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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

White & Spear, Warren White & Spear, Warren

MP180151 White & Spear, Warren A 1 3/8" wide bead and Grecian architectural molding by a scarce early Ohio maker. This plane is in nice as found condition except that two pieces of boxing have fallen out and are missing. It is usable as it is, and is actually sharp, if you use it withou replacing the boxing, it will break the delicate edge of the groove where the boxing goes. Boxing was always installed before the molding was cut, so the edge of the groove can be very delicate. Fixing this boxing is a trivial task for a woodworker and will worth doing for a plane with a scarce and interesting rpofile by a scarce maker. The price of course reflects that it needs this work. G+ $55

T. Tileston, Front Street, Boston

MP171022 T. Tileston, Front Street, Boston A 7/8" wide astragal with cove. It is marked 3/4 but that is wrong. Nicely cleaned and from a good collection. This is a great profile to put on a furniture cornice. G+ Sold

Isaac Field

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

T. Tileston, Bofton T. Tileston, Bofton

MP170824 T. Tileston, Bofton This plane has one of my favorite profiles, in a very scarce small size, and one of my favorite marks, the early Tileston mark. The profile is a 1" reverse ogee with astragal. Unfortunately, it has the wrong wedge in it. The wedge has been retapered to fit this plane. It is also missing a piece of lignum boxing in the rear. This is a great plane and I would recommend getting John Porritt to fix it for you. It is worth it. G+ $59

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

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

C. S. Rowell, Troy C. S. Rowell, Troy

MP170383 C. S. Rowell, Troy A 1" Grecian with fillet. As found and a bit dark but a good crisp plane. There is one minor scratch in the sole that held the condition down. G+ $49

C. A. Benton, Boston

MP170344 C. A. Benton, Boston A 1 3/8" wide bead with quirked ogeen. Nice untouched condition. There is an eigth inch diameter hole through the front that was probably put there to attach it to a display board. I don't know. It has no other apogies and is a good profile by a scarce maker. G+ $75

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

T. Tileston, Boston

MP170222 T. Tileston, Boston A 1" wide astragal with Grecian. There is a chip out of the boxing at the very rear but overall this is a crisp plane in as found condition and I really like it. It has great surface and color. G+ $78

Jo. Fuller, Providence

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

W. Grinel W. Grinel

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

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

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

D. Colton, Phila. Corner of Callowhill & Fourth STs.

MP161084 D. Colton, Phila. Corner of Callowhill & Fourth STs. A 7/16" square ovolo. The size is marked on the back as 3/8 1/16. Presumably they didn't have or couldn't find the 7/16" stamp. The plane was finsished at one time and about half of the finish remains on the plane. It is a crips as found plane. G++ $89

Cummings and Gale, Warrented

MP161046 Cummings and Gale, Warrented I make a ton of careless spelling mistakes and other typos in these listings, but "Warrented" really is mispelled on this plane. It cuts an astragal with quirked ogee of about 15/16" wide. The blade has been power stropped to make the bevel bright. It is sharp. This is a classic profile and a scarce maker, so the user or collector should love this one. It has been carefully cleaned by a collector and rates a strong G+ $95

B. Sheneman No. 297 Market St. Phila B. Sheneman No. 297 Market St. Phila B. Sheneman No. 297 Market St. Phila B. Sheneman No. 297 Market St. Phila

MP16086 B. Sheneman No. 297 Market St. Phila This plane cuts a magnificent 1 1/2" bead with reverse ogee, one of my favorite profiles. It is handled, which is not common for this maker, or Philadelphia made molding planes in general. When I got it, the blade was missing, but the plane is so wonderful that I bought it anyway. I found a James Howarth iron that is a good fit, thickness and width wise, but has a different profile on it. If you have a bench grinder and a hand grinder, and a degree of skill with them, you could grind this blade to profile in a hour or two at the most. This plane is well worth the effort. Or you could pay John Porritt to do it for you. The plane is branded W. Dellet, not a common name, so I searched on it. A William Dellet apears as a carpenter in the 1858 Philpadephia directory. This is of course a joiner's plane, but I don't think that they worried about this distinction in the old directories. G+ $149

S.C. Cook, Brunswick, NJ

MP160663 S.C. Cook, Brunswick, NJ A scarce 3/16" fully boxed bead. This plane is in lovely as found condition, crisp and little used with a great surface. However, it is slightly warped and the boxing is lifting a bit just behind the blade. If you want it to use it will require some fiddling. G+ $29

J. T. Jones, Philada J. T. Jones, Philada

MP160337 J. T. Jones, Philada This is a very scarce American cock bead plane by a scarce Philadelphia maker. It is fully boxed in lignum. It would appear that somebody has planed down the right side of the plane, for what purpose I don't know. Normally a cock bead plane should bottom out on both sides. The piece of cock beading is in a fixture that is essentially a groove of a known depth, so when the plane bottoms out on the fixture, you have a piece of cock beading of the correct width. This plane will still work like that, but it will only touch the ficutre on the left side. I would be inclined to glue on a strip of wood to replace the wood that was removed. This plane would otherwise rate Fine. G+ $99

Randall & Cook, Albany

MP160298 Randall & Cook, Albany A 1" astragal with bolection molding, one of my favorites. The plane is in wonderful as found condition. A duplicate profile from my personal collection. The iron is marked Wm Ash & Co. The minus reflects that if you look closely there are very light surface marks on the plane and a few nibbles on the right rear edge. This is a superb plane that would be hard to better Fine- $265

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

J. Killam

MP160129 J. Killam An astragal with Grecian, marked 6/8, but measuring more like 13/16". Lignum boxing. It may have been wiped down with something like turpentine years ago. It came from an old collection and the old timers did things like that. The surface is just slightly dull is why I wonder. This is a great plane. Once you wax it the surface will be great. G+ $99

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


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

D. Amsden, Lebanon

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

Extra Quality

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

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

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

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

C. Fuller, Waltham St. Boston

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

Ohio Tool Co

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

D. Colton, 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

D. Colton

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

J&L Denison, Saybrook

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

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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++ $399


MP170537 Unmarked A V groove plane that was made by modifying another molding plane. Nice clean condition and a good user if you need a V groove. Free if you spend $200 on molding planes and are the first to order this plane. G+ $0

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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

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

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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

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

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British Molding Planes

John Moseley & Son

MP180153 John Moseley & Son A 9/16" wide shallow quirked ogee with a cabinet pitch iron for cutting molding in difficult hardwoods. Small profile planes like this with steep pitch irons are really scarce. The plane has been rubbed down by a collector with steel wool. It doesn't look like he removed the wedge and you can see some rust on the blade, but nothing that can't be sorted out pretty easily. G+ $65

A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow

MP180157 A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow A barely used small square ovolo, marked 3/8" but measuring closer to 5/16". These small square ovolos have gotten really hard to find and in this condition they were never easy to find. As found, it needs a light cleaning but is a real gem. Fine $79

Mutter, Moseley

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

B. Frogatt

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


MP171233 Illegible A small ovolo, 3/8" wide and 1/4" high. This plane was probably made to do small sash for furniture. It is not numbered and was not part of a pair. A true cabinetmaker's plane. As found condition it just needst to be waxed with a soft cloth. The maker's mark is very faint and totally illebible. Should clean to better than G+ $59

I Lund, London I Lund, London

MP171212 I Lund, London A matching pair of snipe bills by a good London maker. The boxing on these is particularly nice, with good color and some figure on the right hand plane, and great figure on the left hand plane. A nice honest pair of these hard to find planes. G+ $249

Gabriel Gabriel Gabriel

MP171120 Gabriel A 1/4" astragal in superb condition. This tiny size astragal is very scarce in itself, but then to be made by Gabriel, the famous London maker of the Seaton Chest tools makes it really a special plane. The original, store price code is still visible on the wedge finial. There is one scratch on the depth stop, which of course can only be seen looking at the bottom of the plane. It is otherwise without apology. For the true connoisseur. Fine $89

W. Greenslade, Bristol

MP17113 W. Greenslade, Bristol A barely used 1/4" bead. This plane is as crisp and near new as they come. It even has the original price and store cost code written in pencil on the bottom. It cost 5 shiillings and 6 pence when new. That was roughly 1 dollar at that time. A gem. Fine $44


MP171075 Unmarked A 1/2" ogee of the type that is so sought after for furniture work today. This plane has a deep fence and was originall made for door moldings. Door and sash planes typically had deep fences that make them easy to use in a fast paced shop. For a novice to molding planes this is a big advantage. Untouched and needing only a light cleaning. G+ $69

Wm. Marples & Sons, Hibernia

MP171079 Wm. Marples & Sons, Hibernia A crisp and probably unused astragal. It is marked 3/4 but measures 13/16". As found, it could be wiped off with a rag and wax, but as it is it still rates FIne $65


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

Moseley & Son, London

MP171055 Moseley & Son, London A fully boxed, slip sided, 1/8" bead. One of the very most useful molding planes. The rear boxing is not full seated and needs to be removed, cleaned, and reset. As a result, this one is priced lower than it would be. It also looks like it was wiped off with linsee oil that was left to dry on the surface. The wax and rag treatment should help improve this look. G+ $35

I. Sym

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

I. Davis, Birmingham I. Davis, Birmingham

MP17104 I. Davis, Birmingham An unsprung 1" wide bolection. I. Davis is listed as working from 1767 to 1781. The plane is 9 7/8" long, and has been shot. ( A term that collector's use when a plane has been shorted to fit into a tool box plane rack.) I have never seen an example of this maker's work before. Like other early Birmingham makers, the plane does not have typical features of the period, and has more of a heary founded chamfering than the flat chamfers that people associate with 18th Century planes. The Birmingham makers didn't follow the herd. The quirk on this plane comes to a point, which tell us that it is mean to cut a molding that will not get painted. Most molding planes were owned by joiner's, and since there work was typically painted, the quirks are usually flat on the bottom so that they will not fill with paint. There is also some minor old instect holes on the sole. A great user plane or even a collector's plane, since even though it was shot, that is part of its history and it is rare enough to forgive that. G+ $99

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

Harlequin Pair

MP170559 Harlequin Pair A good working pair of 3/4" ovolo sash planes, one by Mathieson and the other by Martin & Shaw. These planes are a good match and can be set as a 1 - 2 pair. Nice as found condition. Both planes rate a strong G+ Sold

Miniature Round

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


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

Griffiths, Norwich

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

W. Marples & Sons

MP170186 W. Marples & Sons An astragal, marked 5/8" but measuring slightly over. Very crisp untouched condition. The edges of the wedge finial appear to be slightly beveled, probably by the owner to prevent them from getting the usual damage. I gave it a negative for that. Fine- $55


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

I. Cox

MP161090 I. Cox A scarce 1/2" bolection by the famous 18th Century Birmingham maker, John Cox. This plane was found in upstate New York years ago and was clearly in this country since new. Cox catered to the American market. The owner's mark also is clearly an early American stamp. The plane is as nice as they come in 18th Century planes and the profile is as desirable as they get. Fine $99

Griffiths, Norwich

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

J. B. Bridge, Liverpool

MP160554 J. B. Bridge, Liverpool A single right handed side snipe in very nice condition. It has been nicely cleaned by a collector. The boxing is chipped in the rear, which is the usual flaw. A very nice honest example of a scarce plane. G+ $69

R. Mason

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

Moseley & Sons, London

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

Gleave, Oldham St. Manchester

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


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


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

I. Cox

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

Unmarked Unmarked

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

Atkin & Sons

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


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

W. Parkes

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


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

S. Holbeck

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

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


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

D. Malloch, Perth

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

 Trenam, Leeds

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

C. Nurse & Co.

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


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

Mutter Mutter

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

I Sym

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

Unmarked Unmarked

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

Mutter Mutter

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

Arthington, Manchester

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

G. Davis

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

Bewley, Leeds

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

Bailey, Sunderland

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

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

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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

Antique Tool

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

Antique Tool

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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