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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



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




C. Harwood

MP160673 C. Harwood A 10" long birch molding plane with classic 18th Century features. It cuts an unsprung 1 1/8" wide cove with astragal, a great lower half of a cornice molding. The stop chamfers are most intersting. It has stop flutes like a Fuller plane, but then below those it has a second smaller stop flute. I have never seen this before. The wedge is relieved like a Fuller. The body is in lovley untouched condition with a dry surface. Just as it came from an old chest. The wedge has been smoothed with steel wool and it is possible that this is a very well made replacement wedge. If it is, the work is first quality. A really great 18th Century American plane. G+ Sold


Andruss Andruss Andruss

MP160626 Andruss This is a very unusual matched pair of planes. There is an American style stick and rabbet sash plane that cuts a small ovolo, with the rabbet cut on an angle. This plane shows very light wear and would rate fine except for the inside edge of the fence being damaged from rubbing on something. The second plane is a sash ovolo that matches the combination plane, but would allow you to cut just the ovolo profile. I have never had a matching pair like this before. This plane is superb in every way. A wonderful pair of planes that are fresh to the market and untouched. G++ & Fine Sold


J & L Denison

MP160629 J & L Denison A crisp as found shallow Grecian with bevel, about 1 5/16" wide. Suerpb condition. Fine- $69






Unmarked

MP16062 Unmarked A stick and rebate sash plane cutting a rustic sash. The actual bevel part of the profile is 7/16" wide. This plane is not a collector's piece but it will make a good user for little money. Good $39





J.Colton, 247 South 2nd St. Phila

MP160573 J.Colton, 247 South 2nd St. Phila This plane cuts an unusual 7/8" wide profile. It looks at a glance like an astragal on the fence side but it is really more of a small quirked ogee, followed by a wider ogee. It is quite unusual and was probably a customer order plane. Nicely cleaned by a collector. G++ $89




Unmarked

MP16056 Unmarked A crisp as found special purpose plane that cuts a shallow groove on the right side. I think that it is a planemaker's plane for doing boxing work, but I can't prove that. The plane could use a light cleaning but is very crisp with an old dry suface. There is a bit of warp between the front the back, as is common with planes that have a complete separation between the front and the back at the blade. A rare collector's piece that should clean to better than G++ Sold


Ohio Tool Co

MP160517 Ohio Tool Co A self-regulating screw arm sash plane. This is the unusual style that has fences on both sides and is adjusted to the thickness of your workpiece. It cuts a rustic sash. G+ Sold





A.R.

MP160525 A.R. Cuts a 1" astragal with Grecian. The quirks do not have wide flats, telling me that it was made to cut a molding that was not intended to be painted. I can't say for sure if it was craftsman made or just made by a rural maker as the workmanship is professional and the chamfering looks similar to that of D. Amsden of Lebanon, New Hampshire. Nice as found condition. THe A.R. mark is a very nicely made early stamp. G+ $65


Butler ,Philad.

MP160536 Butler, Philad. A very nice as found reed with follow that cuts a 7/16" bead. This type of plane was used to cut rees across a panel. After you cut the first one with a bead plane, this plane uses the bead as a guide to cut the next bead, and this can be repeated as many times as you like to work across a board for as many separate beads as you like. This is not a common form but they do turn up. G++ $85



Isaac Field Isaac Field

MP160543 Isaac Field A rare sash coping plane that cuts a bolection style cope. This is the first example that I have ever seen of a coping plane cutting this complex profile. It is for a delicate cabinet size sash. The profile is about 7/16". The plane is as found with a fantastic surface and would rate fine, but for small chips to the delicate lower edge of the profile. Highly recommended. G+ $179



Israel White

MP160469 Israel White A nice as found beed with full lignum boxing. I rated it low because the boxing is really worn, however it will still be fine to use. It is marked 1/8", but meaures closer to 3/16", a perfect size for doing the edges of doors on cabinets. Good $39




W. H. Pond

MP160448 W. H. Pond A clean as found pair of 1/2" size table (rule joint) planes. There is some shaking of the wood on the top front of the hollow. Otherwise no issues and a great user pair at a bargain price. G+ Sold





D.R. Barton

MP160451 D.R. Barton A super clean as found 1/4" side bead. A real gem. Fine- Sold






E. Safford E. Safford

MP160455 E. Safford A scarce twin-ironed highly complex American molding plane. It cuts a 1 3/8" astragal with bolection. Wonderful patina and surface. There is one small scrape on the upper edge of the left side that gave it the minus. This plane has been in my personal collection for 20 years or me. It woudl be hard to find another this nice. Fine- $345



E. Gere E. Gere

MP160412 E. Gere A 3/4" wide bolection, one of my favorite profiles. Lovely untouched condition. There is a small chip from the left rear edge or it would rate higher. Some fool seems to have hit the back of the plane with a metal hammer. Sighting down the profile, there is some slight wiggle. I think that it will work fine as it is, but you can never tell until you try it. It might require some very minor fiddling. That shouldn't be a surpise with any molding plane that hasn't been used in years, although I try hard to spot any potentional issues. G++ $79


Unmarked Unmarked

MP160428 Unmarked A monumental molding plane cutting a bolection with another larger bolection. This is a typcially American profile, but is also quite scarce. This plane is marked on the rear No. 104, telling us that one of the American factories made it. I have had it for many years and it remains one of the most complex and impressive American molding planes that I have had. It was missing the blade when I got it and I had the blade made by Clark and Williams, around 20 years ago. The body has a dark patina and is still just as I found it. G+ $265


N. Schauer

MP160379 N. Schauer A 3/4" ogee by a scarce early Pennsylvania maker. As found, except that a collector has rubbed chalk on the mark to make it more visible. Gun collectors sometimes do this as well. I suspect that this is where the texting expression, WTF, originated. The plane has nice heavy 18tth Century style chamfers and is from around 1800. G+ $95



Auburn Tools Co.

MP160394 Auburn Tools Co. A No. 189 7/8" stair nosing plane that may be unused with a light blond surface that makes it look nearly new. This condition isn't found often. Fine Sold





D. Copeland

MP160399 D. Copeland A scarce cabinet size sash coping plane. Copes an ovolo sash of about 1/4", the size used for fine furniture. The plane is in nice as found condition. G++ $65





M. Long

MP160373 M. Long A 1/2" pair of table planes (rule joint) by a scarce Reading, PA maker. The wedge is surpisingly warped to one side on the round, which makes no difference as a user. The wedge on the hollow has the common lengthwise split that should be glued to prevent it getting worse. These planes were cleaned with super fine steel wool at some point by an old time collector, but they are a super pair of planes for a user or collector. G+ $145




Craftsman Made

MP160361 Craftsman Made A crisp 1/2" square ovolo in birch with 18th Century features. The quality of the work looks like a professional planemaker but for two things, the mouth is not as tight as it should be, and the mouth is further forward in the plane than is typical. It has a great untouched surface and great stop chamfers. It is a bit dirty but still call it G++ $65



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



C. W. Holden, Norwich

MP160270 C. W. Holden, Norwich A rare compassed, left-handed, 13/16" bead, measuring only 5" long. The plane body is in wonderful untouched condition and rates a solid fine. On close inspection, it is my opinion that the wedge is from another plane. It looks good in this plane, but there is a bit of lateral play. When I look at modern molding planes, they typically have this same lateral play, but period molding planes never do. The old makers would have seen it is cutting corners and doing sloppy work to not fit the wedge properly, although functionally it probably doesn't matter. I downgraded the rating on this plane to reflect my opinion about the wedge, but it is still a rare and wonderful plane. G+ $129


Owasco Tool Co, New York, USA

MP160191 Owasco Tool Co, New York, USA A 7/8" reverse ogee, and so marked. The surface is dry and dull from storage in a barn or similar. It shows little sign of ever being used and will make a great user. G+ $59





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



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


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



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



Illegible

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




Unmarked

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





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- Sold




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


HHI

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


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


Unmarked

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++ Sold


Jno. M. Barkley Jno. M. Barkley

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


A Cummings

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


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


Unmarked

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



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




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





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


Unmarked

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

Unmarked

MP160520 Unmarked A fully boxed, self-regulating sash plane that cuts a modifeld rustic sash. Rather than being beveled all the way across, there profile has a break at the end so that there is a small flat at the top. The plane has been sanded and finished with soming like Tung oil. It should make a good user. Free to the first person who orders it and spends $100 on molding planes. Good Sold





Antique Molding Plane

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



Antique Molding Plane

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

Antique Molding Plane

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



Antique Molding Plane

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



Antique Molding Plane

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++ $1695

Craftsman Made

MP160527 Craftsman Made A handled round plane made from maple with a birch handle. It has a nicely formed steel sole. The blade is from a block plane. A useable plane that was clearly made for some particular purpose. The blade is 1 5/8" wide and the curvature is about like a #18 round plane. Free to the first person who orders it and spends $100 on molding planes. Good Sold





Antique Molding Plane

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



Antique Molding Plane

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



Antique Molding Plane

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



Antique Molding Plane

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



Antique Molding Plane

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



Antique Molding Plane

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



Antique Molding Plane

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



Antique Molding Plane

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



Antique Molding Plane

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+ Sold



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T.Darbey

MP160650 T.Darbey Thomas Darbey is listed as working in Birmingham from 1767 - 1785. This is a 3/8" astragal with a lovely patina. It is 9 3/4" long and has a York pitch iron. The wedge is a period replacment that is nicely made and matches well. Clearly a cabinetmaker's plane with this delicate profile and the wedge is clearly made by the owner. Highly recommended. G+ $65



G. Davis

MP160665 G. Davis A 5/8" center bead that ash been waxed and is in very clean condition. G++ $45






Unmarked

MP160668 Unmarked A 10" long 9/16" square ovolo molding plane that looks like it could be by Phillipson, but doens't seem to be marked. Great color and surface. It has been properly waxed by a collector.Circa 1750. Highly recommended. G+ $75




B. Bown

MP160670 B. Bown A particularly impressive 18th Century ogee. It is 9 3/4" long with heavy chamfers and with great gouge cut stop chamfers. It cuts a 1 1/4" quirked ogee. It has a removable fillet, but I strongly discourage ever trying to remove these. You will most likely end up breaking screws. It would cut a 1 1/2" quirked ogee without the fillet installed. Highly recommended. G+ $79



B. Bown B. Bown B. Bown

MP160672 B. Bown An absolutely superb set of even hollows & rounds. The number 10 hollow is missing, so there are 17 planes here. All of them are in lovely condition, having only been carefully waxed by a responsible collector. This is the best half set of 18th Century hollows & rounds that I have seen in years. The look like they were just lifted out of a tool chest. Fantastic heavy chamfers and deep gouge cut stop chamfers. They have a classic 18th Century appearance. They are just under 9 3/4" long. This is a cabinetmaker's set, which means that the #2 size is very small. The joiner's sets, which are much more common, although I usually avoid them, start out with a much larger #2 and are not very useful for creating small moldings. Highly recommended. G++ - Fine $995


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

MP160630 John Moseley, 54-55 Broad St. Bloomsbury, London A 1/2* square ovolo with a deep fence like a sash plane, although I don't think that this plane was intended to be a sash plane. Nice as found condition, it rates a strong G+ $59





Unmarked

MP160633 Unmarked A quirked ogee that is 1" wide now but would be 7/8" if the removable fillet was in place. The front has been planed off, removing the maker's mark. There is a patch on the left side that is inexplicably sanded on. A good honest user plane. G+ $45




H. Hale H. Hale

MP16069 H. Hale A late 18th Century right handed snipe bill in untouched condition from an old workshop of a cabinet ship that was liquidated in Britain after a few hundred years. This maker is not recorded and I have not seen it before. A nice plane that shows only moderate honest wear. G+ $89




Hields, Nottingham Hields, Nottingham

MP160614 Hields, Nottingham A crisp and little used side round that is fresh from a workshop and quite dirty, but should clean to at least G++ $85





J. Lavender

MP160621 J. Lavender This plane cuts a 1/2" square ovolo and has been used some much that the blade is nearly worn out. The mouth is also more open from all that use. Yet the plane is still in pretty nice condiiton and was clearly cared for. The maker is unrecorded. I estimate it to be early 19th century. Good $36




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




Madox

MP160572 Madox A 3/8" cabinet ogee from about 1760. The plane has been "cleaned" with steel wool and finished with something so that it has a very smooth and glossy surface. Probably some old time collector's idea of doing right by the tool. A great user with a very sought after profile. G+ Sold




I. Sym

MP160576 I. Sym An early style sash that cuts down the bar instead of from the side. It cuts a 1/2" ovolo with cove sash profile. The plane is numbered 2 and was once the finish plane in a pair, but is fine to use alone. This is a great profile that is useful for much more than just sash, including the modling surrounding panels on a door. G++ Sold



Madox

MP160537 Madox A 10" long mid-18th Century bolection by one of the great London makers, that lived on into the 20th Century as Moseley. This plane cuts a 1 1/4" bolection with a sharp quirk that means the molding would not have been painted. Nice color and surface. There is an added fence extension that would make it easier to use. It is held on with 5 tacks. G+ Sold



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 pay around with this one a bit to get it working, so it is priced cheap. G+ $49




Moseley & Son, London Moseley & Son, London

MP160497 Moseley & Son, London A nice as found pair of 5/8" lambstongue sash planes. Added to this pair is a pair of 5/8" lambstongue sash templates. The templates are a match to each other, but they are not original to these two planes. Finding the planes and the templates together is a tall order. A nice working group. The planes need a light cleaning but should clean to at least G++ Sold



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


I. Hickingbotham

MP160454 I. Hickingbotham The mark on this plane looks like that of a maker but it is not recorded. The plane has feature of about 1790. It cuts a 3/8" square ovolo. An extension has been screwed onto the fence to make it easier to use. It should make a good user. Nice as found condition. G+ Sold




S. Powell

MP160415 S. Powell A big taurus bead, which cuts a 1 1/8" profile as it is, or 7/8" if the fillet were put back on. The fillet is now missing, but that is easy to make a new one, whereas getting an old one off without breaking the screws is about impossible. Nice as found condition. G+ $36




R. Nelson/Varvill R. Nelson/Varvill

MP1603113 R. Nelson/Varvill A harlequin pair of ovolo with cove sash planes that are a good match and can be used as a pair. They are both York makers. The cut a 5/8" wide profile. G+ $59





Craftsman Made

MP160391 Craftsman Made A lovely molding plane that was French polished when new. It cuts a delicate 1/2" fillet with ogee. This is a great profile. The one thing that gives this plane away as not being made by a professional planemaker is that the wedge slot was cut with a saw and then covered with a side plate. This is very subtle, but you can see the joint if you look. Its all about the profile. G++ Sold



John Green

MP160366 John Green A 1/2" sash ovolo in the old style, that cuts down the bar instead of from the side. The wedge is a functional replacement. The plane is sharp and ready to use. G+ Sold





Unmarked

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





J * Graham J * Graham J * Graham

MP160279 J * Graham A magnificent 1 3/4" wide super complex plane. It looks early 19th Century. This mark is not recorded but I think that it could be a maker. I bought this plane many years ago from the late Jim Wareham, one of the great early dealers, who collected unusual marks. The iron is marked by John Green with the fleur de lis device. (This is John Green the edge tool maker, not the York planemaker.) The plane has been nicely waxed. Highly recommended. G++ $259



Higgs

MP160281 Higgs A matched pair of 5/8" lambstongue sash planes in nice as found condition. The #2 has a slightly higher pitch, which is often the case (as explained in our FAQs). The only flaw is a heavy scratch in the depth stop of the #2 plane, where there must have been a nail or something similar protruding from the work. A great user pair. G++ $69



Fairclough, 72 Byron St. Liverpool

MP160285 Fairclough, 72 Byron St. Liverpool A super complex molder that cuts a 1 3/16" wide profile that I will let the pictures speak for. It is as found and has a dark patina but is quite crisp underneath. G+ $189





Unmarked

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





Stothert, Bath

MP160188 Stothert, Bath A nice 3/4" astragal with quirked ogee that has been nicel waxed by a collector. It has a deep rich patina and is a very attractive plane. The blade looks like it was honed enough times that it now needs the bevel to be ground again. We suggest that this is best done with a Dremel tool, or something similar, in the case of complex molding planes. G+ $75



Fairclough, Liverpool

MP151216 Fairclough, Liverpool An impressive twin-iron 1 3/8" bead with ogee. Fantastic patina and original surface. I would have gone higher on the grading but there is some roughness on the lower edges of the wedge finials. A connoisseur plane. G++ $129




MacGuire & Jago., Glasgow

MP151219 MacGuire & Jago., Glasgow A 3/4" wide square ovolo with extra little fillet, which makes it a scarce profile. The maker is also scarce, and the first that I have had with this mark. It is from the latter part of the 19th Century. It is as found from an old workshop and a bit dirty. The top of the wedge has some minor deformation on the right side, but it should clean to G++ $79



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





Mathieson

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



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


Manners

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




Melville

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




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



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



Higgs

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 clearance, 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+ Sold




W. Parkes

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






Unmarked

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





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




Unmarked

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



Unmarked

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



Illegible

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+ Sold




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+ Sold




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




Stokoe

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



Kinnear

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




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




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


Bywater

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


Unmarked

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




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





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





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


Unmarked

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



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 Sold



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 Tool

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



Antique Tool

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



Antique Tool

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



Antique Tool

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



Antique Tool

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



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

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



Antique Tool

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



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



Antique Tool

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+ Sold



Antique Tool

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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