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American Wooden Planes

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+ $269

L. DeForest, Birmingham, Ct

WP14049 L. DeForest, Birmingham, Ct A 26" jointer in crisp, perhaps unused, condition, by a scarce and desirable New England maker. DeForest is better known for his fancy plow planes. I don't recall ever seeing a bench plane by him. This plane has no owner's marks, which is consistent with its showing no wear. There aer a few scattered handling marks, but really this is about as good as it gets in bench planes, which, being large, were more subject to storage damage over the years than our smaller planes. It has been nicely waxed by a collector. Fine- $165

Union Factory, H. Chapin

WP140352 Union Factory, H. Chapin This is a large panel raiser, marked 3 1/2", made from solid figured applewood. Chapin made some wonderful applewood plow planes, and some smoothing planes, but I don't recall ever seeing another applewood plane by Chapin, and certainly not a large panel raiser. The other parts of this plane are beech, which is a nice contrast. The applewood has a tiger figure not disimilar to maple. This plane has been nicely cleaned by a collector, except for the blade, which has had some of the original blacksmith finish cleaned off of the top of the iron. This can be recolored if it bothers you, but it is not that bad. The rest of the plane is truly spectacular, and we don't say that too often. G++ Sold

Greenfield Tool Co

WP140362 Greenfield Tool Co This is a little used 7/8" dado that will make a great user, but it does not have a pleasing patina. It is as found and perhaps with wax will look better, but as it is, I find the patina to lack that warm glow that draws one to wood. A great user tool. G+ Sold

J. Kellogg, Amhert, MS J. Kellogg, Amhert, MS J. Kellogg, Amhert, MS J. Kellogg, Amhert, MS

WP14032 J. Kellogg, Amhert, MS A very clean and untouched American screw arm plow plane with a set of 7 irons. The irons are a matched set by I. Sorby, but they are not original to this plane. I put them together because they are a good fit. The irons are well cared for, but some of them are well used. They include, 1, 3, 4 (worn), 5 (worn), 6 (worn), another 6 that shows little wear, & 8. All of the irons are still very usable, even the worn ones. The plane would rate fine but for a small chip on the bottom of the fence, another chip at the end of one arm, a bit of roughness on the wedge, and a tiny chip on one arm. This is the condition I like, untouched, crisp, with wonderful patina and no signs of neglect. G+ $265

H. Wells, Wmsburg, Mass

WP140312 H. Wells, Wmsburg, Mass An orrginal American wooden mitre plane made in the mid-19th Century by Henry Wells, who apprenticed with H. Chapin. As found with a dark patina. The mouth is still tight, but the sole has numerous light scratches. You could plane the sole and the mouth would still be tight, as it only needs to loose a few thousanths to look like new. A scarce cabinetmaker's plane that should clean to better than Good Sold

John Veit, Phila, Cor. Newmarket & Green Street

WP140320 John Veit, Phila, Cor. Newmarket & Green Street This is a 22" razee fore plane made in figured applewood. It is striking by any measure. It retains would is most likely its original Butcher iron, worn but still above the wedge, The top of the wedge is rough from battering. Otherwise, this plane would rate higher but a collector has cleaned it with steel wool and it has that unatural smooth surface as a result. A rare and beautiful American plane. Good $159


WP140192 CH EB This is a pair of 18th Century American table planes (rule joint) in 1/2" size. The mark looks like it could be a maker's mark, but it is not one that I have seen before. Tney might also have been made by a cabinetmaker. For some reason a collector has waxed the round but didn't touch the hollow. Perhaps he heard the dinner bell. A great user set for a give away price. G+ Sold

W. H. Pond, New Haven

WP140147 W. H. Pond, New Haven A medium size compass plane with a 1 3/4" wide Greaves iron. A crisp, as found, plane but with some staining around the rear. G+ Sold

Craftsman Made Craftsman Made Craftsman Made

WP131234 Craftsman Made A very scarce early birch, New England jointer. Early bench planes, American or otherwise are very scarce. This one is craftsman made but has great style, with beaded molding on the upper edges, a round topped wedged, and a great tote. The blade is marked "Frederick Stones". Stones was an early iron maker, but I have not seen his full name marked on an iron before. It also has a crown motif. Great as found condition. A rare survivor in very collectable condition. G+ $165

J.L. Cluff, Maker J.L. Cluff, Maker

WP131228 J.L. Cluff, Maker A rare solid Lignum shipwright's coffin smoothing plane with a 1 7/8" Moulson Iron. This plane is in untouched condition and shows very little use, no abuse, and no problems. The wedge is beech, which is correct. A lignum wedge will not hold well on a rosewood plane. 8 3/4" long. The lignum has quite a bit of figure and has the the original finish. I should confess that I am not totally sure that it is lignum, as I have not seen this much figure in lignum before. A rare Maine maker. This is a connoisseur's plane and with a light cleaning will rate at least G++ $345

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+ $345

Sargent  & Co.

WP131111 Sargent & Co. A good clean pair of 1" tongue and groove planes, made for Sargent by Sandusky Tool Co. As found but needing only to be waxed and put to work. G+ $47

Unmarked (SanduskyTool Co.) Unmarked (SanduskyTool Co.) Unmarked (SanduskyTool Co.) Unmarked (SanduskyTool Co.)

WP131071 Unmarked (SanduskyTool Co.) This is one of the holy grails of tool collecting, a center wheel plow plane. This one is in rosewood. It is not marked and would have been left unmarked for a retailer to mark it. It comes with a full set of Sandusky irons. The brass may be lightly cleaned some time ago, but if so, only lightly. The rest of the plane is definitely untouched and retains much of its original polished finish. The depth stop screw has knurling that matches the arm locking screws. Typically these planes have a plain thumbscrew, so this is something special. The wood screws are round headed, and the arms to not have brass lugs in them, both of which features make me think that the plane was made in the later period when Sandusky used round headed screws on its plows and dropped the brass lug from the arms. One of the skate screws was missing, and the threads were stripped. I found a screw that was identicial in size, except for being slightly longer. This screw looks perfect from the outside, but if you remove it you will see that it doesn't match the other screws. There is also a chip in one of the four bushings that keep the arms tight in the body. Overall, this is a wonderful example that is superior in condition to the famous example that held the record for years as the most expensive plane. Since then more of them have come onto the market and you can buy this plane for about half of the record of all those years ago. This palne should take pride of place in a good collection. G++ $3595

Ohio Tool Co.

WP131072 Ohio Tool Co. A scarce combination fillester, both sash and moving, i.e. it can be used on either side. Dual nickers. Cleaned with steel wool by an old time collector, but not terribly so. I would have rated it G++ had he cleaned it more appropriately, but it is still a nice plane. G+ Sold

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

WP130941 Unmarked A classic 18th Century Yankee plow. The fence is more nicely molded than most, but otherwise it is a model of the form. Sadly, both thrumbscrews are missing and it has the wrong wedge and iron. That is there is great, and could easily be restored to complete by making these parts. Crisp untouched condtion. Ten inches long. G+ $89

J. Hobbs J. Hobbs

WP1306113 J. Hobbs A 1 1/2" skewed rabbet plane made from a dense tropical wood. It is similar to boxwood but I don't think that it is boxwood, Maybe Satinwood? The wedge is rosewood. The maker is listed in the AWP book as a few examples spotted but nothing known about the maker. Quite an unusual plane for the maker and the woods. G+ $129

J. Denison J. Denison

WP130553 J. Denison This is a handled boxwood plow plane in nice as found condition with it's full original set of irons by Providence Tool Co. The boxwood has a nice glowing patina and the brass trim has a rich patina. This is plow worth of a good collection or discerning user. G++ Sold

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+ $249

T. Small T. Small

WP130234 T. Small A classic American fixed width panel raiser that cuts a 1 5/8" wide field. The iron, by Butcher, is heavily skewed and the wedge has great early 19th Century chamfering. The Strike button is diamond shaped in the classic style. It is flat on top, which is unusual, and maybe it was trimmed down. This mark is an early version of the mark that appears in AWP and is probably closer to 1800-1810 period. The handle is loose and needs to be reglued. The surface has a dull look and I suspect that a collector wiped it down with mineral spirits, or something similar, a long time ago. A bit of wax will bring the surface back. There is some ink staining along the lower left side of the plane. This is a great plane. G++ $345

I. S. Battey

WP130162 I. S. Battey An as found pair of side rabbet planes by a scarce Rhode Island maker. The left side plane has been dropped and there is a bit chip out of the rear. It won't hurt it as a user, but it looks pretty bad. You could put a piece back in if it bothers you. A bargain for a user. Good $69

N. Spaulding, Ithica

WP130150 N. Spaulding, Ithaca A 2" wide jack rabbet plane with a wedged nicker. Most have a friction fit nicker. This plane is a cut above the typical late 19th Century factory made example of this form. The handle is loose and needs to be regued. There is one old sliver missing from the tote spur, on the top edge. It is as found and a bit dirty but will clean up nicely to at least G+ $95

H. Chapin H. Chapin

WP12121 H. Chapin A miniature compassed boxwood smoothing plane, 5 inches long and with a 1 1/4" wide double iron. There is a small old chip in the upper left hand corner, but the plane has a nice even patina so that the chip does not stand out. It has a plated throat, which I would judge to be original based on the way that it was installed. This is a ver scarce plane, and to my mind very desirable. G+ $169

J. Colton, 379 Market St. Phila

WP121123 J. Colton, 379 Market St. Phila A rare screw arm Philadelphia sash fillester in decent as found condition. The wedge is a bit beat up but otherwise the wear doen't bother me. I can count on one hand how many of these I have s seen in 25 years, and they usually worn to death, or othewwise wanting. This one is a very honest example that I could live with, not perfect, but decent and unmolested. Good $295

Sandusky Tool Co Sandusky Tool Co Sandusky Tool Co

WP121026 Sandusky Tool Co This is a rare handled screw arm moving fillester. I don't recall ever seeing another one by Sandusky. It is in nice untouched condition with lovely patina on the wood and metal parts. There is some serious chipping on the threads of the rear arm near the fence support. There are also small chips on the wedge and some chipping around the countersunk screws that hold the fence on. None of these things would dissuade me from such a rare piece. A nice touch is how the fence has a shallow recess to allow the fence to go under the sole and not hit the blade. I have not seen this done before, but it seems to be factory and is a great idea. Clearly this plane was seen by Sandusky as something a bit special and worth of that extra attention. G+ $285

C. Warren, Nashua C. Warren, Nashua C. Warren, Nashua

WP12062 C. Warren, Nashua A wonderful boxwood smoothing plane. It is 7 1/2" long with a full 1 1/2" W. Greaves iron that has a lovely stamp. The boxwood has a perfect color. This plane has a rare feature that the throat is adjustable via a fitted mouthpiece held from the top by a screw. When I bought this plane I showed it to Roger Smith, and he told me that he had seen several other examples by the same maker, but that he had never found any period documentation on the feature. Clearly it was a rare original feature, although it is unlikely that a patent was involved. The plane has some chipping on the upper edge of the wedge and some chipping behind the blade on the sole. Boxwood is very tough, but it can be brittle. Highly recommended. G+ $295

Antique Wooden Plane

WP101214 A&E Baldwin A solid boxwood plow plane with fantastic color. The boxwood has perfect honey patina, and the brass trim is untouched with great color. The iron skate has light pitting, as do the iron skate screws. One of the fence screws is a later replacement. Otherwise without fault and a particularly nice plow plane. I love the form of the nuts. G+ $365
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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++ $485

Antique Wooden Plane

WP100326 Unmarked This is a rare curved side rabbet plane, measuring 6 inches long and probably owned by a coachmaker. From an important American collection. G+ $145
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Antique Wooden Plane

WP90718 Unmarked This is a particularly nice craftsman made compassed miniature smoothing plane in birch. The plane is 4 3/8" wide and the blade is just under 1" wide. The blade was made by cutting an old bench plane iron in half. Waste not want not! The color and finish on this plane are superb. It has that lovely old color that well loved birch gets. Highly recommended. G++ $95

Antique Wooden Plane

WP61259 J. Colton, 247 South 2nd St., Phila. This is a very rare child's jack plane. Measures a bit over 13". Absolutely as found and needing a gentle cleaning. The only one that I have ever seen outside of ones made by the big factories. Good $69

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British, Canadian, & European Wooden Planes

Malloch, Perth

WP14045 Malloch, Perth This is a group of 8 beads that were all owned by the same G. E. Greaves. There is a matching set of 7 beads by Malloch as well as one bead by John Green that clearly he acquired second hand. The Malloch planes are sizes 3/16", 5/16", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4" and 7/8". They all have some staining but are mostly pretty crisp condition, the exception being the smallest one, which shows more wear. Its wedge is a bit battered, but the plane is fully boxed and is still a great user. The John Green plane is a 3/4" taurus bead. The removable fillet is removed and gone. This is a nice set of planes, but it is not really quite up to our usual standards, so I priced it to sell. Good to G++ $195


WP140391 Varvill This is an as found 22" fore plane with a good crisp sole that is not heavily worn. The plane is dark and a bit dirty, and has some tool box rash. The front is a bit crusty and I can't read the mark, but I can clearly see the Varvill coat of arms symbol. The blade is by Coloquon & Cadman, one of the great Sheffield makers. This will make a great user at a modest price. G+ $75

Melhuish, Fetter Lane

WP1403105 Melhuish, Fetter Lane A lovely moving fillester made by Varvill and retailed by Melhuish. It is marked with the Varvill coat of arms with Ebor under it. This tools has been properly waxed by a collector and needs nothing. The brass has a lovely warm patina, the boxwood wedge has that boxwood glow, and the overall look of the plane is just how we like them. Connoisseur grade. G++ Sold


WP1403111 Unmarked A lovely untouched boxwood box style chamfer plane in a delicate cabinetmaker's size. The plane is only 5 inches long. Probably made by a cabinetmaker for his own use and a real gem. G++ $135

John Moseley & Son, London

WP1403113 John Moseley & Son, London A cabinetmaker's drawer bottom plane, fully boxed, and with a York pitch iron. The groove is 1/4" wide and offset 1/2" from the edge of the board. Properly waxed by a responsible collector. A scarce plane in a condition that is rarely seen. Fine- $75

W. Marples & Sons

WP140381 W. Marples & Sons This is a dirty as found jack plane, but it only shows moderate wear and will make a great user. It has nearly its full original Marples marked iron. This is not one of the late Marples wooden planes. It is hard to date these precisely but it is certainly pre-War and probably pre-Great War. G+ $69

Hopkinsons, Newington Causeway, London

WP140340 Hopkinsons, Newington Causeway, London A barely used, clean and as found toothing plane. This plane has what looks to be a full original I.Sorby iron and a nice untouched surface. There is even a layout line still visible on the wedge. Judging from the sole, this plane may even be unused. It does have a small ink stain, about 3/8" D, on the left side. Rates a strong G++ Sold


WP14035 Master A razee style jack that was most likely bought for industrial arts education in the 50s. It is barely used and in nice crisp condition. The blade is 2" wide and still has the factory grind, which is straight across. It needs to be reground for use as a jack plane. To this day, jack planes need to be reground when you get them. It has a faded label on the wedge of Britania and is marked "Guaranteed British Manufacture". This type of jack makes a great user. G++ Sold

D. Malloch Perth

WP140315 D. Malloch Perth This is a top-of-the-range moving fillester wth a triple screw fence and quadruple dovetailed boxing, including the 45 degree corner dovetail that never ceases to amaze me. The plane is in as found condition and has issues. The nicker wedge is gone and scap of wood is taking its place. The fence has a big chip out of it and a split. The chip is not an issuse and you can glue the split and make a new nicker wedge. These high-end fillesters are really quite hard to find and it is worth taking some time to restore this one to its former glory. As it stands, it is usable if you just sharpen it, but it deserves better than that. Good Sold

D. Malloch & Son, Perth

WP140318 D. Malloch & Son, Perth A nice little used toothing plane that was made from tiger beech. You rarely see British planes with this kind of figure. It is really spectacular. G+ $95


WP140244 Unmarked A good as found moving fillester. The finial of the nicker wedge is broken off, but otherwise there are no issues. It will make a great user. It was a lower cost plane when new, having a simple brass depth stop with no adjustment screw, but it is not heavily worn and will clean up beautifully. A bargain. G+ Sold

Buck, 242 Tottenham Ct Rd

WP140223 Buck, 242 Tottenham Ct Rd A small wooden compass plane with a 1 5/8" wide iron and 6 3/8" long. Waxed by a collector. G+ $39

Unmarked Unmarked

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

C. Nurse & Co. Ltd, 181 & 183 Walworth Rd, London S.E.

WP131246 C. Nurse & Co. Ltd, 181 & 183 Walworth Rd, London S.E. A particularly nice compassed coachmaker's rebate plane. 1 1/2" wide blade, and 6 1/4" long. Crisp as found condition with a nice patina. G++ $49

A. Mathieson, Glasgow & Edinburgh A. Mathieson, Glasgow & Edinburgh A. Mathieson, Glasgow & Edinburgh

WP1310110 A. Mathieson, Glasgow & Edinburgh An as found #17 combination sash and moving fillester, with a fully boxed sole. The sole is attached to the body with two large sliding dovetails. Twin depth stops and twin boxwood nicker wedges. Nice untouched original condition, it only didn't rate a bit higher because some roughness was trimmed off of the wedge, many years ago. The sole has also been planed smooth not that long ago, and has no patina. A drop of linseed oil would go a long way to making that color in quickly. A top-notch plane worthy of any collection. I don't recall ever seeing another example in this nice a condition. They are typically all buffed up by British dealers and really ruined for a sophisticated collector. G+ Sold


WP131095 Unmarked A scarce 1/2" size going and coming T&G. It will work stock from 3/8" to 5/8". Nice as found condition needing only waxing. The fence is deeper than most, which will make this plane easier to use than your average example. G++ $89

T. Hall, Newcastle

WP130926 T. Hall, Newcastle A 3/8" going and coming match plane. A scarce size, a scarce maker, and a scarce form for a British maker. There are some cut marks on the tongue side where a saw was used to clear clogs. This is not an uncommon phenomenon. A great user or collector's piece. G+ $98

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

John Hazey

WP130820 John Hazey A massive 1 1/4" long, 1 1/2" wide compassed rebate, with great patina. Totally as found. This plane was really used and has holes on both sides from attached fences. I don't know it it started out live compassed or not, but it it modified, there is nothing to indicate that. It does have a lot on the left for a friction fit nicker, which is absent. Not a pristine plane, but a nice as found survivor. Made in London around the time of the American Revolution, or a bit earlier, yet cheaper than dinner in a fine restaurant. Good $65

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

WP1305124 E. Preston & Sons A really superb Preston patent chamfer plane. This plane is as found with great surface. The brass nose piece still has most of its original lacquer and is unmolsested. The plane also retains most of its original polish finish. It needs to be cleaned with a rag and wax but it will clean to at least G++ $165

C. Nurse, & Co 182 & 184 Waltworth Rd. London

WP130452 C. Nurse, & Co 182 & 184 Waltworth Rd. London A matched pair of boxwood coachmaker's minitature rebate planes in boxwood. They are 4 1/4" long and 3/4" wide. one has curved sides and a flat sole and the other has flat sides and a compassed sole. Matching owner's marks. Lovely boxwood patina. Connoisseur grade. Fine $165

Tucker, Sun St Tucker, Sun St

WP1303103 Tucker, Sun St This is a nice slide arm plow plane that has not been used hard. It still has all three original wedges in good condition and a nice patina. It had no blade when I bought it, but I have mated it to a set of 7 matching blades by W. Marples that fit it very well. The #1 blade is missing from this set. A great user plow for somebody who appreciates quality. G++ Sold

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

Edward Preston/ Turtle, Croydon

WP130274 Edward Preston/ Turtle, Croydon A medium sized fixed compass plane by Preston, with the original Preston iron, and also marked by Turtle, a dealer in Croydon. Nice patina, having been carefully waxed by a collector. 1 3/4" blade. G+ $58

W. J. Armour, from John Moseley & Son

WP130210 W. J. Armour, from John Moseley & Son A crisp and little used coachmaker's 1 1/2" wide T-rebate. I would have rated this tool fine but the patina is a bit uneven. Still a very nice plane in untouched condition. G++ $59

Routledge, Birmingham

WP130141 Routledge, Birmingham A classic Preston's patent chamfer plane. I was just using one of these last night. Trying to do stop chamfers wihout a chamfer plane or sharve is a nightmare. This tool makes it so easy. This tool is as found and rates a solid fine, except for a cluster of unsightly dings on the wedge where it was struck to knock it out. 5 3/4" long. G+ $139

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

WP121029 D. Malloch, Perth The term New Old Stock is so overused that it makes me sick, but this sash fillester plane is truly just that. I bought it about 20 years ago. It sat for since new in the tool store of Fred Murray, the owner of Murray's tool shop in Edinburgh. This is a family business that has been in business for generations. Why this plane was never sold I don't know, but Fred Murray decided that he would be the one to end that, and so I ended up owning it. The plane has the classic side, corner, and top dovetailed boxing that represents a true tour de force of wooden planemaking. How they fit 4 dovetails, with three different orientations onto one piece of boxing is beyond me. This is a once in a lifetime chance to own a NOS Scottish sash fillester that has remained pristine for many generations. I would not recommend this plane to a user. In 30 years I have not seen anything else like it and this plane should remain unused. Fine+ $995

Bewley, Leeds

WP120677 Bewley, Leeds A very scarce cock bead fillester. Cuts just over 1/8" wide. The main blade is a replacment that has been ground to fit. It looks like it will be usable. It has nice color and has been properly waxed by a collector. G+ $245

Heathcott, Sheffield Heathcott, Sheffield

WP120371 Heathcott, Sheffield A wooden mitre plane with the boxwood throught wear compensator. The sides show normal wear from being used on a shute board. The iron is 2 1/2" wide and the plane is 12" long. If you look closely on the sole you can see the marks that indicate that somebody ran it across a power jointer. It is patined in so that must have been a while ago. This is a very nice plane. G+ $369

Edward Preston & Sons

WP120319 Edward Preston & Sons A nice example of the classic Preston patent chamfer plane with a full original Preston marked blade. The brass nose has only been very lightly hand polished and still retains its original manufacturing marks. One of the nicest examples that I have seen in some time. G++ Sold

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 $465

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+ $1795

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

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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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