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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



G.W. Denison & Co., Winthrop, Mass

MP181142 G.W. Denison & Co., Winthrop, Mass An as found 5/8" wide thumbnail plane in as found condition with a dull patina. It will look much better with a drop or two of linseed oil and then wax it. Bargain priced. G+ SOLD





D.R. Barton, Louis Ernst, Rochester, N.Y.

MP181150 D.R. Barton, Louis Ernst, Rochester, N.Y. A 1/8" cove, the first that I have ever seen. It is marked 1/8" and measures 1/8. The plane is as found and very crisp. I would rate it fine but the color is not totally consistent. Make no mistake, this is a fantastic plane with a rare profile. G++ SOLD




M. Copeland, Warranted

MP181153 M. Copeland, Warranted A very scarce 3/8" cove with astrgal. You just never see this profile smaller than 1/2", and even that is scarce. This plane has the common lengthwise split in the wedge which needs to be glued up. The plane is otherwise in lovely untouched condition. G++ SOLD




Book:  A guide to the Maker

MP181113 Book: A guide to the Maker's of American Wooden Planes 4th This is the 4th edition of Tom Elliott's book. The 5th edition just came out. This was my copy. It is a bit worn but not too bad. You can't beat the price. G+ $20





R. Carter, Troy

MP181117 R. Carter, Troy A fully boxed adjustable ovolo sash plane. With the exception of self-regulating sash planes, which are scarce, these planes were adjusted by putting shims in the middle. This plane currently has shims installed. It is in nice as found condition and only needs waxing. This plane is for architectural sized sash, not furniture. The actual ovolo is about 7/16". G++ $75



Ohio Tool Co. Ohio Tool Co.

MP181130 Ohio Tool Co. A 1 1/2" wide Grecian ogee with bevel, model 61 1/4. The plane is marked on the rear, which is very unusual. A fool has rubbed pencil over the model number and size. He didn't rub the maker's mark, probably because he didn't notice it. I certainly didn't expect to find it on the rear. An as found plane that needs a light cleaning but wihout touching it still rates G++ $59



S.E. Jones S.E. Jones

MP181132 S.E. Jones A 1" wide ogee by a scarce early American maker. Samuel E. Jones was known to be working in Lansingburgh New York in 1787. The plane is just under 10 inches long with wide flat chamfers and a wedge finial reminiscent of Thomas Grant. The boxing is lignum and it does have some damage. This is a maker plane to find and an interesting plane in its own right. G+ $299



Bensen & Crannel

MP181086 Bensen & Crannel A wonderful untouched 1 1/8" wide reverse ogee with fillet. Crisp condition just as it was pulled from an old tool box, except that an idiot has rubbed pencil on the maker's mark. Fine $99





Auburn Tool Co, Auburn, NY Auburn Tool Co, Auburn, NY

MP181092 Auburn Tool Co, Auburn, NY A scarce 3/8" reverse ogee. The plane is very crisp and woudl rate fine but for a split in the wedge that needs gluing and a few tack holes in the fence where a deeper fence was applied. An important cabinetmaker's profile, albeit not an easy plane to use. G++ SOLD




E. Carter, Troy

MP181066 E. Carter, Troy A 1" wide Grecian ovolo with fillet. Nice crisp condition with just a bit of wear on the front edge of the sole. G++ $59





Ohio Tool Co

MP181069 Ohio Tool Co A crisp as found 3/16" bead. G++ SOLD






L. Scovil

MP181074 L. Scovil A crisp as found left hand side round that is more in the British style than the American. If it wasn't signed, you could assume that it was British.Lyman Scovil worked in Johnstown, N.Y. until his death in 1840. There are two small chips in the boxing toward the rear and a bit of staining on the lower left side, that kept the condition grading from fine. G++ $69



W. Raymond W. Raymond

MP181015 W. Raymond A 1" wide cove with astragal. A class small cornice molding, or bottom half of a larger cornice molding. This plane has wide flat chamfers and a great early look. The surface is untouched. The depth stop has been reduced by about 1/8" to deepen the profile. Of course you can just tack on a strip of wood if you don't want the profile to be so deep, but I think that it has better proportions now. G+ $169


Greenfield Tool Co. Greenfield, Mass

MP181023 Greenfield Tool Co. Greenfield, Mass This plane cuts a profile that I have not seen before, a somewhat shallow cove with a fillet at the edge. I have seen cove with fillet before, but not with the cove being a bit shallower than standard. The profile is 3/4" wide. The plane is very crisp and little used. There is some checking in the front and rear which held down the grading. Great as found condition. G++ $89



Ohio Tool Co. Ohio Tool Co.

MP180916 Ohio Tool Co. A very unusual and probably custom order molding. It cuts a shallow ogee that is just over 3/8" wide. The plane is marked 3/8" on the back where the size usually goes, and then 3/16" lower down the 3/16" would be the depth of the cut. The plane has some staining on both sides and has that smooth feeling from being the victim of a steel wool "cleaning". G+ $59



J. W. Farr & Co, N. York

MP180961 J. W. Farr & Co, N. York A massive 2" wide quirked ogee. Not a plane for the faint of arm. The front of the plane has light checking, and to a much lesser extent the rear. Otherwise this plane is in really nice untouched condition. G+ $79




Jo. Fuller, Providence Jo. Fuller, Providence Jo. Fuller, Providence

MP180359 Jo. Fuller, Providence A Jo Fuller 3/4" ogee molding plane with all of the classic features, 10 inches long, birch, relieved wedge, and stop flutes. This is the only Fuller plane that I have seen which incorporates a knot in the wood, which is visible on the right side and gives the left side some interesting grain. The size is marked 6/8 on the back, but that is a bit faint. There is an ink stain on the lower right edge on the front half of the plane. Great color and nice surface. The plane has been in a good collection and has been lightly and properly cleaned. I really like this plane and higly recommend it. G+ $365


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



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


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


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




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


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


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


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




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



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British Molding Planes



Tyzach, Railway Arch, 345 Old St Tyzach, Railway Arch, 345 Old St

MP181122 Tyzach, Railway Arch, 345 Old St A matched set of 3 beads, all of them apparently unused. The sizes are 1/4", 3/8" , and 1/2". The planes are totally untouched and have a very light patina, having never been oiled and put into a tool chest. The 3/8" plane is not marked but they are all from the same set. The rear boxing on the 1/2" plane is warped and this would have to be reset before you could use this plane. The other two are good to go after you wax the soles. It is not often that you can buy molding planes in this condition. Fine $89


Tyzach, Railway Arch, 345 Old Street Tyzach, Railway Arch, 345 Old Street Tyzach, Railway Arch, 345 Old Street

MP181123 Tyzach, Railway Arch, 345 Old Street A matched graduated set of 3 square ovoloes in 5/16", 1/2", and 5/8". They are all very clean. The larger one rates a solid fine, but the two smaller ones were probably used once, but by an idiot who used a steel hammer on the wedges and left the finials with some battering that cost them a fine rating. Still a wonderful group of planes. The 1/2" plane is not marked but they are from the same set. G++ $119


Bewley, Leeds

MP181098 Bewley, Leeds Made by Bewley the father, this is an 18th Century plane. It is a 7/8" side bead, however, sombody has cut a notch in the fence to that the plane will cut a little step on the side of the bead. You can leave this as it or put it back to original speck with a strip of wood.. The maker's mark is faint. The plane looks like it was cleaned with a solvent a long time ago and needs to be waxed now to give it a better surface. G+ $29


Moseley Late Mutter

MP181081 Moseley Late Mutter A 1 1/4" wide astragal with Grecian. An early Moseley plane from the original period when he took over the business of Mutter and was still using the Mutter name to get himself established. There is a scratching running the entire length of the sole, but it did not nick the blade. The arrow shows the front of the scratch. Nicely waxed by a collector and an attractive plane G++ $75




Wheeler Wheeler Wheeler Wheeler

MP181039 Wheeler This is a pair of complex molding planes with the same owner's mark, and both with somewhat unusual profiles. First is a 1 3/8" wide astragal with cove and fillet. WIthout the fillet this is not an uncommon profile, but with the fillet it is a very hard to find profile. This plane has a pull hole. Second is a 1 3/8" wide astragal with quirked ogee, however, it is not the variant that is commonly seen. The astragal isn't really an astragal, as it is quirked like a bead on one side, and then the ogee starts with at the top of the bead, not the bottom as is usually the case. I know this sounds confused, but look at the picture and it will be clear. There is a strip of mahogany tacked on to the fence to make it deeper. Wheeler worked from 1790 - 1826. These planes are 19th Century. They are both in untouched condition, but they are clean and don't need anything. G+ $199


John Green John Green John Green

MP181047 John Green An extremely complex molder that I will not even try to describe. The closeup of the sole should explain it. The profile is 1 1/16" wide with no spring. This profile is not unknown to collectors, but its purpose has not been explained in a way that I accept. Collectors call it a picture frame molding, but I haven't seen any picture frames with this molding. The plane is straight and usable, but the blade is pitted overall and will require a considerable amount of work by a skilled person to make it usable. I consider this to really be a collector's piece, although it certainly could be gotten working by the right person. This plane is from my personal collection. G+ $265


Malloch & Son, Perth

MP181025 Malloch & Son, Perth A Scottish sash coping plane for 5/8" ovolo sash. As found and needing a light cleaning with wax and a rag. G+ $39





W. Sargent, West Street, Reading

MP18092 W. Sargent, West Street, Reading A 3/16" bead in fantastic as found condition. The plane has an even light patina with great surface and was clearly barely used. Fine $49





Sash Template Sash Template

MP180841 Sash Template This is the largest sash template that I have ever seen by far. It is for a giant lamb's tongue sash like might be used in a Victorian church. The molding would be about 2" wide to the glass. It is in wonderful as found condition with an attractive rich patina. Fine $65




Gabriel

MP18075 Gabriel A 3/8" square ovolo with a deep fence, which makes it much easier to use. The blade is marked by Hildick. The tool has some kind of a finish on it, but it looks old and was not something added by a collector. It has been waxed by a collector. A great collector's or user's piece by an important early London maker. G+ $79



Overstruck

MP180717 Overstruck A very scarce #1 round from a cabinmaker's set and in wonderful original condition, having only been properly waxed. The maker's mark is overstruck by the owner's mark, but the plane is clearly by John Green. The wedge profile is an exact match to similar John Green planes. Fine $59




Craftsman Made

MP180474 Craftsman Made A 3/4" ogee in somewhat dirty as found condition. There is a depth stop extension tacked on to the side. I don't see what the point of this is but it isn't hurting anything. This plane should make a great user. G+ $48




R. Clarke, Exeter

MP180445 R. Clarke, Exeter A matching set of 4 beads, 3/16", 3/8", 5/8", and 1". The 3/8" plane is slip sided. The 1" plane has had the bottom of the fence planed clean, but it doesn't look like much wood was removed and it should still work fine as it is. If you find the fence to be a bit too shallow now, you can glue some wood back on , but I don't see that as being necessary. All 4 of the planes are dirty but in nice condition underneath and should clean to better than G+ $95


W. Dibb, York

MP180418 W. Dibb, York A 1 1/4" wide astragal with Grecian in nice as found condition. It needs a light cleaning but ihas no issues. G+ $65





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




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





Unmarked

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





Unmarked

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



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






Unmarked

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






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


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


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




Unmarked

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



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




Unmarked

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




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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