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Molding Planes

Before the days of store bought moldings and Stanley combination planes, every cabinetmaker and joiner had a chest full of molding planes. For the most part these planes are almost identical, however, there are subtle but important differences. More on the differences between cabinetmaker's and joiner's molding planes. Joiner's planes are much more common to find, because far more people were employed building houses than were employed building furniture by hand. Both types of planes can still be used on today's projects. By our estimation, you haven't lived, until you have struck a molding with an original molding plane that once sung in the shop of a 19th Century master. 18th Century molding planes are quite scarce and should be left to collectors. We hope that the collection presented here will offer something for everyone.

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American Molding Planes

Wm C. Ross, 44 Light St. Balto

180333 Wm C. Ross, 44 Light St. Balto Baltimore makers made some of the most attractive sash planes. This is is a classic Baltimore screw arm sash plane with the characterstic shape nuts in boxwood. The cut is a rustic sash, which is must a beveled sash bar. The plane is nice and clean but I am not sure if it was touched by a collector or not. I really like this one. G++ SOLD

Sargent & Co. U.S.

MP180344 Sargent & Co. U.S. A very crisp and barely used 1/2" square ovolo. Sarget planes were all made for them by Sandusky, as was this one. The surface is rather dark, probably from linseed oil darking dark with time. Some idiot collector has engraved an inventory number in the sole. I have seen collectors do some really stupid things, but this takes the cake. It doesn't really hurt the plane, but you just wonder what he was thinking. Of course this is one of those profiles that is in great demand today. G++ $59

D. Colton, Phila

MP18036 D. Colton, Phila A center bead that cuts a bead which is about 1/4" wide, but if you count the fillets on each side it is slightly larger. The plane is marked 1/4". It is fully boxed in lignum, as was common on Philadelphia planes. It has been drilled for use on the arms of a plow plane, which was common for center beads. Nice as found condition from a good Pennsylvania collection. G+ $48

I Schauer

MP180256 I Schauer A delicate 7/16" wide astragal. (That is, as always on this website, the width of the entire profile, the actual astragal is aonly about 1/3 of the total width since there is a fillet on each side of the bead.) Thie plane came from a good old Pennsylvania collection and it has someting on the surface, but it might just be wax. It isn't anything offensive and this is a really wonderful plane. There are some tiny old tacks broken off in the fence where an extension was removed. Again, not offensive. G+ $75

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

MP180261 Unmarked A classic 18th century American cornice plane cutting a 3 1/8" wide ogee with reversee ogeen and fillet, the classic cornice molding of the period. The offset tote is in birch, with the grain running vertically, as with many New England makers of the period, Sleeper and Tower coming to mind immediately. The body is beech. The plane has some kind of light finish on it that a collector applied. If it bothers you it could probably be removed with denatured alcohol. This is a great collector's piece that could also be a great user, although you might need to use an apprenice pulling the rope on the pull bar since this would not be an easy profile to cut by just pushing the plane. G+ $345

Ohio Tool Co

MP180234 Ohio Tool Co An screw-arm adjustable sash plane cutting a rustic sash. This is the scarce style where there is a fence on both sides and the stock is cut to a precise width in advance. The beveled side of the sole has some miinor plane marks where somebody was fiddling with the sole. The plane is filthy, as it came from an old workshop. It should clean up well and make a great user. G+ SOLD

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

MP180241 Unmarked This is a massive and magnificent 18th Century American ogee cornice plane. The hand-forged iron is 4 3/4" wide and there is an obligatory rope hole in the front for an apprentice or two to be pulling. This is a professionally made plane. If I don't feel that a plane is professionally made, I listed it as Craftsman Made rather than as Unmarked. It is in wonderful as found condition. If this was a signed plane of this age it would be worth in the thousands. The tote is in perfect condition, with a great early look, but it is loose. It should be glued back with hide glue. This is a connoisseur grade plane. G++ $399

Butler, Philada

MP180220 Butler, Philada A 5/16" skew square ovolo. From an old collection and lightly cleaned. G+ $75

Isaac Field

MP170919 Isaac Field A nice as found 1" (and so marked, 8) quirked ogee. The chamfers are wide and flat, but starting to look more like 19th Century chamfers, as this plane is in a transitional style. The mark was lightly struck and is not easy to read. There is a 1/4" long piece of boxing missing behind blade, but otherwise I have no complaints on this 200 plus year old American plane. G+ $75

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

MP170425 Unmarked A most unusual reed with follow plane that cuts two reeds at a time, each 5/8" wide. The reeds have a large flat between them and I believe that this plane was intended to cut large architectural pillasters. Surprisingly it is not marked, perhaps because there is a knot in the stock near the rear. There is also some water damage to the front. near the bottom. The plane is such an unusual form that I excuse all of that. Good $159

N. Spaulding, Ithica

MP17039 N. Spaulding, Ithica A crisp and attractive 7/8" reverse ogee. It looks like there was a fence extension glued on that has now been removed and there are some chisel marks where the glue was scraped off. Otherwise really great surface. G++ $79

Jo. Fuller, Providence

MP170165 Jo. Fuller, Providence A very attractive Fuller halving plane with all the features that collectors want to see on these. It is 10" long, birch, relieved wedge, and flutes cut on the sides. It has a rich patina and has been properly cleaned by a responsible collector. This is a great example of a scarce form. G++ $269

W. Grinel W. Grinel

MP170175 W. Grinel A handled complex molder cutting a 1 inch cove with fillets on both sides. A hard to find and desirable profile by a very scarce Philadelphia maker who worked only for a short time in the early 19th Century. The plane has a round topped iron by James Cam. It is as found from an old Pennsylvania collection. Highly recommended. G+ $345

Kennedy & White, N. York Kennedy & White, N. York

MP1610101 Kennedy & White, N. York A highly complex molding plane that cuts a 1 1/8 inch astragal with cove and Grecian. This is a classic American profile and one of my favorites. The plane is as found with an old dry surface. G+ $179

D. Copeland

MP160150 D. Copeland This plane has a very unusual profile, a very deep cove. I have seen similar very ceep Grecians, so this is presumably the converse. It does seem to me that the depth stop has been planed off. The patina matches, so it would have been done when the plane was near new, but the wood is rougher there than the finish that hte maker would have left, and the spring line shows where the depth stop shoud have been. I don't think that the profile itself is modified and this is still a very ususual plane. It does appear to have been "cleaned" with steel wool. G+ $55


MP150854 Unmarked A lovely lignum boxed astragal with Grecian. It is marked 7/8" but the cut is closer to 1". Clearly an early 19th Century New England plane but not maker marked. Nice as found condition. G+ $75

D. Amsden, Lebanon

MP150445 D. Amsden, Lebanon This plane cuts a 5/8" astragal with cove. It bears the second Amsden mark. Both Amsden marks are very scarce, if not rare, in my experience. This plane is in wonderful original condition except that the blade has been stropped, clearly by a recent owner who thought that he might use it, but it shows no sign of any use in the last 100 years. A very hard to find New Hampshire maker and a very desirable profile, all in connoisseur condition G++ $345

Extra Quality

MP150459 Extra Quality I have not seen this mark before, but the planes looks like it might be an older Ohio Tool Col made plane. It is marked #61, but I did not have time to look that number up in an Ohio catalog. The plane cuts a very shallow 1" Grecian ogee with bevel. The patina is a little bit uneven. The plane has been wiped off by a collector but it looks like that is all that he did. I don't think that it was even waxed. G+ $59

A Cummings

MP150252 A Cummings A double iron shipwright's hollow in the style of Tolman. There were not numbered, but it is about a #18 size, 1 1/4" wide. There is a slight crack on the left side being caused by the plane body shrinking and the iron not. a bit of metal needs to be ground off of the side of the blade. A bit of blotchiness to the patina on the left rear, where there was a sticker and somebody struggled to get it off. Otherwise a nice as found example. G+ $59

B. Sheneman, No. 733 Market St. Warranted

MP140822 B. Sheneman, No. 733 Market St. Warranted A scarce handled nosing plane by a good Philadelphia molder. Cuts up to 1 3/8" wide stock. Nicely cleaned and waxed by a collector. There are some scattered old worm holes, but nothing serious. The original store price code is still visible on the wedge. From an important collection of Philadelphia planes. 14" long. G+ $95

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

MP140429 Unmarked This is a very early New England cornice plane, in the earliest style that one sees for American planes. This plane could easily pass for a Francis Nicholson plane. It is of that period and style, but for a small fraction of the cost of a signed example. The profile is a 2 3/4" ogee/reverse ogee, a furniture size molding that was very likely a cabinetmaker's plane long before the American Revolution. It has the classic round topped wedge, with a round topped iron that is not marked and was probably sourced locally. The tote is offset all the way to the right, and is short and stubby in the classic early 18th Century style. There is a chip out of the right rear edge of the spur, but it is overall quite good. The base of the tote is cracked flush with the body of the plane and is held down with nail in the rear of the tote. This is a period repair. This plane is untouched and in a very nice condition for its age. One of the best early planes that I have had. I like it much better than a Nicholson that I sold for $5000 over 20 years ago. G+ $895

C. Fuller, Waltham St. Boston

MP130517 C. Fuller, Waltham St. Boston This plane cuts a 1" wide bead with quirked ogee, a profile that is sometimes seen on British planes, but is far more unusual on American molders. Because the side of the bead is also the fence for the whole plane, it is a bit tricky to use. This plane has had a small fillet cut into the edge of the profile to act as a fence and make it easier to use. If you are a purirst, this could easilty be reversed by adding a very small strip of wood to fill the fillet, but as a user it may be better used as it is. It has an owner's mark that I have seen before on Boston planes. W Leavitt. If anyone knows who this was, let me know. I would have rated this plane higher but for the minor modification to the fence. G+ $119

Ohio Tool Co

MP1304113 Ohio Tool Co A 1 1/2" reverse ogeen plane, a tricky one to use because it has no fence and uses the edge of the molding as a fence. This plane has been rubbed down smooth with steel wool, so it is glass smooth. I took of a condition grade for that. Still a great user but not collectible with this surface. Good $65

D. Colton

MP1303104 D. Colton This twin-ironed Grecian ogee with bevel has a most unusual mark. It originally had the D. Colton and B. Sheneman, 297 Market St. However, the plane was not sold until the parternship disolved, and B. Sheneman's name has been overstruck with the Warranted stamp, and the address has been ovestruck to 327 Market St. I have never seen anything like this done before. It must have been a rancorous split. The profile is 1 1/4" wide and the plane is in wonderful condition, have been properly waxed by a collector. From a high-end Pennsylvania collection. Fine- $179

J&L Denison, Saybrook

MP130315 J&L Denison, Saybrook A shallow 1" quirked ogee in as found conditon. Needs a light cleaning but should clean to at least G+ $59

Antique Molding Plane Antique Molding Plane Antique Molding Plane

MP111210 A Cummings, Boston A rare curved hand rail molding plane. This plane is as rare as hen's teeth. The blade is by Ash, with a matching profiled cap iron by Ash. That is also a rare feature. Wonderful condition. One of 3 curved American molding planes that I bought with a collection. I have seen fewer than 8 of these in 25 years. The blade is 1 1/2" wide. The fence is plated, which may or may not be original. There is a small check on the right side at the wedge cheek, as noted in the photo. A magnificent piece. G++ $399

Antique Molding Plane Antique Molding Plane

MP110368 B. Sheneman, 297 Market St. Phila. A rare handled American wash board plane. Wash board planes are rare, but a handled example is unique in my experience. This plane has nice patina and is as found. It cuts two valleys at once while a third projection acts as a fence riding in a previously cut valley. 14" long. You won't see another one. A rare survivor from an earlier time when washboards were part of daily life. G++ $285

Antique Molding Plane

MP110241 W. Raymond A unique set of 4 molding planes, that I can only speculate on the function of. There are two curved and one straight plane, that all cut the same profile, which I think is a form of a fenced cock bead. The curved planes are fenced left and fence right, so that you could work in either direction on a curved piece. These three planes were clearly intended as a set. The fourth plane cuts a 1/2" astragal. This one has some chips from the rear where it was struck to set it. These planes have great as found patina. Here is the kicker, all four have replaced wedges, and one plane has a replaced blade. I have owned these about 20 years and I made the wedges back then. They are accurately made and colored, but no effort was made to age the wedges to they won't fool anyone. Bob Baker would have made these wedges look original, but I am no Bob Baker so I just try to make things look correct in form. The replaced blade fits properly and has been ground to profile, but you can see that it is freshly ground compared to the other 3. These planes are so rare that I can overlook there shortcomings. They are true 18th Century American planes, and probably cabinetmaker's planes at that. G+ $295

Antique Molding Plane

MP90124 S&H. Hills, Amhert, Mass This is a really nice as found steep Grecian that is 1" wide and about 3/4" high, which is quite steep. Wonderful patina. There is one old chip in the front of the sole where the plane must have struck a bench dog. This is an especially nice plane from an especially good collection. G+ $119

Antique Molding Plane

MP80616 A. Smith, Rehoboth This is a classic New England crown molder cutting the ever popular ogee with fillet and reverse ogee. It is birch with a fantastic look. It is uncleaned with very nice surface. There are two bits of bad news. The tote is a proper replacement that is very well done. Not Bob Baker quality, but a really good second place. The other issue is that some utter nincompoop has used the front of the plane to set a saw. What were they thinking? Still, this is great 18th Century New England crown molder at a fraction of the price of what it would be without any complaints. G+ $1499

Antique Molding Plane

MP50223 J. Gibson, Albany This is a rare plane that looks like a sash plane but in fact cuts an ogee on each side. Probably used for doors. It is clean and crisp, and never touched. The right blade was missing when we found it and we have put a blade in that fits properly but needs to be ground to shape. We will leave that for the new owner. A very unusual form. G+ $95

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British Molding Planes

Atkins & Sons

MP180347 Atkins & Sons A fully boxed bead that is marked 1/8" but really meaures just over 3/16". This quirk on this bead comes to a sharp point, meaning that it was meant to cut a bead that would not be painted. Most beads were joiner's planes and were made to cut painted beads. That makes this one a bit special. G+ $44

W. Parkes, Late Brown & Barnard

MP180349 W. Parkes, Late Brown & Barnard A 7/8" astragal with cove, that with the shrinkage of time is now closer to 3/4". Crisp untouched condition and needing only a light cleaning with wax. Brown & Barnard's business was largely export to the US and juding by the owner's mark on this plane, I suspect that it was sent here as new. A great profile that is often used as the bottom part of a cornice molding, or on a small piece, the entire cornice molding. G++ $89


MP180315 Unmarked A 7/16" ogee in as found condition. This plane is slightly worse condition than I would normally offer, but this profile has gotten so hard to find as everybody wants it. This plane will clean up well and make a great user. I would have graded it G+ but for the big chip out of the top left side of the wedge finial. The features are circa 1790-1800 or so. It was probably signed at one time as there is evidence of abrasion where the maker's mark would have been, and then an owner's mark being applied there. Goo $59

Unmarked Unmarked

MP180318 Unmarked An early 19th Century right-hand side rebate plane showing very litte use and having a pleasing patina. It rates a very strong G+ $48


MP180323 Mutter*Moseley A highly desirable 1/2" quirked ogee in as found condition. The fence has been carefully replaced back in the original period of use. We found this plane in Britain and it is not from a collection and has not been touched in many decades. I would ask more but for the repair, but as a user it doesn't matter. G+ $59


MP180257 Unmarked A 3/16" cock bead plane with a York pitch iron. The iron tang is rusty but the blade itself only has minor rust and will sharpen up fine. I took the wedge out, since it was stuck with the rust and I didn't want our customer to struggle with it. You will need to clean up the blade a bit and sharpen it. This is not a common plane so it is worth the effort. It is a 19th century maker made plane despite not being signed. G+ $59

Currie, Glasgow

MP180246 Currie, Glasgow A typcial side finial Scottish left-handed side-snipe plane. There is a chip in the boxing just forward of the blade. The plane has been waxed overall. A good user. G+ $48

Mutter, Moseley

MP180120 Mutter, Moseley A steep quirked ogee in nice as found condition. There is a small chip in the front of the boxing that looks pretty fresh. I would put a bit of lacquer fill stick in the chip, as the unpatinated wood stands out now. The plane has a removable fillet which would make the profile 1/4" wider, but as I discuss in the FAQs, don't try to remove one of these fillets. The old screws will break off. Just use it as a 1" ogee. There are some old scattered insect holes. To be clear, I really like this plane. G+ $59

B. Frogatt

MP180127 B. Frogatt A good as found 3/4' Ogee. A few scattered old insect holes but nothing to bother me. A nice old plane that just needs to be cleaned with wax. G+ $59


MP171049 Unmarked A small quirked ogee that cuts a 1/2" ogee without the removable fillet, or 3/8" with the fillet. The fillet is missing now, but I would recommend that you make one. This plane is a bit dirty and would benefit from the rag and wax cleaning. The wedge has the common lengthwise split that is easily glued. A very useful plane. G+ $49

I. Sym

MP171040 I. Sym An 18th Century ogee of the form that has a removable fillet. The fillet is gone now, and the profile is 1 1/8". If you put the fillet back it will be 7/8". A strip of veneer has been glued to the depth stop to reduce the depth of cut and there is a strip of veneer on the bottom of the fence that serves no apparent purpose. Nice as found condition and an early London made plane. G+ $49

Two Beads

MP170929 Two Beads A harlequin pair of beads in nice as found condition. A 1" by Wm Moss and a 7/8" by John Moseley. The boxing is pulling out a bit on the Moss but it will be easy to glue it back up. Priced to sell quickly. G++ $30

Miniature Round

MP170265 Miniature Round A 5/16" wide round plane that is only 3 1/2" long. Nice as found condition. The body is beech but the wedge is boxwood. A little gem. G++ $59


MP170271 Unmarked A 7/16" wide compassed round plane that measures 3 3/4" long. In nice clean as found condition. G+ $59

Griffiths, Norwich

MP170221 Griffiths, Norwich A 1/2" square ovolo that started life as a 5/8" sash plane. It appears to have been professionally modified and will be as good as any but at a bargain price. G+ $45


MP16111 Cauldwall George Caldwall working in Birmingham in the early 19th Century. This is the best pair if side rounds that I have ever handled. The condition, color, and surface are all about as good as they come. The have a cove on the side of the sole to allow them good clearance. The blade itself is 5/8" wide. For the connoisseur. Fine $395

Griffiths, Norwich

MP161033 Griffiths, Norwich A 9/16" astragal that now measures 11/16", because someone seems to have planed some wood off of the fence. A 1/8" fillet should be put back onto the fence. The plane is as found and needs a light cleaning. G+ $39

R. Mason

MP160476 R. Mason This is the first plane by this maker that I have seen. Robert Mason worked in Birmingham in the mid-ninteenth century. Unfortunately, the owner has struck his mark right over the maker's mark. The plane cuts a 1 3/4" bead with quirked ogee, a sweeping and elegant profile. As found from an old tool box. G+ $95

Moseley & Sons, London

MP160485 Moseley & Sons, London A 1 1/4" astragal with ogee. As found and needing a light cleaning. There is some insect damage to the wedge, but none to the body. The body has shrunk a bit relative to the wedge, which is not uncommon. You will have to play around with this one a bit to get it working, so it is priced cheap. G+ $49

Gleave, Oldham St. Manchester

MP160435 Gleave, Oldham St. Manchester A very unusual profile, that is best seen than described. There is a fillet that has been blocked with a piece tacked on. I would pull this off. The profile is 3/4", assuming that you have removed the strip that is tacked on. The boxing is warped in the rear and you will need to glue it back down before you can use the plane. Planes with unusual profiles like this are far more scarce than people seem to realize. G+ $69


MP160257 Unmarked An unmarked but clearly Preston miniature boxwood hollow. The actual profile is 7/16" wide and the plane is 3 1/2" long. G++ $65


MP16024 Unmarked A miniature boxwood side round. This is a professionally made plane, of the type made by Preston, but is not marked. There is an ink stain on the left side, but this is a very nice plane in lovely original condition. A scarce and desirable form as well. For the connoisseur. G++ $95

I. Cox

MP151135 I. Cox An ogee, marked 3/4" but closer to 13/16". As found with an old dry surface. With some light cleaning you will have a great user or collector's piece. Good $59

Unmarked Unmarked

MP151089 Unmarked A matched pair of miniature compassed hollows and Rounds in what I believe to be satinwood. They are 3/8" wide and 3 1/2" long overall. The soles are gently compassed. The quality is certainly of the best professional standards, but I suspect that W.W. Miller, the owner who marked them probably also made them. They are in lovey as found condition, as if they were just lifted from a drawer in a cabinetmaker's chest. For the connoisseur. G++ $175

Atkin & Sons

MP15106 Atkin & Sons A 1 5/8" bead with quirked ogee, a profile that I have always found to be quite elegant. Great even medium patina. Crisp original condition, having only been gently waxed. HIghly complex molding planes of this quality don't show up very often anymore. G++ $159

W. Greenslade, Bristol

MP151021 W. Greenslade, Bristol A very unusual #4 round that is only 7 inches long. The only one of its kind that I have seen. I have seen much smaller hollows and rounds, but not one in this intermediary size. G++ $59

Moseley & Hawksworth

MP150988 Moseley & Hawksworth A quirked ogee that was made with a removable fillet. It cuts a 1" wide molding without the fillet and 3/4" with it. The fillet is missing, but it is much easier to make a new one than to get an old one off without breaking the screws. Nicely waxed by a collector. G+ $59


MP15039 Unmarked A European style fruitwood plane that cuts a bead with a bevel. The bead is a 1/4" and the bevel about 5/16", for a 9/16" total. The blade pitch is so high that it is more of a scraper. Just under 8" long. As found and needing some cleaning. The blade is stuck in the body because of shrinkage and how dry it is here now. The blade is marked, as shown in the inset, but I don't recognize this mark. Clearly for working hard woods, this is presumably some kind of cabinetmaker's plane, but I am not sure of where this molding would be used. G+ $59

S. Holbeck

MP150217 S. Holbeck A 7/8" square ovolo by a very scarce early London maker. I found this plane in the US, and unlike English planes of the period, it has no owner's marks. This leads one to believe that it has been here since it was first sold. It has a dry untouched surface. It does have three 1/8" holes drilled in it, one in the front, the rear, and the left side. These were used to mount it in a display at one time. They would be easy to plug and make invisible. The plane is just over 9 1/2" long. Close to but not quite 9 5/8". The mark is clear, but yet I can't see the S. at all. The K is also faint, but I really can't see that it ever had the S in the mark. A nice example of a plane with a mark that Goodman's book calls rare. $89


MP180233 Overstruck This was a bolection that somebody has planed down the fillet to make it a cove with ovolo. The profile is 7/8" wide. The maker's mark has been heavily overstuck with an owner's mark. It should make a good user. Free to the first person who orders it and spends $200 on molding planes. Good $0

Unmarked Unmarked

MP150119 Unmarked A matched pair of compassed miniature hollows and rounds. I believe them to be made from satinwood. They have a lovely color and patina, as well as a great untouched surface. The planes are 1/2" wide, and so marked, and 4 3/4" long. They appear to be professionally made in every respect. For the connoisseur. Fine- $199

G. Eastwood, York

MP140851 G. Eastwood, York A large as found molder that cuts a 1" square ovolo with cove, the cove being smaller than the ovolo. There is a strip of rosewood screwed to the fence now to reduce the but, but 1" is the size if this was removed to return it to the original configuration. G+ $65

D. Malloch, Perth

MP140518 D. Malloch, Perth A crisp as found twin-iron molder. The left wedge has some slight deformation at the top. The left wedge, upon close inspection, appears to be from another plane. The profile is a shallow ovolo with cove, just 1/2" across. For reasons that are lost to time, somebody has planed off the fence. This will have to be put back, which is no big deal. This is a wonderful cabinetmaker's profile and well worth spending half an hour making a new fence. The condition grading reflects its defficiencies. G+ $89

 Trenam, Leeds

MP140313 Trenam, Leeds A scarce 1 3/8" wide bead with bolection. The astragal with bolection is a more common variation on this. This plane has a dark patina with a nice surface. The blade has a frosty look on the edge where some idiot hit it with a wire wheel. The blade will be fine, but it just takes more effort to sharpen it after this has been done. It is in nice condition and not rusty, so I can't fathom why the idiot did this. I gave up long ago trying to put myself in the mind of an idiot. Its a great plane anyway. G+ $69

C. Nurse & Co.

MP140332 C. Nurse & Co. A scarce miniature #6 compassed round. Signed miniatures are scarce and this one is particularly appealing. There is some tear-out on the right side which may be the result of having the side shaved in its original period of use or it may be sloppiness from the factory. Otherwise it is superb. G++ $75


MP131056 Unmarked A 3/4" quirked ogee in as found condition. Somebody has chiseled out a diamond to inlay something, but the inlay is now gone. Probably some kind of fancy owner's mark. The wedge has the common lengthwise split from being pushed back as it was knocked out. A good use. G+ $49

Mutter Mutter

MP130925 Mutter A scarce 18th Century London made side snipe. Side snipes are of course much more scarce than snipe bills, although they are commonly confused for the more common form. This plane is in lovely untouched condition, with lovely patina, accept on the working surface, which has been planed smooth in the not too distant past. G+ $85

I Sym

MP130955 I Sym A 3/4" bead with taurus bead, a much more scarce profile than the often seen astragal with Grecian. There are some minor chips in the boxing but it will make a good user at a cheap price. Good $55

Unmarked Unmarked

MP13067 Unmarked This is a lot of two planes that I bought together. The first is what I believe to be a mother plane for a Grecian with fillet. The plane has no chamfering, and it was made from a piece of stock with a defect in the wood. A maker would clearly rather use the stock on his own plane than waste it. There is also even a very small defect in the wood on the piece that was used for the wedge. The plane is in very nice as found condition. I would have rated it fine but for some slight tool box rash on tthe sides. The second plane is an unfinished body. I have no way of knowing if they are related, but I bought them together. I often see planes that are clearly not mother planes being sold as such. True mother planes are very scarce. G++ $49

Mutter Mutter

MP1305102 Mutter This is the best early set of hollows and rounds that I have ever had. It is 31 of an original set of 36 cabinetmaker's hollows and rounds, all in lovely original condition. The missing planes are, 5H, 12H, 15R, 17H, 18R. These 31 planes have been together since the birth of this nation, and remained in remarkably nice condition throughout that period. I don't see many late 19th Century planes that are this nice, let alone 18th Century. For the connoisseur. G++ - Fine+ $2995

Arthington, Manchester

MP130245 Arthington, Manchester Cuts a 1 1/2" wide profile that I am not sure how to name, but one could call it an enlongated Taurus. As found with a dark and dirty surface. G+ $55

G. Davis

MP120661 G. Davis A shallow 3/4" wide Grecian ogee with bevel. The fence on this plane is quite shallow and if you intend to use the plane you might want to glue on an extension to the fence. Of course it can be used as it was made but it will require more skill. G+ $59

Bewley, Leeds

MP120464 Bewley, Leeds A removable fillet quirked ogee. The fillet is missing now, but with it the profile would be 1/2" wide and without it 5/8". These fillets are about impossible to remove because the screws always break off, so from a user's perspective this is better. It is easy to make a new fillet and screw it on. G+ $59

Bailey, Sunderland

MP120239 Bailey, Sunderland A 1" twin-ironed complex molder. Twin-ironed planes are far more rare than people seem to realize. This plane has dings in the upper left and lower right corners from being dropped. Otherwise just nornal wear. It has been appropriately cleaned by a collector. G+ $89

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MP101179 Loveage A nice, untouched, 10 3/8" long square ovolo molding plane. Great patina and great lines. The profile is 7/8" wide. The iron is marked Hildik with a very early mark that do no recall seeing before. The only flaw bears mentioning is that the mark is partially overstruck, but still clearly legible. G+ $245

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MP100553 Higgs An exceptionally clean as found stair rail plane with a great round top iron by Pearson. From a good London collection. Fine- $119

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MP90253 Craftsman Made This is a tiny compassed rebate plane, measuring only 2 inches long and 5/8" wide. It is as found and was clearly for final delicate fitting work. Most of the very small planes like this that I see are either clearly fakes, or so overcleaned that I can't tell for sure if they are fakes or not. This one is absolutely guaranteed to be genuine. G+ $89

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MP80825 McPherson This is a twin-ironed complex molder that cuts a 1 3/8" wide side bead with ogee. Nice patina. Twin-ironed planes that have both original blades and both original irons have, for some reason, gotten quite scarce. This plane has no apologies and it is by a scarce mid-19th Century maker. G+ $169

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MP61176 Hathersich This is a scarce English handled stick are rebate sash plane. It cuts a lambs tongue sash and the rebate, quite strangely, is on a slope. The profile is just over 2" wide. Clearly for some type of grand architectural sash. Wonderful untouched patina. The irons have very light pitting but would be fine to use if you so desired. The tote is quite upright and a bit unusual.

Update: A customer has sent these comments, "You commented on the sloping rebate cutter. I am a joiner in central Vermont and have restored many sash in the past 30 plus years and I have seen this detail in early 19th C sashes. My guess is the sloping rebate made it easier to set and glaze irregular shaped glass. The widows I have found this detail on are really well made and it is a lot more work to cope the sash bars, an extra step in an already tedious process!"

G+ $145

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