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Razor Stone

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

Pike Washita Oil Stone

MI151141 Pike Washita Oil Stone A natural Washita oil stone measuring 1 7/8" by 5 7/8" by 15/16" thick. This stone is clearly old, but it doesn't look like it was used to me. It still has the original label, which shows no evidence of having been stained by oil. Clearly a rare survivor. I am not sure when Norton bought Pike, but it was a long time ago, making me think tha tthis stone is probably late 19th Century. G++ Sold

Unmarked Unmarked

MI151144 Unmarked I have never seen a shave like this. It has a 3 1/2" wide blade with a distinct curvature. It is made from maple and I am pretty sure that it is American. It is 12" wide overall and has a lovely untouched patina. I really like this tool but I am not sure what it is for. One suggestion was for hand rail work but I am not really convinced. Highly recommended. G+ Sold

Rock Island Swivel Vise

MI151151 Rock Island Swivel Vise A good quality American made Vise with a swivel base. This vise weighs over 13 pounds and is high quality pre-War tool. It needs a good cleaning but it has not been abused and will make a great working vise. G+ Sold

Millers Falls No. 5 Drill

MI151154 Millers Falls No. 5 Drill A very clean example in a very nice original box. The body has a little bit of paint loss, which is whiy I gave it the minus. It is really a great example. The chuck closed down to nothing so you can used this for some very fine work. It is still has all 8 original bits in the head. This tool was probably used, but very little and always kept safely in its box. Fine- Sold

Millers Falls No. 1322 10" Brace

MI151157 Millers Falls No. 1322 10" Brace A bright and clean 10" brace that has seen very little use. The chuck looks unused and handle retains the original decal, something that quickly wears off with use. Fine $89

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

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

18c Gentleman 18c Gentleman 18c Gentleman 18c Gentleman 18c Gentleman 18c Gentleman

MI15116 18c Gentleman's Tool Chest A rare gentleman's tool chest in mahogany with oak as the secondary wood. 20" wide, 8" high, and 10" deep. All dovetailed with first quality British dovetails. The original brass trim has not been polished and has a lovely patina. The front and sides look to have orignal finish, but the top has had fresh finished wiped on. The interior is untouched and does not appear to have ever had finish. The half round molding on one side of the the lid has a split in it eminating from one of the nails that attaches it to the lid. I would glue this tight, which is a simple fix. I would also rub the top down with wax and 4 0 steel wool to dull down the fnish to match the front and sides. Make not mistake, this is a connoisseur piece. A similar chest is in the collection of Colonial Williamsburg. G+ Sold

Russell Jennings Russell Jennings Russell Jennings

MI151112 Russell Jennings This is a full set of Jennings patent bits in the three tier box. The 13 and the 15 bits are not original to this set, and are not as good as the rest of the bits. The orignal 11 bits all rate about G++ but the replacements are G+ and G respectively. The box shows normal wear but is OK. The middle tier clasp is missing. A great working set. G+ Sold

W & S Butcher W & S Butcher

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

Millers Falls Co

MI151131 Millers Falls Co A very clean and little used No. 77A egg beater drill. Every shop needs at least one. I have two, one smaller one like this and one larger one. G++ Sold

Patternmaker Made

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

Early Multi-Tool

MI151060 Early Multi-Tool A horseshoe shaped multi-tool, of the type that is scene in Smith's Key. This one was nickel plated, which makes me think that it is a bit later. Nickel plating was invented in the early 19th Century, but I am not sure when its use became widespread. I have seen one of these tools marked Holtzapfel, but this one is unmarked. None of the little tools are broken, which is often not the case. It includes a hoof pick, a button hook, a corkscrew, an awl, a gimlet, a a screwdriver, a screw like tool that might be a puller of some kind, and a leather punch. 3" across and 3 " high. A much nicer example than is usually seen. G++ $98

Handforged Turnscrew

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

Wm Marples & Sons, Hibernia

MI151068 Wm Marples & Sons, Hibernia A boxwood spokeshave with the scarde prescion adjustment feature. 13 3/4" wide with a 4 1/8" wide blade. I don't love the patina on the boxwood, but it is OK. This is a scarce style of spokeshave but very useful and in a nice size. This one has seen light to moderate use and will last a few more lifetimes. G+ $69

Goodell Pratt Co.

MI151075 Goodell Pratt Co. A superb quality patented tenoning tool is superb condtion. One of the nicest tenoning tools that I have seen. If this tool was made today to this standard it would have to cost $400 or more. Fine Sold

Builders & Decorators Sign Builders & Decorators Sign

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

Camco, USA Camco, USA

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

Record 772 Router Plane

MI151047 Record 772 Router Plane This is a probably unused Record small router in the original box. This is the Record answer to the Stanley 271, but it is a bit heavier and has a better grip surface, so I must say that I prefer it to the Stanley. The blade does not appear to have ever been honed for use. It has some storage staining and the box is ratty. G++ $75

Warranted Best, London Made

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

Edwared Preston & Sons

MI151012 Edwared Preston & Sons A Preston rabbetting shave with all four fences. The original numbered iron appears to be full original length. The japanning has a lot of tool box rash which held down the condition grading. G+ $89

Bagshaw & Field Bagshaw & Field

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

Iron Brace

MI1509107 L. Christian A simple iron brace with a turned beech head. An attractive tool with a pleasing patina. It is marked, which is unusual, most braces of this style are not marked. The mark is not easy to read, but it became clear when I blew up the photo of it. For the discerning user or collector. G+ Sold

Book:  Wooden Planes in 19th Century America by Ken Roberts

WP150949 Book: Wooden Planes in 19th Century America by Ken Roberts Published in 1975, this was a seminal work on wooden planes and remains an important reference for the collector. 218 pages, hard bound. This one shows normal wear reflecting its being a book that would be referred to regularly. G+ $39

Pricking Wheel

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

Saynor, Sheffield, England Saynor, Sheffield, England Saynor, Sheffield, England

MI150968 Saynor, Sheffield, England A grafting knife in the original box, in lovely condition. This is a high quality knife that has seen very little use. It has been honed so I can't say that it wasn't used some, but it is pristine. Fine+ Sold

Highgate C.P.O. 1956

MI15093 Highgate C.P.O. 1956 A delicate cross peen jeweler's hammer with about a 2 ounce head. I am interpreting the marking to mean that it was owned by the Highgate (a place in London) Community Post Office and bought in 1956, but if somebody else knows more accurately what CPO stood for, please let me know. A nice little hammer in nice as found condition. G+ $45

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

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

Edward Preston

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

Magnagrip Magnetic Tool Holder

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

Jointer Fence

MI150944 Jointer Fence This is a Millers Falls type jointer fence, but it is not marked. It is designed to clamp onto the side of an iron bench plane with cam clamps. The adjustment has fixed stops at 90 degrees and 45 degrees. Nice as found condition. These are very handy tools, both for getting square edges on boards and for doing any kind of coopered work. G+ $69

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

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

Antique Tool

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

Swedish Burl Mallet

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

Hand Forged Turnscrew

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

L. Stoudt

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

Ram Ram

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

Blacksmith Made Turnscrew

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


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

W. Marples & Sons

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

Joseph Tyzack & Son, Ltd

MI150612 Joseph Tyzack & Son, Ltd An unused plasterer's mitre with a very clear etchign showing the three legged logo of Joseph Tyzach and Son. Light storage patina but an amazing survivor in this condition. Plaster work would very quickly darken a tool like this. Fine $49

Dickinson, Maker

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

Decorative Food Chopper

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

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

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

Governor Brand

MI150569 Governor Brand A nice heavy-duty boxwood spokeshave that has seen only light use. 11 1/2" wide with a 3" wide blade. Retains the original decal with the picture of a governor (engine speed regulator). A high quality tool that is significantly better than any spokeshave made today and for much less money. G+ $59

Timber Scribe Timber Scribe

MI150573 Timber Scribe A fantastic as found timber scribe that looks quite early to me, possibly 18th Century. It is marked with a maker's mark, a heart with an L inside. I am not familiar with this mark. The handle is rosewood with a brass ferule that is faceted to match the handle and has a lovely patina. The blade is exquisitely made and retains a pleasing patina. A connoisseur's exampe. G++ $199

James Swan James Swan

MI150534 James Swan A matched set of James Swan auger bits in the original wooden box. The lable reads, "One Set No. 10 Finest Quality Cast Steel Auger Bits." James Swas really was finest quality. This is a set of 6 bits in sizes 4, 5, 6 8, 10 & 12. Auger bit sizes are of course in 16ths of an inch. One side of the box was cracked where the groove is cut for the sliding lid and I glued this. A nice original set that is not commonly seen. The bits should be sharpened before you use them for best performance. G++ $99

P. S. Stubs

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

C & H. Barnett, Black Diamond Works

MI150555 C & H. Barnett, Black Diamond Works A scarce hand cut American 12" cabinet rasp. This maker worked from 1863 - 1895. This tool is too dull to work well but it is a rare survivor worthy of admission into a good collection. G+ $35

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

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

Perfect Handle Screwdriver

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

Edward Preston

MI150441 Edward Preston An Preston patent adjustable spokeshave with compassed sole and skewed handles. This is a scarce variation of the Preston shave where the handles are skewed do the line of the blade. It retains about half of the japanning. A great user or a scarce collector's piece. G+ Sold

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

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

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

The Adell Mfg. Co.

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

Book:  American Wood & Metal Planes

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

J. Baker & Sons, Patented, London

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


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

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

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

Wilson Mf

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

The Manual Tool Co, Sheffield

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

R. TImmins & Sons

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

Kwik-Way Torque Wrench

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

Burl Mallet

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

W. R. Fox, Grand Rapids Michigan

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

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

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

Underwood, 56 Haymarket, London

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


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

Race Knife Race Knife

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

Book:  The Wooden Plane by John Whelan

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

Early Adze Early Adze

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

North Brothers Yankee No. 130A

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


MI140841 Unmarked A large quality boxwood spokeshave. Measures 12 1/2" with a 3 1/2" blade, but that doesn't fully convey what a large shave this is. Has a polished finish that is now nicely patinated. G+ $85

Draw Knife Chamfer Guides

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

Booklet:  Woodworking Tools by Philip Walker

MI140510 Booklet: Woodworking Tools by Philip Walker This booklet is only 32 pages long but gives a nice overview of collectable tools. In the back is pictures one of the best cabinermaker's chests that I have seen. A fun read. G++ $12

Book:  American Rococco, 1750 - 1775

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

Arkansas Stone

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

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

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

Mappin & Webb

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

The Cabinetmaker The Cabinetmaker

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

Ohio Tool Co. O113

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

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+ $149

Early Wooden Comb

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

Handforged Bowl Adze

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

Highland Tool Co

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

Wm Marples & Sons

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

Hand-Forged Pliers

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


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

Fine Woodworking, June 1995

MI1509100 Fine Woodworking, June 1995 a good clean copy of issue #112. When I read an article about how a modern knock off what better than an old Stanley, probably written by somebody who had never seen a pre-war Stanley, I knew that I couldn't keep it. Free to the first person who asks for it and places an order for something else. G+ $0


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++ $279

Antique Tool

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

Sash Templates

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

Primitive Swediish Burl Brace Primitive Swediish Burl Brace

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

Wire Gauge Tool

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

Unmarked Victorian Knife

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

Speednut Wrench Corp

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


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

Patent Model Patent Model Patent Model Patent Model Patent Model

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

J. W. Stutter  3 Shoreditch

MI130129 J. W. Stutter 3 Shoreditch A 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

W. Marples & Sons

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

Dutch Spykbor

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

Nut Cracker

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

Nut Cracker

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


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

Universal - Diamond Glass Cutter

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

Unmarked  (Preston)

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

Yankee Plain Breast Drill Yankee Plain Breast Drill

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

Stearns Patent Tenoning Tool

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


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 $49

Gleave, Oldham St. Manchester

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

H. Gerstner H. Gerstner

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


MI151147 Unmarked A delicate little jeweler's hammer with a nicely formed rosewood handle. The left side of the head is cracked where somebody inexplicably struck the hammer from the side and cracked the thin wall of the handle mortice. As a user, it doesn't matter. The crack is not going to get worse. It is a lovely tool and it is free to the first person who orders it and also orders $200 of old tools. G+ $0

 Sugar Nippers

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

Catalog Reprint:  Vaugn & Bushnell 1927

MI151039 Catalog Reprint: Vaugn & Bushnell 1927 This is a beautifully printed 60 page catalog reprint with some color plates. Free to the first person who orders it and spends more than $100 on old tools. New $0

Hand Forged Brace

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

Kellett Kellett

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

Book:  Treasures of State by Conger

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

Norton Abrasives

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

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

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

Antique Tool

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

Antique Tool

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

Antique Tool

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

Antique Tool

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

Antique Tool

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

Antique Tool

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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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

Antique Tool

MI110214 Buck, 242 Tottenham Ct. Rd A miniature wooden router, measuring 4 1/4" by 15/16". Lovely untouched condition. Fine- $85

Antique Tool

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. Free with an order of two other old tools. Fine $0

Antique Tool

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

Antique Tool

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

Antique Tool

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

Book:  Cleveland Ready Reference

MI150622 Book: Cleveland Ready Reference A 16 page spiral bound refernce booklet for machinists on using and sharpening drills and taps. This is a booklet for professionals and is not homeowner level advice. Free to the first person who orders it along with two other vintage tools that are not free. Fine $0

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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

Antique Tool

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

Antique Tool

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

Antique Tool

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

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

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

Antique Tool

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

Antique Tool

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

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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++ $35

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

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

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

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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 $75

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

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

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

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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 $69

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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 $39

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