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Book:  18th Century Furniture by Clive Edwards

MI141163 Book: 18th Century Furniture by Clive Edwards This 227 page paperback book is an academic discussion of the cabinmaking trade and related trades in Britain in the 18th Century. If you are interested in the business of cabinetmaking at that time it is very interesting. It is nto a book about how to make furniture or furniture styles. It is more about the lives of the makers and how furniture was ordered at that time, etc. It is a great book for the right person. I personally read it and enjoyed it, G++ $29


P.S.& W. Sampson

MI141164 P.S.& W. Sampson A pariticuarly nice 14" throw brace with a lovely cocobolo head and rosewood hande. Retains better than 95% of its nickel, which is still bright. P.S&W. was a quality maker and Sampson was there heavy duty line. If you want a large throw brace like this, they don't get any better. G++ Sold




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


Wiss, Newark, NJ

MI141177 Wiss, Newark, NJ This is a set of high-quality shears, marked "Steelforged, No. 22", "Tony" has painted his name on the handle and I was told that these sheers were used in the Stevens Mill, Franklin, NH. They are about 12 1/2" overall. You can't buy good shears of this quality today, at least not that I know of, and certainly not US made as these are. G+ Sold



H. Gerstner & Sons H. Gerstner & Sons

MI141184 H. Gerstner & Sons This is a superb Gerstner toolchest in mahogany. It is not the typical machinist's type where the top opens up. Instead, it just has drawers, 8 of them. It also does not have the big drawer for the reference book. This chest has some age on it, probably pre-1970 at least, but it is so clean that it could almost pass for new. It is 12" high, 9" deep, and 20" wide. The one bad thing is that I don't have the key, and if you close the front, it will lock. I am told that you can call Gerstner and they can send the proper key based on the serial number. I haven't the time to mess with it so I priced it to sell. I have seen very few of these in Mahogany, and none in this clean a condition. Fine Sold


Huber & Co

MI14117 Huber & Co A hand forged Pennsylvania hand axe of about 1870. Huber is listed as working in Chambersburg in the 1870-1 period. This is a heavy axe for carpentry work, not a camping hatchet. It weighs nearly 3 1/2 pounds. It is rust free but there is some deformation to the top from being hit with a hammer and a small bend to the very end of the blade at the top. It is beveled only on one side. This is a nice example from a scarce maker and would make a great user or collector's piece. It has a nice handle that looks old and could be original. G+ Sold


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



Russel Jennings

MI141129 Russell Jennings A good clean set of Jennings bits in the classic three tier wooden box. The box is quite good with a good label. The bits are mostly bright and clean, and mostly still sharp. The 8 and the 16 bits have the rectangular logo and I can't say for sure if they started life with this set or not. They certainly look the same as the others and as users it doesn't matter. I have priced the set with the assumption that those two bits may have been from another set originally, which is a turn-off to a collector, but makes it a good value for a user. G++ $169


Tesco Bench Vice

MI141135 Tesco Bench Vice This is a good American made medium size vice (vise). I am not familiar with this maker, but it was made in Tulsa Oklahoma, and I would guess that it is from the 50s. Today, you can pay hundreds of dollars for a vise, and it will still be made in China and not worth the cost to post it. I have heard recent stories of Chinese made vises cracking during normal use. If you just need a good quality general purpose vise, this is it. When I was a kid, every house had a vise mounted on a bench in the basement. G+ $85


World

MI141139 World's Fair Bookmark This is brass bookmark from the 1933 Chicago World's Fair. It was made with an acid resist process so that the decoration is etched into the brass and then the entire thing is lacqured to remain bright like gold. It is in an Art Deco style and says, "A Century of Progress", with a plane flying over a suspension bridge. I personally really like this piece. It is near perfect. There is just some light bending towards the tip, that you really won't notice. I woudl call it superb. Fine- Sold


Millers Falls

MI141141 Millers Falls This is an early Millers Falls egg beater drill and predates number marking. The quality is superb, with a French polished rosewood head (later they were varnished cocobolo) that still contains all of the original bits. The threads on the head cap are much finer than on the later drills and are still in perfect condition. This is about a #5 size. It has a wear compensation screw which I don't recall being on 5s. It is missing the side handle, which I have never once used on my own drill in 30 years. Unless you have 3 hands, it is pointless. You can't crank the drill holding the side handle. Otherwise it is a strong Fine Sold


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


The Will-Burt Co. Versa-Vise

MI141155 The Will-Burt Co. Versa-Vise The Versa-Vise is a very well made and innovative vise that I think was made in the 50s. I know that we had one growing up, and I assume that my father bought it in the 50s. This one is grey, the one that we had was red. It is also an unusual design with tall jaws that are very thin, presumably to facilitate doing metal work. I have seen a good number of Versa-VIses, but I don't recall seeing this model before. It looks like a really useful style and I can tell you that these are very well made vises from American manufacturing heyday. If nobody buys it, I will keep it, something that try to avoid doing with the stock. G++ Sold


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





B.G>I. Co. USA B.G>I. Co. USA

MI141063 B.G.I. Co. USA This is an original matched set of 9 19th Century American Forstner bits. This is only the second set that I have ever seen. These are in a beatiful fitted cherry box with a label on the lid, which I believe was carefully made up by a collector to look like an original box. The bits are definitely an original set in wonderful condition. They go from 1/2" to 1 3/8". Fine Sold



C. Hammond, Philada

MI141025 C. Hammond, Philada A scarce signed American veneer hammer. The blade is 2 1/2" wide. The edge is a bit rough from misuse and will need to be carefully smoothed off before using it for its intended use again. The handle is a nice old hickory handle that could be original. There is no way to tell. It is tight and after you clean up the blade it is ready to use. A rare find. G+ Sold



Ward & Payne

MI141030 Ward & Payne This is very clean example of a 9 3/4" drawknife by one of Sheffield's most respeced makers. Both the handles and the blade are in very clean, untouched, condition. There is a small chip in the left handle, at the top, that gave it the minus. A superb example. Fine- Sold




Ellis Sykes

MI141039 Ellis Sykes A lovely boxwood spokeshave with a subtle tiger figure to it. The blade is just over 2 1/2" wide and has a subtle curvature from side to side. The boxwood has a rich and attractive patina and the sole shows only moderate wear. A very nice example. G+ $45




Toga, British Made

MI141041 Toga, British Made A short stubb screwdriver for the screws on plane cap irons. These screwdrivers, or turn-screws, are quite scarce. This one is rather late, probably made during the Depression or even a bit after the war. Toga was big in that period. A nice clean example. G++ Sold




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


Buck

MI141048 Buck A small rosewood handled strap hammer that probably started life in a gentleman's roll of tools, all marked by the illustrious London retailer of Buck. A wonderul tool in its own right in crisp as found condition. It is only 7 1/4" high and only weighs about 4 ounces (not just the head, the whole hammer.) A small gem. G++ $85



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


Heller Bros, Newark, NJ

MI14109 Heller Bros, Newark, NJ A hoof knife with a lovely patented cast iron handle. Patented February 3, 1903. Both the handle and the blade are marked Heller. Lovely as found condition with a pleasing patina. What some might call minty flavor, but we call G+ $25




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


Woodruff

MI140947 Woodruff A 2 1/2" cast iron American C clamp. There is some old paint spilled on this clamp but it is usable as is and will clean nicely. This is the quality that you can't buy today. A gift at this price G+ Sold





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


Goodell-Pratt Co.

MI140962 Goodell-Pratt Co. A number 5 1/2" two-speed egg beater drill. This is about the same size of a number 2 Millers Falls, but is probably slightly better quality. This one looks to be like it may be repainted. The red paint is just too bright and red. Some of the bare metal surfaces look like they were "cleaned" with a wire brush. The original bit are gone from inside the head. A great user and the two-speed transmission is a useful feature. G+ Sold


Holly Patent Smoothing Plane Holly Patent Smoothing Plane Holly Patent Smoothing Plane

MI140969 Holly Patent Smoothing Plane This is as untouched and original an example of this plane as I have seen. It has an even dark patina overall and has not been messed with by a collector. The wooden handle has a lovely patina with the original decorative parallel lines in the middle. The sole has only a very light patina since it was sitting on its sole for many years. I have never seen one of these rare planes in fine condition. This is the best one that I have seen and I would be more than proud for it to have a position of importance in my collection. G+ Sold


Jennings & Griffin

MI140973 Jennings & Griffin A little used drawknife in the scarce 6" size. Lovely ebonized handles. A cut above the average 20th Century American drawknife. G+ Sold





Millers Falls

MI14097 Millers Falls A nicely cared for #2 egg beater drill. The wood retains most of its original finish. The wood is stained hardwood, not tropical wood, but this looks to be a pre-war tool to me and is of the best quality that MF made. Only 2 of the original bits remain in the head. A must own user tool for every shop. G+ Sold



Ornate Lock Ornate Lock

MI140928 Ornate Lock This is an ornage strap lock for a large chest. I assume that it is Continental and probably 18th Century, but I don't know much about it. I bought it years ago at the Delaware Antiques Show, thinking that I would use it on a project, but clearly I never did. I really love it, but it is time to let somebody else really use it. The brass body is covered with chased engraving. It has been polished in the past but is starting to color up again. You couldn't have a lock of this quality made today at any price. G+ Sold


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


Gunstocker

MI140937 Gunstocker's Scraper A ramshorn handled gunstocker's scraper, with a 1 1/2" wide opening on the curved blade. Looks to be manufactured, but not marked. There is an old split eminating from one of the locking screws to the sole that is stable and not an issue. As found with a dark patina. G+ $59




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




Irwin

MI14091 Irwin This is a good clean set of Irwin auger bits in the original leatherette role. Certainly pre-1960, probably older. I did not notice however that the 1" bit is missing. There should be 13 bits, but the largest one, the 1", is missing. The bits are all clean and nice, but they do need light sharpening. Priced right. G++ Sold



Book:  Patentented and Transitional Metal Planes ..

MI140833 Book: Patentented and Transitional Metal Planes .. Volume 1, first edition, of Roger K. Smith's seminal work on patented American planes. Both the book and the jacket are very clean. The book is signed by Roger with best wishes to the original owner. Fine Sold




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+ $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+ $69


Crescent Tool Company

MI140647 Crescent Tool Company An AC18, 8" Crescent adjustable wrench. Thin head and crhome plated. In the original box, which is quite clean but one end is missing. I am no expert on dating these but I am guessing 1940s or 50s. Porbably unused. Crescent has closed the US factory, so this is a chance to go back in time and get one of the US made ones from the glory days. Fine 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




Mitre Jack

MI140634 Mitre Jack This is an American mitre jack on the smaller side for cabinetmaking scale work. It is in nice as found condtion. There is one small piece missing from the top of the other jaw where the wood was joined. It doesn't impact its use and could be easily fitted back in. What makes this mitre jack very unusual is that instead of being the typical 45 and 90 angles, it is 45 & 60, another sign that it was a cabinmaker's tool. The base, not including the screw, is 14" wide, and the jaws are 3 5/8". I really like this one. G++ Sold


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- $175


Ram Ram

MI140517 Ram's Horn Scraper Fancy wooden ram's horn scrapers made form laminating contrasting woods is, I believe, a uniquely American art form. If anyone out there has seen other examples, please let me know. I recently acquired a small collection of these, this one being the most impressive, both in form and in color. It is truly a joy to behold. The wood seems to be walnut and maple. I rated it down a plus because the end of one horn was broken off and repaired, many years ago. It was clearly done in its original period of use and has been neatly pinned. Measures 14" across and the blade is just under 4". Highly recommended. G+ $235


Hand-Forged Turnscrew

MI140539 Hand-Forged Turnscrew A large hand-forged turnscrew with an English walnut handle. Lovely patina. It has been properly waxed with a soft rag by a responsible collector. Measures just under 19" overall. G++ Sold





Swift & Son, Sheffield

MI140546 Swift & Son, Sheffield An as found wooden spokeshave, 10 1/4" overall with a 2 1/2" blade. This tool shows only moderate use but the blade is not staying tight. Possibly because my house is so dry now. This is easy to fix by shimming the holes but I priced it to reflect this need. It will still make a great user. G+ Sold




Preston

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




Millers Falls234

MI14058 Millers Falls234 A 188A push drill with 6 of the 8 original bits still in the head. It is in the original box and would rate fine except for some minor scraches on the body that look like an idiot held it with pliers, not understanding how to release the top to access the bits. This is very minor and it is a clean original example. G+ $38



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+ $145




Craftsman

MI140359 Craftsman This is a nice pre-War Sears Craftsman marked block plane, but it is really a Stanley 9 1/2. It is in nice, crisp, as found condition, with a pleasing patina. The little cam lever to adjsut the throat is missing, as they often are. A great user at a very modest price. G+ Sold




Unmarked

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



Unmarked

MI14038 Unmarked This is a superb quality pair of sugar nippers that have been polished bright so that there is no patina left. Hence why they are so cheap. They are decorated and are quality pair from the early to mid 19th Century. The have good smooth surface and should repatinate with time. G+ $85




J. Conger Berry, Attorney St. N.Y.

MI140310 J. Conger Berry, Attorney St. N.Y. This is a lovely original 8" drawknife by a rare American maker. This is the first example of his work that I have seen, but I found him listed in an 1848 New York Directory. This tool is well cared for with a nice surface. It does show evidence of use, but no abuse. G+ Sold




Unmarked

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


Beatty & Co, Chester, PA

MI140182 Beatty & Co, Chester, PA This is an unusually small size morticing axe in wonderful condition. It is still sharp and ready to use. The handle has a wonderful patina and looks like it is probably original, but the handle is not symmetric in shape, which makes me wonder if it was adapted from a felling ax. Still, it looks totally original and my guess is that it was just made this way for this ax. This ax came out of an old Pennsylvania collection and the collector did "clean" the blade with 4 0 steel wool, so the patina is rubbed in spots, such as over the mark where he wanted to make it easier to read. Measures 13 1/2" across from edge to edge. I think that this is a special piece. G++ Sold


John Booth & Son, Philada

MI140184 John Booth & Son, Philada A beautiful tiger applewood cooper's shave with a cupid's bow decoration on the front. This is a classic shave, with the "Premiums Awarded New York & Philadelphia" mark. I have seen perhaps 6 of these shaves with the cupid's bow, but this is the first one with a tiger figure to the wood. The blade is radiused and about 4 inches across, the tool is about 13 1/4" across. There is a hang hole in the handle. This is a tool for the person who recognizes that tools are art. G+ $145


Union MFG Co., New Britain, Ct

MI140199 Union MFG Co., New Britain, Ct A lovely clean number 3 smoothing palne with a smooth even patina and fantastic wood with its original lacquer. The front knob has some tool box marks on it, but the tote is superb. The top of the blade has some light mushrooming from a former owner who, coming from wooden planes, didn't quite grasp the adjuster concept. Otherwise without complaint and a wonderful example. Just as good as Stanley of the same period (around 1920). G++ $95


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




Negah

MI140171 Negah This is a German made hand drill, probably from the 1930s. I have never seen this brand before but it is well made and equivelant in size to a Millers Falls #5. The head is hollow for bits but there are not there. It is made from stained beech. As found and needs some oil but this is a quality tool that will make a great user. G+ Sold



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




Metworker

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




Craftsman Made Router

MI131170 Craftsman Made Router A very clean router that looks like it just came out of an old chest. The blade is a #8 plow iron by Varvill. This plane would have been made by the owner. These routers always shared an iron with the owner's plow plane. Nicely French polished. G++ Sold




W. J. ( which is William Johnson, Newark)

MI131114 W. J. ( which is William Johnson, Newark) A good maple spokeshave with thumbscrew adjustment and a brass plated mouth. It doesn't seem to have been used much but it is a bit diry and the blade was not well ground by a former owner. Both of which can be easily corrected and it will make a good user. G+ $45




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




Marples, Shamrock Brand

MI131049 Marples, Shamrock Brand This is an unused Wooden screw box, size 3/4". It still has the original invoice with it., and is in the original box. It was purchased from the famous London retailer, Tyzach, in 1964. Get this, it paid for by the Welfare Department of Exeter. Sounds a bit fishy to me. The orignal price was 2 pounds, 3 shillings, and 5 pence. That was exensive then, but hey, it was government money. If you want one of these to use, you will never find a better one. Both the tap and the die have never cut wood. The box shows normal storage wear but has no torn corners. Fine+ $149


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

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+ $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


Unmarked

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


Unmarked Unmarked

MI1306107 Unmarked An ebony handled diamond glass cutter. I believe that it is French. The head is taper fit on and comes off to use the diamond point more like a pencil. A very useful feature when doing curved work. G+ Sold





Unmarked

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




Strap Hammer

MI1305126 Strap Hammer A lovely as found strap hammer with great patina on the handle and head. It is about a 12 oz hammer. The handle has that extra bit of care in its shaping, and just wonderful surface. F+ Sold





Patterns

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


Sailmaker

MI130521 Sailmaker's Fid A 3 1/4" long bone fid in lovely original condition. Not all fids are created equal. This one has exquisite decorative turning at the top, crisp and elegantly proportioned. The connoisseur's example. Fine Sold




Preston

MI130533 Preston A nice as found example of the smallest size Preston compassed shave. This small size did not come with a cap, the thumbscrew holds the blade directly with just a washer. It has a full original iron. The nickel is about 90%. G+ $95




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




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




Unmarked

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- $65




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


P.S.& W. Pexto

MI130386 P.S.& W. Pexto This is a set of two pliers, both marked 30, which we acquired together and probably have always been together. The smaller pliers are marked P.S. & W., Guaranteed, but no other words, such as USA, etc. The larger pliers are marked Pexto, P.S. & W. Co. USA. The small ones are 6 1/4" and the large ones are 8 1/4". As found with a dark patina. Very usable high quality pliers with integral wire cutters. G+ Sold


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






Nicholson

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 $59


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- $1795


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




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



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


Book:  Queen Anne Furniture by Norm Vandal

MI121214 Book: Queen Anne Furniture by Norm Vandal This is a pristine copy of the first edition, hard bound, printed in USA, in 1990. A landmark book and still one of the best furniture books ever published. It has a plastic cover on the dust jacket to protect it and the book really could pass for new. A must own book. Fine+ $45




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


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




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





Nicholson

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


Unmarked

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





Rosewood Router

MI120572 Rosewood Router An elegantly formed 6 1/4" wide router made from some form of quite heavy rosewood. Nice as found conditon with only tool box wear to the finish. G+ $95





 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








Antique Tool Antique Tool

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



Antique Tool Antique Tool

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



Antique Tool

MI1112215 Book: The Workbench Book, Scott Landis This is the third printing, from 1989, of this classic book. It is of course hard cover with a dust jacket, and is a quality printing, as you would expect in 1989. Fine- $25



Antique Tool

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



Antique Tool

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



Antique Tool

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



Antique Tool

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



Antique Tool

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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MI110728 Craftsman Made A scarce matched pair of gunstocker's scrapers, one concave and one just slightly concave. Both with iron soles and ash bodies. Hard to date but presumably early to mid-19th Century. Some of the hardware is a bit later, presumably replaced during the working life. G+ $69



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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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MI110169 A. & E. Baldwin This is a rare American gentleman's tool chest, with the original label in the lid. The base molding is replaced and a better job could surely be done. One piece of it has come loose and I will leave it that way as it should be replaced. The size is about 22" wide by 10" high by 11" deep. The lid hinges are replaced, along with the lower inch of the lid. The drawer lock and escutcheon are missing, and there is a large chip from the lower edge of one of the drawer knobs. This is a rare piece that looks fine as it is or could be improved upon. From my personal collection. G+ Sold
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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+ $85



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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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MI100649 H. B. Rouse & Co. Chicago An interesting type setting tool that has such lovely patina that I just had to buy it. G+ Sold



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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++ $295



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MI100453 Winchester A 7C type Winchester jointer plane, made by Sargent, with model number 8086 (The japanning makes this hard to read clearly.) This example is as found from an estate sale. It is not rusty, but there is some dark patina. With a some love, wax, and a Norton white pad, this plane will easily clean to G++ $175

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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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MI100230 A. Poudra, R. De La Bucherie 9, Paris A magnificent tool for making reeds for wind instruments. It has a small plane for forming the reeds, and a lever operated trimmer. It is also marked "Diploma D'Honneur" which would mean that the company had won an award at one of the big Trade Expositions of the Victorian era. I have never seen anything like this machine. It measures approx. 4" by 7" and I am not exaggerating to say that it would cost you thousands to reproduce something of this quality today. The brass does look like it was lightly hand polished but it still has a pleasant light patina. I try to be very reserved in my descriptions, but this tool is truly something very special that you will not see again. G++ Sold



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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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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



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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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MI90267 Graduated Pair of Braces This is an interesting matched pair of Swedish braces. One is standard size and one is much smaller. I have never seen one in this small size before. These braces came from the same chest and clearly have been together since new and make a great display with the contrasting sizes. They do not have the same maker's mark on them. The larger is marked I.M. Fall, Eskiltuna, and the other is marked "Borr Fabriken, Nyfors, Eskiltuna." Nyfors is a small town on the outskirts of Eskiltuna. Borr Fabriken translates literally as drill factory. As found and needing light cleaning. Good Sold



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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++ $189



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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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31033 W.H. Pond, New Haven Pond was a major manufacturer of coachmaker's tools. I don't know what this tool was for, nor do any of the people I have showed it to. I did discover that at least one other is known and that the other one was found in a kit of coachmaker's tools. The tool has two separate slitters, adjustable on vertical pieces in the stock of the tool. All I know for sure is that this is a neat looking and very rare signed American tool. There is a hole in the stock where a screw was used to lock what was designed as a friction fit. A customer has sent in this information: "I grew up here in central Ohio in the small village of Plain City. During the 1960's there was a harness shop owned and operated there by two sisters. They served the horse-and-buggy Amish in the area, and later, the local harness racing community. I used to stop in their shop on occasion just to watch and be amazed. On occasion I remember seeing one of the ladies slicing strips from cow or horse hides for the reigns, traces and other straps on the harnesses with a tool that looked very much like this one. It had opposing knives (very sharp) and was adjustable for the width they needed. The notch in the "top" of the cutter way acted as a guide for the hide as it was being cut. they could cut pairs of strips very evenly and rather quickly. The hide, as I remember, was held at one end in a vice or with a clamp and stretched by hand to keep it taut as it was cut. I won't say that their tool was exactly the same one, but it looked very similar." G+ Sold

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