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Wm. C. Ross, 37 Light St. Balto Wm. C. Ross, 37 Light St. Balto Wm. C. Ross, 37 Light St. Balto Wm. C. Ross, 37 Light St. Balto

WP160214 Wm. C. Ross, 37 Light St. Balto A rare Handled rosewood Baltimore bridal plow plane with extra-long arms. This is the holy grail for Baltimore collectors, the bridal plow plane. Finding one that is both rosewood and handled is only icing on the cake. Fresh to market, this plane is dirty and as found, and has never been in a collection. Rare planes like this of any kind, that are not already in collections, don't come along too often anymore. When I got this plane the wedge finial was really terrible, so I had John Porrit replace the top half of hte wedge, but he salvaged all that he could what was there. Of course it would have been much cheaper to make a new wedge, but I prefer to keep as much as you can of what is original. The rest of the plane has not been touched and needs a very thorough cleaning. There are come chips on the arms, but no big losses. The arrow denotes what is by far the most serious. There is a lot of speculartion as to why some Baltimore plow planes had these very long arms. It is generally assumed by collectors that they were to allow the use of a "Piggyback", which was an extra plow body that is sometimes seen on Baltimore planes. These are extemely rare, so I doubt that every plow with extra long arms once had one. The extra long arms are not in themselves rare on Baltimore plow planes. This is one of the most rare American wooden planes in the eyes of collectors and a once in a lifetime opportunity to own one that is a fresh find. G+ $1395

E. W. Carpenter E. W. Carpenter E. W. Carpenter

WP160242 E. W. Carpenter's Patent An 18 1/2" fore plane with the E.W. Carpenter patented double wedge system, which allowed you to adjust the mouth opening. It retains its original Butcher iron. This plane came from an old collection and has been waxed with a heavy furniture wax so that it has a very glossy surface You can wipe that off if you don't like it. The plane is a nice honest example that was clearly used but not abused. G+ $175

Craftsman Made Craftsman Made Craftsman Made Craftsman Made Craftsman Made Craftsman Made

WP160181 Craftsman Made An oustanding craftman made copy of an E.W. Carpenter patented plow plane. This plane recently turned up at a farm sale in Southern PA. It is untouched with an old dry surface like the furniture collectors love now. I think that the wood is butternut but I am not sure. The patented system still functions smoothly. Many of the genuine Carpenter planes were found with the mechanism frozen up and had to be reworked by Bob Baker. More of them than most people realize. Even the screws on this plane are hand forged. It is entirely hand-made, clearly in the original period of the Carpenter planes, but somebody who either could not afford one or thought that he could do a better job. The workmanship is first rate throughout. A very special piece for the connoisseur. G++ $965

Gladwin & Appleton, Boston

WP151153 Gladwin & Appleton, Boston A 7/8" handled match plane pair (tongue & groove) in clean as found condition. This pair has plated fences, meaning that there is a steel wear guard on the fences. G+ $99

M. Crannell, Albany

WP151115 M. Crannell, Albany A scarce pair of fenced table planes (rule joint). One of the planes has some shakes running the length of the plane from a bad choice of wood when it was made. This is a bit unattractive but won't affect performance. A great working pair. Ideal for stock from 5/8" to 1" thick. Most drop leaf tops should be about 3/4". !" thick will be too heavy. G+ $199

J. Webb, PIttsfield J. Webb, PIttsfield J. Webb, PIttsfield J. Webb, PIttsfield J. Webb, PIttsfield

WP151070 J. Webb, Pittsfield A screw-arm boxwood plow plane in lovely as found condition. The boxwood has as nice a patina and surface as you can ask for and the brass plate on the skate has lovely color. I would just wax this plane. There is some chipping on the rear arm all the way inside and some minor wear on the wedge finial that kept the rating down on this superb plane. I bought it with one original blade in the plane. I had a matching set of 6 Spear & Jackson irons that are a good fit. If you want it to use, this will give you a nice selection of blaes. If you are buying it as a collector, you can have it without the extra blades for $199. Just specify this in your comments on the checkout pages and we will adjust your invoice accordingly. G+ $269

Phoenix Company, Hitchcockville

WP1509114 Phoenix Company, Hitchcockville A nice as found moving fillester plane that has only seen light usage. The odd thing about this plane is that it was made without a depth stop. There are two holes in the right side where somebody had screwed on a depth stop, but it was made without one. There are some light checks in the ends, A nice working plane. G+ $59

H. Russell, Cabot, VT

WP150970 H. Russell, Cabot, VT A particularly nice, and lightly used, 22" wooden jointer by a scarce Vermont maker. This plane has the C mark which gets 3 stars. It has a 2 1/4" uncut (no cap iron) iron by Butcher, which is almost certainly original to the plane. There are two heavy black ink stains on the left side and a few scratches in the sole, but overall this is a really great plane. G+ $129

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

J. Hannan, Middletown J. Hannan, Middletown J. Hannan, Middletown

WP150618 J. Hannan, Middletown This is a solid boxwood plow plane by a rare Connecticut maker. Tom Elliott gives this mark 4 stars in his book. The plane has a lovely patina and pleasing features. The arms and nuts have a distinctive style. The wedge is not the right wedge for this plane and should be replaced, something that John Porritt could easily do. A collector has cleaned this plane with fine steel wool, so the surface has that unatural satin smooth surface. G+ $229

Henry G. White, Philada, Corner Callohill & Fourth St Henry G. White, Philada, Corner Callohill & Fourth St Henry G. White, Philada, Corner Callohill & Fourth St

WP150468 Henry G. White, Philada, Corner Callohill & Fourth St An nice as found screw arm plow plane, with the coveted tool sign mark and a full original set of 8 Butcher irons. The top of of the irons are all hammered on, some more than others, but all of them show damage from being adjusted by an idiot with a ferrous hammer. The one in the plane is the least damaged, and as you can see in the photo, one of the middle sizes is really quite badly abused. The nuts are not moving freely. They will turn, but they are much too tight. There are tricks for dealing with this, and I will advise anyone who buys it on these. I have dealt with this many times as a collector. Alternatively, I am sure that John Porritt could fix it for you if necessary. Finding a Philiadelphia plow plane in original condition with the original irons is a find worth expending some effort on. G+ $295

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+ $269

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+ $295

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

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

Auburn Tool Co. Auburn, NY

WP16021 Auburn Tool Co. Auburn, NY A compass plane with a good original Auburn iron with its original cap iron. The left side cheek is split out and needs to be glued. The mouth is relatively open and I suspect that this plane started life as a smoothing plane and was modified. It is marked No. 193, so if you have an Auburn catalog you can look this up and confirm it. Its still a nice plane, with nice color, and it is free to the first person who orders it and spends $100 on old tools. G+ $0

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

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++ $259

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British, Canadian, European & Other Wooden Planes


WP160210 Unmarked A 3 1/2" long, 3/8" wide miniature boxwood rebate plane. Lovely untouched original condition. Probably made by Preston but not marked. The sole is slighty off of flat, so if you want to use it you will have to remove a high spot behind the blade. This was not caused by use, the plane is barely used, it was caused by the wood moving with time. The sides are still dead flat. A real gem. Fine- $89

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

Madox Madox Madox Madox

WP160112 Madox A classic 18th Century London panel raiser. It has a clean round topped iron, with plenty of life left, that is marked "Paul Wilkins." I have never seen this mark before. This plane is designed to cut a secondary bevel for the part of the panel that goes into the groove, this reducing the slope of the edges of the board, which keeps the joint looking tighter when the panel shrinks. Somebody has screwed a scrap to the fence, reducing the cut to 1" and eliiminating the secondary bevel. I would be inclined to remove this, restoring the cut to 1 1/2" wide. The fence is old, but not original. The plane made have had an adjustable fence at one time. Without taking the fence off, I can't tell. When you have the secondary bevel, you can't adjust much anyway, since you don't want the break point to be far from the edge. The friction fit depth stop is loose in this dry house. It looks to be original, which is in itself impressive. Make no mistake, this is a great early plane that should go to somebody who really appreciates 18t Century planes. G+ $345

Jno Cockbain, Carlisle

WP160120 Jno Cockbain, Carlisle This is a rare opportunity to own a very scarce handled plow plane with its full original set of Thomas Ibbottson irons. Cockbain is the only maker of which I am aware that had graduations on the fence for adjusting the fence. The fence is solid boxwood and is graduated besides both arms, with special pieces protruding from the sides of the plow that are used in conjuction with the scales to set the position of the fence. The handle is done in the Scottish style, that is where the blade is covered on the sides by the handle. Carlisle is in England, but it is of course the Northernmost town in England, as mentioned in T.S. Elliots poem about Skimblshanks, the railway cat. Another unusual feature is that the skate has a split in it so that the rear part can be removed for doing curved work. The front of the skate is prowed, also for curved work. The body is beech, and the arms, nuts, and fence are all boxwood. The plane is as found and a bit dark but will clean nicely. The blades are very clean and crisp in their original roll. There is a bit of white paint at the end of the foward arm, which needs to be carefully picked off. I dont' get many plows that have their original irons, and far fewer that are also of such a scarce form. I would rate it G+ as it is and once cleaned a very strong G+ $465


WP151129 Invicta A nice miniature rebate with curved sides. It is 3 1/2" long and 3/4" wide. These planes are typically not marked because that would have broken the plane. This one is stamped on the side and the mark is faint. G++ $49

Stothert & Walker, Bath

WP151055 Stothert & Walker, Bath This is a common English slide arm plow plane that will make a great user. Both of the arm wedges are replacements that were probably made a long time ago, and work fine, but are not attractive. The main wedge is missing, which believe it or not is an advantage, in that you can make a new one with a taper to match your set of irons. The plane is dirty as it came from an old workshop, but should clean up to G+ Sold

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

WP151065 John Moseley & Son, 54-55 Broad St. Bloomsbury, London A fully boxed sash fillester with double dovetailed boxing. Both are wedges are nicely made replacements, although they are not boxwood. The wedge is from another plane and the taper is slightly off. It can be easily retapered to be a good fit. The brass has been hand polished. This is a high-quality tool that will make a great user, but is priced to reflect its not being acceptable to a collector. G+ $79

Craftsman Made

WP151076 Craftsman Made This is a very nicely made chamfer plane in the box escapement style. It is as found and very clean, probably straight out of a tool chest. It should make a great user, but since it is not signed by a maker it is about half the price. G+ $69

E. Preston & Sons

WP150948 E. Preston & Sons This is an unusual plane that looks like a conventional rabett, but it is inset on both sides so that the cutting width is only 1/4". The blade is not skewed. I don't know what this was for. It is in nice untouched condition. G++ $55

I. Brown

WP150983 I. Brown A right hand side rebate that is cearly 18th Century. The mark is not recorded as a maker and I am not sure if I.Brown as a maker or an owner who must marked it where a maker would normall do so. A good as found plane for a collector or uer. Good $39

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

Illegbile Illegbile Illegbile

WP150645 Illegbile 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

D. Malloch, Perth

WP150572 D. Malloch, Perth A meeting rail plane, used for making sash windows. Appears to have been very lightly cleaned by a collector, probably with a rag and wax as we recommend. A good user or collector's example. G+ $65


WP15057 Mutter A 1/2" halving plane, measuring about 9 13/16" long. Ths is an uncommon form by an 18th Century London maker. The plane has been nicely cleaned by a collector. It was found in the US and because it has no owner's marks on it, I will venture to guess that it was probably imported here when it was new. G+ $65

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

Parkes, London

WP150244 Parkes, London A nice as found going and coming T&G (match) plane. British planes in this form are scarce, and 5/8" is a scarce size in any form. A very nice honest example with attractive patina. The tonge side has had its throat slightly opened, which does ot surprise me becaue I have had issues with clogging myself when using match planes. This would have been done by the original owner and only makes it more usable. G+ $99

Scrolled Miniature Thumb Plane Scrolled Miniature Thumb Plane Scrolled Miniature Thumb Plane Scrolled Miniature Thumb Plane

MI140976 Scrolled Miniature Thumb Plane This is a wonderfully made little thumb plane with a hollow profile. The blade is 1/2" wide and the plane is 2" wide. This plane was found about 20 years ago in a drawer of a piece of 18th century furniture in an old house in Pennsylvania by a furniture dealer who sold it to our consignor, a reknown furniture conservator. It is exquisitely well made, and it has age on it, but I am really not sure how old it is. It could be 1800 and it could be 1920. Based on the style, one would think that it is closer to 1800, but the patina would say that it is newer. Then, a lot of tools look newer simply because of how well perserved they are, and I think that is the case with this one. It is so superb in its form and construction that I can't help but think that it is of the period. Either way, it is a marvelous piece for the connoisseur. G++ Dramatically reduced to: $295

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

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

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

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+ $345

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+ $1295

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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