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H. Browning

WP161080 H. Browning A 1/2" size going & coming match plane. As found it needs a light cleaning with wax and a rag, and perhaps a white synethic pad. The fences are plated, meaning they have thin steel faces on them, which was an extra cost option. A user or collector's piece. G+ $99

Jacob Heiss

WP161052 Jacob Heiss A scarce American halving plane by a very scarce Pennsylvania maker. The blade is marked by Newbould. The the plane cuts a 1/4" wide and 3/8" deep rebate. These were used for creating lap joints in panneling. The plane is absolutely untouched as it came from an old tool box. It has been in an important collection of PA planes for the last 30+ years. G+ Sold

A Howland & Co.

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

Unmarked Unmarked

WP16104 Unmarked A diminutive 11" long razee jack plane that may have been made for a child, but is professionally made by a New England planemaker to the highest standards. Perhaps made by a journeyman planemaker for his own child, which might explain its not being signed. The wedge looks like those of Addison Heald, but all that I can say for sure is that it is New England work. It has a round-top 1 3/8" wide iron that was cut down from a wider iron. The small tote is perfect with a very elegant form. The plane has a dry old surface and has not been touched in eons. I believe that the wood is maple rather than beech. An absolute gem. G++ Sold

Henry G. White, Philada

WP161020 Henry G. White, Philada A scarce Philadelphia toothing plane with the famous tool sign mark associated with Israel White, but sometimes used by Henry White. This is my single all time favorite plane mark. Sadly, the address on the plane, the Corner of Callohill & Fourth, was razed to build the approach to the Ben Franklin bridge. So much of old Philadelphia was trashed in the 20th Century. A great plane. G++ $99

T. Tileston, Boston, Front St.

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

Israel White, Warrented, Philada/I.White

WP160938 Israel White, Warrented, Philada/I.White A dado, marked 7/8" but measuring slightly under. This plane has two Israel White marks, one of which is a very scarce version of the famous tool mark that does not include the address. It is also marked D.H. by the bench hand. I would call this plane crisp but an idiot has rubbed on it a bit with steel wool and has damaged the patina on the edges. This could be put right with a few drops of linseed oil. A very nice plane. G+ $78

Craftsman Made

WP160913 Craftsman Made A heavy shipwright's razee jack plane made from live oak with a handle from another wood with some tiger figure. As is usual for shipwright's planes, this plane was probably used hard. The mouth is quite open, although I don't think that it is all from wear. It may have been made this way to use as a scrub plane, since the sole doesn't seem very worn. The blade is blade is 2 1/4" wide and the plane is 16" long. This will make a great scrub plane. Good $45

Thomas Appleton, Boston

WP160923 Thomas Appleton, Boston A good usable 7/8" dado, but some fool has varnished it. It appears to have been used subsequent to that and is sharp now. G+ $49

Co Hendrik

WP160927 Co Hendrik A rare cabinetmaker's fenced dovetail plane by a rare 18th Century maker. Hendrik worked circa 1790 in Canajahorie, NY. The plane has a York pitch iron and cuts a sliding dovetail only 3/16" wide. The wedge finial has been professionally restored and is about indetectable. G+ Sold

E. W. Carpenter, Lancaster E. W. Carpenter, Lancaster E. W. Carpenter, Lancaster

WP160810 E. W. Carpenter, Lancaster A classic Carpenter's patent 19 1/2" fore plane. The classic oversized Carpenter applewood tote is nearly perfect, with just a sliver off of the left side of the spur. The top surface of the plane in the front has some rough surface were the grain is separating. It retains the original Butcher iron and both wedges are damage free. A nice honest example that is not pristine but is good enough to use or collect. G+ Sold

Isaac Field, Providence

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

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

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

S.S. Barry, N. York

WP160634 S.S. Barry, N. York A matched pair of skew rabbet planes, 1/2" & 3/4". The narrower plane has a more feint mark, and only the maker's name. There is not room for the second line of the mark and a strong stamp would have broken the the plane. This is a fresh to market pair of planes in wonderful condition. Fine- Sold

Unmarked Unmarked

WP160624 Unmarked A 12" long jack plane with a 1 3/4' single iron. These small jack planes are usually referred to as child's jack planes although it is a fully functional jack plane that is ideal for smaller work. This one shows very little wear but it is filthy and needs a good cleaning. The blade has some light surface rust. It should clean well and might even exceed G+ $65

Edward Carter, Troy, NY

WP160482 Edward Carter, Troy, NY This is a handled screw arm plow. The plane body is in superb untouched condition and rates fine, except that there are two holes in the fence face where it wear strip was screwed on and has been removed now. The wedge finial however has some battering and rates only G+. I have found four irons that are a pretty good fit for this plane. The sizes are 1/8", 1/4", fat 5/16", and 1/2". It should make a great user with these irons. G++ $195

E.C. Ring, Ringville, MS E.C. Ring, Ringville, MS E.C. Ring, Ringville, MS E.C. Ring, Ringville, MS

WP1604100 E.C. Ring, Ringville, MS A boxwood screw arm plow with some tiger figure to the boxwood. Includes 4 probably original irons by Dwight and French, a fat 3/16", a fat 5/16", 3/8", and a thin 1/2". Nicely cleaned a by a collector with nice color to the brass trim and a lovely honey color to the boxwood. There are some chips on the arms, but nothing that would affect use. A bargain for a boxwood plow, and that is not to meantion that it is figured boxwood. G+ Sold

Andruss, Newark, NJ Andruss, Newark, NJ

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

M. Long, Reading

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

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

WP160434 Unmarked A lovely handled boxwood plow that is not marked but probably made by De Forest. It has much of its original French polished finish which makes the boxwood just glow. In the plane is an original iron that is just shy of 3/16". I have put with it four mismatched blades that will fit well enough to use, in 1/4", 5/16", 7/16" and 9/16". Consider these as free, the plane is well worth the price alone. The skate has never been polished and the brass retains some original lacquer. The iron is partially bright and partially stained by old sap. One nut has a recent shrinkage check from the very dry winter that we have had. The check doesn't run the lengh of the nut, but is at the bullbouse part. It won't interfere with using the plane and is not obtrusive as a display piece. The arms have the usual minor thread chips and there are a few chips on the stop nuts. Really a superb plow that needs just some light and careful cleaning to be the centerpiece of a collection or a users price and joy. G+ $275

New York Tool Co.

WP160384 New York Tool Co. A good usable 16" wooden jack plane in as found condition. This plane has only seen light use and will`last a life time or two more. The original American made blade is marked "Butchers Cast Steel", showing the reputation that Butcher in this country. Needs only a light cleaning and you will be ready to go. G+ Sold

Southworth & Noyes, No Bridgewater Southworth & Noyes, No Bridgewater

WP160390 Southworth & Noyes, No Bridgewater A classic American moving fillester. A great user plane in clean as found condition. There is a split in the fence, where the plane hit a bench dog. This is no bid deal but should be glued before it splits further. Wooden bench dogs are much safer to use. A great user for a moderate price. G+ Sold

J.F. & G.M. Lindsey

WP160356 J.F. & G.M. Lindsey A 3/8" going and coming match (T&G) plane in untouched condition. The plane needs a light cleaning, but it is in lightly used condition and should easily rate G++ Sold

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

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

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

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

Made for R.& W. C. Bilddle 7 Co. Philada

WP1602116 Made for R.& W. C. Bilddle 7 Co. Philada A massive panel raiser with a 4" wide Dwight & French iron. As found and needing a light cleaning. The patina on the tote is lighter than the rest of the plane, and there is a chip in the body behind the tote, leading me to believe that the tote is probably a period replacement. It is certainly a proper tote of the type that were sold as replacements at the time. I have seen one or two that were never used. This plane will make a great user for a modest price. G+ Sold

J. Denison J. Denison J. Denison J. Denison

WP160247 J. Denison A handled boxwood plow plane in lovely original condition The boxwood has that mellow honey color and the brass trim is also nicely patinted. The iron skate is dark but with a nice smooth patina. This plow has all 8 original Providence Tool Co. blades with it. There is a tight check in the handle, which does not go all the way across, as noted by the arrow. If you sight down the skate, the front part of the skate is not in line with the rear part. This is true of most plow planes, but some degree or other, but on this one it is significant enough that with the narrowest blade it might bind in the cut. I am not sure, but it would be close. If this is an issue, it can be corrected by removing the front skate and shimming it. It would only take a slight amount to be sure that it wouldn't bind. I personally would leave it alone. It will definitely work fine with all but the narrowest blade. Plows with their original irons are few and far between. I would have priced this plane at $495 if not for the slight warp in the body that has caused the two parts of the skate to be out of line with each other. I think that it is a steal. G++ Sold

John Bell, Philada John Bell, Philada John Bell, Philada

WP160271 John Bell, Philada An unhandled screw arm plow with the earlier John Bell mark. Later John Bell work was probably factory made and marked by Bell, but this is one that would have been made in his shop. It is a nice as found plane that was used but not abused. The iron skate is not plated (a term to mean that a heavy brass strip runs along the top) and has a dark patina, but is not pitted and should not be cleaned. It has 7 blades with it, that I picked out from my stash. One is original to it, 4 are part of an original set and two others are unrlated, but I hope that all of them are a decent fit. Only the smallest size (typically 1/8" is missing). This is priced to sell quickly as a nice user. G+ Sold

Casey, Kitchell, & Co. Casey, Kitchell, & Co. Casey, Kitchell, & Co. Casey, Kitchell, & Co.

WP160273 Casey, Kitchell, & Co. This is a very scarce handled screw arm moving fillester. It would be priced at more than double the price but for a few issues. Boxwood nuts are often split because they shrink and crack on the arms. These are not checked, but one of them is too tight. The other one has old marks on the outside where clearly pliers were used on it to free it up. The one that is too tight moves freely, but it really needs to have the threads chased out. It will probably be fine this summer, but it is very dry here right now. The last half inch of threads on the arms are stripped, probably a result of forcing these nuts off. Again, the patina tells us that this happened back in the original period of use. The other issue is that the nicker is missing. The boxing, where the nicker emerges, is has a crack on once side and is chippe on the other. Reading all this the plane sounds awful, but it is not. It is really a nice plane. G+ Sold

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+ Sold

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+ Sold

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+ Sold

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+ Sold

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+ Sold

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+ Sold

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+ Sold

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

Scioto Tool

WP161040 Scioto Tool This is a wooden jack plane body. I am offering it as a useful source of beach to make a replacment wedge for a plane. If you want to make parts and color them properly, you really need to start with old beech. Free to the first person who wants it and spends $50 on other vintage tools. Poor $0

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+ 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

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+ 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

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

Holland, 93 York Rd. Lambeth

WP161087 Holland, 93 York Rd. Lambeth A rare miniature wooded rebate plane by the famous metal planemaker, John Holland. I presume that Holland bought this plane from a wooden planemaker to sell in this retail shop. It is a 4" long rebate, one inch wide, with a lovely rich patina. A small gem. G+ $95

Kirk & Asling, Nottingham

WP161057 Kirk & Asling, Nottingham A 13/16 inch dado plane. This plane has an orignal French polish finish. The plane is a bit dirty now, but with careful cleaning you can uncover this finish and it will really look great. Should clean to better than G+ $59

Mathieson, Glasgow

WP16106 Mathieson, Glasgow A nice clean as found toothing plane with its original Mathieson marked iron. Provenance, with Mechanick's Workbench. For the discerning craftsman. G++ Sold

Japanese Dovetail Plane

WP160945 Japanese Dovetail Plane This is a dovetail plane, about 13/16" wide and with nickers on both sides. It is signed on the front with a single character. The wood is oak. I don't know how old it is, but it certainly has some age on it. The condition is crisp and lovely. The blades look hand forged. This is a high quality tool. Fine $99

Spill Plane

WP160950 Spill Plane A typical craftsman made spill plane with a mahogany body and a birch wedge. Clean original condition and a nice example of the form. G+ Sold

W. Greenslade, Bristol

WP160931 W. Greenslade, Bristol A standard British moving fillester plane. This plane aslo has the "Exhibition Medals London and Dublin" mark. Cleaned by a collector and from an old English collection. G+ Sold

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

WP16098 R. Fairclough & Co., 72 Byrom St. Liverpool A classic British sash fillester with triple dovetailed square boxing. This fancy boxing work never ceases to amaze me. The brass trim was hand polished at one time by a collector and the plane has been cleaned off by the same collector. There is one small piece of boxing, behind the nicker but ahead of the blade, that is very prone to breaking off on these planes. This piece has been carefully replaced on this plane to a very high standard. A great user or collector's piece. From an old English collection. G+ $129

J. V. Hill, Grays Inn Rd. Nr. Kings Cross

WP16081 J. V. Hill, Grays Inn Rd. Nr. Kings Cross A lightly used badger plane with a full original Ward & Payne iron. There are two holes in the sole where a fence had been screwed on. The plane is slip boxed, which is a great extra cost feature, and the boxing is still perfectly tight and seated. The mouth has been slightly opened at the right side where these planes are prone to clogging. It has been cleaned by a collector with something like turnpentine, which has dulled the suface, but a good waxing should reverse that. A nice example of the type and a great user. G+ $75

A. Mathieson & Son, Glasgow

WP160653 A. Mathieson & Son, Glasgow A 1/4" dado plane with the classic Scottsh side finial nicker wedge. Properly waxed by a collector, it would rate higher but for light tool box rash overall. G+ Sold

Kimberley & Sons

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

Gleave, Oldham St. Manchester

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

Varvill, York Varvill, York

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

H. Richmond & Son, Sunderland

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

Alexander Mathieson & Son Alexander Mathieson & Son Alexander Mathieson & Son Alexander Mathieson & Son

WP160490 Alexander Mathieson & Son An exceptionally clean as found slide arm plow plane. It suspect that this plane is unused. The condition is amazing. It has one Mathieson blade with it, a thin 1/4". I have found 4 more similar blades that are a good fit, a fat 1/4", a fat 3/8", a fat 7/16" and 5/8". For user or a collector. A rare find in this condition. Fine Sold

A. Mathieson & Son, Glasgow & Edinburgh

WP160449 A. Mathieson & Son, Glasgow & Edinburgh A No. 2 sash fillester in nice as found condition with a dark patina. An attractive plane for a user or a collector. G+ $79

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

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

Hields, Nottingham

WP160420 Hields, Nottingham A matched pair of coachmaker's rebates, one curved sided and the other compassed. Both in lovely untouched condition. Fine- Sold

W. Marples, Sheffield W. Marples, Sheffield

WP1603112 W. Marples, Sheffield A perhaps unused in the original box. Most unusual is that this is a steel soled toothing plane. The screws are slightly proud on the sole now because of the body of the plane shrinking a bit. The blade is by I. Sorby, but appears to be original. Presumably from the 1930 to 1950s period. It needs a light cleaning but is a pretty remarkable find really. Fine- Sold

Varvill & Son, York

WP1603114 Varvill & Son, York A common English slide arm plow plane with replaced boxwood arm wedges. The #2 (3/16") iron in the plane is marked Varvill and is most likely original to the plane. I have added 4 other blades, all from different sets, that seem to fit this plane, to make it a good user plow. The sizes are 1/4", 5/16", 1/2", & 9/16". G+ Sold

A. Mathieson & Son, Glasgow & Edingburgh

WP160388 A. Mathieson & Son, Glasgow & Edingburgh A good as found pair of 1/2" match planes (tongue & groove). Sharp and ready to use after a cleaning with wax. G+ Sold


WP160367 Unmarked A typical British dovetail plane of the unfenced variety. Used to do sliding dovetails. It has a nicker with an elegantly shaped nicker wedge. The wedge has the common split running with the grain from being knocked out. The plane is 7 1/4" long. This plane is as found and quite dirty, it is still a very nice example and should clean to better than G+ $85

R. Armstrong, Whitehaven R. Armstrong, Whitehaven R. Armstrong, Whitehaven

WP160312 R. Armstrong, Whitehaven An apparenlty 18th Century sash fillester by a maker that I have not encournted before and which is not recorded in the book. The mark is definitely that of a maker. Whitehaven is in the Lake District and I bought this plane from a dealer friend of mine who lives in that area. The plane is as found and needs cleaning. It retains its original wooden depth stop, which is really not that common, although a more modern and longer screw is being used to lock it, and that has come through slightly on the opposite side. The wedge finial is somewhat reshaped from use. The rear arm has as screw running down from the top at the base. Lastly, there is a heavy check running from the depth stop slot to the wedge slot. None of these things scare me on a rare and early plane, and it is still quite usable just as it is. It is not very often that I handle a plane that is signed by what is clearly a maker, but is not recorded Gooman's book. Good Sold

Salmen, Invcita

WP160313 Salmen, Invcita An apparently unused drawer bottom plane wiht two irons and the original box. Salmen bought out Nurse in 1937. The Invicta Works was the name of the Nurse factory. The box is tatty, with the end missing, but the plane is pristine. The blades are 1/8" and 1/4". Fine+ Sold

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

WP1602119 John Moseley & Son 54-55 Broad St. Bloomsbury, London A common English slide arm plow with 6 irons, 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, & 8. 4 blades are marked Moseley and 4 are marked Moulson. I made sure that all of these blades fit the plane, but I don't know if any of them are original to the plane. I am selling this is a cheap user. It is quite a nice plane, with its original boxwood arm wedges, and is worth the price without the blades. G+ Sold


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- Sold

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+ Sold


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++ Sold

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+ Sold

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+ Sold

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++ Sold

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

Illegible Illegbile Illegbile

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

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+ Sold


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+ Sold

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+ Sold


WP161041 ICS A 7/8" square rebate plane with classic 18th Century appearance. The mark is a very attractive mark but is probably that of an owner. The blade is a period replacment that is too thin, causing the wedge to sit too low and the mouth to be ver far open. It is still usable plane and clearly has been used with this blade. Untouched but sharp and usable just as it is. Free to the first person who orders it and spends $100 on vintage tools. Good $0

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: 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+ Sold

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

I Cogdell

WP160946 I Cogdell A moving fillester plane by one of Robert Wooding's apprentices. The fence is missing, as is the top half of the wedge. The depth stop is cast in brass and dovetailed in, friction fit. It is magnificent. I have never seen one like it and I can't swear that it wasn't added, but it sure looks right. A plane that is well worth restoring. Free to the first person who orders it and spends $200 on wooden planes or molding planes. Fair Sold

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+ $1195

F.W.S. N.Y. Austria

WP160528 F.W.S. N.Y. Austria Marked on the wedge, F.W. Sohneider, 196 Ave A, N.Y. When I was a kid, that was no man's land in lower Manhattan, know as Alphabet Town. This is a typcial horn smoothing plane of Germanic form. The blade is worn down to near the keyhole. The plane has a lovely patina from years of use but no abuse. Free to the first person who orders it and spends $100 on old tools. Good Sold

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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