on both sides with what looks like a Pennsylvania style maker's mark of the 19th Century. It weights a bit over 3 pounds. There is some damage to the edge, but this head is still very usuable, although I would hate to see anyone do that, as it has a lovely overal patina now. There is some pitting, but it is mostly just patinated. This is a not a common tool to find. Early, as in pre-factory made, ax heads got used up. Good $129


Ram Ram

MI150837 Ram's Horn Scraper One of the finest examples of a laminated American scraper that I have seen. The bold lines are truly superior and make this tool stand out as for the connoisseur. The blade was made from a saw, and has the etch of the saw on it. This is also intriguing, as it has a Buffalo, NY mark that I have not seen before. The left horn has been broken off and glued back on, probably long before we were born. If you want to own just one example of this uniquely American form, I suggest that this is the one to have. G+ $165


Blacksmith Made Turnscrew

MI150715 Blacksmith Made Turnscrew This is a 22" overall length turnscrew with a lovely patinated fruitwood handle, with just a hint of tiger figure in it. There is a shrinkage check in the handle. The ferule was polished by an idiot but the rest of the turnscrew has a lovely untouched look and with time the brass ferule will take on a new patina. An elegant tool from a lost age of craftsmanship. G+ $85



Chicago-Latrobe

MI150638 Chicago-Latrobe This is a new old stock packet of #59 bits. There are 12 bits in the packet. I have 10 packets. I bought these in England and the person who I bought them from and I both think that they are WW2 surplus. It seems sad to me that people risked their lives in convoys across the North Atlantic to get supplies through, to have them sit unused. I guess that is the nature of government procurement, even in desparate times. If you want more than 1 packet, just put the item into your shopping cart as many times as you want packets. If we don't have that many left we will adjust your invoice. Fine $15


W. Marples & Sons

MI15069 W. Marples & Sons I have had a few of giant turnscrews in this style by Marples over the years, but this one is absolutely the largest one. It is 29 1/2" overall. That is huge for a turnscrew. It has a lovely patina with a Fench polished handle. The handle can be pulled off of the blade, which is the result of it being drier here than in Britain. The ferule has a pleasing light patina. A gem for anyone who appreciates these. G+ $119


Dickinson, Maker

MI150621 Dickinson, Maker Marked "Shaw Patent", this is a diamond glass cutter. The head swivels, presumably to facilitate following curves. The handle is either ebony or dark rosewood. Nice as found condition and a London made quality tool. G+ $45




Decorative Food Chopper

MI150562 Decorative Food Chopper A lovely as found English food chopper. It is usually assumed that these were made by saw makers because of the style of the handle. The handle and its brass saw nuts certainly support that. There is some glue residue on the blade from tape being used to protect the edge, but it is still sharp and ready to use. It has a pleasing patina and is a very nice example of its kind. G++ $95



Buck, 242 Tottenham Ct. Rd Buck, 242 Tottenham Ct. Rd

MI150563 Buck, 242 Tottenham Ct. Rd A lovely untouched miniature router of the type associated with Buck. There were a few tools, like the Buck bow drills and these routers, that Buck seems to have had made exclusively for them. Similar to MI110214 but somewhat different dimensions. 4 1/8" wide and 1 1/4" wide by 7/8" tall. For the connoisseur. Fine $89



P. S. Stubs

MI150541 P. S. Stubs This is a hand cut file, still usable, and about 5 5/8" overall. It is not marked England, so it is probably pre-1890. Hand-cut files of this age are few and far between, especially ones that bear the mark of Peter Stubbs, the famous Lancashire tool maker. Fine $45




Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd

MI150558 Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd An unusual pocket knife with polished metal sides and no scales, marked "Sheffield Made" and Buck on one blade and "Hand Forged" and Buck on the other. It measures 3 1/2" when closed. I am not sure if the sides are nickel or stainless steel. A very attractive and unusual knife. G+ $98




Perfect Handle Screwdriver

MI150488 Perfect Handle Screwdriver An as found, and a bit scruffy example of the patented handle. These were made by H. D. Smith, but oddly I don't see that marked on this one, although it is marked "Perfect Hanlde" and the patent date. Measures 9 1/4" overall with a 9/15" wide blade. Good $45




MI120921 Auction Catalogs I seemed to have auction catalogs coming out my ears. Furniture, art, miscellaneous, you name it, I seem to get a catalog for it. I hate to throw these out, but I just can't keep them all You can order up to three of them, for free, with any old tool order that you place. You can't specify which catalogs, but they are mostly relatively recent and from major auction houses. Note that they will affect your shipping quote because of the weight that they will add to your order. Many of these catalogs cost $30 or $40 before the auction and are valuable reference materials. Note that none of them are tool catalogs. Fine $0


Record Number 2506 Side Rebate Plane Record Number 2506 Side Rebate Plane

MI15047 Record Number 2506 Side Rebate Plane This is the double side rebate based on the Sargent design, but is the later version with a depth stop. This one seems to have seen very little used and retains full original irons. The nickel is about 95%. The finish is deteriorating on the ebonized handle and is why I lowered the condition rating. G+ $119



The Adell Mfg. Co.

MI150413 The Adell Mfg. Co. An adjustable chamfer gauge for draw knives, in the original box. Ftis draw knives from 1 1/4" - 1 3/8" wide. About 97% bright nickel remains. There is a stain on the label of the box. A rare find for the connoisseur. G++ $89




Book:  American Wood & Metal Planes

MI150251 Book: American Wood & Metal Planes The D'Elia tool museum in Connecticut is the only museum of its kind in this country that I am aware of. It is a first class museum with well presented displays, decicated exclusively to tools. This book is a catalog of the collection and like the museum, is a first rate effort. It is printed in the USA, hardbound, and 342 pages. The emphasis is on patented planes, but it covers others as well and is really a must own book for anyone serious about tools. I have a few copies, but just a few. New $59


Norton

MI150126 Norton An apparently unused Norton SB-4 Soft Arkansas stone in the original box with the original label still on the stone. Measures 4 X 2 X 15/16". Probably from the 40s or 50s, certainly not later. Fine $79





G. E. Blinn & Co. Sheffield G. E. Blinn & Co. Sheffield

MI150128 G. E. Blinn & Co. Sheffield A very small coachman's type pocket knife with horn scales. This knife was probaby carried for a lifetime. The horn is worn smooth like plastic, with the area around the brass pins standing a bit higher. The blades are very worn. I am not 100% sure on the maker's name, but I think that this is what it says. There is a small piece of horn missing at the end of the corkscrew. This tool was clearly loved, and well cared for, but really used. I personally really like it. Measures 3 1/2" closed. Good $129


Wilson Mf

MI150133 Wilson Mf'g Co, New London, Conn This is an early American manufactured iron brace. It was properly cleaned by a collector and has a lovely patina. The top of the head is marked 2 1/2, which I take to be the size. The spring lever chuck works well and is intended to hold the same kind of notched bits that went into Sheffield style braces of the time. It has an 8" throw. A very nice example. G+ $145



The Manual Tool Co, Sheffield

MI150117 The Manual Tool Co, Sheffield A rosewood handled knife that I think is a mount knife of sorts, but if you know better, let me know. It has a brass pad on the top edge of the blade that allows you to press down hard with one finger. The blade has some light scattered rist but is still sharp. The handle has a bit shaved off of the end as if somebody was testing the edge on a chisel. An unusual and interesting tool. G+ $39



R. TImmins & Sons

MI141230 R. Timmins & Sons A pariticularly nice sugar nips with wonderful surface, and a lot of decorative work. This is a much fancier example than what we usually see, and it is maker signed. Great old and untouched condition. For the connoisseur. G++ $199




Burl Mallet

MI141170 Burl Mallet I generally hate the word primitive in the context of antiques, but this really is a classic primitive American burl mallet. This is truly the connoisseur's example of a burl mallet. There is enven one edge were some of the original burl surface, before it was turned, is still showing. It has a nice old dry surface. The only negative comment that I can make is that there is a screw in the end of the handle being used to tighten the head. It was probably put there in the 19th Century and I won't touch it. The head is 5 1/2 diameter and 2 1/2" high. A gem. G++ $159


W. R. Fox, Grand Rapids Michigan

MI141143 W. R. Fox, Grand Rapids Michigan A patented cast iron mitre trimmer that is very similar to the Lion mitre trimmer, but appears to predate the Lion. It is marked, "Patanted June 17th , 1870". I might have a character off on that as it is hard to read. A very nice usable tool that should work just like a Lion mitre trimmer, but is a whole lot more rare. I have never seen one before, and nor have other experts that I have shown it to. It is a high quality professional's tool. This type of tool can be dangerous and should be used with great care. Any mitre trimmer can cause serious injury if one's hands are not clear when using it. G+ $245


Sinclair Scott Co. Baltimore Sinclair Scott Co. Baltimore Sinclair Scott Co. Baltimore

MI141151 Sinclair Scott Co. Baltimore A lovely example of a scarce model, the peach peeler, the apple peeler being far more common. The cutter on this is a cup shape. I am told that it will work on apples as well. An example of Victorian enginuity at its peak. I personally love these Victorian peelers. So many of them are cracked or damaged in some way, The only thing to even say about this one is that the handle is a little loose on its axle from use. It would be very hard to improve on this one. Fine $229


Underwood, 56 Haymarket, London

MI141058 Underwood, 56 Haymarket, London A horn scaled race knife in the original leather belt holster. It is not a folding knife and measures 8 3/4" overall. It is marked V.R. with a crown, which is a Royal Warrant, meaning that this product was of a such a high quality that it had the patronage of the royal family. Even the holster is of a quality that stands out. This is a tool for the connoisseur's connoisseur. Fine $265



Scraper

MI141061 Scraper A cleverly made scraper handle that holds the blade in with a wedge. Very well made but almost certainly a one off tool. The scaper blade is 3 1/4" wide. G+ $48





Race Knife Race Knife

MI141016 Race Knife An 18th Century race knife in the original paper case. This case alone is a very rare survivor. The knife is unmarked but certainly appears to be 18th Century. It is in superb as found condition, as is the case. For the connoisseur. G++ $279




Early Adze Early Adze

MI140933 Early Adze This is a magnificent early (probably 18th Century) French adze. It is pitted overall, which is why I rated it low, but it is a great looking tool worthy of a great collection. It came from a very discerning New York collection and it has been in my collection since then, but not it is time for you to enjoy it. Measures 9" across. The blade is just under 5" wide. It is marked but the pitting makes it illegible. The handle looks old but not original. I think that this is a great piece of early iron. G- $245


North Brothers Yankee No. 130A

MI140843 North Brothers Yankee No. 130A A lightly used example in its orignal box with all three original bits. The bottom of the box has been taped with clear tape. The top shows light wear but the corners are intact with no repairs. A nice example for a reasonable price. G++ $55




Unmarked

MI140841 Unmarked A large quality boxwood spokeshave. Measures 12 1/2" with a 3 1/2" blade, but that doesn't fully convey what a large shave this is. Has a polished finish that is now nicely patinated. G+ Sold





Draw Knife Chamfer Guides

MI140672 Draw Knife Chamfer Guides An "Improved Draw Knife Chamferer Gauge" in the original box. The box is mssing one side and some of the label is gone but the tool is superb. They were made in Chicopee Falls, Mass, a great tool making center. 1 1/2 size to fit drawknives from 1 1/4" to 1 1/2" wide. Fine $79




Booklet:  Woodworking Tools by Philip Walker

MI140510 Booklet: Woodworking Tools by Philip Walker This booklet is only 32 pages long but gives a nice overview of collectable tools. In the back is pictures one of the best cabinermaker's chests that I have seen. A fun read. G++ Sold





Book:  American Rococco, 1750 - 1775

MI140410 Book: American Rococco, 1750 - 1775 This is the hardbound edition of this book still sealed in the original plastic wrapper. Written by Morrison Heckscher and Leslie Bowman and published by the Metropolitain Museum of Art in New York. I am ot sure of how many pages it is, but it his a good sized book, probably 250 -300 pages. New in Wrap $59




Arkansas Stone

MI140327 Arkansas Stone This is most interesting little stone. It is a hard translucent Arkansas stone in a fitted leather case that measures only 1 3/4" by 1" by 1/4". Hard to date but I feel certain that it is at least pre-war just judging by the case. Perfect condtion but I didn't rate it higher because the case is soiled from old oil and the stone is not bright. It is as crisp as new. G++ $48



Early Pennsylvania Side Axe Early Pennsylvania Side Axe Early Pennsylvania Side Axe

MI140216 Early Pennsylvania Side Axe This ax was found by the collector form whom we acquired it in a barn in Lancaster County about 25 years ago. I think that it is American and from that area. It has a great surface and a great form. It has decorative touch marks, and nice chamfering, with fluting in the corners. It is a side ax, being beveled on just one side. The handle is old and has been with it a long time, but is not the original handle. This is a great piece of early American iron from a good collection. If it isn't 18th Century, it is certainly early 19th. G+ $399


Mappin & Webb

140134 Mappin & Webb An ebony handled pen knife in its original Mappin & Webb embossed case. The case is made from pressed paper and is much more rare than the knife. Mappin & Webb are still in business today and are a very prestigious maker. G++ $125




The Cabinetmaker The Cabinetmaker

MI131270 The Cabinetmaker's Assistant, Original Designs for Furniture This is a the classic Victorian book published by Blackie & Son, Glasgow. It has been reprinted but this is an original volume. The leather is dry and the rear board is detached. The pages are not numbered but this is a bit, thick, book. An important book for the cabinetmaking scholar. G+ $129




Ohio Tool Co. O113

MI131089 Ohio Tool Co. O113 A scarce Ohio tool company version of the Stanley 113 compass plane. This plane was clearly made by Stanley for Ohio Tool Co. As found with some light paint overspray on the left side. It would make a good user or would fit a hole in an Ohio Tool Co collection, although I priced it as a user. G+ $169






Antique Tool

MI6099 F. Rider This is a fantastic early American ax. It is marked twice by the blacksmith, F. Rider. The workmanship is superb, with delicate chamfering. It is bevelled only on one side and I am not sure of the original purpose. It was found in Pennsylvania and I presume that it is from that area. Really a great piece of early American iron. Good $295

Basketmaker

MI130954 Basketmaker's Shave This tool, I belive that it is properly called a basket maker's shave, is adjustable for thickness of cut, and is used to size all of the stock to a uniform thickess before weaving a basket. This one looks to have significant age to it, but I would be loathe to try and date it accuratley. The thumbscrew looks hand forged, and very nicely done at that. The brass has been hand polished a bit, but not terribly so. The rest of the tool has a nice pleasing patina. This is a pretty scarce tool and a nice example as well. G+ $149


Early Wooden Comb

MI130866 Early Wooden Comb This is a wooden comb that I bought from an antiques dealer who bought a chest of drawers in an auction in Pennsylvania and found this in a drawer. It is clearly early. I have no way to tell if it is American or not, but the story would certainly support that. The woods looks like pear, or a similar fruitwood, to me. it has a lovely, untouched dry surface. It is 7 1/2" wide. A real connoisseur's piece. Fine $195


Handforged Bowl Adze

MI130868 Handforged Bowl Adze A huge French bowl adze, the lip measuring 7 3/4" across. The other edge is smooth with a lovely dark patina. The ash handle is old and could be original. A very nice example. G+ $185





Highland Tool Co

MI13096 Highland Tool Co A coffin smoother shaped wooden router using a Hildick #8 plow iron. Nicely waxed by a collector. 7" Long, 2 1/2" wide. G+ $59





Wm Marples & Sons

MI130840 Wm Marples & Sons A beech router in probably unused condtion. It has its original purpose made blade. Judging from the blade, which is not honed, and the sole, I don't think that it was ever used. It has 85% of the original decal on top, and is stamped on the side as well. This is of course a 20th Century tool, but is still certainly older than I am. A great user, but not as elegant as the 19th Century routers that we often have. Fine $59


Hand-Forged Pliers

MI13084 Hand-Forged Pliers A clean as found pair of early jewelers type pliers. Hand made pliers of this type are invariable described as being made in Lancashire, but this pair is marked with a very fine stamp, "German". They are certainly hand-made 19th Century pliers. I wonder how many other unmarked examples being described as English are really German. The jaws are slightly sprung. I saw that because they the jaws don't touch when they are closed, but they may have been made this way. The jaws don't appear to be bent. 5" overall. I really like these. G+ $36


Patterns

MI130599 Appliqués & Onlays This is a lot 27 pieces that are Appliqués & Onlays that would be glued onto a workpiece, and them finished over. The designs in include Chinoiserie styles and traditonal English styles like the Prince of Wales feathers. They are made from some kind of pressed saw dust material. A customer has brought to my attention that these are still made and sold by Decorator Supply in Chicago. To replace this lot new would cost over $1000. G++ $99




Antique Tool

MI90953 Swedish Bread Saw I did not know what this tool was when we first listed it, but I have now been contacted by an antiquarian in Sweden who informs me that this is an 18th Century Swedish bread saw. He also says that they are quite scarce and that this tool could even be 17th Century, although I don't think that this one is quite that old. It is about 12 inches wide. The furface is blotchy with patches of light rust. It does not have an overall patina, which is kind of odd. Good $145

Sash Templates

MI130446 Sash Templates A matching pair of sash templates for 5/8" lambstongue sash. The owner's mark is "Lunatic", clearly the property of the joiner's shop at a lunatic asylum. They are as found and pretty dirty, but should clean to at least G++ $39




Primitive Swediish Burl Brace Primitive Swediish Burl Brace

MI130417 Primitive Swediish Burl Brace A classic Scandinavian burl birch brace. It has some modest carving, and the owner has carved his name on the chuck, although part of the name is missing with a hole that was drilled to put a screw through where it has been cracked. This could certainly be improved upon. It has shellaced as well. I can't date this accurately, but I think that it must be early to mid 19th Century. The throw is quite small, 5". It is about 11 1/2" high. There are no pods with it. Like many fine Scandinavian braces, it is formed to curve towards the direction of rotation, a feature that has alwasy appealed to me about these braces. A potentially important piece that deserves some love, and a gift at this price. Good $145


Wire Gauge Tool

MI130353 Wire Gauge Tool This looks like a pocket knife with brass scales, but it opens with two "blades", each of which are marked "Wire" and with numbered slots to measure the gauge of a wire. The scales are wonderfully engraved, jeweler quality, "J. Kenerstone, Sherborne." I would not be suprised to learn that this tool was 18th Century, but I don't feel qualified to really say, as I have never seen another like it. There is one divider broken out between the 14 and 15 gauge slots. It measures 2 5/8" long when folded up. I think that this is something really special. G+ $285


Unmarked Victorian Knife

MI130356 Unmarked Victorian Knife A three bladed pocket knife with mother of pearl scales, inlaid with a sliver plaque, engraved "T. Crow 1877." The blades are only marked, "Made in Sheffield." The knife is 3 1/2" when closed. This is a high quality Sheffield made pocket knife from the golden age of Sheffield knife manufacturing. Fine- $145




Speednut Wrench Corp

MI130321 Speednut Wrench Corp An 8" patented Speednut wrench. Not the version that I usually see. G+ $65






Craftsman Made

MI130335 Craftsman Made An appealing small cabinetmaker's router for doing very fine shallow work. The tool is about 3 1/2" wide and the blade is about 5/16" wide. Lovely as found condition with a French polished finish. Fine $49





Patent Model Patent Model Patent Model Patent Model Patent Model

MI130182 Patent Model An original US patent model, with the original tag of receipt and patent tag. The receipt, tacked to the side, reads, "J. Hollen, Knitting Machine, Rec'd. Oct. 16, 1860" The tag reads "Pat 31020, 1861, Jos. Hollen, Knitting Machine, Patented January 1st, 1861" Made out of cherry wood and steel. Superb untouched original condition. I visited the special exhibit at the Smithsonian last year of patent models. This one is in better condition than any of those were! For the connoisseur. Just a brief search online reveals that Joseph Hollen ran a successful company, the Hollen Knitting Machine Co. It is also mentions in one source that he invented the sewing machine and sold the design. Fine- $1495


J. W. Stutter  3 Shoreditch

MI130129 J. W. Stutter 3 Shoreditch A very scarce farrier's knife. I have not seen a similar one before. It is marked "London Made" and is indeed exceptionally well made. It is in lovely as found condition with a wonderful patina. Measures 5 7/8" across at the longest. Some research on the Internet reveals that the address was 133 or 173 Shoreditch (contradictory information, typical of the Internet) and that he was active in the late 19th Century. Ground to a very thin, sharp edge. Fine $195


Craftsman Ratchet Bit Brace

MI121237 Craftsman Ratchet Bit Brace A #4240 10" sweep brace in the original box. The box is a bit tattered, but the brace is really superb, possibly unused. The nickel on the frame is thinning in spots, but that seems to be from age, and its being applied very thinly. My guess is that the brace was not used. Fine Sold




Lady

MI121242 Lady's Leg Awl A classic piece of workman's folk art, a marking awl with a ladies stocking leg for the clip. The style of the stocking looks to be Victorian or Edwardian. Very well executed by somebody with a real eye for the proportions of a woman's leg. Slightly overcleaned, but nothing that won't improve with age and handling. A real gem. G+ $129



Dutch Spykbor

MI121164 Dutch Spykbor A crisp as found Norther European, probably Dutch, wooden brace. The small spoon bit is bent. I have not tried to straighten it for fear of breaking it off. The brace has lovely untouched surface. G++ $79




Nut Cracker

MI12102 Nut Cracker A superb quality hand made nut cracker from about 1800, plus or minus about 30 years. Nut cracker's of this form are not rare, but this is the connoisseur's example. It has a fine polished and blued surface. The handle turning is finely deliniated and elegantly formed. The pricks that hold the nut are in a symmetric pattern and surrounded by a wrigglework outline. In other words, this was a top-of-the-line example made for somebody of quality, to use the phrase of the day. There is one small spot on one handle that had a rust spot, and somebody rubbed it with an abrasive, thus damaging the finish. Had they scraped it like a gunsmith would have done, the blueing would not have been damaged, but alas when fools get hold of fine things, **** happens. A real gem of English metalwork. Fine- $119


Nut Cracker

MI12103 Nut Cracker This is a hand-made English nutcracker of the type that was made for many years, and thus is hard to date. My guess is that they are from the first half of the 19th Century, but in England hand worked persisted longer than people tend to imagine. This is a an as found example, with light surface oxidation. One side is slightly bent, but not enough to bother me. It could of course be bent back, but they are very genuine and I would leave them alone. I can imagine somebody sitting by the fire in their cottage using these after a long day working in the field. Good $36


Fleam

MI121034 Fleam A horn handled twin-ironed English fleam in lovely untouched condtion. The delicate blades are perfect, and ready to use should you be pursuing any homeopathic medicine. It is only marked Cast Steel on each blade, nothing else. A connoisseur example. Fine $145




Unmarked  (Preston)

MI12096 Unmarked (Preston) A 3/4" cast iron ovolo sash shave. This tool would have been made by Preston, but unmarked so that it could be sold into the trade. It has full original blades but the finish is worn from being in a tool chest. It has about 50-60% japanning remaining. A great user at a moderate price. G+ $75




Yankee Plain Breast Drill Yankee Plain Breast Drill

MI12089 Yankee Plain Breast Drill A Yankee No. 1455 Breast Drill in the original box. The box has some staining but is not torn. The drill needs a light cleaning but should clean to better than G+ $85





Stearns Patent Tenoning Tool

MI120712 Stearns Patent Tenoning Tool A scarce Stearns 1872 patent adjustable tenoning tool. Graduated from 3/8" to 1". Nice as found condition. G+ $95





Gleave, Oldham St. Manchester

MI120641 Gleave, Oldham St. Manchester A matched pair (same original owner) of sash shaves, one with figured boxwood, the other more normal boxwood. The figured example cuts a 1/2" square ovolo, the other cuts a 3/4" profile that I have not seen before. It is like a square ovolo with rounded off fillets. There is some recent abrasion to the under side of the handle on this one, but a dab of linseed oil with go a long way to obscure this. As found and needing a light cleaning. G+ $199


H. Gerstner H. Gerstner

MI120591 H. Gerstner A rare large Gerstner box in mahogany rather than the usual oak. In later years Gersnter started making boxes in various woods, but old Gerstner boxes in anything but oak are rare. This one is the large box, 26" wide and 16" high. It shows the normal wear of a box that was used but cared for. I would guess that it is pre-War, but I am not sure. I don't have the key for it. There is one spot on the lid where a solvent was spilled and took off the finish. That is patinated in now. Otherwise the finish shows only normal wear. It could stand a light cleaning with a rag and wax. It is a wonderful box and a great way to display a rule collection. G++ $645


 Sugar Nippers

MI120530 Sugar Nippers A really lovely untouched sugar nippers or a smaller size, measuring 7 3/4" overall. The hinge has eleganly exectured decorative file work. They have an overal even patina. The little piece on the side of the handle, the exact use of which has never been clear to me, is bent forward. So many of these that I see are bent this way, that I wonder if it was intentional, or if perhaps there was something in how they were used that bent this piece. Anyway, it doesn't affect the appeal of these nippers, which are connoisseur quality. G++ $159


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MI120414 Kellett's Patent Plane Iron This is the only example that I have seen of this 1884 Patent bench plane iron. There are two cap irons, one on top of the other. I have a print out of the patent but I was too lazy to read it to see what old Kellett had in mind. Whatever it was, I don't think that it made him a wealthy man. This is a rare survivor from the Age of Invention. Good $59



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MI120146 Norton Abrasives A 4" by 1" Crystolon stone in the original box. Used but very nice and with some real age on it. Fine $29








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MI1112231 Early Sharpening Stone A very fine natural stone mounted in an oak holder. This was probably intended for honing razors. Primitive looking tools like this are hard to date, but I would think that this is probably 18th Century. It has rich patina and lots of honest wear to the stone, but no damage. The stone measures approx. 7 inches. A rare survivor. G+ $259



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MI1112206 Brady, Lanc'st PA A classic Pennsylvania morticing ax, as used to build many a timber framed house and barn. The blade is rust free with a lovely patina. The handle is a nice old handle, but it is loose in the head and is probably not off of this ax, although it might be. The only flaw I see is that the second line of the stamp, Lanc'st PA, bounced and double struck into the third line, "Cast Steel". As nice an example as you are likely to ever see. Fine- $145



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MI111137 John J. Harley, Liverpool A boxwood molding shave that cuts a 7/8" bead with a sharply pointed quirk. It has an adjustable fence. Lightly polished. G+ $125



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MI111044 Slitting Tool I am not sure about the original use of this tool. I am pretty sure that it is American. It slits at a fixed width, perhaps for cutting stringing. I feel like there must be more too it than that. A very nicely made tool. The one piece of brass trim on it was probably hand polished, as it seems too bright. The tool is otherwise untouched. G++ $69



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MI110838 Unusual Clamp/Fixture This is an exceptionally made clamp or fixture of some kind. It is made in birch. I have owned it for around 20 years. I bought it assuming that it had to do with planemaking, but 20 years later I have no more insight into it than the say I bought it, so I will let you have fun trying to figure it out. The turning on the heads of the wooden screws is very elegan. It is in lovely as found condiition. Fine $185



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MI110460 G. Buck, Maker, 242 Tottenham Court Rd George Buck was a famous London tool merchant, not a maker, but these bow drills seem to be unique to him, and he probably did have these custom made for his shop. Some of them, like this one, are finely engraved about the brass ring near the top, with information in our title. This one is untouched, and would rate fine, but for shrinkage checks. There is a check in the spool and another in the removable cap. This is a common problem, the obvious result of putting wood onto a metal core. In the US, where the climate can be drier, this problem is greatly exacerbated over what it is in Great Britain. G++ $245



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MI11019 Basketmaker's Cleave This tool is used to split the willow for making baskets. This one is horn with a walnut head. It is slightly unusual, in that it splits willow wands into 4 sections, rather than the more common ones that split into 3. I have never seen as nice an example of one of these very rare tools. G++ $165



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MI101250 Catalog: G. Sommers & Co. Wholesalers of General Merch. This is a 640 page wholesale catalog from September 1918, of all the stuff that small town merchants would order for their general merchandise shops. It has everthing from clothes to tools to lighting. Everyting that you can think of is in this catalog. The company was in St. Paul, Minn. The condition is remarkable for a catalogue of age. All of of the goods are priced with the wholesale price for 1918. Truly a time capsule. Many of the things in this catalog are probably gone for good from the face of the earth, but live on only on these pages. Highly recommended. Fine- $135



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MI101153 Needle Case A lovely little bone needle case in the shape of an umbrella. Possibly a sailor made love token for a sweetheart back home. Certainly hand made and with great patina and form. 3 1/2" overall. Really a nice piece. G+ $109



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MI10112 Sash Dowelling Box A superb mahogany sash dowelling box with a clever cam locking design. Untouched original surface that looks like it was just lifted from a tool chest. These boxes were used to join sash bars using dowels, a technique that was generally supersceded in the 19th Century. I would guess that this is a 19th Century tool, but I am only basing that on the appearnce of the screws, which I have not removed, and would not, as they look totally undisturbed. A fine example of a rare tool. Fine $445



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MI101046 Carpenter's Advertising Bib A cotton bib from "East End Lumber Co. Inc." of Oneonta, NY. It is in nicely preserved condition with nice clear graphics. The phone number is given as "24". That tells you something about it's age. Find me another one. G+ $49



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MI101010 Scandiniavian Brace An elegant craftsman made brace in birch. The pod is held in by a tapered pin. The pod does not have a bit in it, but it takes the Scandinavian style bits with the flat tang. I believe that the wood is birch. The throw is about 6 1/2 inches. Nice as found condition. G+ $165



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MI10091 Apple Corer A Georgian bone apple corer turned from bone. Fine quality turning and lovely original condition. There is a tiny chip on the top that cost it one condition grade. Highly recommended. G+ $99



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MI100858 Craftsman Made An extraordinary spalted (a customer thinks that this is Karelian birch) wood brace. The head is highly figured, and the body is both figured and spalted. The pad is plain applewood with a gimlet bit in it. The form of the brace is great as well. It curves slightly in the direction of rotation, a feature that I have seen a few times before and have alwasy found to be very attractive. I am not sure of the age but I would guess it to be first half of the 19th Century. The throw is only about 6 inches. There is one chip in the head where it rubs on the body . That is the only flaw. Wonderful as found condition. Found in Sweden and almost certainly Swedish. Really an exceptional piece. G+ $295



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MI10087 Victorian Prize Medal, 1866 A 1 7/8" diameter medal awarded to Mr. D. Law for "General Merit Displayed in a Series of Water-Color Drawings." Hand engraved on he edge with this information, and engraved on the face with the name of the winner. From the "Hampshire & Isle of Wight Exhibition of Industry and Arts 1866." The front shows a castle entrance in a high relief that is very attractive. Lovely bronze color. Fine $149



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MI100549 Chairmaker's Brace This is a very untouched brace from an old collection, with an old collector's number on it that will wipe right off with acetone. The original spoon bit is still sharp and usable. A nice virgin example. G++ $149
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MI100523 Wade, Wingfield, & Rowbotham, Sheffield An ebony handled quill cutter in its original case. I have used this quill cutter to make quill pens with my daughter, which worled quite well. The case is a bit taty and the ends are missing, but the cutter itself is very nice. G++ $245

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MI100346 J. Gibson, Albany A scarce signed American coachmaker's double router. The blades are not heavily worn on this tool. They measure about 5 /32 wide. I used one of these when I do a tombstone panel. This tool is as found with nice patina. The wedges are original. I have not tried to move the blades but they are probably tight and will require some attention to get them moving. This is always the case for this type of tool. One of the fence adjusting bolts has been replaced with a modern woodscrew. A nice example and priced to reflect the replaced screw. G+ $165
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MI10024 Sam'l Hall's Son, New York, USA A 10 inch Hall's patent wrench. This wrench is in very nice, well cared for condition. The nickel is worn and only about 60% remains, but the tool was never abused, or cleaned, and is a very nice example of this rare and desirable patent wrench. G+ $139
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MI100160 Craftsman Made This is a scarce sash dowelling box. It is also a very plain example of one of these scarce tools. It is from the 1960s workshop clearance that we bought. A few worm holes, but basically in nice as found conditon. Dates to the 19th Century. One screw has been replaced with a modern (20th C) screw and another screw is missing. A chance to own a genuine sash dowelling box for a song. G+ $95



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MI90438 Coachmaker's Router This is a nicely made coachmaker's double sided router. This example was probably made by the craftsman rather than a commercial maker, which makes it less valuable but no less functional. This one has been properly cleaned with wax (there may be some on the wedges which will need to be removed to use it) and is nice enough for a good collection or it will make a nice user. The blades are 1/4" wide and are not heavily worn. G+ $139



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MI9041 Ember Tongs This is a superb example of early English metalwork. These are bright cut steel ember tongs in extraordinarily clean original condition. Similar examples to these are to be seen in the early pattern books such as the one that was reprinted by EAIA a few years ago. I have rarely seen examples of the real thing. These are of the highest quality work, and in hard to believe condition with just a very light patina. These were all hand forged and hand filed. Examples similar to these appeared in the pattern books for years but based on the quality of workmanship on these it is not hard to argue that they are likely 18th or early 19th Century. To my mind a very special object. Fine- $179



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MI90245 T. B. Lyon This is a wonderful applewood router that is marked by the maker, T. B. of Lyon, but also signed and dated by the owner, F. Thureau, 22/11, 1892. That is of course November 22, 1892. This tool has wonderful patina and is in nice untouched condition. We don't get many French tools, but the ones that I do see are usually very nicely made. Nine inches wide with a 7/8" wide iron. G++ $135



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MI80157 Goosewing Ax This is one of the nicest European goosewing axes that I have seen, probably Austrian, but could be Swiss or German as well. The surface on this ax is untouched with as good a patina as you ever find on axes. It is double marked with a touchmark, but I am not aware of a reference with which to identify these. The blade is also nicely decorated. It shows use but not abuse, with wear to the center of the blade. The handle looks old, but I question if it is original to the ax only because at both ends it shows evidence of having been recently trimmed. This is subtle and it certainly looks original until you study it. If you want just one great example of this classic form, I recommend this one. G+ $545



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MI71242 Pair of Mortising Bits This is a matched pair of two bits, each 2 1/2" in diameter. I am not sure what they were for. Presumably a boring machine or a mortising machine of some kind. The fact that there were two of them in the same size makes me think that they were in a mortising machine. They might just be for a common barn beam boring machine. Both are in good useable condition. Good $65



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MI71220 Swedish Woodworker's Magazine This is a bound collection of a Swedish periodical for woodworkers, issues Dec. 1888 - Oct. 1891. The binding is deteriorated and many of the pages are loose. The focus of these is chip carving and each month includes designs for chip carving a few objects, either simple furniture or other household objects. Each issue is only 4 pages long. There are also advertisements. It is of course all in Swedish, but the plans are pretty universal. G+ $59



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MI703107 MAC Tools Catalog #56, 1956 This is an original 1956 MAC catalog. The cover is a bit dirty but the inside is clean and with the exception of a few pages, crease free. For a mechanics catalog that is 50+ years old, this is a very nice copy. Good $19

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