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American Wooden Planes



H. Russel, Catot, Vt H. Russel, Catot, Vt

WP150273 H. Russel, Cabot, Vt A fixed compass plane with a rare Vermont maker's mark. Cabot was a maker, not a dealer. The plane has lovely untouched surface. There blade is a cut iron by Moulson, but I believe that it is original to the plane. I sometimes see small makers outside of large urban centers using cut irons where an uncut iron would have been appropriate, simply because they did not have immediate access to a selection of irons. I did grind a bit off of each side of this iron only because it was so tight in the plane that I was afraid that the body would split. I normally don't like to work on the tools that we will sell, but tis could not wait. It is so dry here now. There is a chip in the sole at the front of the mouth, but otherwise it rates higher than G+ $65


P. Chapin, Maker, Balto

WP150262 P. Chapin, Maker, Balto A 1 1/2" wide coachmake's T rabbet. 6" long. The wedge is a collector made replacement. Good $16






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, Phila. 407 Calohill St

WP141252 D Colton, Phila. 407 Callohill St A 9/16" pair of fenced rule joint planes. Fenced Philadalphia made table planes are very scarce, while unfenced ones are commonly found. These are in wonderul as found condition wtih a rich patina and appealing surface. In my experience, this verson of the Colton mark is also quite scarce, much more so than the star rating in AWP implies. A superb pair. Fine- $345



Israel White, Philada

WP141218 Israel White, Philada A 5/8" going and coming match plane by one of the best American makers. The mark has the "Corner of Callowhill and Fourth" address and the bench hand F.M. Sadly it does not have the tool logo. A nice honest example from a good collection. G+ $129




Edward Carter, Troy, NY

WP141180 Edward Carter, Troy, NY A matching pair of rule joint planes in 1/2". They are in crisp as found condition, except that the round plane has some chew around the wedge finial. Otherwise a strong G++ $149





D. R. Barton & Co., Rochester, N.Y.

WP14113 D. R. Barton & Co., Rochester, N.Y. A crisp as found pair of 1" handled match planes. This pair of planes clearly saw very little use. They are also plated, meaning that there is a thin plate of steel on the fences to prevent wear. That was an extra cost option and is not all that common. There is some very recent and very light surface rust on the plating, but these should clean to better than G++ $109




Sawheag Works, Wallingford, Ct

WP140836 Sawheag Works, Wallingford, Ct A dirty as found pair of side rabbet planes. The form of these planes isa bit unsual, the working part tapers less than is typical, making them thinner at the top than usual. I can envision where this would be very useful in some circumstances. They are only lightly used and will make a great collector's or discening user's pair. I think that they are a bit special. G+ $145



E. W. Carpenter

WP140839 E. W. Carpenter A big coffin smoothing plane with its original Butcher 2 1/4" iron. The right cheek is split and glued, a long time ago. Also marked, as many are, by the Wm McClure Tool Store at 297Market St. in Philadelphia. This plane has a lot of hammer dings in the front and rear from adjusting it with a metal hammer, and the wedge is similarly damages. It is very hard to find a really clean Carpenter smoother. Most of them are not even as good as this one, which is really just an average plane. Still usable but Carpenter is a highly collectable maker and I woudl expect a collector to buy this plane. Good $75


Hills & Windship, Springfield, MS

WP140650 Hills & Windship, Springfield, MS An as found 1/4" dado that is crisp but a bit dirty. A very nice plane that should clean to at least G++ Sold





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



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


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


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



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


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+ Sold


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

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 Wooden Planes



Currie, Glasgow

WP150242 Currie, Glasgow A good as found toothing plane with a nice tall Ibbottson iron. G+ $69






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


Bilar

WP150264 Bilar This is an unused Germanic style jack plane. The blade is still straight across and needs to be ground. It has a hornbeam sole keyed to a beech upper half. A good user plane that is priced to go quickly. Fine $39




Varvill & Sons, Ebor Works, York

WP150278 Varvill & Sons, Ebor Works, York A 1/2" tongue & groove pair in nice as found condition. Marked on the back with what is probably an owner's mark, B. S. Stewart, Huddersfield. This could be a dealer's mark, as owner's didn't usually mark this way. Its worth looking into. G+ $49




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


John Green

WP14088 John Green A very scarce 5/32" cock bead fillester, for creating the rebate on a drawer front when creating a cock beaded drawer front. Believe me, if you want to do cock beaded drawers, you need this tool. I tried it once without one and that was not a good situation. This plane is nicely waxed by a collector with a nice color. G+ $198



Routledge, Birmingham

WP15025 Routledge, Birmingham A classic British sash fillester with double dovetailed boxing. This is an odd case in that the brass is not polished, but the wood has been polished with wax and steel wool. It still has the original boxwood arm wedges. The main wedge finial is a bit worn, but otherwise there are no issues other than being somewhat overcleaned. A great user. G+ Sold



D. Malloch & Son, Perth

WP150129 D. Malloch & Son, Perth An as found moving fillester with an original French polished finish. The rear piece of boxing has warped and is coming down. The lazy man's way to deal with this would be to plane it flush. That would work, but it would be better to remove it and reinsert it. It might have to be cut to get it to seat flat, since the warp is rather more pronounced than what can typically be forced straight. Since boxing was often originally spliced, putting a cut in the box is not an issue. The knicker wedge and knicker are missing. Cheaper fillesters did not even have a knicker, so this is no big deal. A great quality fillester that it is worth working on. G+ $65


A Mathieson & Sons, Glasgow & Edinborough A Mathieson & Sons, Glasgow & Edinborough

WP141169 A Mathieson & Sons, Glasgow & Edinborough A crisp and little used sash fillester with triple dovetailed boxing. This plane is as found and quite dark, but the only flaw is that the nicker wedge finial is sheared off and gone. Sash fillesters were used hard and one in this condition is a scarce find. I would just clean it with a rag and wax. Other than the nicker wedge it rates G++ $159



Unmarked

WP14111 Unmarked This plane appears to be a dovetail plane, but the angle is more acute that is typcial for dovetail planes. I don't know what else it would be fore. It is certainly not modified. It is an 18th Century, professionally made, English plane. I have seen quite a few other early planes with this owner's mark, I.Pack, which makes me think that a good tool chest must have been desecrated in the last 10 years, thus dispersing all of I. Pack's tools. Nice untouched condtion, as it came from the chest. It is 5/8" wide. G+ $75


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


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




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



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



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+ $239




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+ $1395




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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