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Unmarked Unmarked

WP150121 Unmarked A superb example of an American shipwrights razee jack plane in Lignum. This plane is crisp and little used. Most of these planes were craftsman made, but I am not sure about this one. The features are so uniform that it miay be a proffessionally made plane. Lignum is so hard that professionals sometimes did not mark it because it was very hard on their stamp. 16" long with a 1 3/4" wide blade by D. R. Barton. For the connoisseur. Fine- Sold

J. Killam

WP150158 J. Killam A nice as found slide arm plow with wooden thumbscrew locks by a good New England maker. Nice patina and nice crisp condition. There are two holes drilled in the fence that were clearly to attach something, but I don't know what. I bought it with one blade, a 3/8" Butcher iron. I have added to it, a matching set of 5 Moulson irons that fit it very well. The are numbers 2, 3, 4, 6, & 7. A nice collector's grade plow that can be used as well. G+ Sold

J. Killiam, Glastenbury

WP141265 J. Killiam, Glastenbury A 1" pair of match planes. These are marked with the B1 mark that Tom Elliot rates as 3 stars. While not a big fan of the star system, I will say that this is a scarce mark. The planes are from an old workshop and are covered with saw dust. The tongue pane has some scarttered worm holes and the groove has a small peice of the finial missing. Both have plated fences. They should clean up nicely and make a good user pair or a collector's pair with this scarce mark. G+ $49

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

Greenfield Tool Co. Greenfield, Mass Greenfield Tool Co. Greenfield, Mass Greenfield Tool Co. Greenfield, Mass

WP141259 Greenfield Tool Co. Greenfield, Mass A rare highly figured tiger boxwood handled plow, with boxwood arms and rosewood nuts. This is the most figured boxwood plane that I have seen. The plane is from a good collection and has been cleaned. The skate is pitted but it is as well cleaned as possible for iron that was rusty. It only has one iron with it, an original Greenfield marked iron. This is a special plane for the advanced collector. G+ Sold

D. R. Barton & Co. Rochester, NY

WP141190 D. R. Barton & Co. Rochester, NY A very clean and untouched 3/8" dado. The original owner has overstamped the maker's mark with his owner's mark. That is my only complaint. Fine $59

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

Sandusky Tool Co

WP141171 Sandusky Tool Co An absolutely superb #66 moving fillester. Untouched original condition looking like it was just lifted out of a tool chest. They don't come any better. Fine Sold

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++ $154

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

H. Chapin, Union Factory

WP141117 H. Chapin, Union Factory A very scarce left handed skew rabbet in one inch size. Rabbet planes are typically either skewed for right hand work, or square, meaning not skewed. Left handed planes, rabbets or otherwise, are very scarce. This plane is as it came from a workshop and is covered with saw dust. It should clean to Fine- Sold

A. & E. Baldwin

WP141148 A. & E. Baldwin A crisp as found pair of side rabbets that have seen very little use. But for a few minor dings I would have gone to the rarely seen Fine- rating. For wooden planes, this is about as good as it gets. G++ Sold

Joel Fenn & Co. Wallingford, Ct

WP141054 Joel Fenn & Co. Wallingford, Ct A 1 3/8" wide skewed rabbet by a scarce maker. It looks like both sides have been planed true at some point in the plane's life, but clearly a long time ago as the patina matches. Rabbet planes are prone to warping so this is not unusual. G+ Sold

J.F. 7 G.M. Lindsey

WP141069 J.F. 7 G.M. Lindsey A crisp, but a bit diry and as found 1 3/4" wide, 18 1/4" long, jack rabbet plane. These planes were favored by timber framers and thus got heavy use. This one is in very little used condition, which is quite the exception. It has a nicker. G+ Sold

N. Chapin, Eagle Factory

WP14106 N. Chapin, Eagle Factory A crisp and little used dado plane in 3/16", a very scarce size. The bottom of the blade has some rust, but just at the bottom and it can be easily prepared for use. Simillarly the bottom of the depth stop shoe also has some rust. The rest of the plane is in wonderful as found condition. There is some light paint spatter on the left side. Overall a very nice example of a scarce sized dado. G+ Sold

J. Kellogg, Amherst, MS

WP140950 J. Kellogg, Amherst, MS A crisp and little used 1 1/2" skewed rabbet with dual nickers. Covered with dust from an old workshop that we bought out, this plane will clean up beautifully to at least G++ Sold

Kieffer & Auxer, Lancaster

WP140952 Kieffer & Auxer, Lancaster A really lovely and little used 22" Fore plane The classic E. W. Carpenter inspired oversized applewood tote is just perfect. The blade is marked Ohio Tool Co. It almost certainly would have been by Butcher. This is a wonderful example of a bench made American bench plane that is good enough for a serious user or a discerning collector. G++ Sold

H. Chapin

WP140910 H. Chapin A 3/8" dado plane. Covered with dust and sawdust, it needs a light cleaning, but as it is rates G+ Sold

H. Chapin, Union Factory

WP140923 H. Chapin, Union Factory A 2" skewed rabbet with a nicker. There are two bare ovals, one on each side, where there must have been paper labels on this plane, which are now gone. These would have been there since new, judging by the color. A nice clean as found plane. G+ Sold

Greenfield Tool Co, Greenfield, Mass

WP140931 Greenfield Tool Co, Greenfield, Mass A No. 397 pair of handled 7/8" T&G planes. Both planes have plated fences (steel wear strips), an extra cost option that is not common. The grooving plane has a stain on the right side and a slight deformation to the top of the wedge, otherwise the planes are a solid fine and really pristine. The maker's name is only marked on one plane, but they are absolutely a matched pair. Connoisseur grade. Fine- Sold

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

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

WP14084 D. Colton, Phila, Warranted A medium sized smoothing plane, with a 1 3/4" wide blade. The blade is the original Butcher iron and looks to be near full length. The mouth is still tight too. This plane has only seen moderate use, although the wedge has some roughness, more from careless use than wear. This plane has the highly desireable tool logo mark on the front, which I personally love. Great color and surface, from a high-end Pennsylvania collection. G+ $159

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++ $65

G. Roseboom, CINt O G. Roseboom, CINt O

WP140628 G. Roseboom, CINt O A rare American badger plane by a scarce early Ohio maker. This plane may have been lightly cleaned by a collector, but it looks fine. The mouth was opened a bit on the rabbeted side, which does not surprise me, as these planes often clog on that side. The original owner was, afterall, a user, not a collector. A nice example of a rare American form. 16 inches long. Full original iron, marked "Baldwin Tool Co., Butcher's Steel." The reputation of the Butcher works in this country at that time is hard to grasp today. The works are an historic site today, and they really are not that big to have had such a far reaching reputation. G+ Sold

C. Cumings, Boston C. Cumings, Boston

WP140513 C. Cumings, Boston This is a massive and wonderful wooden jointer. It weighs approximately 12 pounds and is 30 inches long with a 2 3/4" iron. It is in crisp, as found condition and appears to have seen little use. The tote is applewood and has particularly nice color. I don't recall ever seeing such a large and heavy jointer, with the exception of an English one that was probably made for display. A very special tool. With a very light cleaning I would say that it will rate better than 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 (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++ 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

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++ Sold

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 very scarce plane, and to my mind very desirable. G+ Sold

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+ Sold
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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++ $299

Sargent & Co

WP141228 Sargent & Co A Sandusky made coffin smoothing plane that has been modified as a spar plane. It is 7 5/8" long and the blade is 2" wide. It has the original Sargent marked iron as well. A good user. From a workshop and covered with sawdust. Free to the first person who orders it and another wooden plane that is not free. Good Sold

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++ Sold

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 Sold

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British, Canadian, & European Wooden Planes

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

Varvill & Sons, Ebor Works, York

WP150134 Varvill & Sons, Ebor Works, York A matched set of two pairs of match (tongue and groove) planes, a 3/8" pair and a 5/8" pair. They are all also marked G.P. Preston, Tool Merchant, Sheffield. All have a nice dark patina. The wedges on both groove planes are a bit beat up, but otherwise I have no complaints. I hardly ever find more than one pair together. G+ $109

Unmarked Unmarked

WP150141 Unmarked A solid rosewood coffin smoothing plane, with a matching rosewood wedge (the wedge is usually beech, which typciall holds better in rosewood). This plane is in lovely as found condition, with no cracks in the cheeks, which is almost unheard of with rosewood bench planes. It it has 2 1/4" parallel iron by Marples that does not show much wear. The plane is slightly shorter in the front than the rear, the result of wear, and on close inspection you will see that a wear plate has been fitted to the mouth. It was done in matching rosewood and is so well fitted that it is not quickly spotted. Clearly this was a real craftsman's plane. Right behind the blade, on the top surface of the plane, there is a small defect in the wood. The maker clearly manipulated the wood so that this defect would fall in a spot where it woudl not be noticed. A real gem and highly recommended. G++ $165

Griffiths, Norwich

WP150148 Griffiths, Norwich A 1/4" dado plane that has been waxed and lightly polished by an English collector. Dados are highly prone to an issue whereby the front half is out of line with the rear half. This plane has that issue, but only slightly. With just some very light trinning of the right front side it will work fine. Priced at half price to reflect that. G+ $29

Thos Bradburn & Son

WP141269 Thos Bradburn & Son A typical cabinetmaker's toothing plane. It has a nice full iron by I Sorby. The wedge taper has been adjusted and I am guessing that a new iron was installed and the wedge taper had to be adjusted to match the new iron. It has colored so that this is not obvious. A great user. G+ Sold

C. Nurse & Co, 182 & 184 Walworth Rd, London, SE C. Nurse & Co, 182 & 184 Walworth Rd, London, SE C. Nurse & Co, 182 & 184 Walworth Rd, London, SE

WP15019 C. Nurse & Co, 182 & 184 Walworth Rd, London, SE A very litely used 20" fore plane with the original Nurse marked 2 1/2" parallel iron. Tapered irons were certainly the standard in wedged planes but it was not uneard of to find a parallel iron and this iron is correct to the plane. Some water seems to have gotten on the top of the plane and caused the cap iron to rust pretty badly. The wedge was stuck to it and had not been touched in years. I took the wedge out to check out how bad the situation was. The blade will clean up witnout problems. The cap iron will need more work, and while it will be fine to use, it will be pitted on top. The photo of the removed blade shows the situation. It might take half an hour to sort this out but the plane is so nice that it is well worth the trouble. G++ $95

John Moseley & Son

WP141222 John Moseley & Son A rather nice moving fillester with full dovetailed corner boxing. The brass depth stop adjuster has been very lightly polished and the entire plane has been waxed by a collector, who has also made a replacement nicker wedge out of beech, and then stained it. This is a quality plane and will be a great user. A collector would want a nicker wedge made out of boxwood as it originally was. G++ Sold


WP14124 Hathersich A matched pair of side rebate planes in lovely as found condition and showing very little wear. A particularly nice set. G++ Sold

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

Moseley & Son, London

WP141110 Moseley & Son, London A nice as found 22" Fore Plane. The sole shows that it has not seen too much use and still has a pretty good mouth. A great user for a comfortable price. G+9 Sold


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

Alex. Mathieson & Son, Edinburgh

WP141152 Alex. Mathieson & Son, Edinburgh This is an as found plow plane with 4 matching irons, that I have married to this plane. The irons are by A. Hildick and are a nice range of sizes, 2, 4, 6, &8. If you were only going to have 4 irons, you couldn't have asked for better choices. The irons have been overcleaned with a wire wheel. The arm wedges on the plow are gone and need to be replaced. (easy). The wedge will need a slight adjustment to its taper to fit these irons. Also easy. And voila, a good user plow for a song. Good Sold

C. Nurse & Co. 182 & 184 Walworth Road, London S.E. C. Nurse & Co. 182 & 184 Walworth Road, London S.E.

WP141153 C. Nurse & Co. 182 & 184 Walworth Road, London S.E. The cleanest, nicer, badger plane that I have ever seen. Absolutely unused and looking like it was stored in a vault. The only flaw is some light surface rust on the blade. For the connoisseur who must own the best and is willing to pay for it. Fine+ Sold

Ames, London

WP141056 Ames, London A 1/2" pair of match planes (This means tongue and groove cutting planes to work stock that is nominally 1/2" thick.) They appear to have been cleaned with steel wool but are still a nice working pair of planes. G+ Sold

G. Gardner, Late Holbrook, Bristol

WP141024 G. Gardner, Late Holbrook, Bristol A crisp and little used 22" fore plane. The plane has an I. Sorby parallel iron that gives it a very tight mouth. The sole shows no appreciable wear. I am not sure if the blade is original, as wooden planes typically did not have parallel irons, although they sometimes did. The blade is 2 1/2" wide, and is really worth about that I am asking for the plane, but I don't separate things to make more money. This is a particuarly nice bench plane and rates a strong G+ Sold

J. Buck, 164 Waterloo Rd. London

WP141027 J. Buck, 164 Waterloo Rd. London A classic British coffin shaped compass plane with an internal adjuster. The movable nose style of adjuster is much more common but this is a better means of adjustment, it just cost more to build. This one has been waxed but that is about it. A good honest example. G+ $59

Griffiths, Norwich Griffiths, Norwich

WP141032 Griffiths, Norwich A particularly nice spar plane with a 1 1/2" wide profile. The front of the throat follows the profile of the sole in a most attractive way. A former owner has branded his name on the side in a way that is often associated with Windsor charimakers, making me wonder if a chairmaker might have been using this plane on spindles. G+ Sold

E. Preston & Sons

WP141014 E. Preston & Sons A classic English badger plane. This plane is very smooth and was probably rubbed down with steel wool and wax. The blade is marked W&P rather than Preston. A good user. G+ Sold

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++ $395


WP140926 Unmarked A good standard 16" English badger plane. It has a full Marples iron and looks to have been lightly used. A great working plane and one that I recommend for ever shop. G+ Sold

Unmarked Unmarked

WP140938 Unmarked This is the sash fillester for somebody who wants a good user and doesn't mind a few defects. The front is smooth, with no markings, but doesn't look modified. The odd thing is that he front edge is not chamfered. I think that it was made this way. There is a chip out of the corner of the blade that is pretty deep, but it is the far cornder, which doesn't get used, so it won't matter unless you are making enormous sash. The arms have splits in the base on both sides, but again it doesn't matter since the screws hold them tight anyway. In short, it will work as good as any but is priced at half of what a better example would bring. G+ Sold


WP140837 Unmarked A seemingly unused coffin smoothing plane with an original 2" parallel iron by Mathieson. It was unusual, but not unheard of, to use a parallel iron on a wedged bench plane. The plane has never been oiled and has a light patina. It is crisp but dirty from sitting on the shelf in a dusty shop. I am assuming that it is British but I don't know that for a fact. It came with 59 other planes from a New England workshop, and all but one of these were sgned New England planes. The blade alone is worth the price. Fine $95

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+ Sold

Buck, 245 Tottenham Ct. Rd

WP140441 Buck, 245 Tottenham Ct. Rd A fixed radius compass plane in a smaller size than usual. The blade is 1 5/8" and by Ward. The sole has some dings on it as if the plane was used to hit something. It is not too bad but it makes me cringe that anyone would be so callous. A nice looking plane and certainly reasonably priced. Good Sold

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++ 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++ Sold

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+ Sold

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

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+ Sold

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++ Sold

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+ Sold

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+ $1595

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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