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H. Chapin, Union Factory

WP150650 H. Chapin, Union Factory A matched pair of side rabbet planes. These are a bit unusual in that the blades are further foward than is usual. The left hand plane has a slight warp, but it is away from the working side and I don't think that it will matter. It could be flattened with one or two passes of a plane, but I really would leave it alone. A little dirty and with some paint spatters, but a good working pair G+ $89

Greenfield Tool Co.

WP150668 Greenfield Tool Co. A solid boxwood plow that is totally as found. this plane is crisp and little used and should clean up wonderfully. It only had the one blade in it when I got it. I have 4 original Greenfield irons, all part of an original set, that I have put with it. The sizes are 1/4", 3/8", 7/16", and 5/8". If you don't want them, just note that in the checkout and we will reduce your invoice by $50. Should clean to at least Fine- Sold

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

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

WP150623 John Bell, Philada This is a lovely as found Philadelphia screw arm plow. It has great surface, great color, and a great look. It has one original iron in it, by W. Butcher, as was pretty much standard on Philadelphia made planes. I have put with this plane a full original matching set of Ward and Payne irons that fit it very well and will make the plane a great user. This is a connoisseur grade plane. If you want to buy the plane as a collector's piece, I will sell it without the set of irons for $100 less. Just order it and put in the comments at checkout that you only want the one original iron we will reduce your invoice by $100. Connoisseur grade. Fine Sold

Sandusky Tool Co Sandusky Tool Co Sandusky Tool Co

WP150630 Sandusky Tool Co This is a Sandusky #124 handled beech plow with the patented handle that is shaped only for a right handed person. What is odd about this plane is that it has rosewood arms and nuts that appear to be original to the plane. Our picker bought it at a flea market in rural Virginia. Sandusky used rosewood arms on some rosewood planes, but not on a beech plow. Perhaps this was made toward the end and they were just using up parts. The plane is in nice untouched condition with crisp brass and a skate that should clean up to be bright and clean. The wedge has some damage to the finial and the bottom has been reshaped a bit, probably in an attempt to make it clear shavings better. The fence is boxed (meaning a piece of boxwood is dovetailed onto the wear surface) The blade was missing when it came to me and I have put a correct Sandusky iron in it that fits well, but was cleaned with a chemical that etched its surface. It needs to be carefully smoothed out. The rosewood arms are worth the price of the plane. There is some minor chipping on one arm towards the fence. G+ Sold

Two Working Rabbets

WP150520 Two Working Rabbets A pair of skew rabbet planes, one a 2" example by H. Chapin, Union Factory, which retains traces of an original paper hardware store label. The other is a 7/8" by Sawheag Works, Wallingford, Ct. Both are out of an old workshop and very dirty but will clean up to m make good users for less than $20 each. Just to be clear, these are not TBT grade planes. Good Sold

I. Schauer

WP150512 I. Schauer A nice clean as found 3/4" dado. There is a small but odd loss of wood on the wedge finial. I can't imagine what caused it. The plane would otherwise rate fine. It is really a lovely example. G++ Sold

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

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

Chapin-Stephens, Union Factory

WP150471 Chapin-Stephens, Union Factory A run of the mill 1 1/4" wide skewed rabbet. From an old shop and covered with saw dust. A good user. G+ Sold


WP150491 Unmarked A 2" wide skewed rabbet that is covered with sawdust from an old workshop but should clean well. There is a check on one side eminating from the escapement, as noted in the This won't pose any issues. It is not marked but it is New England made in the 19th Century. G+ Sold

P. Chapin, Maker, Baltimore P. Chapin, Maker, Baltimore P. Chapin, Maker, Baltimore

WP150443 P. Chapin, Maker, Baltimore A large and magnificent Baltimore panel raiser with the scarce trademark Baltimore wedge style. This wedge form was only used in Baltimore and only on bench planes. It is not seen very often. This is the best example that I have had, The plane has seen very little use and is in lovely original condition. It came from an important collection and has only been cleaned off with a rag and a Rennaissance wax. It has a full Providence Tool Co. iron. It is marked 3 1/2, although without removing the fence your max cut would be more like 3 1/8". For the connoisseur. Fine- Sold

Craftsman Made Craftsman Made

WP15043 Craftsman Made A scarce 30" early jointer. It has classic 18th Century features, with heavy chamfers, an ofset tote, a wonderfully chamfered wedge in the Pennsylvania style, and a diamond strike. The uncut iron is by James Cam, but is not a round top iron. The diamond strike has been shaved flush with the top and a later round strike added closer to the end of the plane where it will be more effective. The tote has an eclectic form and is the only feature of the plane which makes me think craftsman made instead of professionally made. The tote has ergonomic swell in the grip and decorative chamfering. The tote is cracked at the base and in the front, but it is riveted on and is stable as is. The front of the plane is marked "E.F." with an early style stamp. This plane could be maker made, but the tote makes me doubt that, It is in untouched condition with great old surface and is not heavily worn. There are 4 old screw holes in the left side, the purpose of which is now lost to history. A rare survivor. G+ $195

H.L. Kendall, Washington, DC

WP150412 H.L. Kendall, Washington, DC A very scarce American meeting rail plane (for making double hung windows) with a rare Washington DC mark. Superb as found condition. This plane has the same owner's mark as WP150350 by J.T. Brown. For the connoisseur. G++ $395

J. T. Brown

WP150416 J. T. Brown A nice as found going tongue and groove plane. It is marked 1/2", but will work stock from 7/16" to 11/16". A former owner has marked his initials and dated it 1883. This is a good example of why dates on antiques can be misleading. I am sure that 1883 was significant to the owner, and probably was when he marked it, but it was not a new plane then, as J.T. Brown stopped making planes in 1843 and was long dead by 1883. I really like this plane. It is a very strong G+ Sold

 P. Probasco, Philada  P. Probasco, Philada

WP150382 P. Probasco, Philada A very nice untouched left hand side rabbet plane by a very scarce Philadelphia maker who later moved to Ohio, but sadly was never very succesful at business. This plane is in the condition that I really like and is a great example of his work. G++ Sold

H. Chapin, Union Factory H. Chapin, Union Factory H. Chapin, Union Factory

WP150344 H. Chapin, Union Factory A superb as found panel raiser with the extra bevel on the sole so that the tongue is at a less acute angle to the groove. This is advantageous because when the panel shrinks it has more of a tendancy to get loose when the edge of the panel is at a steep angle. This plane is adjustable, which is the exception for this form, but of course only a narrow range of adjustment can be made since the break angle will not change. This plane adjusts from 1 1/2" to 1 3/4", with the break at 1 1/8" from the edge, making it more of a cabinetmaker's size than a jointers. BIg joiner's panel raisers are common, but cabinetmaker's panel raisers with the extra angle on the sole are relatively hard to find and highly sought after. This one is one of the best of its kind that I have had. G++ Sold

J.T. Brown J.T. Brown

WP150350 J.T. Brown A massive 10" long, 2" wide rabbet plane in lovely as found condition. Rabbets were work horse planes and I don't see too many that are this nice, especially ones that are maker made and not from one of the big plane factories. This plane was made in Baltimore by a small maker who made planes at the bench. There are two owner's marks which would be worth researching. H. M. Dellinger and H. Yerkes. Unique enough names that it might be able to pinpoint them. A connoisseur grade plane. G++ Sold

John Veit, Phila, Corner Market St. and Green St.

WP150363 John Veit, Phila, Corner Market St. and Green St. A crisp and barely used 3/4" going and coming match plane. This plate is as found and needs a light cleaning. There is light surface rust on the skate that should clean easily, along with two small patches that are a bit heavier and will leave light pitting behind. Otherwise it is a solid G++ $119

Wm Martin, Philada Wm Martin, Philada Wm Martin, Philada Wm Martin, Philada

WP150370 Wm Martin, Philada A classic 18th Century Philadelphia panel raiser by a man who fought in the American revolution. The plane is in very genuine original condition. It has classic early form tote, offset to the right, and a decoratively chamfered wedge in the early Philadelphia style. The round topped iron is by James Cam. The top of the body has some roughness at the front, exascerbated by a knot that shows on the front of the plane. Intead of using heavy wood screws to hold the fence, there are iron nuts let into the side of the body, a nice touch that I have not seen before on a panel raiser. The only minor issue is that the top of the wooden depth stop is broken off. A rare and important survivor from the golden age of Philadelphia craftsmanship. Good Sold

Lyon & Smith Lyon & Smith Lyon & Smith

WP150372 Lyon & Smith A wonderful as found panel raiser. Lyon & Smith are said to have made planes in Cincinnati from 1849 - 1853 and in my experience this is quite a scarce mark. I have not had one before. The maximum width of cut is 2 7/8". The blade is a nice full blade by Butcher. The patina is a nice even untouched patina. There are a very very small chips on the upper edge of the spur and a chip out of the front edge of the fence. Otherwise it would rate higher than G+ $289

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

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 Sold

D. Colton, 179 Market St. 489 S. 2nd St. Philada

WP14042 D. Colton, 179 Market St. 489 S. 2nd St. Philada A massive panel raiser with a 4" wide Butcher iron. Dark as found condition, it should clean up nicely. The mark is not super clear, but it is unusual in having both addresses for Colton shown on the same plane. One was probably added later when they moved and the plane was still in stock, but that is pure speculation on my part. I don't think that this plane has seen much use. G+ $269

Craftsman Made Craftsman Made Craftsman Made

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

W. Steele, Wheeling W. Steele, Wheeling W. Steele, Wheeling

WP13117 W. Steele, Wheeling A rare American screw arm sash fillester by a Virginia maker, and yes, Wheeling was in Virginia when this plane was made. Steele planes are scarce and American sash fillesters are scarce. A sash fillester by Steele is unique in my experience. It has a boxwood faced fence, but I don't see how the boxwood is held on. It is not done like one would expect with a sliding dovetail. The depth stop is friction fit and is still tight. The plane doesn't look to have seen much user. I would have rated it higher but for small nicks on the arms and one nut. One arm is split at the base, as is common, but it is tight. For the advanced wooden plane collector. G+ $345

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

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

J. Hobbs J. Hobbs

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


WP150477 Unmarked This is a 1 3/8" skewed rabbet that has been modified to function as a sliding dovetail plane. From an old workshop, it is covered with saw dust but will clean up easilty and will make a great user plane. Free to the first person who requests it and orders two other wooden planes that are not free. 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

Joel Fenn & Co, Wallingford, Ct and Unmarked

WP150522 Joel Fenn & Co, Wallingford, Ct and Unmarked These two smoothers were found together in the same old workshop and both have the same added grip to make them more comfortable to use. The Fenn has had the sole charfered all around, and beveld back in the rear. I don't know why but it is neatly done and probably for a reason. This plane is missing the blade. I can't read the mark on the other plane, but the blade is by E. M. Chapin, Pine Meadow, Ct. A new sole has been made for this plane and it is loose now because the glue has dried out. This plane will probably make a decent user. Free to the first person who orders another vintage tool from us and requests these. 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 Wooden Planes

Illegbile Illegbile Illegbile

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

Stothert, Bath

WP150627 Stothert, Bath This is a rare group of 4 matching coachmaker's rabbets. These are all compassed rabbets, of varying radius, with the shallowest radius plane also having rounded sides. I suspect that this was a period modification. One of the planes has a wedge that is clearly from a similar Stothert plane, but is not quite the right fit to this plane. It is my preumption that there were once more planes in this group and that the wedge got swapped with one of the other planes in the set, and that plane is not gone. Finding a relatively early set of coachmaker's planes like this is about unheard of. These have all been nicely waxed by a collector. They are 6" long. G+ $179

Williams, Longacre, London

WP150560 Williams, Longacre, London A compass smoothing plane on the smallish size, measuring 6 1/4" long with a 1 5/8" wide blade. The blade is tight because of shrinkage and needs to have a few thousands removed from the sides. The blade is by Fenton & Marsden, one of the best makers. The plane has a nice rich patina and is a nice honest example. G+ $45

D. Malloch, Perth

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

Varvill & Sons Ltd. Ebor Works, York

WP150576 Varvill & Sons Ltd. Ebor Works, York A lovely as found cabinetmaker's drawer bottom plane with a 1/4" wide grooving blade that cuts offset 7/16" from the fence. This plane has an original French polished finish that shows honest wear. The groove is solid boxwood. A great example. G++ Sold


WP150554 Unmarked A tiny little boxwood smoother with an iron sole. There is a screw in the side of this plane where the body checked. Otherwise I really like it. The wedge is beech, to make it more effective since boxwood on boxwood doesn't hold well. Measures 2 7/8" long and the blade is 7/8" wide. I don't know if this plane is British or American. I put it under British only because miniature British planes are more common, but I got this plane in the US out of a collection that I bought. As found condition and an honest, if not pristine, plane. Good 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+ $65

Wm Marples & Sons

WP150478 Wm Marples & Sons A typical toothing plane in as found condition. It is covered with light tool box rash from being in a toolbox for years. Thus it was graded down a notch. I would ground a few thousanths off of the sides of the iron to compensate for the shrinkage of the body. It is the original Marples marked iron. A nicer user. G+ Sold


WP150473 Unmarked A 1" square rebate (or rabbet, take your pick), meaning the iron is not skewed. Most rebate planes have skewed irons, but for some reason I find toey that many people ask for a square rebate. This plane is a little dirty but should clean to G++ Sold


WP150489 Unmarked A little used jack plane that was probably made by Marples in the mid-20th Century. It has a Marples marked iron. The iron needs to be ground properly for use as a jack plane and then you will have a great working tool. G++ Sold

Moseley Late Mutter

WP150428 Moseley Late Mutter A crisp as found 5/8" dado that needs only a light cleaning. It appears to have an original light polished finish that should really come out when cleaned properly with wax and a soft rag. FInding dados that are this nice is becoming hard. This one literally came off the shelf of an old undertakers in the West of England while my daughter sat waiting in the car, mesmorized by her phone. G++ $59

Varvill & Sons, Ebor Works, York

WP150449 Varvill & Sons, Ebor Works, York A typical boxwood nosed compass plane, This is a nice plane, with good color, but an English dealer has polished the brass and used a heavy furniture wax on the body. I would have rated it a notch higher before it was cleaned. The James Howarth iron is about full original length. G+ $59

Griffiths, Norwich

WP15046 Griffiths, Norwich An as found moving fillester that needs some cleaning, but is a high quality example with double dovetail corner boxing. Other than a careful cleaning, the only issue with this plane is that one of the fence screws is missing and has been replaced with an inappropriate countersunk brass screw. At the least, this should be swiched out with a round head screw, since a proper pan head will be hard to find. A countersunk screw is totally wrong and will damage the fence if it is tightened down. In ready to go condition, this would be a $145 plane, but it is priced to refect the cleaning needed, which will take about half an hour to do right, and finding a better screw. G+ Sold

A. Mathieson & Son, Glasgow A. Mathieson & Son, Glasgow

WP150381 A. Mathieson & Son, Glasgow A crisp and little used 22" Fore plane with its original Mathieson iron and cap iron. The sole on this plane is clean with a tight mouth. There is one spot on the right side, adjacent to the tote, where there are a series of shallow cuts in the wood that look relatively recent, and were clearly caused by the blade of another plane touching the side of this one. This plane is otherwise about as good as they come for a bench plane. 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

Gillette Gillette Gillette

WP150355 Gillette A very scarce sash fillester with inlaid boxwood graduations in the arms. This technique is sometimes seen with ivory scales, and even less frequently with boxwood scales, like this plane has. Some idiot has cleaned the arms with a solvent so that the graduations show more clearly. The plane will look dramatically better when it is all properly cleaned with wax. It might need just a drop of linseed oil on the spots that are now dull from the solvent, which was probably turpentine. The boxing is dovetailed in with an complex form which is not rare, but has always puzzled me, because it looks so complicated to do that I don't get why they bothered. The knicker wedge finial is sheare off, as so many are. The white spots in the photos are gummy residue from a collector's stickers that were on the wedge and front of the plane. A great plane from an important collection. G+ Sold


WP1502100 Stothert A very scarce dovetail plane for doing sliding dovetails for things like shelves in a secretary. This plane was missing the blade when I got it, I am including an original old blade blank that has has never been ground. It will work for this plane, but it will require a significant amount of work. I could see it taking an hour, with the proper equipment, to do this. It is a nice as found plane and worth the effort. I priced it to make it worth your while. G+ $45

Currie, Glasgow

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

Parkes, London

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

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

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

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


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

Buck, 242 Tottenham Ct Rd

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

Unmarked Unmarked

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

Craftsman Made

WP130863 Craftsman Made A nicely proportioned squirrel tail miniature compassed rabbet plane. The sole is 13/16" wide and 2 3/4" long. Nice color and surface. This plane has been spuriously marked A. Mathieson & Son, Glasgow, by an unscrupulous dealer, however no knowledgeable person would mistake this plane for being a Mathieson product. I have seen so many of these Mathieson fakes in the last 15 or so years that I wonder how many unsophisticated collectors have been fooled by them. This is why one should deal with a reputable dealer. G+ $55

John Hazey

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

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

Bewley, Leeds

WP120677 Bewley, Leeds A very scarce cock bead fillester. Cuts just over 1/8" wide. The main blade is a replacment that has been ground to fit. It looks like it will be usable. It has nice color and has been properly waxed by a collector. G+ $239

Heathcott, Sheffield Heathcott, Sheffield

WP120371 Heathcott, Sheffield A wooden mitre plane with the boxwood throught wear compensator. The sides show normal wear from being used on a shute board. The iron is 2 1/2" wide and the plane is 12" long. If you look closely on the sole you can see the marks that indicate that somebody ran it across a power jointer. It is patined in so that must have been a while ago. This is a very nice plane. G+ $345

Antique Wooden Plane Antique Wooden Plane Antique Wooden Plane

WP110215 Unmarked A lovely fruitwood smoothing plane that I would guess is either south German, Swiss, or Austrian. Very nicely decorated, and with a very pleasing patina. I am not sure of the age, but it could be 18th Century. The iron is marked "FRHA" with a mark that certainly looks like it could be 18th Century. There is some old worming, primarily towards the front. Measures 11 3/8" long. I have had this plane for 20 years, and before that it was in the great Harold Prucha collection. Highly recommended. Good $399

Early Carved Plane Early Carved Plane

100420 Early Carved Plane An beautiful carved European smoothing plane, presumably 18th or possibly early 19th Century. These types of craftsperson made planes are notoriously hard to date, and while I don't think that it would be later, I could believe that it was earlier. This plane has a North Wind figure blowing up at the user as he planes. The plane has a horn in the front, that is carved with a scroll. The plane is hornbeam, the horn is beech, and there is an applied sole that was probably added to compensate for wear, and is maple. This plane has a wonderful patina, and has always been well cared for, but well used. The blade is all but worn out. The wedge is clearly period, but I have no way to tell for sure if is original or not. I would guess that this plane is either German, Swiss, or Austrian, but again this is just an educated guess. Formerly in the Dermot and Cynthia Roche collection, as sold by David Stanley some years ago, this is a museum quality tool. Measures 10 inches overall. G+ $1395

Antique Wooden Plane Antique Wooden Plane

WP100559 Craftsman Made This is something very special. It is a solid boxwood smoother that has been carefully fashioned to duplicate the lines of a classic mid-19th Century London Pattern infill smoothing plane. Clearly the orginal owner was envious of his friends with their infill planes, and he thought that he would one up them with this. The workmanship is remarkable, the boxwood gorgeous, and the creativity of it charming. I really like this one. It's special. G+ $495

Antique Wooden Plane Antique Wooden Plane

WP91118 Benton, Leeds An 18th Century panel raiser by a scarce Leeds maker. This is the style with the extra bevel to allow the panel to enter the groove at a more shallow angle. It has an original uncut round top iron by P. Law with the crown. The iron is down around the top of the wedge. The width is 1 1/8 to where the secondary bevel begins. So the panels it would be best for would be 1 3/8" to about 1 5/8". Nicely waxed and from a very good British collection. G+ $345

Antique Wooden Plane Antique Wooden Plane

WP80428 Unmarked This is a rare matched pair of Scottish door check planes. They have been in my collection for more than 15 years. They are uncleaned and could use a careful waxing. The right side plane is in perfect condition, little used with a full iron. The left side plane is more worn, and the iron is down below the top of the wedge, and the side is split from shrinkage on the blade. It is still perfectly useable and in fact I did use it once years ago. I don't recall ever seeing another pair of these rare planes. They are 4 3/8" long. G+ $265

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