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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

Bensen & Crannell, Albany

MP151143 Bensen & Crannell, Albany A 3/4" wide Grecian ogee with bevel. This profile is not often found in such a narrow form. This plane has no owner's marks and is quite crisp and little used. It does not need cleaning, and if it was cleaned, it was done properly, since I can't tell. If only all planes were in this nice a condition. Fine- $65

I Sleeper I Sleeper I Sleeper I Sleeper

MP151162 I Sleeper It is very unusual these days to find a plane by one of the highly desirable 18th Century makers that is still untouched, but this plane has not been touched by a collector. It has an old dry surface the the wedge probably has not been removed in my lifetime. The round top iron is by Weldon. The diamond strike button is tall and proud, having not been beaten on. John Sleeper used vertical grain on his totes, which made the spurs very vulnerable to damage. The spur on this is knocked off, but it happened a long time ago. If it bothers you, John Porritt could repair it so that it would be indeticable. There is also a piece of wood being used to hold the tote tight which is probably a user installed solution, but is also very old and probably done by the original owner. The upper surface of the wedge has a shrinkage check, which does not go all the way through the wedge. John Sleeper fought in the Continetal Army during the American Revolution. You can own a tool that he made. It cuts a 2 7/8" wide cove with ovolo, a classic cornice molding. G+ Sold

Craftsman Made

MP151118 Craftsman Made A 1" astragal with ogee that is 10" long and has classic 18th Century New England features, including a Sleeper style wedge. This plane is made from chestnut, which is a most unusual wood to find used for a molding plane. Beautifully made to a high standard. It is as found with a old dry surface and could use a very light cleaning. Highly recommended. G++ Sold

J. Colton, 319 Market St. Warranted, Phila

MP151124 J. Colton, 319 Market St. Warranted, Phila A 1/2" fully boxed side bead in very crisp and clean condition. It surface is slightly dry and I would wax it. Really a great example with particularly lovely boxwood. This plane shows no evidence of use. Fine Sold

D. Copeland D. Copeland

MP151096 D. Copeland A highly complex 7/8" astragal with Grecian and cove. I love these planes that have so many curves in such a small space. Lovely untouched original condition. G++ $195

B. Sheneman, No. 297 Market St, Phila

MP151074 B. Sheneman, No. 297 Market St, Phila A nice lightly used 3/4" bead that has, at some point in the last 50 years, had an old school cleaning with 0000 steel wool. No responsible collector would dream of doing this today, but back in the day collectors routinely went over there molding planes this way. Its still a nice plane and the price reflects this mistreatment. G+ $45

J.E. Child

MP151051 J.E. Child A very scarce purpose made 5/16" fluting plane. Crisp condition, but the suface does not have a lot of patina. I am not sure if that is because it was not used much, which is wasn't, or because it was cleaned off with a solvent at some point. It has two holes on the left side where a fence or a depth stop was tacked on. A nice plane, in a scarce form, by a scarce maker. G++ $95

A Inglis, Delhi, NY A Inglis, Delhi, NY

MP15104 A Inglis, Delhi, NY A superb as found pair of molding planes that were removed from a tool chest that was broken up over 20 years ago. I bought them then from a picker and have had them in my own collection since then. The condition is just what I like, very clean and untouched. I have lightly waxed them with Rennaissance wax. One plane is an adjustable rustic sash and the other is a 1 3/8" quirked ogee. These are connoisseur grade. G++ $295

Israel White, Corner Callohill & Fourth, Philada Israel White, Corner Callohill & Fourth, Philada

MP150996 Israel White, Corner Callohill & Fourth, Philada A very scarce twin-ironed, handled complex molding plane that cuts a 1 3/4" wide bead with Grecian. The rear is marked, "3/4 by 1 inch & 3/4" The bead is fully boxed in dovetailed lignum, the sliding dovetail being tightly fitted over the 13 1/2" length of the plane. I have long thought that some of the best molding planes ever made in the 19th Century, were made in Philadelphia and in Boston. This plane is a testament to the skill of Philadelphia planemakers. This one is also marked the the jouneyman who made it, "S.L." Many of the journeyman's names are known, but this one is not recorded. It is the J. mark. Provenance: This plane was bought by Hal Prucha in the 1970s and then by me in the early '90s. It has been in my personal collection since them. I have seen a few others of this style over the years, but I have never seen one in this nice condition. There is one patch of rat chew on the side near the right wedge, but I really have no complaints about this plane. For the connoisseur. G+ Sold

SL Ward

MP150999 SL Ward This maker is listed as nothing known about him, but only a few examples known. This plane cuts a delicate 1/2" wide bead with Grecian. There are three holes where an extended fence was applied, which is common for this type of profile, which is difficult to use without a fence extension. It is marked 3/8. The plane is birch with a relieved wedge, and 9 1/2" long. Presumably late 18th Century New England. The book is more specific and speculates that it is South East New England. This plane is in super clean condition, but I think that it was rubbed with 4 0 steel wool at one time. It has been in my collection for years, and before that with another old time collector. The old timers almost always used steel wool on their planes. A rare maker and a very desirable profile for the serious collector. Fine- $345

W. Vance W. Vance

MP150953 W. Vance A small astragal, marked 3/8" but measuring closer to 7/16". It has a York pitch iron, which is quite unusual on an American molding plane. It is as found. The sole shows some wear and the blade has surface rust that needs cleaning. This plane should clean nicely and make a great user or collector's piece. Good $55

D. H. D. D. H. D. D. H. D. D. H. D. D. H. D.

MP150972 D. H. D. This is matched set of 5 molding planes, all appearing to be 18th Century and American. They are all marked D.H.D. in a way that makes me think that he made them. The profiles are quite interesting, a fixed stick and rebate sash that includes a 3/8" ovolo, a 1" astragal with cove, a 1" bead with ogee (some wood missing from the rear edge, the result of difficult grain in the stock), a 1 1/2" complex molder that I will let the pictures speak for (a shake in the stock is visible along the upper left side towards the front) and a 5/8" astragal with Grecian (having some wood missing on both sides where the stock had shakes.) This is a very interesting set of early New England planes that should be kept together. I have tied to price it so that it is a bargain compared to what the planes are worth individually. G+ $295

Wing Taber Wing Taber

MP150927 Wing Taber One of those scarce molding planes that does not cut one of the usual moldings, this is what I collected for years, and this one is from my collection. It cuts a cove with astragal and then a quirked ogee. An elegant and beautiful profile. The cut is 1 3/4" wide. The plane is as found with a medium dark patina. My only complaint is that somebody trimmed the rear piece of boxing, running a plane in the wrong direction across the top of the boxing, and creating tear-out. Not a big deal. For the serious plane collector. G+ $265

Barry & Way, N. York

MP150851 Barry & Way, N. York A 1 3/4" wide Grecian ogee with bevel. As found and needing a light cleaning. The boxing is slightly warped and should be removed, cleaned, and glued back in ( a common thing for old molding planes to need). There is one small hole in the left side where an eye was screwed into the plane to hang it up in a display. It is a small hole and you can fill it with a lacquer stick if it bothers you. G+ $65


MP150862 Illegible A nice crisp 9/16" (marked 4/8 for 1/2") quirked ogee. I can't read the mark, but it is a maker made plane, not a factory plane. The boxing is lifting slightly just behind the blade and needs to be glued back down if you want to use it. Lovely untouched condition. G++ $65


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


MP150868 Unmarked This is an early 3/4" bead with bone boxing. Yes, it is cow bone. I know that some people use bone as a euphemism these days for ivory, but I don't. This is cow bone and totally legal. The plane is 10" long and I would say is a New England plane of the late 18th Century. It has a nice old dry surface. G+ Sold

Homer Bishop & Co, Boston

150712 Homer Bishop & Co, Boston A 1 3/8" reverse ogee with fillets on both sides. This profile is about 1" deep, making it ideal for use on cornice moldings. It is a great size for furniture, and a great profile. The mark is rare, and that of a hardware store, but that is not what makes this plane exciting to me, it is the profile. Nice untouched condition. G+ $159

Sandusky & Auburn

MP150725 Sandusky & Auburn This group of three molding planes bear the same owner's mark, and are in as fine a condition as wooden planes are ever found. They appear to have just been lifted from a tool chest. The group comrises, a #128 Ogee by Auburn, 1 1/2" wide. A #54 3/2 casing (fenced ovolo) by Sandusy, marked 7/8" but measuring more like 15/16". A #82 1/2 fenced reverse ogee by Sandusky, also marked 7/8" but measuring more like 15/16" All three of these planes are a close to having a time machine as you will ever come. Fine+ $299

J. Stevens, Boston

MP150644 J. Stevens, Boston A 7/8" astrgal in lovely untouched condition. There is a small chip from the lower left edge of the wedge finial and a a few light marks on the top of the escapement where a saw was used to clear a jam. These were what the minus was given for. This is a wonderufl plane and highly recommended. Fine- $75

G. L. Storer

MP150654 G. L. Storer This maker is recorded by Tom Elliott but nothing is really known about him. The plane is clearly New England. This maker was very atypical in that he marked his stamp more than once. I initially thought that it was an owner's mark, but the plane is unusual enough that I looked it up and discovered that it was hias practice to stamp planes more than once. It is in lovely untouched condition. The profile is a 7/8" bead with thick rosewood boxing. Fine $65

Craftsman Made

MP15066 Craftsman Made This is a pair of planes, made in birch from a period craftsman. Probably around 1800. They are ostenibly a pair of hollows and rounds, but the hollow is made more like a table hollow and the round is just a standard round. The hollow is marked 5, presumably for 5/8, and the blade measures just under 5/8. The round matches in width but does not have as pronounced a radius. Table planes have a tighter radiuses than hollows and rounds of the same width. The round has some old insect damage on the sole. Otherwise nice as found condition from an old workshow. Great users and priced to sell. G++ Sold


MP150529 Unmarked An as found 7/8" square ovolo. Covered with dust from an old shop, but quite good underneath, it should clean nicely and rate at least G+ $59


MP150461 HHI This is an early to mid-18th Century American molding plane, cutting a 13/16" wide astragal with deep cove. The profile is unsprung and you can still see the layout lines on the front and rear. The wood is yellow birch and the plane is 9 7/8" long. The features point to professionally made to me, but it is impossible to say conclusively. There is tear-out on the right side, but one does see this occassionally on signed planes as well. The wedge is a beech wedge from another later plane. It fits pretty well except that the taper is slightly off and it is sitting higher than it did in the correct plane, as evidenced by the patina line. Despite the wedge, this is a neat plane with a great profile and lovely untouched patina. Fine- $85

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

John Bell, Philad.

MP150456 John Bell, Philad. A deep 3/4" Grecian with fillet. This plane has seen very little use. The boxing is lignum. The plane came from a good collection but it was an old school collector and I fear that he has lightly used steel wool when he waxed it. It is just a little bit too smooth to the touch. There are 4 old insect holes. A nice plane with an appealling profile. G++ $75

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

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


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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 true American cabinetmaker's plane. G+ $129

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

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


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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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


MP151014 Unmarked A handled American sash plane that cuts a rustic sash. The toe is made from birdseye maple. Dry as found surface, it really needs to be waxed. The blades are missing, so it is a project plane. Free to the first person who orders it along with 2 other molding planes that are not free. G+ $0

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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

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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

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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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C. Nurse & Co.  182 & 184 Walworth Rd. London SE

MP151156 C. Nurse & Co. 182 & 184 Walworth Rd. London SE A superb as found 1" wide large square ovolo with small cove. A scarce and desirable profile. The plane has a wonderful untouched surface and is a real connoisseur's piece. G++ $165

I. Cox

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


MP151121 Mathieson A very scarce twin-iron gothic sash plane that cuts straight down on the sash bars.( If you think about it, the ohter way wouldn't work with this profile.) Marked 5/8". Nicely waxed by a collector with a nice patina. Both irons are marked Hildick. . This is an early Mathieson plane with the the simple one word mark. A special plane for the connoisseur. G+ $195

PA Manzle

MP151128 PA Manzle A 1/2 ovolo that is not square, more of a sash ovolo, although the plane doen't appear to be a sash plane. I am guessing a bit on the first part of the mark, but it definitely ends manzle. It looks 18th Century but the wedge is from a later plane. The wedge has been fitted to this plane and it will make a great user with a desriable profile. This is an easy profile to use and is a great choice for a first molding plane. G+ $39

Gleave, Oldham St. Manchester

MP151130 Gleave, Oldham St. Manchester A matched pair of 5/8" lambstongue sash planes. From an old workshop that was cleared out in the West of England, these are just as they came from the shelf. They need a light cleaning but should clean to G++ $79

G. Eastwood, York

MP151132 G. Eastwood, York This is a pair of 5/8" lambstongue sash that make a good set, but they did not start life together. They have two different owner's marks. This will make an excellent working set. They have been together a long time and they both need a light cleaning. G+ $59

Unmarked Unmarked

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


MP151058 Blizard A 7/8" cove with ogee, which is a rare profile. This plane is in lovely as found condition, and the profile does not look reworked, but the position of the boxing implies that the profile was modified. It is possible that the plane, which was probably a special order, was made on an already prepared stock, since boxing was put into blank stocks before they were profiled. That is what I think happened, but most collectors will immediately assume that a profile is reworked if they see boxing in an odd place, so I have priced this plane to reflect that. It is a great plane, nicely waxed by a collector. G+ $78

Wm Marples & Sons

MP151073 Wm Marples & Sons An exceptionally crisp 7/16" bead. The upper front edge has been chamfered, or I would have gone one notch higher on this one. A great example. G++ $39


MP151046 Manners A highly complex twin-iron 18th Century Scottish molding plane, cutting a 1 1/4" wide astragal-ogee-fillet-astragal. Really a great profile. The forward wedge has the common lengthwise split. The left side has a large number of small dings that are probably from trying to adjust the blades laterally. Lovely as found patina and surface. This plane is from my own collection and is highly recommended. G+ $179

Atkin & Sons

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

A Mathieson, Glasgow

MP151010 A Mathieson, Glasgow A fully boxed 3/16" bead in as found, but kind of run of the mill condition. A good user, in a good size, but not quite as nice as I like to sell. G+ Sold


MP151016 Melville A cock bead plane cutting up to a 3/16" thick cock bead. This plane would make sense for cock beading from about 5/32" to 3/16". It is fully boxed and is 7 3/4" long. The owner's mark is in the form of a lovely monogram. The wedge finial has been sheared off and reglued, which kept it from gong up a notch in condition. G++ $99

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

A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow & Edinburgh

MP1509101 A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow & Edinburgh A crisp as found 3/4" square ovolo. This is how I liked to find them. Connoisseur grade. Fine- $59

Booth Brothers, Dublin

MP1509113 Booth Brothers, Dublin A 5/8" square ovolo with a nice deep fence which will make it easy to use. The sole is very crsip and rates Fine. There is a wood missing from the uuper left side, presumably where a former owner's name was removed. That is the reason for the low condition grading. This one is a real bargain for a user. Good $44

Edward Preston & Sons

MP150960 Edward Preston & Sons This is a custom profile for some purpose that I am not sure of. It has layout lines on the front, implying that it was laid out by hand as a one off. It is also possible that it started life life as a 3/8" ovolo and that it was later modified. It doesn't look modified, but that possibility always has to be considered. Because of that ambiguity, it is priced modestly for a really nice plane. G++ $49

Mixed Pair

MP150932 Mixed Pair This is a working pair of 1 - 2 sash planes, cutting a 5/8" lambstongue. th 1 plane is by Mosely and the 2 plane is by Chapple late Wilcox. Nice as found condition for both of them G+ $55

Moseley & Sons, London

MP150859 Moseley & Sons, London A harlequin pair of 5/8" size sash planes. These planes are both by Moseley, and both marked 5, but the profiles do not match each other perfectly. You could still use them as a 1-2 pair, or you can just use them individually. Their certainly cheap enough. They have been heavily waxed in the English dealer way. G+ $39

Griffiths, Norwich

MP150873 Griffiths, Norwich A nice clean quirked ogee. This is the style that has a removable fillet. This plane was meant to cut 5/8" or 7/8" with the fillet removed. The fillet is gone now, but it is much easier to make a new one than it is to get an old one off without breaking any screws. A great user plane in particularly nice condition. G++ $55

Alex Marshall, Glasgow

MP150814 Alex Marshall, Glasgow A 7/8" common ogee as found condition. Needs only a light cleaning with wax and a rag and it is good to go. G+ $55

T.J. Gardner, Maker, Bristol

MP150722 T.J. Gardner, Maker, Bristol This is a good as found 5/8" ogee. It is a bit dirty and could use a cleaning, but it is still sharp enough to use right now, just wax the sole first. G+ $59


MP150659 Arnold This appears to be a right-hand side round that has had the shoulder rounded over. It should be a very useful plane but as a modified plane it clearly has no collector's value. G+ $45


MP150624 Higgs This is a nice crisp 3/8" astragal plane from the old undertaker's shop that we recently bought from. The side has been beveled to give added clearnce, which greatly reduced the width of the depth stop, but there is still enough depth stop for the plane to work fine. Nice as found condition. G+ $48

W. Parkes

MP150571 W. Parkes A 1" wide astragal with Grecian. Nicely waxed by a collector and with a nice overall patina. G++ $69


MP150579 Unmarked An unusually large 1" cove plane. The blade is marked I & H. Sorby and the features are early 19th Century. As found. G+ $49

Speight, Leeds

MP150547 Speight, Leeds A matching pair of 5/8" lambstongue sash planes. The planes have a dark patina that is worn where the original owner's hands touched the plane. I always find that wear pattern endearing as it gives us a direct connection to the planes working life. Nicely waxed by a collector, this is a attractive pair of planes for a user or collector. G+ $75

T. Mackenzie, No. 3 Loveday St. Birmg

MP15053 T. Mackenzie, No. 3 Loveday St. Birmg A pair of 5/8" lamb's tongue sash planes in nice as found condition. A great working pair. The number two plane has a bit of deformation to the lower edge of the wedge finial, but not a problem. All that they need is wiping off with wax and they are ready to go. G+ $75


MP150437 Unmarked This is a crisp as found 1" square ovolo that is absolutely filthy. It even has some type of animal droppings staining the right side around the wedge. I took it off the shelf of the dirties workshop that I have ever seen. However, the plane is really in great condition underneath and I think should clean up to at least Fine- $55

Griffiths, Norwich

MP150422 Griffiths, Norwich A quite unuusal ogee that is only 5/8" wide but deeper than it is wide. The depth stop is higher than the molding, meaning that the molding will set below the level of the surface that it adorns. The depth stop is rounded over, which looks original, but probably isn't. I don't see why it would have been made this way, or modified this way. Either way it is a miystery to me. It is a beautiful plane and in as good a condition as molding planes come. Fine $95

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


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+ 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

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

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

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


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

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

 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

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 Sold

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

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


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

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

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++ $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


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

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

Antique Molding Plane

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

Antique Molding Plane

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

Antique Molding Plane

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

Antique Molding Plane

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

Antique Molding Plane

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

Antique Molding Plane

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

Antique Molding Plane

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

Antique Molding Plane

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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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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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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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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