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MI150342 Fulton The equivelant of a Stanley 130 reversible block plane and probably made by Stanley. The bullnose feature can be handy and this will make a good user for no money. G+ $30

Millers Falls Co

MI150330 Millers Falls Co A pristine Number 1710 Ratcheting Brace. It retains 99% of the original bright nickel and the finish on the wood is about all intact as well. The wood is stained hardwood. To the casual observer this brace could pass for new, its that good. Fine + $89


MI150334 Wilfia A short and stubby turnscrew for tightening the cap iron on wooden planes. `The mark reads "Wilfia, reg. trademark", but it is so stylized that I might be misreading it. 5 3/8" overall with a 3/8" wide tip. The ferule is polished. G+ Sold

George Wostenholm, I*XL George Wostenholm, I*XL

MI150343 George Wostenholm, I*XL A massive coachman's knife with dark horn scales. It has one blade and one large pick. The blade is 3 1/4" and the knife is 5" when folded. It comes with its original leather sheath which has a belt hoop. The knife also has a lanyard ring to keep from loosing it. A superb quality knife, in superb condition, from one of Sheffield's most famous 19th Century knife. Connoisseur grade. Fine- $265

Marsden Brothers

MI150345 Marsden Brothers A very scarce 1/2" size widget, and so marked 1/2". The mark is feint, but I can clearly see a greyhound above M ... Brothers. I think that it is Marsen Brothers. The size would be appropriate for a chair maker or a fishing rod maker. Wonderul as found condition G++ $119

P. S. Stubs

MI150347 P. S. Stubs Peter Stubs was an important Lanchasire maker of watch making tools and other small metalworking tools. This is a hand made small bench vise that mounts onto the edge of a table. The jaws are only 1 1/4" wide. Two minor issues kept the condition grading down on this scarce tool by a desirable maker, the jaws are a bit rounded from use at the sides, and the clamp screw has a bend in it, which will not impact its function (It screws in fine despite the bend). Not counting the clamp screw, this vice is 4 1/8" overall. G+ $95

Nurse & Co. London

MI150348 Nurse & Co. London An as found boxwood spokeshave with a 1 3/4" wide blade. There is some light surface rust on the blade that will easily clean. This is a lightly used tool with nicely patinated boxwood. The mark fades off to the left because there was not enough flat suface area to strike it on. A nice example at a modest price. G+ $38

Book:  With Hammer in Hand by Charles Hummel

MI150354 Book: With Hammer in Hand by Charles Hummel The classic 424 page tome on the Dominy family of cabinetmakers and cabinmaking in general. Considering by tool collectors to be a very important work, although it is long out of print. The dust jacket is a bit torn but the book is crisp, with just a bit of soiliing on the edges from dirty hands. G++ Sold

Irwin Irwin

MI150356 Irwin A full set of Irwin bits in the original box. These bits have seen little use but have been very poorly stored. The have extensive light surface rust, that kind of powder rust that is easy to clean off. The inside of the box is clean but the outside is stained and weathered. It will look a lot better when it is cleaned with wax. A quality set for somebody on a tight budget. G+ $65

Snap-On Snap-On

MI150373 Snap-On This is the first model of Snap-On ratchet made, the #7 1/2" drive ratchet. It is the version that was made from 1927 - 1929, with patent applied for cast into the handle. It is in nice as found condtion but the only plating remaining is in the rescessed part of the handle which does not get worn. This is a nicely cared for tool that will make for a great example for a collector or a user. G+ $59

Millers Falls

MI150294 Millers Falls An early #5 egg beater drill that is a bit scruffy. It is really not TBT grade and I can't remember why I bought it now. this tools would be more at home somewhere else. The knob is a bit loose and would benefit from repeining it. It will be fine to use as it is with a bit of oil, but I priced it to disappear. Good $30

Pin Vice

MI150296 Pin Vice An exquisite little pin vice. Unusually, it has a finely turned rosewood handle in place of the more typical one piece construction. The center of the jaws have a groove on each side to allow it to clamp pins. Measures 4 1/2" overall and the jaws are 5/8" wide. Very clean untouched condition. A real gem. G++ Sold

Gunstock Scraper

MI1502102 Gunstock Scraper An extra nice quality rosewood gunstock scraper with brass trim. The protruding brass is finely chamfered in a way that makes clear the high quality of this fine tool. Ten inches wide with a 2" blade. G++ $89

C. E. Jennings

MI15034 C. E. Jennings A patented folding drawknife with a 10" blade. As found with a dark patina and some very light surface rust. The handles are painted. This will make a great user but you will have to clean up the blade a bit. This is a high grade American patened folding drawknife for the price of a mediocre new one. Good $45


MI15037 Plumb A 2 ounce ball pein hammer that is possibly unused. Not very old, certainly no older than the 1970s. A good user tool. Fine $29

Timber Scribe Timber Scribe

MI150316 Timber Scribe A lovely as found 18th Century timber sribe with a yew wood handle that has taken on that warm patina for which it is so reknown. Highly recommended. G+ $145

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

P. S. Stubs, England 22

MI150254 P. S. Stubs, England 22 A tiny and delicate jeweler's hammer by the great Lancashire maker, Peter Stubs. The fruitwood handle is superbly formed and patinated and 9 1/2". The mark is under the cross-pein and could easily be missed. The head is about an ounce. Perhaps the 22 is the weight in grams? The head is a little loose, inevitable with how dry it is hear, and there is some very minor dinging to the left side of the head from tapping with the side of the hammer. Otherwise I would rate it higher. It really is a superb object and I highly recommend it. G+ $99

Ulmia Ulmia

MI150261 Ulmia An Ulmia burnishing tool. It looks nearly new. Fine Sold


MI150267 Goodell-Pratt A No. 37 double sided rabbetting spokeshave that is in the original box. The corners are all torn out on the lid but it has nice labels, on the end and inside. This is a clever design, with a cover that slights across and covers that the blade that you are not using so that you don't cut yourself while using it. It doesn't look to be like the blades were ever honed for use. Fine $75

James Howarth, Broom Spring Works

MI150282 James Howarth, Broom Spring Works A typical Sheffield brace, albeit by one of the very best makers. The chuck has a lever style instead of a button, which is one of the details of Howarth's work, which was always top quality. The brass has the usual English antiques dealer polish but is already starting to tone down. G+ Sold

J. Baker & Sons, Patented, London

MI150286 J. Baker & Sons, Patented, London This rare patented tool is used to size dinner rolls. You roll it along the dough and it cuts the dough into equally sized, and properly shaped, dinner rolls. Victorian enginuity at its best. The brass surfaces have a lovely patina and the rosewood handle has great color. Fine- $149

String Winder

MI15023 String Winder A hand made early American string winder made from hickory. Pinned mortice and tenon joints.3 1/2" wide and 10 1/2" overall. The detail on this, such as the chamfering, is superb. Wonderful untouched condition with wonderful patina. A connoisseur grade object. Fine- Sold

Jas Swan Co, USA

MI150215 Jas Swan Co, USA A nice clean, as found, James Swan 8" drawknife. A great user tool by a great American toolmaker. G+ Sold


MI150236 AST A good as found user drawknife with a 9 3/4" wide blade. I don't know the maker but it looks French to me. The mark is AST over some leaves. One handle has been shortened and the tang bent over, a make do repair for the rivet popping off. A good quality user drawknife for little money. G+ Sold

A. J. Wilkinson & Co. Makers Boston, Mass

MI150123 A. J. Wilkinson & Co. Makers Boston, Mass A standard 8" Wilkinson folding drawknife, but in extraordinary condition. One of the cleanest of its type that I have ever encountered. Connoisseur grade. Fine Sold


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

North Brothers

MI150138 North Brothers A Number 30A push screwdriver in the original box with the original packing tissue and the the three original blades. The surface is a bit cloudly because of dried grease. The box shows some normal wear, but if the dried grease is cleaned off of the tool it will rate a very strong Fine $59

Irwin Auger Bits Irwin Auger Bits

MI150146 Irwin Auger Bits This is a complete set of 10 Irwin bits in a fitted wooden box, with the original outer cardboard box as well. I can only see that one bit was used. They range in size form 1/4" to 1" and also have a screwdriver bit. The clip in the box that holds the screwdriver bit seems to be broken. The original instructions are still in the box. These bits are relatively late for US made bits, the copyright on the booklet is 1971, but even then they cost $50.95 new. They don't come any better. Fine Sold

Millers Falls

MI150111 Millers Falls A #77 egg beater drill in the original red box. The mechanism is stiff from dried out oil, but a few drops of fresh machine oil and you are good to go. There is some very light marring to the chuck from pliers being used. Otherwise it would grade a notch higher. This is another one of those barely used tools that were used once or twice by somebody who did not know how to use tools. It will make a great user for you. It is a smaller size, like a #5. G++ $59

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 $95

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

Illegible 1915

MI141225 Illegible 1915 An adjustable wooden spokeshave with a brass wear plate. It is marked, but all that I can make out is the date, 1915, after the mark. An idiot has polished the brass trim bright. 2 2/12" blade, 11" overall. A great user. The thumbscrew adusters really are handy. G+ Sold

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

Kwik-Way Torque Wrench

MI141187 Kwik-Way Torque Wrench This is a US Army Air Corp 3/8" drive dial indicator torque wrench. Graduated in inch/pounds to 600. In the original fitted steel box with the original instruction manual. Presumably made during WW2 for use an aircraft engines, this is a high-grade torque wrench that could be used or enjoyed in a collection. G++ $95

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

Patternmaker Made

MI141122 Patternmaker Made An as found side rabbet that would have been made by a pattern maker for his own use. Very well made and very comfortable to hold. It is larger than the classic Stanley 98/99 type, and is feels better in my hand. It is 5 3/4" long and has a nice heft to it. A quality tool for a user or a collector. G+ $65

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

A. J. Wilkerson & Co. Makers, Boston

MI141145 A. J. Wilkerson & Co. Makers, Boston A nice as found example of the classic Wilkerson 8" folding drawknife. A great design that is timeless. G+ $85

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


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

Apple Peeler

MI141043 Apple Peeler This is an unsigned Victorian cast iron American apple peeler. Most of these that I see are heavily worn and all loose. This one is not. In fact, I tried it and it worked well, als long as the apples are not too irregular in shape. If if does miss a spot, do to an irregularity in the apple, it is easy to go back and touch it up. These tools really save the time when making apple pies. I would never go back t doing it by hand. G++ $99

J. Shertz

MI14104 J. Shertz An 8 1/4" wide hand-forged draw knife made by a Lancaster County blacksmith who worked from 1857 into the 1880s. The original handles are oversized and fit my hands wonderfully the blade has a gentle curve to it, as is typical of early draw knives. The blade also has light to medium pitting overall but it is still very usable. Signed American blacksmith made draw knives are not common and this is a particularly nice one from an important PA collection. G+ $85

B.B. & Co.

MI141013 B.B. & Co. A rare small burnisher, probably for use on fine profiled scrapers, such as used with a scratch stock. It has a lovely rosewood handle and is in untouched condition. The burnisher alone measures 1 1/8" and overall it is 4 7/8". The very tip of the burnisher is chipped off, clearly the result of somebody prying with it. Burnishers are of course very hard and consequently very brittle. The blade has some light surface rust that would polish off. This is a high-class cabinetmaker's tool. Highly recommended. G+ $65

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

Book:  The Wooden Plane by John Whelan

MI140945 Book: The Wooden Plane by John Whelan This 503 page book is the standard reference book on wooden planes. This is not a bok about the makers, but is about the form and function of various planes. If you are interested in uncerstanding wooden planes, this book is a must own. If you look on used book websites, pristine copies of this book are listed for hundreds of dollars. This copy came from a collector but is in about new condition. Fine+ $119

R. Mather & Son, Sheffield

MI140953 R. Mather & Son, Sheffield A large turnscrew measuring 19" overall. Marked with the broad arrow military acceptance mark and dated 1952, where the 2 is faint. The tip is as new and I doubt that it was ever used. I wonder what use the military would have had anyway. Nicely made with the swell in the center where the cross section reduces, so that the strength is not compromised. Retains the orignal lacquer on the ferule and the handle. Very nice untouched condition. G++ $59

Wm Marples & Sons, Sheffield

MI140930 Wm Marples & Sons, Sheffield A nice, medium to large, boxwood handled, turnscrew. Measures 19" overall. The boxwood head is eccentrically turned so that it is oval in form. It also has a great boxwood patina. G+ $48

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


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+ $85

C. S. Osbourne

MI14089 C. S. Osbourne A nice rosewood spokeshave. Normally, the Osbourne shaves that I see are all the same, very light with thumbscrew adjustments. This one is a bit heavier, but still a smallish shave, and it has a standard blade. The blade is 2 1/8" wide and the shave is 10 1/4". It shows moderate where. The surface is very smooth and was probably "cleaned" with 4 0 steel wool by a misguided collector. Still a nice piece. Rosewood shaves are not common, expecially American made ones. 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

Book:  Wooden Planes in 19th Century America, 3 Vols

MI140610 Book: Wooden Planes in 19th Century America, 3 Vols This is the full set of 3 volumes of Ken Roberts landmark books on American wooden planes. Vol. 1, Supplement to Vol 1, and Vol. 2. The supplement is soft cover, the main books are hard cover, and both are signed by the author and dated. The dust jackets are a bit faded and show some wear, but the books themselves are very nice. The supplement, being soft cover, shows a bit more wear. All in all a nice set that I don't see for sale very often anymore. A must read for all serious collectors in the field. Fine- Sold


MI14056 Preston A classic Preston sash shave cutting a 5/8" lamb's tongue molding, and marked "LAMBTONGUE" Typical condition after being in a tool chest for years, which has left tool box rash on the finish. The full blades imply that it has seen very little actual use. G+ $109

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++ $12

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

Bowl Adze

MI140389 Bowl Adze A good as found 6" bowl adze with a clean blade back and a nice, probably original, handle. The hande is loose now in my dry house, but that is easy to secure. This would be a great user for doing chair seats and is really in nice condition. Will clean to better than G+ Sold


MI140375 Unmarked This is a Preston "Ovoloe" shave, made for the trade, and thus left unmarked, as many were. It is in nice clean condition. There were used to cut curved sash ovolos. Marked 5/8". Retains better than 90% of the original japanning but has tool box rash overall. The irons look to be full original length. These tools make great users and not just for sash work. G++ $109


MI140314 Unmarked A particularly nice large turnscrew, with a polished boxwood handle and a wonderfully shaped blade. The faces of the blace are gently curved over the length and the edges have a decorative profile. This would have been quite a lot of work to do. The ferule has been polished, as has the blade. This was done by a misguided collector some time ago and they are starting to tone down. For its form, this is one of the nicest examples that I can recall. Measures about 20 1/2" overall. G+ $119

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

Blacksmith Made

MI140213 Blacksmith Made An unusual 8" drawknife. It is hand forged and rather than add wooden handles, the blacksmith forged handles. Nice as found condition, it is a strong G+ $65

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

Union Tool Co.

MI140155 Union Tool Co. An unhandled wood bodies smoothing plane, 8" long with a 2" blade. "Restored" by a collector, the japanning has been painted over with black spray paint and the blade has been cleaned with a wire brush. The mouth is pretty open, probably from having the sole jointed a few times. A cheap user. Good $30

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

Strap Hammer

MI140116 Strap Hammer About a 14 ounce claw hammer with great untouched surface. The face shows some wear, but the rest of the hammer is really great. G++ $85

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


MI131247 Metworker's Hammer I am not sure if this was a silversmith's or a tinsmith's hammer. It weighs a bit more than 7 ounces and the head is 6 1/4" across. The head was hand made by a blacksmith and you can still see file marks on it. The handle is old and probably original. Great patina. I really like this one. G+ $65

Geo Butler & Co. Sheffield Geo Butler & Co. Sheffield

MI13129 Geo Butler & Co. Sheffield A scarce Victorian coachman's knife. These Sheffield coachman's knives were really the precursors of the modern Swiss army knife. This knive has genuine horn scales This knive shows evidence of a lifetime's use, but no abuse. It is 3 5/8" when closed. A wonderful survivor from the 19th Century. G+ $245

Archimedian Drill

MI13125 Archimedian Drill An English archimedian drill, probably a clock makers. Measures 13 1/2" overall. The brass has been lighly polished. The head is ebonized hardwood. There are no bits with it but it would take fine consistent with clock making. A nice honest example. G+ $75

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

Cased Pocket Stone Cased Pocket Stone

MI131024 Cased Pocket Stone A lovely fine natural stone in a fitted case. The stone itself is 3 5/8" by 3/4". The original label in the lid is dark from honing oil, but it can still mostly be read. The first line reads "Real Scotch or Ayrshire Hone". The case is polished maple or sycamore, with fine pin striping outlining the edges. The stone feels as fine as an Arkansas stone and one can read on the label that it is suitable for "pocket knives & surgeon's instruments." Another tool for the connoisseur. Fine- $89

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


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+ $159

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 $285

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

Blacksmith Blacksmith

MI13099 Blacksmith's Tea Pot This is an 18th Century, globular form creamware teapot that was made on commission for one Michael Spedding around 1770-1790. The end of the spout is broken off, and the lid is missing, but it is a genuine hand painted English teapot from around the time of our revolution. It could be restored, but it is my beliefe that pieces like this should be left alone. Provenance: Tom Walford collection, Bonhams, London, December 2012. Good $195

Rt. Sorby & Sons, Sheffield

MI130835 Rt. Sorby & Sons, Sheffield A 10 1/2" wide wooden spokeshave with a 2 1/2" wide blade. This shave has not seen much use, but there is one defect. There was something on the handle on one side, some kind of glue, and it has been whittled off. It doesn't hurt a thing, but is unsightly. A good user. G+ $39

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


MI130847 Unmarked A truly massive turnscrew of traditonal form. Looks just like a much smaller turnscrew, but this one huge. About 25 1/2" overall. The ferule is lightly polished but the rest is as found. A real conversation piece. G+ $85

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


MI130631 Unmarked A lovely as found sash shave, cutting a 5/8" ovolo sash. Used to cut curved moldings. Wonderful original surface and patina. G++ $99

Oversize Turnscrew Oversize Turnscrew

MI1305118 Oversize Turnscrew A particularly nice large turnscrew with a boxwood handle. The boxwood has lovely color and much of the original French polish remains. The ferule has not been buffed up and has lovely color. The blade has a nice patina and elegant form. 24 3/4" overall. G++ $119


MI130599 Patterns This is a lot 27 pieces that are clearly patterns, presumably for casting ormolou. The designs in include Chinoiserie styles and traditonal English styles like the Prince of Wales feathers. They seem to be made from some kind of pressed saw dust material. I have had these for a long time because I don't know enough about them, but I still don't. They are clearly old, but I donl't know how old. Exactly how they were used is also not clear. Two of them are cracked but all of the pieces seem to be there. I have never seen antyhing quite like these. I think that they could be a real sleeper. G++ $295

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+ $745

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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 lunatici asylum. They are as found and pretty dirty, but should clean to at least G++ $45


MI130456 Unmarked This is a large and unususal spokeshave. I am guessing that it wa a cooper's tool. It has a 4" wide blade, that is just over an inch deep, which is very unusual, but which matches the shape of the sole. Very little used if at all. Nice clean original condition. Fine- Sold

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

Early Pliers

MI1303100 Early Pliers A high-quality hand made pair of pliers. These are English and could have been made in the 18th or 19th Centuries. The quality of manufacture speaks to them being earlier than later. They have seen considerable use and the jaws are slightly sprung. Still very usable. They measure 6 1/4". Rare survivors. G+ $48

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


MI130334 Nicholson Two new old stock Nicholson rasps. Both are medium radius (like our #6 series French rasps). One is a 6", which is quite a scarce small size, with medium teeth. The other is an 8" rasp with relatively coarse teeth. Both have some age on them and are US made and of the best Nicholson quality. They are not hand cut rasps. NOS $59

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

Early Claw Hammer

MI13024 Early Claw Hammer This is an unmarked but early looking claw hammer. The head has no rust but there are a few chips along the edge of the face and there are numerous dings in the side where it was being used on its side. The left side is much more marred than the right. The handle is an old user made replacement. It is not tight enough on the head to use as it is. I don't see many hammers of this form. It is about a 14 ounce hammer. Good Sold

Unmarked Froe

MI1301114 Unmarked Froe A classic hand forged American froe. Froes are hard to date but this one certainly has the look for of an old one. Everyone wants to believe that their tool is 18th Century, but I will just say that this one could be. The handle is old and has been with it a long time. There is a bit of the edge delaminating which should be heated and hammered back down. The blade is about 15" overall. If you want a froe to use, I would find a new one, but if you want a good period piece, this is it. Good $59

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- $1595

J. W. Stutter  3 Shoreditch

MI130129 J. W. Stutter 3 Shoreditch A most unusual edge tool which I believe to be a leatherworkers knife, but 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. If somebody knows what this is, please let me know. 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 $95


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

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 through 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

W. Marples & Sons

MI121162 W. Marples & Sons A miniature Marples spokeshave with a 1" blade and measuring 4 3/4" overall. Lovely patina to the beech. The compassed sole shows moderate wear. G++ $59

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


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

Universal - Diamond Glass Cutter

MI120930 Universal - Diamond Glass Cutter Marked only Universal, this is a nickel plated glass cutter in nicely kept condition. The nickel is about 99%. It should make a good user. Diamond glass cutters are immensly easier to use than carbide ones. G+ $49

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

Millers Falls

MI12085 Millers Falls A #75 block plane in the original box. Equivelant to a Stanley 220. There is some slight staining to the left side from touching the box. There is also some chipping to the jappaning on the top of the lever cap. Overall, this is a very clean example in a very nice box. Collector's grade all the way. G++ $59

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

Handwrought Turnscrew

MI120818 Handwrought Turnscrew A large turnscrew measuring over 20 inches overall. The handle is either lignum, or some kind of rosewood. I has lovely color and figure. The ferule is a heavy brass ferule that looks relatively early to me. It has been lightly had polished, but some patina was left. The blade is quite thick and strong. These are notoriously hard to date but this one is certainly pre-1900, and I think that it is more likely early 19th Century. The tapering ferule adds a real touch of class to this one. G+ $95

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


MI120689 Nicholson Two new old stock Nicholson rasps. One is a shallow radius (like our #4 series French rasps) 8" rasp with medium to coarse teeth. The second is tight radius (like our #8 series French rasps) 8" rasp with coarse teeth. Both have some age on them and are US made and of the best Nicholson quality. They are not hand cut rasps. NOS $69

Hand Forged Claw Hammer

MI120672 Hand Forged Claw Hammer I found this at an antiques shop in the Shenandoah Valley. The head is about 28 ounces and 5 1/2" overall. It looks like it could be 18th Century. There is really no way to tell for sure. I think that it is American. Frankly, the workmanship is not quite up to English standards. The claw has a layer of steel laminated on the outside and that is cracked in spots where it was bent around. You wouldnt' see that on an English one, or even an American city made example. The handle is a modern replacement, colored to look old. A great piece. G+ $85

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++ $785


MI12066 Unmarked An craftsman made chamfer shave using a bench chisel for its blade. Great form and color. Lightly cleaned by a collector. 9 1/4" wide. G+ $85

 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++ $169

Book:  Master Craftsmen of Newport by Moses

MI120517 Book: Master Craftsmen of Newport by Moses This is the standard reference on Newport Furniture, and the book that set the standard for period furniture books of all kinds. This book was privately printed in a very limited quantity and they are very hard to come by today. I have seen them sell for $2000 befor the economy tanked. This one has been read but well cared for and has it is original dust jacket. A must own book for anyone who is serious about buying or reproducing Newport furniture. It is full of detailed photos of construction details. Fine- $499

Hand Forged Brace

MI120526 Hand Forged Brace A lovely as found American iron brace with an ornately turned fruitewood head. I love the head on this brace. Nice patina. Original forged thumbscrew for the chuck, which will hold Jennings/Irwin style bits. 10" throw. The only flaw is that the plug is missing from the top of the head. I give this brace my strongest recommendation, I really love it. G++ $135

Kellett Kellett

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

Blacksmith Made Turnscrew

MI12036 Blacksmith Made Turnscrew A large and heavy duty turnscrew fashioned from a worn out file. You can see that from the surface texture. The blade has a nice form patina, as does the boxwood handle. The ferule has never been polished and has a rich patina. This came from the collection of a discerning collector and has been properly waxed displayed. There is one heavy shrinkage check in the boxwood, but that doesn't bother me. Wood does that, expecially old boxwood and lignum. It measures a bit over 20 inches overall. G+ $129

Folding Scissors

MI120234 Folding Scissors These are quite small scissors, such as for finger nails small sewing tasks. They are not marked but I would guess that they are 19th Century. The quality is medium, not fine but not junk. They are as found. G+ $15

Book:  Treasures of State by Conger

MI12023 Book: Treasures of State by Conger A pristine copy of this important catalogue of the decorative arts collection (primarily American furniture) in the collection of the US State Department. This collection is a national tragedy, a great collection locked away in the diplomatic reception rooms, where it is only seen by people who couldn't care less about American antiques. The public can see it, but you have to make an appointment well in advance. Meanwhile, the Smithsonian has next to no American furniture on display. However, you can buy this book and see the collection in the comfort of your own home. It is 497 pages long, and was printed in the USA. First class quality. Fine $89

Norton Abrasives

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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MI111215 Watchmaker's Pin Vice There is something about these that I love. I guess it is that there is so much variations. They were made as a cottage industry in Lancashire and every one seems to be slightly different. Very nice as found condition with nice patination. G++ $69

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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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MI111084 Union Plane Co A dirty, as found example of the Union version of the famous Stanley #60 combination flat and concave spokeshave. Little used, this one should clean up to better than G+ $45

Otto Bermann Werkzeuge

MI141255 Otto Bermann Werkzeuge A catalog reprint of the 1929 catalog of this Berlin tool dealer. This 51 page book is a great reference just for the photos. The text is of course in German. Free to the first person who orders it along with another vintage tool that is not free. Fine+ Sold

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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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MI111026 Long Turnscrew A 24" long turnscrew with a nicely turned handle in some kind of exotic wood. I am not sure which. The ferule has a nice untouched patina. The blade has been lightly cleaned wth some kind of abrasive, but not heavily. It could certainly be improved upon if it was lightly repatined to take the shine off of the scratches from the abrahsive. A nice piece worthy of some effort. G++ $95

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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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MI110850 H. S. Topper, Carpenter & Builder, Barrington, NY A scarce handled American slitting gauge with an iron roller under the handle. Professionally made in beech. I have seen a number of these, most of them unmarked. I am not sure if H.S. Topper was the maker or just the owner of this one. It is marked with an ink stamp on the handled and the head. Totally untouched, crisp, condition. The shaft is about 17 1/2" long. Fine- $245

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MI11084 C. S. Osborne A rosewood adjustable spokeshave with untouched brass trim, a plated mouth, and a inlaid escutcheon, presumably to engrave a name on. The blade is 2" and the shave is just over 10 inches. Some light checks in the wood. Some rubbing compound shows in the pores of the wood from when it was originally French polished. From my personal collection. G+ $85

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MI110657 Holtzapfel & Co.64 Charing Cross London A complete original Holtzapfel tool roll with the handle and 15 separate tools. The hammer handle doubles as a burnisher. Most of the tools are marked Holtzapfle. A few things are not marked, such as the hammer head, but since the handle is marked, this makes perfect sense to me. I am pretty sure that all of the tools are original to the roll. The roll is marked in three places, and is marked in gold letters with the owner's initials, FEW. This was an expensive roll, probably a gift to some wealthy person, and thus marked with the initials at the store as part of the gift process. Some of the tools have some very light powder surface rust. The set is untouched and every tool needs to be waxed with museum grade wax. The roll is good except for one hole that happens to be right over the mark, but thankfully it is marked in two spots. These rolls in this complete condition are very rare. Should clean to better than G+ $1195

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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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MI110242 A Barrett & Sons, 63 & 64 Picadilly A superb gentlemen's compendium tool of the highest quality, in its original leather case. The case is also marked with the A. Barrett & Sons mark, although it is partially missing from the case. The tool is made from some kind of fruitwood, probably cherry. The head contains 5 tools, an awl, a reamer, a gouge, and two tack pullers. The tack pullers appear to be the same. One of them is slightly bent and I suspect that the second was a replacement for the first. The turning on this tool is great. This was not a workman's tool, but instead a toy for the gentry. Workmen were not shopping in Picadilly. Really a fantastic piece. Fine- $385

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MI110214 Buck, 242 Tottenham Ct. Rd A miniature wooden router, measuring 4 1/4" by 15/16". Lovely untouched condition. Fine $99

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MI110142 W&C Wynn, Churchill's Patent This is the fanciest nail puller that I have seen. It has a wonderful boxwood handle and a mechanism with two sharpened teeth that grab a nail. It looks to be more for hard to get nails, but not for large ones. It is something of a precision tool and is very well made, but a famous maker. The first example that I have seen, and I would venture to call it rare. G+ $89

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MI110154 Holtzapffel A #22 Holtzapffel cutter. The Holtzapffel name is not marked on the cutter, it never is. This is a cutter from one of the big boxes of cutters. It may be unused. Fine $16

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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++ $189

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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- $145

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MI101244 Unmarked Hammer Hammers are not an area of expertise to me, but this is certainly a relatively early hammer, of a style that one does not see too often. The handle is old and my well be original. It has great patina. I don't get excited about hammers too often, but I really like this one. G+ Sold

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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+ $129

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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 $485

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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+ $59

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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+ $195

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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+ $395

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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 $165

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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++ $165
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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++ $265

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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+ $179
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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+ $159
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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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MI100141 Mahogany Gavel A small and elagantly crafted gavel, or at least that is what I think that it was for. It has felt on the faces of the head. The wood is very pretty but it might be some other exotic wood. I am not sure. The wood has a polished finish. Hard to date but certainly pre-War and probably more like 1900ish. A very appealing tool made by a skilled craftsperson. G++ $45

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MI9127 Decorative Turnscrew A boxwood handled turnscrew with an elegantly turned handle and a nicely formed blade, tapering in thickness and width. This tool is untouched with wonderfully patinated boxwood, brass, and iron. There is a heavy shrinkage check in the handle. This tool was in my own collection for 20 years and is one of the nicest tools of this type that I have had, despite the check. G+ $95

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MI90521 Sargent Planes This is a 56 page booklet on Sargent planes that includes a good deal of tutorial information. It does not seem to have a date on it but I presume that it is 1920s or maybe a bit earlier. Nice as found condition. G++ $45

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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+ $159

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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++ $145

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MI80844 Wm Marples/ A. Field & Co, Inc This is a delicate little beech spokeshave that is only 6 inches across with a 1 inch blade. It is marked by both Wm Marples, the manufacture, and the retailer, A Field and Co. Inc, Chambers St. New York. This is a delightful little piece. Fine $95

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MI80157 Goosewing Ax This is one of the nicest European goosewing axes that I have seen. I had it up next to a Pennsylvania ax by Stahler that I will be listing soon and it is amazing how similar the lines are, but I am pretty sure that this one is European, 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+ $565

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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 $85

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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+ $79

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MI71055 D. Kimberly & Sons This is a 5/8" sash ovolo shave that was made by Preston for Kimberly, and is only marked by Kimberly. It is as found with most of the original finish gone and some light pitting on the blades, but not at the working edges. This is a great user example of a scarce Preston tool. Nearly all of the original blades remain, and it would appear that the finish loss is not from use but from tool box wear. Good $79

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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 $59

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MI611144 Ward W&P This is a most unusual group of tools. I believe that they are silversmiths turning tools but I am not sure. They are all unused and have always been together. They appear to have never been handled. There are 12 burnishing tools, all marked Ward and W&P, and two similar tools that I can not identify but are sharpened to an edge rather than burnishers. One is marked W&P and S. J. Addis and the other is seems to have been similarly marked but most of the mark was lost in the original grinding process. I have not seen anything like these two before. All 14 tools are between 3 and 4 inches overall including the tang. The condition leaves nothing to be desired. They are superb. Fine $195

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