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American Wooden Planes

W. H. Pond, New Haven

WP170438 W. H. Pond, New Haven A nice crisp as found 1" rabbet plane that is 6 1/2" long. It looks like it was just lifted out of a tool chest for the first time in 150 years. G++ $49

H. Wetherell, Chatham

WP170455 H. Wetherell, Chatham A 9 3/4" long halving plane cutting a 3/8" wide rabbet. As found condition with a good dry surface. G+ Sold


WP170420 Unmarked A 1 1/4" rabbet plane made by Ohio Tool Co. There are some scattered tack holes in the sole and left side from applied fences and depth stops, but not too many. Nine in total. These are very handy planes for a user and everyone should have at least one. G+ $38

Henry G. White, Philada.

WP170411 Henry G. White, Philada. A 1 1/8" skew rebate that has seen honest use, but is not all worn out like many of these workhorse planes now are. This one will make a great user. It is untouched and only needs to be waxed and is is ready to go. G+ Sold

J.F. & G. M. Lindsey

WP170356 J.F. & G. M. Lindsey A 7/8" pair of handled match planes, they will work stock from about 3/4" to 1 1/8". They are from an old collection and look to have been wiped down with some kind of light finish by the collector. It looks like something that would wipe right off with alcohol if it bothers you but It really is hardly noticeable. A great user pair. G+ $109

M. Copeland

WP170339 M. Copeland A crisp as found 5/16" dado. This is a hard size to find. There is a slight discontinuity in the sole between the front and the back. It might still work OK or it might bind in the cut, in which case the sole will need to be trimmed ever so slightly with a precision shoulder plane. There is a tack hole in the left side where the friction fit depth stop was locked with a tack. A very nice example that I priced down in case you have to trim the sole. G++ Sold

J. Stamm

WP170128 J. Stamm A small going & coming T&G, Not marked for size but well sized for stock from 1/2" to 5/8". The planes surface looks a bit dry and dull, but it is a crisp and lightly used plane with some great figure in the beech. G++ $99

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

WP161242 Kennedy & White, N. York An as found slide arm plow plane that is very much in the English style. It even has rivetted arms, which is unusual on American planes. It needs a very thorough cleaning. It looks like it was sitting in a box in a garage for many years. Actually, it was. With care, this will make a nice plane and should rate better than Good $65

D. Colton, Phila D. Colton, Phila D. Colton, Phila D. Colton, Phila

WP161223 D. Colton, Phila This is a truly rare plane, a handled screw arm Philadelphia sash fillester. I have never seen another handled example. It has the desirable tool sign logo as well. Lignum boxed. The threads have numerous small chips but no bad spots. The wedge is not correct for this plane. I would get John Porritt to make you a new one. The depth stop adjusting hardware has not been polished and still has traces of original lacquer. From an important old collection of Philadelphia planes. G+ $469

D. Colton, Phila, Warranted D. Colton, Phila, Warranted D. Colton, Phila, Warranted D. Colton, Phila, Warranted

WP161165 D. Colton, Phila, Warranted A rare handled screw-arm Philadelphia plow plane. Philadelphia makers just didn't make many handles plow planes. This one has the famous tool sign mark, but it is not deeply struck. The arms have scattered chips but nothing egregious. There is also some marring on the nuts from having had pliers gripping them, and there is as old screw repair to one arm, as noted with an arrow in the bottom photo. The plane has a dark patina. The skate has a medium patina. The brass is not polished. The iron is a proper Butcher iron but the wedge is a replacement that if of the correct form but was not made to deceive and simply holds the place. John Porritt could make a proper wedge for this plane and I would recommend commissioning him to do so. I have seen a similar plane, albeit with the original wedge, brind around $1000 at auction. G+ $275

J. G. Hildebrand J. G. Hildebrand

WP16114 J. G. Hildebrand A lovely as found applewood coffin smoothing plane. This maker's mark is not recorded but it appears to me to be a maker's mark, and probably from Philadelphia or not far from it. The plane also bears an interesting owner's mark, F.H.W. & Bro. It has a near full Butcher iron. Perfect cheeks, with no splits. There are some shrinkage checks in the sole. The surface is a dry old surface that would brighten up if it was waxed. I really like this one. G+ $146

A Howland & Co.

WP161053 A Howland & Co. A pair of handled match planes that will work stock from 15/16" to 3/4". They are plated, meaning the fences have steel faces. The handle spurs are both totally intact. These planes are as found and the surface is dull. They will benefit from being waxed. G+ $85

T. Tileston, Boston, Front St.

WP161026 T. Tileston, Boston, Front St. A rare scrolled wedge American mitre plane. 12" long with a 2" wide blade. The blade is bevel up. As found and needing a proper cleaning. There is a sliver missing from the right front edge of the sole, as identified with an arrow. For the advanced collector of American wooden planes. G+ $195

Thomas Appleton, Boston

WP160923 Thomas Appleton, Boston A good usable 7/8" dado, but some fool has varnished it. It appears to have been used subsequent to that and is sharp now. G+ Sold

Isaac Field, Providence

WP160651 Isaac Field, Providence A jack rabbet plane with a 1 3/4" wide iron and nickers on both sides. There is some roughness to the wood on the upper surface of the plane at the front, but otherwise it is lovely condition as taken from a good collection. G+ $129

Ohio Tool Co. Ohio Tool Co. Ohio Tool Co.

WP160656 Ohio Tool Co. A scarce screw arm fillester that has nickers to cut on both sides, but the depth stop is only on the right side. To use it as a sash fillester you would need to tack on a depth stop. This is an older Ohio Tool Co. mark when their stuff was still quite good quality. There is a crack in one of the stop nuts and a bit of thread loss, all in one spot. It should be fine to use just as it is, or you can try and glue the nut, These nuts break because of shrinkage, not use, so they are hard to glue unless you fill the crack a bit. Pulling the crack tight recreated the stress that caused the crack. G+ $129

Andruss, Newark, NJ Andruss, Newark, NJ

WP160462 Andruss, Newark, NJ This unhandled screw-arm plow has a double dovetailed rosewood wear strip on the fence. I have never seen this fancy dovetailing used on an American plane. It really makes the plane special. The arms have been shortened and there is some pretty heavy thread damage. However, the plane is still usable. I am selling it with 6 irons that I picked out to fit it, 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8. The wedge is missing, so you need to make a wedge that fits the taper of these irons. I tried to pick irons that all has similar tapers so that one wedge should work. A real bargain for a user. Good $99

M. Long, Reading

WP160413 M. Long, Reading A going and coming match plane (T&G) in 1/2". This particular plane would be fine to work stock from 3/8" to 5/8". Nice untouched condition. From an old collection of M. Long planes. This collector didn't touch his tools, so all of them are as found. This one has the addittional Reading stamp. G+ $109

W. Cooley, Blackstone St. Boston W. Cooley, Blackstone St. Boston

WP160322 W. Cooley, Blackstone St. Boston This is a very rare form by a rare maker. A 1/4" curved dado plane. This plane is not standard length, it is more coachmaker size. As found condition, it is quite crisp, but with a dirty, blotchy patina. This plane needs a careful cleaning. Highly recommended for the advanced collector. G+ $269

S. Cumings S. Cumings S. Cumings S. Cumings

WP160333 S. Cumings A very scarce and superb solid boxwood American slide arm plow plane. This plane is as found, but if you carefully clean it with dry automotive rubbing compound, the original French polish finish will shine like new. You can see that the finish is still intact under the dirty. The screws that hold the skate on are crisp and still show original bluing. Holding the brass plate onto the skate are 4 small screws that have been ground flush. I have never seen this. The brass plate is crisp like new. There is some paint rubbed onto the fence, which of course can be cleaned off. This plane has been in my own collection for some time and I have never seen a better example. For the connoisseur. Fine $495

P. Chapin, Maker, Balto P. Chapin, Maker, Balto

WP150728 P. Chapin, Maker, Balto A massive panel raiser with the trademark Baltimore wedge, that is found on some Baltimore bench planes. This plane has a working width of up to 2 3/4" and the blade is 3 1/4" wide. It is a full original Butcher iron. THe plane is a bit dirty, but shows very little wear and should clean up to better than G+ $299

H.L. Kendall, Washington, DC

WP150412 H.L. Kendall, Washington, DC A very scarce American meeting rail plane (for making double hung windows) with a rare Washington DC mark. Superb as found condition. This plane has the same owner's mark as WP150350 by J.T. Brown. For the connoisseur. G++ $395

J.M. Taber, New Bedford J.M. Taber, New Bedford J.M. Taber, New Bedford

WP141267 J.M. Taber, New Bedford An as found slide arm Americian plow plane that uses thumscrews to lock the arms. It has a prowed skate and a nicely patinated brass plate on the skate. I have associated this plane with a matched set of 7 unmarked plow irons that are a good fit and are in very nice original condition. A soft rag and wax will clean this plane nicely. Right now I rate this plane G+ $249

D. Colton, 179 Market St. 489 S. 2nd St. Philada

WP14042 D. Colton, 179 Market St. 489 S. 2nd St. Philada A massive panel raiser with a 4" wide Butcher iron. Dark as found condition, it should clean up nicely. The mark is not super clear, but it is unusual in having both addresses for Colton shown on the same plane. One was probably added later when they moved and the plane was still in stock, but that is pure speculation on my part. I don't think that this plane has seen much use. G+ $245

W. Steele, Wheeling W. Steele, Wheeling W. Steele, Wheeling

WP13117 W. Steele, Wheeling A rare American screw arm sash fillester by a Virginia maker, and yes, Wheeling was in Virginia when this plane was made. Steele planes are scarce and American sash fillesters are scarce. A sash fillester by Steele is unique in my experience. It has a boxwood faced fence, but I don't see how the boxwood is held on. It is not done like one would expect with a sliding dovetail. The depth stop is friction fit and is still tight. The plane doesn't look to have seen much user. I would have rated it higher but for small nicks on the arms and one nut. One arm is split at the base, as is common, but it is tight. For the advanced wooden plane collector. G+ $245

P. Chapin, Maker, Balto P. Chapin, Maker, Balto

WP130363 P. Chapin, Maker, Balto A rare 1 1/2" wide rosewood rabbet plane. Signed American or British planes, other than plow planes , are rarely found made from exotic woods. Baltimore makers did do this more than others, but they are still rare by any measure. This plane is very smooth to the touch and was probably "cleaned" with extra-fine steel wool. There is a bit of tear out in the wood on the left side, but I believe that this is original to its manufacture. A rare and highly desirable tool. G+ $179


WP170195 Unmarked An unusual tailed smoothing plane in maple. The Butcher blade is 1 3/4" wide. The mouth has been opened, but it looks like it probaby had an applied sole that would have closed the mouth. There are tack holes in the sole that imply that an applied sole was removed. It should make a good user if you tune it up or could fit a spot in your collection. Free to the first person who orders it and spends $100 on vintage wooden planes. Good $0

Antique Wooden Plane

WP101149 M. Robbins (? faint) An extraordinarily rare curved joiner's rabbet plane. This plane appears to be a Pennsylvania made plane of around 1800. The body is 1 9/16" wide and the plane is just under 9 inches. The wedge is period, but it is made of chestnut and I would not want to have to say if it was original or not. The iron is not a perfect fit and I don't think it is right, but it is close enough that it could be. The mark is faint and I am not sure of my translation, but it certainly looks like maker's mark to me, and looks like the same mark maker as Heiss and a few others from that area. From one of this country's truly premier collections. G++ $199

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British, Canadian, European & Other Wooden Planes

Atkin & Sons

WP170452 Atkin & Sons An as found 5/8" tongue & groove pair. G+ $39

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

WP170316 John Moseley & Son, 54-55 Broad St. Bloomsbury, London A scarce matching pair of air tight case planes, used to create a dust free joint for display case doors. Has a working range of 1 1/8" to 1 1/4". The flutes are solid boxwood. I bought these many years ago from Mark Rees, who along with his wife Jane co-authored a number of books and had an extraordinary collection of wooden planes. They have been in my collection since then. G++ $199

Buck, 247 Tottenham Ct Rd

WP170255 Buck, 247 Tottenham Ct Rd An unusual rebate plane that I really like. The blade is 15/16" wide, square to the body, and bedded with a very steep pitch, steeper than a typical York pitch. The plane is about 14" long. It is in nice as found condition and the body rates a strong G++. The wedge has the typical lengthwise split that needs to be glued and there is some deformation on the lower edge of the finial, so I dropped the overall rating to G+ $95

Unmarked Unmarked

WP170131 Unmarked A panel raising plane that cuts a 1 3/4" wide raising and is not adjustable. It is made from a dense tropical wood and I suspect from the shape of the wedge that it is South American. It is 11 1/2" long and will make a great user. G+ $139

Currie, Glasgow

WP16125 Currie, Glasgow A Scottich badger plane. Differing slightly from your common badger plane, this one has a step on the rabbetted side and a closed tote. It is 16 1/2" long. The tote is a bit loose in the socket and needs to be reglued. Somewhat dirty but essentially nice condition, just needing a clean. G+ $79

R. Fairclough & Co., 72 Byrom St. Liverpool R. Fairclough & Co., 72 Byrom St. Liverpool R. Fairclough & Co., 72 Byrom St. Liverpool

WP16098 R. Fairclough & Co., 72 Byrom St. Liverpool A classic British sash fillester with triple dovetailed square boxing. This fancy boxing work never ceases to amaze me. The brass trim was hand polished at one time by a collector and the plane has been cleaned off by the same collector. There is one small piece of boxing, behind the nicker but ahead of the blade, that is very prone to breaking off on these planes. This piece has been carefully replaced on this plane to a very high standard. A great user or collector's piece. From an old English collection. G+ Sold

Kimberley & Sons

WP160627 Kimberley & Sons A crisp as found sash fillester with a nice dark patina. Sash fillesters in this nice condition don't show up often. With a light cleaning it will rate at least G++ $129

Gleave, Oldham St. Manchester

WP160616 Gleave, Oldham St. Manchester A squirrel tailed compassed rebate plane with a lovely original patina. Nicely cleaned by a collector. I really like this one. The blade is 1 1/8" wide and the plane is 7 inches long overall. G++ $59

Varvill, York Varvill, York

WP160563 Varvill, York An attractive as found sash fillester. This plane has a nice patina with great surface. The boxwood wedges for the arms and nicker are original and without damage. The blade retains about 50% of its original length. There is wood chipped out around the forward arm on the side opposite the fence, where it chipped when the arm was moved. This is common and not an issue. A great example that I priced low only because the blade is a bit worn. G++ $99

H. Richmond & Son, Sunderland

WP160577 H. Richmond & Son, Sunderland An as found adjustable compass plane with the boxwood nose adjustment style. Needs a good cleaning. G+ $49

D. Malloch, Perth D. Malloch, Perth D. Malloch, Perth

WP16048 D. Malloch, Perth A handled sash fillester with fancy dovetailed boxing. I love this kind of boxing, which was done by the very most skilled craftsman in the shop. It is fit to perfection. This plane has an original French polished surface. One of the boxwood arm wedges is missing its finial. There are also some dings on the main wedge finial. Otherwise I would have gone up to Fine on this superb plane. Highly recommended. G++ $295

Craftsman Made Craftsman Made Craftsman Made

WP160142 Craftsman Made A most unusual and nicely made boxwood chamfer plane. The entire center of the plane is like a plane within a plane, and rises up and down with a thumbscrew in the rear. The plane is 4 3/8" long and the I & M Sorby blade is 1 1/2" wide. The lower left front edge is rounded over, which I think was part of the original boxwood log, not damage to the plane. The plane has that lovely boxwood color and the brass trim has nice patina. G++ $119

Wilcox, Manchester

WP150855 Wilcox, Manchester A particularly nice 1 3/16" wide, compassed, squirrel tail rabbet. It has a beautiful rich patina and was properly waxed by a collector. G++ $59

Illegible Illegbile Illegbile

WP150645 Illegible This is an interesting 18th Century plane. It looks like a typical English panel raiser of the period, but it never had a built in fence. There are some tack holes in the sole were fences have been applied, but clearly it was made without a fence. The blade is nicely marked, John Green. The makers marks is really blurred but it might be Benton, Leeds. The surface and color on this plane are marvelous and I really like it. G++ $195

Mathieson & Son, Glasgow & Edingborough

MP150366 Mathieson & Son, Glasgow & Edingborough This plane has a very specific funtion, the purpose of which I don't know. It cuts a 1/2" wide groove, 1/2" from the edge of a board, and about 1/8" deep. What for I don't know. The plane is in nice as found condtion. The maker's mark is partially overstruck by an owner. G++ $49

Unmarked Unmarked

WP14018 Unmarked A 7/16" size fishing rod plane G+ $75

Craftsman Made

WP130863 Craftsman Made A nicely proportioned squirrel tail miniature compassed rabbet plane. The sole is 13/16" wide and 2 3/4" long. Nice color and surface. This plane has been spuriously marked A. Mathieson & Son, Glasgow, by an unscrupulous dealer, however no knowledgeable person would mistake this plane for being a Mathieson product. I have seen so many of these Mathieson fakes in the last 15 or so years that I wonder how many unsophisticated collectors have been fooled by them. This is why one should deal with a reputable dealer. G+ $55

Edward Preston & Sons

WP170258 Edward Preston & Sons A good clean 1/2" tongue plane from a match plane pair. Free to the first person who orders it and spends $100 on old tools. G+ $0

W. Sanderson, Stockport W. Sanderson, Stockport

WP130687 W. Sanderson, Stockport An as found bronze plane, with a boxwood wedge, that I believe was made fo the hat making trade. but I am not sure. The blade is about 3/8" wide but it only cuts on half of the blade. Lovely color and really a great piece. It is also marked 258, which could be a serial number or perhaps a model number. G+ $195

E. Preston & Sons

WP130365 E. Preston & Sons This is the much scarcer Preston style of chamfer plane which uitilizes the cap iron, which is 3/8" thick, not act as a throat and a depth stop. These planes are cabable of better work than the common style, but the trade-off is that they are much more finicky to set up. Just under 5 1/2" long. Lovley untouched condition. G++ $145

Antique Wooden Plane Antique Wooden Plane Antique Wooden Plane

WP110215 Unmarked A lovely fruitwood smoothing plane that I would guess is either south German, Swiss, or Austrian. Very nicely decorated, and with a very pleasing patina. I am not sure of the age, but it could be 18th Century. The iron is marked "FRHA" with a mark that certainly looks like it could be 18th Century. There is some old worming, primarily towards the front. Measures 11 3/8" long. I have had this plane for 20 years, and before that it was in the great Harold Prucha collection. Highly recommended. Good $399

Early Carved Plane Early Carved Plane

100420 Early Carved Plane An beautiful carved European smoothing plane, presumably 18th or possibly early 19th Century. These types of craftsperson made planes are notoriously hard to date, and while I don't think that it would be later, I could believe that it was earlier. This plane has a North Wind figure blowing up at the user as he planes. The plane has a horn in the front, that is carved with a scroll. The plane is hornbeam, the horn is beech, and there is an applied sole that was probably added to compensate for wear, and is maple. This plane has a wonderful patina, and has always been well cared for, but well used. The blade is all but worn out. The wedge is clearly period, but I have no way to tell for sure if is original or not. I would guess that this plane is either German, Swiss, or Austrian, but again this is just an educated guess. Formerly in the Dermot and Cynthia Roche collection, as sold by David Stanley some years ago, this is a museum quality tool. Measures 10 inches overall. G+ $995

Antique Wooden Plane Antique Wooden Plane

WP100559 Craftsman Made This is something very special. It is a solid boxwood smoother that has been carefully fashioned to duplicate the lines of a classic mid-19th Century London Pattern infill smoothing plane. Clearly the orginal owner was envious of his friends with their infill planes, and he thought that he would one up them with this. The workmanship is remarkable, the boxwood gorgeous, and the creativity of it charming. I really like this one. It's special. G+ $495

Antique Wooden Plane Antique Wooden Plane

WP91118 Benton, Leeds An 18th Century panel raiser by a scarce Leeds maker. This is the style with the extra bevel to allow the panel to enter the groove at a more shallow angle. It has an original uncut round top iron by P. Law with the crown. The iron is down around the top of the wedge. The width is 1 1/8 to where the secondary bevel begins. So the panels it would be best for would be 1 3/8" to about 1 5/8". Nicely waxed and from a very good British collection. G+ $345

Antique Wooden Plane Antique Wooden Plane

WP80428 Unmarked This is a rare matched pair of Scottish door check planes. They have been in my collection for more than 15 years. They are uncleaned and could use a careful waxing. The right side plane is in perfect condition, little used with a full iron. The left side plane is more worn, and the iron is down below the top of the wedge, and the side is split from shrinkage on the blade. It is still perfectly useable and in fact I did use it once years ago. I don't recall ever seeing another pair of these rare planes. They are 4 3/8" long. G+ $265

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