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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

Millers Falls

MI140812 Millers Falls A clean and little used #77 egg beater drill. This is a smaller sized tool, a bit smaller than a #5, but every bit as good a quality. An ideal size for most applications for which you would want a hand cranked drill. The finish is starting to crack a bit on the wood, but not from wear, just age. I would have rated it Fine- but for this iissue with the varnish. G++ $65

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 $40

Cast Steel, W. J., Forged

MI140651 Cast Steel, W. J., Forged A small cabinetmaker's screwdriver, just under 7 inches overall. W. J. is William Johnson of Newark, New Jersey. The ferule has been polished bright and there are some small dings on the flats of the handle. Otherwise without issue and a nice example. G+ Sold

Standard, Made in Germany

MI140654 Standard, Made in Germany A large riffler, a file on one side and a hand-cut rasp on the other. 9" overall and curved on both sides. Pre-War, but 20th Century. G+ Sold


MI140666 Greenlee A full set of auger bits in the original fitted steel box. The bits are bright and clean, but most of them could use sharpening. A nice uer set of quality American made bits, probably from the 1950s. 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

The. H.D. Smith & Co. "Perfect Handle", Pat. Applied For

MI140627 The. H.D. Smith & Co. "Perfect Handle", Pat. Applied For This is an unused, essentially new old stock, example of this scarce and desirable drawknife.There are some scattered surface stains on the polished steel, but it is essentially bright like new and the handles are as new. (Yes, I know that some auctions and dealers call just about any tool that is still more or less complete unused or new old stock, but that is not our way.) Truly a remarkable find for the connoisseur. Fine Sold

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 teh 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++ $159

Sash Doweling Box Sash Doweling Box

MI140639 Sash Doweling Box A lovely sash doweling box with the original 3/16" sash bit. Made form quarter sawn oak and rosewood, the workmanship is superb and the form is most pleasing to the eye. All French polished. Sash doweling boxes are very scarce. This is the nicest one that I have offered. Really magnificent. Fine- Sold

Millers Falls

MI140641 Millers Falls A #2 Egg Beater drill. As found and showing tool box wear, this will make a great user. It does not have the original bits in the head. G+ Sold

Irwin Irwin

MI140645 Irwin A full matched set of Irwin bits in the oak box These bits are sharp, clean, and most, if not all, are unused. Includes the original instructions and a pamphlet for Speebore bits. Quality that you can't buy today. Fine- Sold

Calendar:  New Discoveries of American Patented Planes

MI14066 Calendar: New Discoveries of American Patented Planes This is a new, sealed in the celophane copy of Roger Smith's 2010 calendar of patented planes discovered after his two volume set was published. New 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

Norton IM313

MI140612 Norton IM313 This is a scarce early IM313 in cast iron. This is the type that I personally use and I would say unequivocally that no better system of its kind exists. We still sell the Mexican made plastic equivelent in our new section, but they are not comparible. This is the good standard. This one has been used and has paint loss, which is what kept the conidition rating down. With a good cleaning it will look great. The stones are worn but we sell every stone that you could want new, and I still have some US made stones for it, including black Arkansas. G+ Sold

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

MI140562 A. J. Wilkinson & Co., Makers - Boston Mass A clean as found 8" patented folding drawknife. A classic American tool. G+ Sold

Millers Falls

MI140565 Millers Falls A number 723 10" brace with rosewood. The nickel shows wear and there is light surface rust in some spots were the nickel is gone. This is a very high quality pre-War American brace that needs only a little cleaning to make it a very respectable tool. G+ Sold

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

Millers Falls, Ford Bits

MI140528 Millers Falls, Ford Bits A very scarce set of 12 Ford single lip bits in the original leatherette role. The 1" bit is missing. The black surface on the roll is deteriorating and crumbling, but the fabrid is good and the printed log is very clear. These bits were touted as boring much faster than other bits, and for beign superior in end grain and green wood than other bits. I have never had a set of them before. G+ Sold

Stewart No. 20

MI140535 Stewart No. 20 This is a scarce hand-cut riffler, measuring 11 /12" overall and still quite sharp. It is picked to about a medium pick, about like a Nicholson #50. I don't know who Stewart was but these tools tended to get worn out and this is a nice find that would help complete an old tool chest. G++ Sold

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++ $85

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+ $35

Spring Lancet Spring Lancet

MI140423 Spring Lancet A small and decorative spring lancet from about 1800, give or take a bit. It is engraved on both sides and has hte owner's initials stamped on one side in a font that is typical of the period. The brass body is nicely patinated and the iron parts retain their original finish. Measures about 2 inches overall, which is smaller than what I usually see. Many of the larger ones were really for vetinary use, but this one was for bleeding humans. It sounds crazy, but think about how some of the things that we do now will appear to people 200 years from now. The edge is somewhat dull, but I can't imagine that you are buyhing this to use. I hope not. Provenance. From the John Connor collection, an important American collection that was sold by Freemans in 1970. Fine- Sold

Sorensen Company Sorensen Company

MI140430 Sorensen Company This is the equivelant of a Norton IM-313 but was apprently made to be rented to butchers. It uses the same stones as an IM-313, 11 1/2" by 2 1/2" stones. The body is formed steel rather than cast iron. The stones are very well worn, but we can supply you with new stones in any possible configuratinon. Anyone buying this can have a 20% discount on our new replacement stones. This thing needs a good cleaning, and you might want new stones, but it is better base by far than the plastic ones. Good Sold

Moseley & Hawksworth Moseley & Hawksworth

MI140433 Moseley & Hawksworth A lovely 3/4 size Sheffield brace. Commonly called a Lady's brace, these small braces rarely turn up in such nice condition, and with a planemaker's mark as well. The Moseley & Hawksworth partnership is listed in Goodman's book as beginning in 1805 and ending some time after 1807. This tool is crisp with lovely surface, including nice patination on the brass and with the Lignum head showing the kind of surface that you expect on old Lignum. The only two minor complaints that I have are that the maker's mark is feint and requires careful observation to read, and there is a patch of small dings surrounding the chuck button. A 200 plus year old brace in wonderful condition. G++ Sold

Book:  Furniture of the Pilgrim Century by Wallace Nutting

MI140435 Book: Furniture of the Pilgrim Century by Wallace Nutting A two volume set by Wallace Nutting. This is the Dover version in paperback. 714 pages and heavily illustrated. A treasure trove of information. G+ Sold

Fenn, Newgate Street

MI140437 Fenn, Newgate Street A lovely boxwood handled 7" drawknife in nice, untouched condition. Fenn was of course a maker of ornamental lathes to the gentry, and like their competitor, Holtzapfel, also retailed high end tools. Fenn marked tools are scarce and this tool stands on its own as a little gem of a drawknife. G++ 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

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

Millers Falls

MI14046 Millers Falls This is a nearly unused Millers Falls number 9 smoothing plane, that is a #4 size. It is in the original box. The box has some tape on the corners and rates about Good. The plane is dark on the sides, not so much the sole. The wood is perfect and the japanning is about 99%. I would say that it should clean up to much better than its current G+ Sold

Book:  American Rococco, 1750 - 1775

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

Wooden Workbench Screw

MI140415 Wooden Workbench Screw If you want to make your own workbench, this is what you need. It isa wooden vice screw with the matching nut. Without the nut, these are useless. The threads are all in nice condition. I rated it low because the head has some paint stains and shows more wear than the rest of it. The screw is 2" diameter. The head is 2 3/4" diameter. Overall 23". Ready for your workbench project. Good Sold

Spindle Scraper Spindle Scraper Spindle Scraper

MI140419 Spindle Scraper This is a superb tool, a true connoisseur's delight. The nicely formed body is made from highly tiger figured wood, I think applewood. The scraper sole is brass lined and has a 1 1/16' diameter. The removable plane that locks the blade is rosewood. All is in superb condition. About 12 1/2" across. Not marked but of the highest quality workmanship and almost certainly American. Highly recommended. Fine Sold

W. Marples & Sons

MI140386 W. Marples & Sons A typical American drawknife of the late 19th to early 20th Century, with one twist, its not American. This is a Sheffield made tool that was clearly pattered for the American market. I bought it in New England and I never see this style on my buying trips to Britain. It has a smooth medium dark patina. Its only flaw is some very minor mushrooming on the back edge were it has been struck with a hammer to use this tool for splitting. It was probably only done once and the damage is minimal. This will be a great user with Sheffield made steel. G+ Sold

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

Sargent, VBM

MI140394 Sargent, VBM This is a very clean and little used Number 3408 wooden bottom smoothing plane. This style of plane is usually found in pretty ratty condition. This one is lovely and will make a great user. A former owner has neatly scratched into the side the direction to move the adjuster to lower the blade. Stanley used left-hand threads to make the adjustment more intuitve. (not from the start, but early on they switched). Sargent used a normal thread which means that the blade moves opposite to what is intuitive. This planes work great and this one is a great candidate for a user. G++ Sold


MI1403109 Brace This is a good clean American ratching brace, 10" Swing. There is some nickel loss but it still has at least 80% and is a good looking tool that will make a great user for a modest price. The wood is not an exotic wood, it looks like it may be birch, but the quality seems to be as good as MF or Stanley. G+ Sold

Irwin Expansion Bit

MI1403112 Irwin Expansion Bit An Irwin Number 22 micro dial time expansion bit. Goes from 7/8" to 3" with two cutters. Still in the original box, it would rate higher but for some surface rust that will clean right off. G+ Sold

Wm. Marples & Sons

MI140343 Wm. Marples & Sons This is a French polished boxwood adjustable spokeshave that make have come out of an exhibition display. It should light wear on the mouth but the finish is in marvelous condition everwhere else. Clearly it has seen very little use and has been appreciated as a very fine and special tool. I don't recall seeing another English boxwood shave of this quality. For the connoisseur. Fine- Sold

Edward Preston

MI140349 Edward Preston This is a small Preston decorative compassed shave. It is not the very smallest model, which had no cap over the blade, but the next size up. It is 7" across with a 1 1/2" wide blade. It has no nickel left but does have a pleasing patina. There is some light pitting on the sole, but nothing that will hurt it to use. It has a nice original iron with plenty of life left in it, but the iron will need to be ground and honed before you can use it. In short, a great user but not quite a collector's piece, and the price reflects that. G+ Sold

Millers Falls

MI140353 Millers Falls This is a #2 size Millers Falls egg beater drill. The B tell us that the handle is solid, which it is. It is also marked A.M. with a crown, which stands for Air Ministry. This is how tools owned by the Royal Airforce were marked. It was probably used in the 30s or during the War, defending the free world from the scourge fo facism. I think that makes it a bit special, but either way it is a good as found tool that will be a great user. G+ Sold

Strap Hammer

MI140354 Strap Hammer This is a small strap hammer, properly cleaned by a collector and with nice patina. The head is 11/16: across and 3 1/4" overall. G+ Sold

Edward Preston

MI140356 Edward Preston This is a later example of the larger size decorative cast iron shave, which has the lateral adjustment feature. It is a jappaned version, with a flat sole, and retains about half the japanning. It has most of the original iron remaining. These are my favorite metal shaves to use. G+ Sold


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+ $45

Bridcage Awl

MI140363 Bridcage Awl This is a very scarce period birdcage awl. The shaft is 1/4" diameter and it has a Cuban mahogany head. The shaft and the ferule have been cleaned a bit. For a once common tool, these are really few and far between. I don't recall having another one. G+ Sold

H. Taylor, Sheffield

MI140365 H. Taylor, Sheffield A very clean and little used rosewood stocked mount knife by Henry Taylor. The Acorn Brand Decal is starting to come off, but about 80% remains. The wood and brass retain the original lacquer. The blade looks to me to have the original factory grind. These are often sold as marking knives, but they were for cutting picture frame mounts, or what we call mats here in the US. They do make good marking knives as well and are quite attractive tools. Fine- Sold


MI140368 Scorp A hand forged American chairmaker's scorp. Dark and untouched but still relatively sharp. Not a common tool by any measure. Good Sold

Warrington Hammer

MI140371 Warrington Hammer A small size unmarked Warrington hammer, probably from the 1950s The flat side is 5/8" across and it is 4" overall. As found. 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


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+ $95


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

Edward Preston

MI140254 Edward Preston A nice clean example of the smallest Preston compassed shave. It retains about 97% of the original bright clean nickel. The blade surface looks like some light corrosion may have been cleaned off, which is why I did not go a bit higher on the condition grading. A very nice example. G+ Sold


MI14023 Unmarked A nice fruitwood cooper's shave. 12" wide with a 5" radiused blade. Well used but not abused and with a lovely patina. From a good collection and already waxed. G+ $69

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


MI140227 Pexto A very clean and little used 10" drawknife. The blade is nicer than the handles, which have some chips and scratches in the red paint which held down the condition grading to G+ Sold

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 shap, which makes me wounder 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. F++ $199

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


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+ $50

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

Millers Falls

MI140142 Millers Falls A No. 1 egg beater drill. This drill is similar in size to a No. 5 but has a wear compensator that the 5 lacks. It looks older to me than the 5 based primarily on the quality of the rosewood used for the head and how elegantly shaped the head is. The japanning is mostly gone but this is still a great working tool. The ferule for the side handle is split from expansion of the wood. This is typical and nothing to be concerned about. G+ $65

G. Whitehouse & Sons, Inventors G. Whitehouse & Sons, Inventors

MI140153 G. Whitehouse & Sons, Inventors This is a full set of Scotch Eyed bits in the original oak box. The bits are all by the same maker and have a very unusual style of tip, the Scotch Eye, which is optimized for boring into end grain. The two smallest bits have a different style of twist, but they appear to be original to the set and were probably made differently for practical reasons owing to their size. I have never seen another set like this before. They are all dull and would take some work before you could use them, but they are a good clean bits. G+ Sold

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

Yankee 133H Quick Return Spiral Ratchet Screw Driver

MI131239 Yankee 133H Quick Return Spiral Ratchet Screw Driver A Yankee screw driver in the original box. The tool shows use but not abuse. There is one bit with it, which is in the tool. Not a pristine collector's piece but a great user. G+ Sold


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

W. J. (for William Johnson of Newark, NJ)

MI131161 W. J. (for William Johnson of Newark, NJ) A little used maple spokeshave with thumbscrew adjustment and a brass plated mouth. 11 1/2" overall with a three inch blade. A great user. G+ Sold

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++ $49


MI131122 Fenn A Fenn anvil mounted to a carved rosewood base. The base clearly started life as some kind of architectural element, but it really works for this purpose. I don't know how long they have been together, but clearly not since the beginning. About the fanciest jeweler's anvil that I have seen. The anvil is 4 3/4" accross and including the base is about 8" high. A spectactular piece for the connoisseur. 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

P.S. Stubs, England

MI131048 P.S. Stubs, England A very small hammer of a form that I have not seen before, but presumably for a fine metalworker, like a jeweler or clock maker. It has a round head on one side and comes to a point at the other end. The whole things weighs a bit more than an ounce. The head is 2 5/8" overall and the diamerter of the head is 3/8". The handle appears to be original. The name of Peter Stubs is of course legendary in the world of Lancashire tools, primarily for clock makers. ( I must admit that I can't help but think of the builder in Faulty Towers when I hear the name Stubs.) Fine Sold

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

Tool Chest & Tools Tool Chest & Tools Tool Chest & Tools Tool Chest & Tools Tool Chest & Tools Tool Chest & Tools Tool Chest & Tools

MI131035 Tool Chest & Tools I came upon this chest being sold at an antiques fair. By the time that I arrived on the seen, many of the tools had already been sold out of it. The chest itself is the best made example of its type that I have seen. It is the classic Carpenter's portable chest with the saws in the lid. It can be sent UPS. The dimensions are 32 1/2" long, 17 1/2" high, 9" deep. I am going to list the tools that I did get with it, and what they would cost if I listed them separately. They are not for sale individually, but the price for the package will be favorable.

The chest has 5 hand dovetail poplar drawers, stained to resemble mahogany, and the entire carcase is dovetailed. It quality is amazing for this type of chest. On the back of the center drawer is written "Finis: June 1926" Clearly the maker was very proud, and rightfully so. There are a few other odds and ends in the chest, but nothing of significant value. There is a very nice French curve. Price if it was for sale alone: $165

H. Disston & Sons 8" brass-backed dovetail saw. Price if it was for sale alone: $195

H. Disston & Sons 14" brass-backed saw. Price if it was for sale alone: $195

H. Disston & Sons 26" 7PPI panel saw. Price if it was for sale alone: $150

Graduated matched set of 4 bevelled paring chisels with matching boxwood handles, 2 marked by the retailer, R. Kelly & Sons of Liverpool, and 2 marked Ward and "Kelson" which was the Kelly trademark, and is on all 4. Price if they were for sale alone: $250

A London Pattern handled 2" heavy firming chisel. Price if it was for sale alone: $75

An unmarked, crisp and nice 22" try plane. Price if it was for sale alone: $95

A matching set of 8 polished boxwood gouges, 4 in-cannel and 4 out-cannel. 6 are signed by the retailer, H. Kelly and Sons, Liverpool, and 2 are signed W&P, but all are clearly by Ward & Payne and all clearly started life together. The sizes are 7/8", 3/4", 7/16", & 3/8". Fine- Price if for sale alone: $199

A 12" polished beech bow saw, marked Ross & Alexander, Liverpool. This would be a retailer. The saw is superb, a real connoisseur's piece. Fine Price if for sale alone: $129

The total for these tools alone, if sold separately, $1458. G++ Sold

Buck Timber Scribe

MI131021 Buck Timber Scribe A particularly nice timber scribe fo the style with two cutters and a point. Lovely as found condition with a rosewood handle with pronounced grain. The mark is an early Buck mark. Connoisseur grade. G++ Sold

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

D. Flather & Sons

MI130860 D. Flather & Sons A very light and fine boxwood spokeshave with a compassed brass sole. The blade is 1 9/16" wide. This is a very light shave for light duty work. I suspect that the brass sole may be a retrofit, but is very well done. The blade is worn but still perfectly servicable. G+ Sold

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

North Brothers Spiral Ratchet Screwdriver

MI130851 North Brothers Spiral Ratchet Screwdriver This is a boxed No. 33H with a lot of extra bits. There are two plastic containers of drill bits. One is labeled "One Set 41218B" and contains two small drill bits. The other is labeled "Yankee Chuck and Drills" and has three drill bits in it. There are 4 drill bits and 2 countersinks loose in the box. In addition, there is a straigh bladed screw driver in the chuck now, and another in the box, that does need to have the tip reground. The box is very nice. Fine- Sold

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

Split Nut Turnscrew

MI13086 Split Nut Turnscrew This is a lovely oval (turned on an eccentric chuck) ebony handled turnscrew for split nuts. Very high quality. This turnscrew almost certainly originally came with a cased firearm. It has occured to me that it might also have been for microscopes, as this type of split nut frequently appears on microscopes, but they style is much more typical of cased firearms. The finely knurled ferule has been buffed by an idiot. A superb quality piece. G++ Sold

Tiny Jeweler

MI13088 Tiny Jeweler's Hammer A tiny little hammer of most delicate form. It is unmarked, except for "Acier Fondu", which must means cast steel in French. It is probably Swiss made. The rounded face is 5/16" diameter and the head is 1 3/4" long. The handle is some kind of tropical wood, maybe rosewood, and measures 8" overall. A real gem by any measure. G++ Sold

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+ $55


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+ $85


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


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 $89


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

T.H. Witherbey

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 $185

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- $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

No. 30A Yankee Spiral Ratchet Screw Driver

MI130429 No. 30A Yankee Spiral Ratchet Screw Driver A pristine as found example in the original box with the original bit set and the original envelope for the bit set. The box shows light wear and rates G++ and the tool is Fine Sold

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+ $30

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


MI13037 Hemostats A pair of American made stainless-steel hemostats, one by Jen-Sal, the other by Crown. Free to the first person who orders them and buys another old tool. G++ Sold

Speednut Wrench Corp

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

Book:  Early Tools of New Jersey and the Men Who Made Them

MI130323 Book: Early Tools of New Jersey and the Men Who Made Them This 190 page hard bound book remains one of the best tool reference books written. A must own book for the serious collector. Fine Sold


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


MI1301105 Pexto A 10" folding drawknife. The blade is nice and bright. The steel ferules have been hit with a wire brush. Perhaps the idiot thought that they were brass and should be all shiny like jewelry. Anyway, its not a big deal, but the tool is otherwise without issue. The handles are painted red and I really don't know if this is original or not. I would have expected them to be applewood. G+ 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


MI130166 Norton This is an Arkansas slip stone in the original box with the original label still on the stone. It is an HS-4, but it is not marked with a model number. The stone is a bit dirty from oil but is otherwise as new. I didn't rate it higher because it is not bright and clean, but has no wear and is better quality than a new one. This one is probably 1950s. G++ Sold

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- $1995

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

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

Warburton Bros, Cast Steel

MI121033 Warburton Bros, Cast Steel A lovely 10" drawknife with particularly nice handles and a nicely patinated blade. Still very sharp. There are some scattered nicks in the edge but it is usable just as it is. G+ Sold


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

Extra-Large Turnscrew

MI12074 Extra-Large Turnscrew A 27" overall turnscrew with an ash handle. Not as fancy as some that we have had, but a classic form in nice as found condition. There is some minor chipping on one side of the handle were some creten was hitting the end of the handle with a hammer. G+ Sold

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

Book:  American Woodworking Tools by Paul Kebabian

MI120681 Book: American Woodworking Tools by Paul Kebabian A classic tome from the golden days of tool collecting and a must own book for any serious collector. 214 pages and printed in the USA. The dust jacket is a bit worn but the book itself is fine, so overall I rate it G++ Sold


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

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- $699

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

Catalog Reprint:  Vaughn & Bushnell

MI140621 Catalog Reprint: Vaughn & Bushnell This is a beautifully printed copy of the 1927 catalog of this famous Chicago company. 62 pages with come color pages. I have a few of these. While supplies last, free to anyone who orders one and orders another vintage tool that is not free. New $0

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MI12048 Vigor, France A jeweler's bit holder for holding very fine bits. Fine- Sold

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

Three Core Box Tools

MI120256 Three Core Box Tools This is a group of 3 tools that are used to touch up the sand in a core box. I am not sure what they are called. They came from an old patternmaker's tools from the 1950s. The longest one is just over 15 inches long. Fine- Sold

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MI120258 Core Box Tools A group of 6 tools that look like dental tools but I believe were used for delicate touch up of the sand in a core box. They came from an old patternmaker's kit. Four are marked Supreme, one is marked BDM Co, another Kent. Fine- Sold

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

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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+ $19

Book:  American Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston

MI120246 Book: American Furniture in the Museum of Fine Arts Boston This is a 276 page catalog of the furnture collection of the Museum of Fine arts in Boston. This copy if from the second printing of 1985. It is in very clean condition and except for a few minor marks on the cover it is as new. Fine- Sold

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

Blacksmith Made Hammer

MI120140 Blacksmith Made Hammer A carpenter's claw hammer with a hand forge iron head. It is hard to date these, but it looks to me like it must be at least early 19th Century. The handle is old but there is no way of knowing how old. A very nice example of a hand-forged hammer. G+ Sold

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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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

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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

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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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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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MI110530 Brady, Cast Steel A scarce 7" size hand forged draw knife, made by a respected Lancaster PA blacksmith. Smaller sized blacksmith made draw knives are quite scarce. This one is as found and is still pretty sharp, although from the patina I can see that it has not been used in many years, perhaps more than 100. The handles show some wear, but they are original and sound. I like this one. G+ Sold

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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+ $465
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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+ $25

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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


MI1310114 Hazet A model 771-17 17mm lug nut wrench. Hazet is firt quality German made stuff. I don' tknow what would use a 17mm lug nut. Ths one is marked West Germany, dating it a bit. Nice as found condition. Free to the first person who buys two vintage tools and requests it. G+ Sold

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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++ $1495

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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 $119

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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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MI80418 Hand Forged Bench Dogs This is a genuine matched pair of handforged blacksmith made bench dogs. They are almost certainly American and first half of the 19th Century. They fit a 1" long and 7/8" across mortice. The head is 1 1/4" long. A nice original pair for an old bench. Good Sold

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MI80321 Early American Pat. Brace I believe that this is a White patent brace, but I do not see where it is marked. It is as found with a light old rust surface as one expects on old iron that was hanging on the wall for 150 years or so. Still a nicer user. Just wax it up and go. 10" throw. Good Sold

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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+ $595

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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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