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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

M. Colton, 407 Callowhill, Phila / D. Colton

MP150376 M. Colton, 407 Callowhill, Phila / D. Colton M. Colton is listed in Tom Elliot's book without any information known. This is the only plane that I am aware of that ties him to D. Colton and provides an address. The plane is marked using just the Callowhill part of the D. Colton Stamp, with the #407 stamped separately. D. Colton is also stamped separately below. I am guessing that M. Colton might have been D. Colton's offspring. The plane is a 1/4" bead that has been nicely cleaned by a collector. This is an important collector's piece. If you just want a bead to use, there are plenty of much cheaper ones around. G+ $175

Collins, Utica

MP150390 Collins, Utica A 1 1/4" Grecian ogee with square, not to be confused with the much more common Grecian ogee with bevel. This plane has a very smooth feeling to it and was probably cleaned with very fine steel wool and then waxed with a thick bees wax type furniture polish. The blade is still quite shpar and you could use it as it stands. G+ $65

D. & M. Copeland, Hartford

MP150394 D. & M. Copeland, Hartford A nice as found 1 1/8" quirked ogee. Needs just a very light cleaning with a soft rag and wax. Just like a like to find them. G++ $65

P. H. Manchester

MP150332 P. H. Manchester A 1" quirked ogee. Marked 1" but measuring just under, most likely due to shrinkage. A nice crisp plane with a light patina. G++ $69


MP150364 Unmarked I am pretty sure that this plane is by A. Smith of Rehoboth, in his later style. It has a knot in the side, which may be why it is not signed. A. Smith was a high-end maker and my not have wanted to sign a piece with a defect in the wood. The plane is a type of cock bead that I am not sure of its original usage. I have seen these before. It has two cock beads, both the same size, just under 3/16". I am not sure if it cut them both at once, for example to cut the divider between two drawers or case sides that have double cock beads, or if they were used separately. One being fenced and the other not. My guess is the former. The plane is in superb as found condition. G++ $69


MP150374 Unmarked This plane has the features of a late 18th century eastern Pennsylvania plane that cuts a 1/2" cove with ovolo, a molding used for a base molding on case furniture. It is sharp and usable as it sits. Just wax the sole first, as you should with any wooden plane. G+ $69

D. Colton, Phla

MP150293 D. Colton, Phla A nice, lightly used, 3/16" bead. This plane has the full mark with the address, which did not quite fit. Itis quite clever how they oriented it so only the word "Corner" is missing. Because of tool box rash I held the grading down but it is a strong G+ Sold

Tucker & Co.

MP150299 Tucker & Co. An as found 1/4" double bead that needs a light cleaning with a rag and wax, per our FAQS. For those who care, this is a rare mark. It is fully boxed and the boxing is keyed in. Double beads of course only cut a normal side bead, but they can do it in either direction, thus allowing more flexibility in dealing with difficult wood. G++ Sold

Jno. M. Barkley Jno. M. Barkley

MP15031 Jno. M. Barkley A 7/16" (marked 3/8") fully boxed astragal. The boxing extends down to cover the fence as well. The wedge is set at a York pitch, which is uncommon on American planes. Barkley was an early and scarce Baltimore maker who's work is far more scarce than the book would imply. The iron is marked Newbould. The plane has a nice original surface and patina. The wedge finial shows moderate battering. The back of the plane has been struck with a hammer, which has put a flat spot on the upper corner of the rear, right on the radius. This has also a sliver of wood to raise up, going in about 1/2". This can be glued and clamped back down. Only an idiot could have done this to such a nice plane, but this is why the condition is graded so low. It really is a great plane. Good $79

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

H. L. Kendall, Balt

MP150256 H. L. Kendall, Balt A matching pair of skewed applewood hollows & rounds. They are not numbered but are about a #4 size. Baltimore makers were more inclined than other regional makers to follow English trends, so while skewed American hollows & rounds are scarce, the are sometimes seen in Baltimore planes. Besides being applewood, these planes also have another attractive feature, a small ovolo molding on the side. This is a neat little extra touch that really sets them apart. They have been cleaned by a collector at some point, but not excessively. They have wonderful color with a bit of figure to the applewood. The only negative is that the maker's marks are not very crisp. G+ $119

J. T. Brown J. T. Brown

MP150259 J. T. Brown A desirable 1/8" bead. The boxing on this plane is very worn, but it should still be perfectly usable. There is also staining on the left side. A cheap user. Good Sold

E. Baldwin

MP150279 E. Baldwin A 1/2" quirked ogee. Somebody has ground the iron carelessly and the top of the quirk has been blunted. This plane will not work correctly until the blade is reground. There is a bevel planed on left side to allow more clearance in working a compound molding. That is not an issue. Because of the work required to use it, the price is low for such a good profile, a good maker, and in nice original condition. G+ Sold

I. Schauer I. Schauer

MP150288 I. Schauer A scarce bead with follow style reeding plane. It cuts a 1/4" bead while follow bead rides on the last bead, guiding the plane, to cut a reed as wide as you want. This plane has classic PA interupted Lignum boxing. The blade is probably the wrong blade. It is completely misground and I can only surmise that either the owner was drunk or a collector tried to shape it. It will require some careful reshaping. The price reflects that. Still a great plane. G+ $75

Jacob Heiss

MP15021 Jacob Heiss Eighteenth Century British sash planes were often made to work down the sash bars, rather than cutting the molding from the side, as became standard in the 19th Century. This is the only American molding plane that I have seen that cuts a sash in the early British way, where the sash bars is set upright, rather than on its side, and you work down from the top. It cuts a 7/16" sash ovolo. A rare form and a very scarce maker. The plane is also 9 11/16" long, even though it was made after the length of molding planes was standardized at 9 1/2". Another sign that Mr. Heiss was slow to embrace change. The plane has been lightly cleaned by a collector. A great plane from an important PA collection. G++ Sold

Wm Souder, Philada

MP15029 Wm Souder, Philada A 1/2" Gothic bead plane in superb as found condition with great surface and color. The Souder mark is much more scarce than the book would imply, an example of why I put little credence in the effort to rate rarity with stars. There is a bit of roughness to the front edge of the shoulder. I don't know if it was made this way or was somehow damaged a long time ago. The color matches totally and it miight be that the original blank was a bit undersized and left the shoulder edge incomplete. No matter, this is a connoisseur grade plane from an important PA collection. Fine- Sold

N. Schauer

MP150122 N. Schauer A graduated pair of large astragals with classic 18th Century features. The sizes are 1" and 1 3/8". They have been waxed by a collector and have a pleasing medium-dark patina. A very scarce pair of planes from an important Pennsylvania collection. G+ Sold

Ohio Tool Co, New York

MP150156 Ohio Tool Co, New York The mark is a bit paradoxical, and is a later mark used after they had bought the Auburn Tool Co. The planes features are that of an Auburn plane. It is a fenced reverse ogee, cutting a 3/4" wide ogee. Reverse ogee planes are typcially very hard to use because they fence on the side of the profile. This style of plane, which only came along late in the day for wooden molding planes, solves that problem by cutting the pofile from the side of the board, rather than working down from the face of the board. This plane is very crisp, as good as a molding plane gets. If you need to cut this profile, I highly recommend this style of plane over the earlier and more conventional style of reverse ogee plane. They do the same thing, but this plane will be so much easier to use. Fine $79

W. H. Pond, New - Haven

MP141275 W. H. Pond, New - Haven An as found 5/8" ogee, however this profile is much deeper than is typical, being about 9/16" high, essentially square. The plane needs only a light cleaning and should rate better than G+ $69

Sawheag Works, Wallingford, Ct

MP141278 Sawheag Works, Wallingford, Ct A nice crisp as found 1/2" cove. Needs a light cleaning but will rate at least G++ Sold


MP15015 Unmarked An as found 3/4" reverse ogee. This is a profile that is hard to use because the side of profile is the fence. A user has carefull added a fence extension to make it a bit easier to use. It is professionally made in New England and is marked 3/4" on the rear. Should clean to better than G+ $69

Ohio Tool Co

MP141166 Ohio Tool Co A Number 62 1/2 Reverse ogee in 1 1/4" size. This is perfect size for doing a furniture cornice. This plane is as found and needs a gentle cleaning, but it has seen very litte use. There is a light check towards the top, at the front, which runs down to the wedge. There are also two holes where a fence was attached to make it easier to use. This style of plane is notoriously difficult for beginners because the side of the profile doubles as a fence. Other than these two minor flaws, the plane would rate fine when cleaned. G+ $65


MP141173 Unmarked A 3/4" quirked ogee. It is marked on the rear, No. 184, and it looks like an Auburn Tool Co. plane to me, judging from the wedge shape. The wedge has some moderate battering around the finial but the rest of the plane rates fine. Overall, because of the wedge, G+ Sold

Sargent & Co. US

MP141044 Sargent & Co. US This is a Sandusky made, but Sargent marked, 1/2" double bead. It is the first Sandusy made double bead that I have seen, regardless of which mark is on it. The plane is from an old workshop and is covered with saw dust. It should clean up nicely. G+ $79

J. & J. Gibson, Albany

MP141010 J. & J. Gibson, Albany A scarce 1 3/8" astragal by a scarce Albany maker. John and Joseph Gibson only worked from 1837 - 1838 in partnership, before going on to become profilific makers on their own. In my experience this is a very scarce mark. The plane is in nice as found condition, needing a light cleaning. There is one small tack hole in the left side of the plane. G+ $55


MP140955 Unmarked A 1" quirked ogee with astragal. Early 19th Century American features, including lignum boxing. A nice clean plane that will make a great user. G+ Sold

Jo. Fuller

MP140966 Jo. Fuller This is a classic Jo. Fuller molding plane, 10" long, stop flutes, birch, relieved wedge, in other words, all the features that collectors want to see. It is a 3/4" bead. The condition is untouched, as it came from an old tool chest. Untouched 18th Century American molding planes just don't show up. It has a small paint spill on the top and left side that needs to be carefully scraped off. A really great example of this highly desirable maker's work. G+ $245

John Bell, Philad.

MP140847 John Bell, Philad. A very nice as found 1" wide Grecian ogee with bevel. From a good PA collection and connoisseur grade. G++ Sold

Butler, Philada Butler, Philada

MP140856 Butler, Philada This plane cuts a custom profile that is unique in my experience. It is a cove, 3 flutes, and an astragal. It is an extraordinary plane, but sadly it has been near a fire and the top half of hte plane and the wedge are scorched. Still an important piece from a good PA collection. The profile is 1 5/8" wide. Good Sold

J. Kellogg, Amherst, MS J. Kellogg, Amherst, MS J. Kellogg, Amherst, MS

MP14094 J. Kellogg, Amherst, MS A crisp and pristine pair of rule joint (table) planes. These look like they were just lifed out of a tool box. You won't find a better pair. These will work stock from 9/16" to 3/4". For the connoisseur. Fine- Sold

J. Colton, 247 South 2nd St, Phila, Warranted

MP140840 J. Colton, 247 South 2nd St, Phila, Warranted A 1" Grecian ogee with bevel, with twin irons and lignum boxing. A particularly nice example of this scarce form. As found and a bit dirty but should clean to about Fine Sold

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

Chapin-Stephens Co.

MP140649 Chapin-Stephens Co. A 1 1/4" wide shallow ogee in crisp as found condition. The blade has the original factory grind and has never been honed. There is some very light checking on the front and rear and the color is not as even as I would like, or I would have gone higher on the grading. It is really in nice condition. G+ Sold

Andruss, Newark, NJ

MP140620 Andruss, Newark, NJ A very clean and crisp 3/8" center bead. The front and rear edges of the boxing are chipped, which is typical, the rest of the plane is as good as they come. Fine- $65

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+ $995

F. Dallicker F. Dallicker

MP140436 F. Dallicker Cuts a 1 1/16" wide molding that is best described with a picture. A very complex plane by a scarce Pennsylvania maker. As found. There is some wear to the front edge of the sole and a slight amount to the rear edge. G+ $119

J.F. and G.M. Lindsey

MP140399 J.F. and G.M. Lindsey A 1/2" and a 7/8" pair of fenced casing planes. This is a matched set and both of them have a light blond color, having been varnished when they were new. The larger of the two has a crack in the wedge, where it was hit too hard removing it. These needs to be glued, but otherwise they rate G++ $99

Auburn Tool Co, Auburn, NY

MP140335 Auburn Tool Co, Auburn, NY A scarce 1 1/4" wide bead with quirked ogee, one of my favorite profiles, but normally found on British molders. This plane is quite dirty and as found. To use it, the boxing will need reseating and the blade sharpening. There is also a chip in the front edge of a fence. It should clean to better than Good $65

M. Long

MP140185 M. Long A handled 1" square ovolo in crisp as found condition. As is typical for the region, the body is beech and the tote is applewood. There is a dark line in the grain of the tote that at first I thought was a glue joint, but it is not. It is just that part of the figure of the wood. This plane is in the condition that I like, like it just came out of a chest. For the connoisseur. G++ $189

Jo. Fuller, Providence Jo. Fuller, Providence

MP14019 Jo. Fuller, Providence A 10" birch Jo. Fuller with a very unusual complex profile. The profile looks at first like a more common bollection with cove, but it is really a small deep ogee with a larger cove. The surface is untouched and wonderful. The wedge finial was sheered off and repaired, quite some time ago. If you look closely, you can see a line where the joint is, but this is a very well done repair that is not at all obvious. G++ $435

Isaac Willey

MP131225 Isaac Willey A scarce 7/16" reverse ogee in nice as found condition. The Isaac Willey mark is listed as a rare maker in AWP, but my own opinion is that it may be an owner's mark that just happens to look like a maker's mark. However, none of the planes found, including this one, have had another maker's mark on them, so this may well be a maker. The plane cuts a hard profile to find, and often seen used on furniture, although it is also a tricky plane to use, by its very nature. Not a good choice for a beginner with molding planes, because reverse ogees without fillets do not have a very pronounced fence and require more experience to use. G+ $89

I Lindenberber I Lindenberber

MP131164 I Lindenberger This is a pair of 10" long birch molding planes, both with the same owner's mark. First is a 1 1/8" wide, unsprung, a fillet, bead, and ovolo. A great profile and not at all common. This plane has had the wedge finial sheared off. Our restorer could put make this repair such that it was invisible. We will direct you to him if you chose to take that route. The other plane is a #6 round. Both of these planes were cleaned by a collector, but not in a bad way. These are classic American molding planes from the time of our nation's birth. G++ $379

J. W. Massey, Philad J. W. Massey, Philad

MP131130 J. W. Massey, Philad A highly complex molding plane by a scarce early 19th Century Philadelphia maker. This profile is about has complex as it gets in molding planes. I won't bother to try and describe it, just look at the photo. It is unsprung and 1 1/2" wide. I have seen one other plane like this one, also by Massey. Both of them have been in my collection, but now I am sending this one back to market for somebody else to enjoy. One piece of the lignum boxing was replaced by John Porritt. I can't even seen which piece now, he is that good. One of the best 19th Century molders that I have owned. G+ $659

W. Raymond W. Raymond

MP131113 W. Raymond A 3/8" bead with follow in wonderful as found condition. Lignum boxing that comes to a point, i.e. not intended to be painted. A particluarly nice 18th Century American molder for what is really not a lot of money. G++ $195

H.Chapin, Union Factory H.Chapin, Union Factory

MP131098 H.Chapin, Union Factory A scarce twin iron gothic bead plane, No. 162. Cuts a 5/8" gothic bead, and 1/2 of another one. Crisp as found condition needing only light cleaning. G++ Sold

John Bell, Philad. John Bell, Philad.

MP130922 John Bell, Philad. A 2 1/4" wide handled Grecian ogee with bevel. Marked for 2 1/2", but that is simply wrong. This plane came from an old collection and has been lightly cleaned with extra fine steel wool in a way that is not approved of today by responsible stewards of old tools. It is still a great old plane, but it would have rated higher and been more expensive had it not passed through the hands of this last owner. It has a lovely Butcher marked iron. Double boxed, on the fence and on the quirk. G+ $189

C. Harwood

MP130819 C. Harwood A 1/2" astragal with cove by a scarce 18th Century New England maker. Has the A1 mark and the C wedge shape. As found and a bit dry looking with some roughness to the front and rear edges of the sole. There is a small piece intentionally cut out of the right side chamfering, as if somebody was testing a chisel. This is very minor but must be mentioned. A great profile and a scarce early American maker. Good $159

I. Nicholson, in, Cumberland I. Nicholson, in, Cumberland

MP130699 I. Nicholson, in, Cumberland A 3/4" unsprung ogee made by the son of Francis Nicholson, John Nicholson, in Cumberland Rhode Island. John Nicholson retired in 1763, so this plane clearly pre-dates this country. The escapement has been modified to resemble a rabbet plane, probaly in an effort to alleviate a clogging problem. There are some checks in the front, two of which go through the mark. The planeis birch, as are all Nicholson planes that I am aware of, and the length is just over 9 3/4". A rare opportunity to own a complex molder from one of American's earliest makers. Good $865

Z. J. McMaster, Auburn, NY

MP130563 Z. J. McMaster, Auburn, NY An unusually large astragal, 1 1/8" wide. Nice as found condition, with some old tack holes in the fence where an extension was tacked on. Very nice color. G+ $59

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

Pennell & Miller Pennell & Miller

MP130498 Pennell & Miller A rare matched set of screw arm sash plane with its coping plane, both of them with full dovetailed lignum boxing. I have only ever seen one other similar set, and that was around 20 years ago. These fully lignum boxed coping planes are very scarce just on their own. On the rear of the planes is original writing from when they were first sold, describing what they are and the price, "Copen (sp.) $1" and "Ovolo Sash Plane $2.75". There is some chipping on the threads of the forward arm, towards the end. Nothing that would worry me on such a rare pair of planes. They have been waxed by a collector. A rare opportunity for the connoisseur. G+ Sold

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

Reed, Utica Reed, Utica

MP13056 Reed, Utica A crisp and highly complex astragal with cove and taurus, 1 1/8" wide. This plane is untouched with a lovely light colored original surface. There is slight deformation on the lower edges of the finial and a thin sliver of wood missing from the front edge of the profile. This is a connoisseur grade plane. G++ $295

D. Colton, No 327 Market St. Phila

MP13041 D. Colton, No 327 Market St. Phila A 1 1/2" wide quirked ogee. This plane has a rare variation of the D. Colton mark, where Sheneman's name has been struck out with the warranted stamp. This is only the second time that I have seen this, and both in the same week. Not a suprise, I bought them together, but from a collector, they didn't start life together or I would be keeping them together. This plane looks great but it has been French polished overall. Colton did sell planes with a French polish finish, but these are rare and this is a later finish, albeit nicely done. Still a beautiful plane, but the condition rating reflects the added finish on it. G+ $95

J. Bracelin, Dayton

MP13046 J. Bracelin, Dayton This is a rare (the first that I have seen in 30 years) Ohio made 1/2" cove. The plane is in nice as found condition, needing a light cleaning, except for some roughness to the wedge finial, and about an inch of the blade tang is broken off so that it does not protrude above the top of the wedge. G+ $69

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- $189

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

E. W. Pennel, No 225 Arch St, Philada E. W. Pennel, No 225 Arch St, Philada

MP130221 E. W. Pennel, No 225 Arch St, Philada A lovely as found handled 1inch square ovolo. Nice untouched surface. There is one spot on the edge of the depth stop that is chipped, or I would have gone Fine on this one. A great plane. G+ $165

E.W. Carpenter E.W. Carpenter

MP130187 E.W. Carpenter A nice clean Carpenter sash plane in his trademark style with rosewood knobs on boxwood arms with boxwood nuts. This is a very nice example but like all antique tools, it still has a few issues. A user has modified the profile of the molding iron, not the plane, just the iron. I could put this back to what it should be in a about 15 minuts. It is not a big deal and there is full about full original length so you won't lose more than an 1/8" of iron. The second isse is that the solid boxing has not shrunk as much as the beech body, so the wood next to the boxing is being pushed out. This is a common problem on fully boxed planes. I wouldn't worry about it. I have never tried to remove the boxing and thin it down a bit, but I can imagine that it could be done. It has been a long time since I saw one of these planes that was as good as this one. G+ $269

L. Scovil

MP121121 L. Scovil A rare 3/8" astragal with cove by a rare early American maker. I guess that is rare squared. (A litte joke for the engineers on the site.) This plane has the A mark, but the mark is very feint, and I do mean feint. The plane is otherwise in lovely condition. Probably cleaned by a collector, but nicely done. This is a trule American cabinetmaker's plane. G+ $129


MP120934 Unmarked A 5/8" astragal with cove. This plane is very well made, but it is probably craftsman made. It is 9 7/8" long, but the rest of the features are not earlier enough to make sense for that length, so I must conclude that it was probably not made by a planemaker, but it was made by a very skilled craftsman and will make a great user. It is quite sharp and ready to use now. Fine- $95

R. A. Parrish

MP120928 R. A. Parrish A very nice as found 5/8" asttragal with cove. A great delicate profile with great original surface. G+ $99

J. Styles, Kingston, NY

MP120739 J. Styles, Kingston, NY A superb as found graduated pair of Grecians with fillet, 3/4" and 1". Connoisseur Grade! Fine $129

Young & McMaster, Auburn, NY

MP140960 Young & McMaster, Auburn, NY A 1 5/8" ogee that is suibable for a furniture cornice. Fashioned original from a rabbet plane by a craftmsan who needed to get a job done. It is dirty but will clean up well and is still a very useful plane. Free to the first person who orders it, along with 2 other molding planes that are not free. G+ $0

N. Spaulding, McLean

MP120172 N. Spaulding, McLean A very unusual 1 1/2" molding that is a fillet, a quarter round, and a quite pronounced ogee. Not a standard profile. The plane is crisp and superb. The patina is damaged on the front of the plane, not the toe, but the sides near the front. It looks like somebody started to clean it and then stopped. The surface feels fine and with a bit of linseed oil this could be blended back in. It probably had something spilled on it that was cleaned off with a solvent. The plane would otherwise rate Fine G++ $169

L. Kennedy, Harfford

12018 L. Kennedy, Harfford A lovely untouched 3/4" bolection. There is some light shrinkage checking on the toe but this plane is otherwise superb. Great untouched surface. The blade is still sharp enough to use, but I would give it a light honing. Very nice. G+ $129


12016 Unmarked A super-complex bolection with larger bolection, one of my very favorite moldings. This is a rare profile. It measures about 2 inches wide. I am not sure about what it was used for, but my guess is a chair rail molding. Sadly, when I bought this plane it was just a body. I had Larry Williams, of Clark and Williams fame, make me a blade for it some years ago when he was convalescing from an arm injury. It is still missing the wedge, but that is a pretty easy thing to make. If you want to use it, the blade will need some more work to match it more carefully to the profile. The plane is marked on the back with a manufacturer's model number, "No. 104". I have never bothered to look it up, but is clearly the work of one of the big American factory makers. Untouched condition. This would be a $500 plane if it had the original wedge and iron. G+ $199

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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++ $469

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MP110747 Butler, Phila A 5/16" fully boxed center bead. 2 old fence holes in each side and some rat chew on the rear edge. Rats will chew where there is salt from old persperation. It is more common than you think. It it looks like a rasp was being used on a plane, look again more closely and you might realize that it was a rat. Gently cleaned by a collector, this is still a nice early Philadelphia molding plane. G- $45

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MP110439 Unmarked A totally as found 7/8" wide astragal with Grecian. This profile has very sharp quirks, showing that it was not intended to be painted. It was more likely a cabinetmaker's plane. It looks to be American and is late 18th Century. Great untouched surface. Very nice. G+ $89

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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

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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

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MP1101799 M. Copeland, Warranted An as found 1" bolection plane. The depth stop has been reduced a bit, so that it will cut deeper than intended, unless you build it back up with a piece of veneer. There is a hang hole in the rear, and a chip in the boxing at the rear. A nice quality user plane, and very cheap for this profile. Good $85


MP150260 Unmarked A New England shipwright's hollow that has been modified to be a 1" stair nosing plane. A nice clean plane with nice patina. Free to the first person who orders two other molding planes that are not free. G+ $0

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MP101157 S. C. Dunham, T.J. M'Master, Auburn A delicate little astragal with Grecian, made between 1821 and 1825 in the NY state prison at Auburn. A rare maker, a scarce profile, and a nice plane. Lightly cleaned by a previous collector. G++ $99

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MP101056 Hills & Winship, Springfield, MS A 2 1/2" wide Grecian ogee with bevel and bevel. I don't recall seeing this profile before, two symmetric bevels in a row. It would take a strong person to push this. The wedge has the typcial lengthwise split. Some checking in the body. As found. Good $109

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MP10081 A. B. Seidenstricker & co, 90 W. Balto. St. Balto. This is a rare (unique in my experience), compassed American stick and rebate sash plane. It has an adjustable nose as on a British style compass plane. Baltimore makers aslo made British style compass planes, but I have never seen a compassed sash plane before, adjustable or otherwise. This plane is in very clean original, as found, condition. Both blades are wrong. They fit the slots but need to be ground to fit this plane. With a plane this rare, this doesn't bother me too much. Living near Baltimore, and knowing Baltimore collectors, I have seen a lot of Baltimore planes, but I have never seen another of these. Quite a find. G++ $1895

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MP100269 F. Dallicker An unsual 7/8" cove with fillet by a scarce Pennsylvania provincial maker. This plane is from an important PA plane collection. Dallicker planes are usually all beat up, so this one, with a great profile and in great condition, is a find. G++ $165

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MP100143 J. R. Gale This plane cuts a 1 7/8" profile that is quite rare. A fillet, a cove, and then a deep ogee. The boxing is keyed so that it can't warp. Gale was a Providence Rhode Island maker who only worked for a short time, and in my experience his planes are quite scarce. I can see why since doing the boxing this way would have been much more time consuming than the usual way of doing it. There are three lines carved into one side, probably as some means of identifying the plane. The wedge is a properly made replacement that most people would not notice is replaced. It may be a Bob Baker job but I am not sure. There is a tiny chip on the edge of the iron where it seems to have recently been dropped out of the plane. This can be easily removed with a Dremel tool. G+ $329

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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

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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

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MP80252 Unmarked This superb plane cuts a 7/8" wide astragal with bolection. It is a shallower version of this very complex profile than one normally sees. The plane is as found and is crisp and wonderful. I have had this plane in my personal collection for nearly 20 years and I just think it is a great piece. G++ $219

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MP80116 John Bell, Phila. This is a 1 1/2" wide handled ogee with bead. Nice untouched original condition. Branded three times by the owner in the Philadelphia style, "L. Sperry". A nice plane with no problems. G+ $195

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MP70625 I. Martin This is a scarce 2 7/8" wide cabinetmaker's cornice plane. The mark is very faint but I am pretty sure that it is I Martin, an early New England maker of which little seems to be known. This plane looks like it is circa 1800. It is very dry and is one plane where I would approve of applying a coat of linseed oil. There is a check right down the center of the plane, but other than that, I think this plane will look great when it is cleaned up. These small cornice planes that are appropriate for cabinetmaking are really scarce. Good $485

J&L Denison, Saybrook

MP140948 J&L Denison, Saybrook Dirty and as found, this plane will clean up nicely. the profile has been modified, but will be fine to use if you need this profile. It is 1 5/8" and looks like a stretched out Grecian. Free to the first person who orders it along with another molding plane that is not free. G+ Sold

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MP60626 D. M. Shepard, Albany This is one of my favorite profiles, an astragal with cove and taurus. The plane is marked 5/8", but uncharacteristically, this is measuring the depth of cut. The width of cut is 7/8". The plane is crisp and as found, except that there is a very small area of water damage on the lower front edge. There is also a little over 3 inches of boxing missing from the rear. Without these two issues, I would rate this a $300 plane, with them I still think that it is a steal. G+ $149

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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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30924 Unmarked This is a most unusual plane. It is definitely professionally made but it is not marked because there is a defect in the wood right where it would have been stamped. It may be Baltimore made as these guys often used stock with defects. This plane was probably originally associated with handrailing but I have never seen this profile before. The profile is 2" wide. The condition is really clean and crisp except for some very minor deformation of the lower edge of the wedge finial on one side only. G+ $119

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Atkin & Sons

MP150392 Atkin & Sons This is a dirty, as found, 3/16" side bead. This is of course one of the most desirable sizes of beads. This plane is slip sided, although I never recommend removing the screws on a slip sided plane. It is too easy to break old screws that haven't been moved in 150 years. Should clean up to at least G+ Sold

J. Clarke, Liverpool

MP150387 J. Clarke, Liverpool A lovely 1 1/4" cove with astragal. As found with a great patina and a light tiger strip figure to the wood. Highly recommended G++ $99

Jno Cockbain, Carlisle

MP150353 Jno Cockbain, Carlisle A 1 1/4" wide bead with quirked ogee plane in lovely as found condition. From a good collection. The boxing is keyed in, which is unusual for a typical quirked molding plane. This of course keeps the molding from warping and coming down to interfere with the profile, but making it this way took great skill and extra time. Puts this plane a cut above the pack. The white stuff on the front is residue from some collector's stickers that I removed. It should clean right off. G++ $75

D. Malloch & Son, Perth

MP1502103 D. Malloch & Son, Perth A scarce 1/4" square ovolo in very crisp and little used condition. Also marked, "Manufactured for African Tool Co. Cape Town". The entire plane has been varnished a long time ago. I gave it the minus because of the varnish. I have never had a tool before with a retailer's mark from South Africa. I have had them from Australia, but nowhere else outside of Britain. Fine- Sold

Cannadine, London

MP150297 Cannadine, London The boxing on this plane is a tour-de-force of planemaking skill. The wider piece is full dovetailed and comes down to act as a fence as well. The second strip, which is typically just slipped in, is dovetailed on one side. The the plane is an ovolo with cove sash, 5/8" wide. It is marked "2", which means that this was once the finish plane in a 1 2 pair. It is still find to use, but it takes longer not having the 1 plane, which did the heavy cuts to prepare the stock for the final strokes with this plane. A collector has used some kind of heavy paste wax on this plane so it has that English furniture dealer waxy feeling about it. One side of the wedge has been planed, a long time ago and the patina matches now, to make the wedge easier to remove afer the body has shrunk a bit. this is common and I would not necessarily have even known but that they chattered the plane a bit making the pass. G++ Sold


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


MP150317 Phillipson A 10" mid-18th Century molding plane by a apprentice of Wooding. The plane cuts a 3/16" cock bead, but it once had a fence, which has been planed flush with the sole. The patina matches. I have seen these planes before, in fact I recently sold a similar American plane by Sleeper, but I don't really know how they were used. They had a fence, but no depth stop, which is what I don't understand. Most cock beads have no fence, and this one was just converted to the common style. It has a York pitch iron, which is typical of cock bead planes. The lower part of the right side of the wedge was planed to make it fit better, but again so long ago that the patina matches. A very nice honest plane from before this country became independent. G+ $129

J. Buck, 220 Blackfriars Rd, London

MP150324 J. Buck, 220 Blackfriars Rd, London A 1 1/4" wide reverse ogee with fillets on both sides. A wonderful profile often used on cornice moldings. The plane is in nice as found condition. G++ $95

Lourie Lourie

MP150248 Lourie This is a group of 16 18th Century Hollows and Rounds. Present are: #2 pair, #4 pair, #5 pair, #7 pair, #9 pair, #12 pair, and 3H, 6H, 11H, & 13R. 12 out of the 16 planes have York pitch irons. One plane has a replaced wedge (the 6H, which is not original to this set). Not all of the planes have owner's marks, but it is my feeling that they are all probably original to each other except for the previously noted 6H. They are of course square, that is not skewed, a practice that became common after these planes were made. Nice clean condition. The presence of most of the smaller sizes makes this a great user set, since it is the smaller sizes that are primarily needed for cabinetmaking, and all of those are York pitch as well. On top of that, they are 18th Century and Scottish! G++ Sold

W. Smith

MP150269 W. Smith A scarce and desirable twin-iron cove with ovolo door molding plane. This mark is not listed in Goodman's book, but there is a similar W. Smith mark for a maker in Aberdeen. This mark looks earlier, and the plane looks earlier than the 1820 starting date listed, but the plane does look Scottish and there is a good chance that there is a connection there. I have seen this mark before but it is very scarce. The plane has a lovely patina. It is marked 3/8". The profile is 3/8" across and 1/2" deep. This is a common profile seen sourrounding raised panels on doors. It is not numbered, meaning it was not part of a 1 2 pair. I particularly like this plane. G++ Sold

Brain Late Shepley & Co.

MP150276 Brain Late Shepley & Co. A wonderuful as found 1/4" quirked ogee. A great profile and a nice plane. G++ Sold


MP150283 Illegible A 1" wide square ovolo with a user made extension to the fence. It is marked with a dealer's mark, but it is too lightly struck for me to read it. The fence extension is cut into the side of the plane, so you had best leave it alone. As a user it makes it easier to use. G+ $45


MP150213 Mathieson A nice as found twin-ironed Scottch door molding in 5/8". This profile was commonly used in Scotland, and also sometimes seen on Philadephia and Baltmore planes, for the molding that surrounds the raised panels. A friend of mine who lives in Waterford, VA, has this profile on his doors, which would have been made with Baltimore planes. G++ $75

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. 90 $129

Wm. Moss

MP150224 Wm. Moss A nicely waxed 1" quirked ogee. Nice color and in crisp, little used condition. Fine- $65

Bewley, Leeds

MP150228 Bewley, Leeds A nice as found molder cutting the very desirable reverse ogee with fillets on both sides, in 5/8". This profile was used for the base molding on furniture. It was known to have been used at Monticello. This plane has a flower mark on the front as well that is very attractive. There are two holes in the bottom of the fence that I think were used to hold the plane in a display rather than for attaching some kind of extension. Other planes that I bought in this group had these holes in various places. A nice example of an important profile. G+ $99

Moseley & Son, King St. and Bedford St. Covt Garden, London Moseley & Son, King St. and Bedford St. Covt Garden, London

MP141276 Moseley & Son, King St. and Bedford St. Covt Garden, London A complete, matched set of 18 skew iron hollows and rounds. This set has been in the US for a long time, having been bought some years ago by our consignor from a then old American woodworker. This Moseley mark is one of the less common ones and allows us to date the planes to the 1862 - 72 period, according to Goodman's book. The planes are all crisp and well cared for. They range in width from 1/4" to 1 3/8". Sets of this quality are few and far between, especially with every plane being original to the set. Connoisseur grade. G++ to Fine Sold

King & Peach, Hull

MP150112 King & Peach, Hull A matching pair of 5/8" sash ovolo planes in nice as found condition. These planes are lightly used and need only a light cleaning with a rag and wax. I would have rated them higher but they do have light tool box rash on the sides. G+ $75

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


MP141254 Higgs A 1/2" cove that is sharp and ready to use. There are some holes in the sole where a had been strip was tacked on to reduce the width of the cut. There is a strip of boxing that comes out on the fence. This would typically imply that it was a reworked profile, but the mouth is not opened in a way that would imply this. I can't explain why the fence is boxed, but it doesn't matter for a user. Nice patina and an attractive plane G+ $49

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

Stothert, Bath Stothert, Bath

MP140848 Stothert, Bath A nice pair of late 18th century snipe bills. Straight and usable with nice color and patina. There is a split towards the rear of one plane, where the body has shrunk and the boxing did not. This is old and stable, not an issue. A great working pair for a reasonable price. G+ $259

Griffiths, Norwich

MP131046 Griffiths, Norwich A nice as found pair of side snipes. Side snipes are much more scarce than snipe bills, and generally misunderstood by tool auctioneers and dealers. They are often called snipe bills, but their function is totally different. Side snipes cut on the side, similar to side rebates, and totally differently than snipe bills. I personally have found them most useful in trimming the angle side of a female sliding dovetail. G+ Reduced: Sold

Joseph Marples, York Works, Sheffield Trial 1

MP13108 Joseph Marples, York Works, Sheffield Trial 1 A lovely pair side rounds, and the first that I have seen by Joeseph Marples. Joseph Marples wooden planes are scarce, but the ontes that I do see are typically quite nice. This pair have 3/4" wide blades, and are at the wider end of the range of sizes that we see for side rounds. The size range that these planes are found in is relatively narrow. From an important collection and properly cleaned. G++ Reduced to: Sold


MP140819 Stokoe A 1" bead with Grecian, The bottom of hte wedge has been reshaped, for what reason I don't know, and blade is poorly sharpened, apparently recently. This plane will be a good user but will require some fiddling. The condition is a bit scruffy, not the usual TBT condition, but its half the price of one in our kind of condiition. Good $39


MP140811 Kinnear A large 18th Century molder cutting a 1 1/8" astragal with quirked ogee. The wedge has some light damage and the plane surface has some scattered tool box rash. Still a very nice plane that will look better if it is cleaned with wax. Good $99

Joseph Marples, York Works, Trial 1

MP140667 Joseph Marples, York Works, Trial 1 A matching 1 - 2 pair of ovolo (marked Gothic) sash. Marked "5/8" by 11/16"." These are very crisp and might be unsed. They are as found with a rich patina. Trial 1 was, and still is, Joseph Marples trade name for their best quality tools. Fine $89

W. Parkes

MP140614 W. Parkes A scarce genuine fluting plane. Cuts a 5/16" wide flute. The plane is quite crisp but the sufrace is dull and looks like it was cleaned with a solvent. A dab of linseed oil would be in order on this one. It is quite a nice plane and I rarely see these. 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

D. Malloch, Perth

MP140545 D. Malloch, Perth This is an unsual twin-ironed complex molder that cuts a 1" profile that defies description. It has a small cove, a larger bead, that then terminated in another cove rather than a quirk. The picture should help! The right wedge is from another plane, but is a pretty close fit. Otherwise nice as found condition. G+ $119

Griffiths, Norwich

MP131046 Griffiths, Norwich A nice as found pair of side snipes. Side snipes are much more scarce than snipe bills, and generally misunderstood by tool auctioneers and dealers. They are often called snipe bills, but their function is totally different. Side snipes cut on the side, similar to th side rebates, and totally differently than snipe bills. I personally have found them most useful in trimming the angle side of a female sliding dovetail. G+ Reduced: $159


MP140397 Unmarked This is an nice as found 18th century 13/16" square ovolo. It is unmarked but I suspect that it is I. Cox. The features are indicitave of his work and he made a lot of tools to be remarked by other makers and retailers. G++ $65

Tyzach, 8 Old St. Road, London

MP1403102 Tyzach, 8 Old St. Road, London A 7/16" cove in somewhat average as found condition. Needs a light cleaning with wax and it will make a great user, but not a collector's or TBT grade plane. G+ $55

E.G. Fitzakerley, Sunderland

MP1403104 E.G. Fitzakerley, Sunderland A crisp, as found 1 1/2" deep ogee of a form that would be used as part of a cornice molding on a piece of case furniture. When properly cleaned with wax it should rate G++ Sold

John Moseley & Son, 54-55 Broad St. Bloomsbury, London

MP1403106 John Moseley & Son, 54-55 Broad St. Bloomsbury, London A particulary clean and crisp 3/16 reeding plane that cuts two beads at one time. Unlike most planes of this type, there are no old holes in the sides of this plane from applied fences. It has a light even patina. It is fully boxed. It has been properly waxed by a collector. For the connoisseur. Fine- Sold


MP14033 Gabriel Cuts an ogee with a shallow quirk, just under 1" wide. Nice original surface and color, and of course it is by one of the most famous London makers. G+ $69

 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+ $75

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


MP140323 Unmarked A nice 7/8" astragal. There is an owner's mark overstruck where a maker's mark would be, but the mark under it may be another owner. I didn't recognize it as a maker that I know. The plane has classic 18th Century features and great color. G+ $69

Gabriel Gabriel

MP140242 Gabriel A quirked ogee, 1" wide without the removable fillet, 3/4" with it. The fillet is not present now, but that is pretty typical. The reason that this otherwise attractive plane is half price is that the quirk of the blade is broken off. It would need a lot of grinding to put it right, or replacement iron. It is an 18th Century molder from the same maker who outfitted Benjamin Seaton, so it deserves respect even as it is. The iron is set at a York pitch. It would rate a nice G+ if the blade was not damaged, but as it stands I rate it Good $36

Feint Feint

MP140224 Faint An 18th Century sash ovolo that works down, rather than from the side. This was the earlier way to do it. The plane is in nice as found condition, except that there is a spot of dry rot on the left front side. The plane is still usable, but you might need some slight fiddling with the profile around where the dry rot has distorted the body. I think that it will work just as it is but is hard to say until you try it. You can't get hurt at this price. Good $36

A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow

MP140176 A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow A fully boxed 1/4" V groove. Probably lightly cleaned with steel wool. G+ $55


MP140135 Ames A 9/16" (marked 1/2") Grecian in nice as found condition, except that it has been sharpened and is ready to use. G+ $59

Mutter Mutter

MP14016 Mutter An extraordinarily complex, unsprung 18th Century molding plane. The cut is 1 1/16: wide. The plane has shunk so that the profile is slightly wider than the plane. Collector's like to call these picture frame moldings but I think that it is more likely that they were used to surround panels on valuable panels or similar applications. This style of plane is scarce and so the product of its use is also very scarce. This one has a crisp sole with a well ground blade. The plane has been cleaned overall with steel wool. For the advanced collector. G+ $295


MP140119 Bywater A 1 1/4" wide reverse ogee with astragal. Nice crisp as found condtion with a medium dark patina. G+ $145

John Elsworth, Glasgow

MP131162 John Elsworth, Glasgow A matched 1-2 pair of twin iron door molding planes. These cut a classic molding for surrounding a raised panel, a thumbnail with ogee. This profile originates in Scotland but is also found on Baltimore and Philadelphia planes. This pair is in lovely condition and has been properly waxed by a collector. G++ $169

Jas. Lumsden, 20 South Lindsey St. Dundee Jas. Lumsden, 20 South Lindsey St. Dundee

MP1310109 Jas. Lumsden, 20 South Lindsey St. Dundee A rare triple iron complex molder, cutting a 1 3/4" wide profile that I have never seen before. I would describe it as a small bolection, a wide Grecian, and then a cove. The small cove iron was missing when I got it. I stuck an iron in that fits, but is not ground to the profile. I leave that for the next owner. Also, a collector has let wax get on the wedges, so they don't hold very well. They need to be cleaned with denatured alcohol. This plane is in wonderful original condition, having only been waxed by a collector who simply did not understand the roll of friction in the function of a plane wedge. Highly recommended to the connoisseur.

Just as an aside, if any of you get to Dundee, where this plane was made, I highly recommend visiting the Unicorn. It is the best preserved old warship in the world, and really impressed me. If you appreciate the age of sail, you won't be disappointed. G+ $595

Summers Varvill, Ebor Works, York

MP131090 Summers Varvill, Ebor Works, York A 1/2" center bead. The left side has 6 old tack holes from applied fences, which cost it the extra plus in the condition grading. Nice as found condition. G+ $45


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


MP13094 Nelson's, York If there is one thing that I pride myself on, it is our large selection of good, straight, usable molding planes. I don't know anywhere else where you can look at molding planes and be comfortable that they are all usable. Of the molding planes that Iook at with an eye to purchase for resale, more than half don't make the grade. Most often the reason is that they are not straight. Having blown my own horn, I must now admit that one got by me. This plane is warped. Slightly, but warped all the same. It could be made to work, but please, don't by this plane if you are not very experienced with molding planes. Otherwise it might just put you off of them, and I could not bear to think that I had denied somebody the joy of molding planes. The plane cuts a very desirable 3/8" ogee. It is a late 18th Century plane. A decent plane otherwise, albeit with an ugly, mottled, patina. The price reflects that it is NOT straight. Good $35

Wm Marples & Sons

MP130834 Wm Marples & Sons A matched 1 - 2 pair of 5/8" sash ovlos Untouched as found condition from an old wokrshop. The #2 plane has minor deforation to the bottom curve of the wedge finial, so I downgraded it to G+, but the #1 plane should clean to Fine $65

Barnes, Worcester

MP130814 Barnes, Worcester A nice as found 1" bead with cove. This is a pretty scarce profile. The plane has a nice patina and is just as it came off the shelf from an old workshop, from which we purchased it. G+ $79

Varvill & Son, York

MP1306109 Varvill & Son, York A nice crisp as found quirked ogee that just needs a light cleaning. It is marked 5/8", but measures closer to 11/16". G+ $65

Hields, Nottingham

MP130654 Hields, Nottingham A superb as found pair of cabinetmaker's fenced rule joint planes in 3/8" size. Can work any stock 1/2" or thicker, but really intended for stock of 5/8" to 3/4" thickness. As crisp a pair as you might hope to find. They need a light cleaning with a soft rag and wax, but they should then easily rate Fine+ $345

G. Davis

MP130656 G. Davis A 7/8" astragal with quirked ogee. A bit dirty but should clean to G++ $69

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++ $159

T. Clough T. Clough

MP1305128 T. Clough A 3/8" cabinetmaker's quirked ogee with a York pitch iron. This is a late 18th Century plane in crisp as found condtion, however, if you want to use it, you will have to deal with the rear boxing. The boxing has moved up enough to prevent using the plane. I would not press it down again without removing it first. It seems very tight, and pushing it back down without removing it first could split the side of the plane. There is also a 1/8" gap between the boxing and the blade, but this is probably shrinkage and not a missing piece. I have priced this plane cheap for what it is, because you need to work on it. This is a great plane in great condition. G++ Sold

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

Griffiths, Norwich Griffiths, Norwich

MP130512 Griffiths, Norwich A matched pair of 1 & 2 sash planes, cutting a 1/2" ovolo sash. They are a bit dirty, but have a nice patina and should clean up to G++ Sold


MP130491 Unmarked A 5/16" square ovolo. There is a defect in the wood toward the front tha thas caused the plane to have a warp in the sole in the front section. The way that it is warped, away from the fence, I think that it will still work OK, or if not, with every little fiddling. However, I have priced it at about half of what it would otherwise be. It is marked J. Clarkson, but that is probably an owner's mark, although it is a fancy mark, in the right place, and could be the maker. A nice plane for somebody on a budget and willing to fiddle. G+ $39

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


MP1301109 Unmarked James Carvill may have said that it was all about the economy, but in this case it is all about the profile. This plane cuts a scarce shallow 3/4" wide ogee with fillet. An unusual profile. It is also skewed, which is not common on molding planes. Dirty but should clean nicely. G+ $75

Moseley & Sons, London

MP130152 Moseley & Sons, London A 3/4" Grecian ogee with bevel, quite a scarce size for this profile. It has an old extension added to the fence which will make it much easier to use. The wedge finial is a bit battered or it would have rated higher. Dirty but will clean up nicely. Good $55

Mosely & Son, London

MP130154 Mosely & Son, London A 7/8" shallow Grecian with bead. The wedge fits OK and should be usable as it, but I can see that it is not the original wedge. There are deep scars in the side where clogs had been cleared out and the plane was scraped in the process. A great user for short money. Good $45

Griffiths, Norwich

MP121233 Griffiths, Norwich A matched pair of ovolo sash planes, marked 5/8" but closer to 9/16". Nicely waxed by a collector. Both have minor battering around the wedge finial, but they are otherwise nice. G+ $69

Edward Preston & Sons

MP121160 Edward Preston & Sons A matched graduated pair of complex molders, cutting a profile that I am not familiar with. It looks like a bit ovolo with the fillet at both ends rounded off. The planes are 1 1/4" and 2" wide. From an important London collection and lightly cleaned. Fine- $199

Berry, 4 Long Lane

MP121169 Berry, 4 Long Lane A fully-boxed 3/16" cock bead plane in lovely as found condition. There is an applied fence, the purpose of which evades me since you would not use a cock bead plane with a fence. York pitch, but all proper cock beads are, so that isn't saying anything. A nice original cabinetmaker's plane. G++ $79

Bewley, Leeds

MP120970 Bewley, Leeds An 11/16" wide quirked ogee. This plane was made by the older Bewley and has classic 18th Century features. It is as found and quite dirty, but it is in nice condition underneath. If you look very closesly, there is an old repair to the edge of the fence. It is so well done that it is hard to spot, but the side of the fence has been relined. Clearly done in the original period of use by a master craftsman, and adding to the interest of the plane in my eyes. Should clean up to at least G+ $59


MP120653 Unmarked A very scarce 3/16" cabinetmaker's fluting plane. Clean and waxed by a collector. It may be slightly overcleaned, I can't tell for sure because I don't know if it was already very light before it was cleaned. It is slightly warped and is not usable as is. This can be corrected by mounting a brace on the side, but it is probably best just left alone. G+ $36

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

King & Co. Hull

MP120431 King & Co. Hull An impressive 1 1/2" wide bead with quirked ogee. Nice as found condition. This plane has one odd feature that I have never seen before. One piece of boxing, not both, has been cut with a V shape on top, which mates with a V shape in the body of the plane. I can't imagine why they would go to this extra trouble. I highly recommend this plane, which is wortth of a fine collection. G++ $145


MP120336 Minzies A very unusual unsprung quirked ogee, 3/4" wide, that cuts offset from the edge of the workpiece. Perhaps for decorating panelling. The pitch is very steep, steeper than York pitch. Nice untouched condition. One old owner carved the roman numeral IV into the side. I find that a bit offputting, but this plane is otherwise really great. G++ $89

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

S. Lunt, Liverpool S. Lunt, Liverpool

MP120219 S. Lunt, Liverpool A scarce compassed sash plane, cutting a 3/4" ovolo. Feels very smooth like it may have been "cleaned" once with a super fine steel wool. Obviously not an appropriate thing to do, but the plane is otherwise superb. Another gem from my own collection. Fine- $195

Bailey, Sunderland

MP120173 Bailey, Sunderland A 1 5/8" astragal with reverse ogee, a classic profile The plane has two old screw holes in the fence where an extension was once attached, and two more in the side, the possible reason for which eludes me. Superb original condition. Provenance: With the Mechanick's Workbench, then the Prucha collection. Afterward in my own collection for the last 16 years. G++ $149

Hields, Nottingham

MP120143 Hields, Nottingham A 2" wide bead, bolection, and bevel. This profile is unique in my experience. The plane is in great as found condition, but sadly, a notorious American collector, stamped his name and inventory number on the back. Other than that, the plane is connoisseur quality. G+ $159

King & Compy King & Compy King & Compy

12019 King & Compy A rare and superb large handled, dual-iron, complex molding plane, cutting a 1 7/8" bolection with cove. The plane is 13 inches long. British molding planes in this form are really hard to come by. Now for the bad news. When I got it, which was about 20 years ago, both blades were missing. I have put to irons in that fit properly, but they have not been ground to the profile. That is for you to have fun with, since clearly I never go to it and my list is not getting shorter. This would be a $600 plane if it was all correct, or if an unscrupulous dealer had it and said it was all correct. G++ $299

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MP111053 Thomas Okines A very crisp as found astragal. This plane had a removable fillet, that is now gone. It would be a 1/2" astragal with the fillet, and 5/8" without it. The plane is 9 3/4" long. There are 2 small worm holes in the plane, and more worm holes in the very base of the wedge. Old and dead. This plane pre-dates our country and is in nice untouched condition. The mark is the one with the crown on top, but the mark was struck in such a way that the crown went off the edge of the plane. From my personal collection. G++ Sold

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MP111054 Deeley A super complex 1 1/2" wide custom profile molding, that I will not attept to describe. The plane looks much earlier than the dates in Goodman's book for Deeley, with broad flat chamfers more indicative of late 18th Century than the 1826 starting date listed. The plane appears to have been wiped down with linseed oil but is otherwise untouched. Profiles like this are truly rare, and I rarely use that word. G+ $245

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MP11092 Phillipson A 10" long 1/2" square ovolo molding plane in dirty as found condition. There has been some glue, I think that it is hide glue, spilled on this plane. This needs to be carefully chipped off. It is otherwise a really nice example. Once its cleaned, it should rate at least G+ $145

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MP110821 Varvill & Son, York This huge molder cuts a Grecian ogee with bevel just over 2 inches wide. It has a nice dark patina and is from a good collection. If you wish to use it, the iron has one small rust spot, just at the outside curve of the ogee, which will need to be ground out. Not a big deal. The harder thing would be getting the strength to push this plane. I couldn't. G++ $75

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MP110748 Nelson, 122 Edgeware Rd A rare custom complex profile molder with a York pitch iron. This highly complex, 1 1/2" wide profile is unique in my experience. The plane is in very clean as found condition. Highly recommended. G++ $229

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MP110319 Robert Wooding A huge hollow measuring 1 3/4" wide and 10 1/4" long. The radius is tighter than a typical hollow and this plane may have had a special purpose. The mark is not super clear, but it can be read. I can guarantee that it is right, and now one of the myriad "Woodings" now floating around with a fake Wooding mark. The wedge looks original but I think that the finial has been somewhat reduced in size. This plane is nearly 300 years old. An honest example that while not perfect, is better than many that I see. Good $175

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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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MP100566 SL Lunt, Liverpool A superb matched pair of left and right handed hand rail shaves. Scrolled wedges with nice original irons. Brass fences with a nice mellow patina. These are truly superb. G++ $595

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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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MP100253 Nelson, York An unsprung 1 3/8" astragal with ogee. This is an 18th Century plane but I am still surprised that it is unsprung, as that is usually a feature of planes even older than this one. It has great old patina and is in very likable condition. The one flaw is that the mark is very faintly struck. G+ $125

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MP91145 Wm. Mofs A 3/4" Taurus bead with the early Moss mark where the double s is replaced with an f. As found and for its age pretty nice. It has seen some use but no abuse. The blade is clearly marked Hildick. Another plane from that workshop clearance. Good $59

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MP9062 Moseley and Hawksworth This is a 5/8" quirked ogee in decent as found condition. It needs a light cleaning. There is a piece of veneer chipping off of the fence, which was glued on to slighty reduce the profle width. I would carefully remove it. A good user. Good $55

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MP90344 Jno. Cockbain, Carlisle This is a twin-ironed complex molder that cuts a 1 1/4" wide cove with ogee. The cove blade does not come up about the back of the wedge but it seems to be the original blade. The plane is as found with a nice crisp surface. There are too old holes in the bottom of the fence where an extension would have been screwed on. This is a great plane with a great and rare profile. G+ $159

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MP90277 Arthington, Manchester This plane cuts a 1 1/2" wide bead with quirked ogee. It is in dark as found condtion. Still razor sharp after all these years. G+ $89

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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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MP90214 Thomas Turner This is an exceptionally clean and nice wide complex molder. It cuts a 1 5/8" bead with cove. The plane has nice light patina and is as found. This is the condition that really excited me. A superb plane. G++ Sold

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MP90149 J. Miller, 37 Clayton St. This is a massive twin-ironed complex molder that cuts a 2 inch wide cove with bead and ovolo. Wonderful original color. This plane came from an important collection and has been carefully waxed. A superb plane. G+ $185

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MP81237 T. Turner, Queen St. Sheffield This is a twin-ironed complex molder that cuts a one inch Grecian ogee with bevel. This plane was rubbed down with steel wool so now it is unnaturally smooth, but is otherwise a nice plane and will make a great user or collector's piece. G+ $95

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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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MP80723 Fairclough, Liverpool This is a twin-ironed plane that cuts a very complex, but not too wide, profile. I love these narrow profiles that are all twists and turns. This profile is 1" wide and has a bead, followed by a Grecian ogee with bevel. The only complaint that I have is that both wedges have been damaged on the lower corner of the finial from a user who banged them out carelessly. Nicely waxed and ready for a collector or connoisseur user. G+ $165

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MP80253 Unmarked This plane cuts a really monumental 2" wide bead with quirked ogee. It is a twin-iron plane. As found and needs nothing. After over a Century of waiting, the irons are still sharp enough to use! All that this plane lacks is a maker's mark. G+ $165

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MP80235 Moseley, Goswell St This plane is by James Moseley, of whom little is said in Goodman's book other than that they are uncommon. I have never had one before. This plane is as found, and very crisp. It needs only a light cleaning with wax. It is also a very complex and wide molder, cutting a 1 7/8" wide astragal with Grecian ogee with bevel. A very nice plane that I highly recommend. G+ $149

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MP70244 Buck, 247 Tottenham Ct Rd This is a 7/8" Grecian Ogee with bevel. It is unusual in that it has very little spring. Nice as found condition. G+ $55

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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+ $169

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MP60515 W. Deeley This plane cuts a 1 inch wide astragal with Grecian. The plane is crisp and clean and would rate higher but for some very minor marks on the wedge from begin tapped out. The stock has some nice grain on one side where it was near a branch. That is unusual on English planes. G+ $65

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MP6032 Wm. Moss This is a wide molder, cutting a 1 3/4" wide Grecian with astragal. The condition is properly cleaned. Great original patina. G+ Sold

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MP51230 Willmore This is a scarce curved sash plane that cuts a complex cove & ovolo sash in 3/4" size. The plane is as found with wonderful original surface. Willmore is a very scarce maker who worked in Birmingham from 1818 to 1828. York pitch. The only possible complaint is that the bottom of the fence in the front and rear has been chiseled down a bit to better match the curvature of the sole. This plane is from my collection and that never bothered me as it was done a long time ago and the patina matches. G++ $195

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