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Book:  Hoppus Book:  Hoppus Book:  Hoppus

ME21121 Book: Hoppus's Practical Measurer A nice early example of this important work, this is the (New Stereotype Edition published in 1842 and printed by S. Johnson in Manchester.) The book was owned by W. Stammers, Southwold, Suffolk. The leather binding is still in nice original condition with some honest spine wear. It has 212 pages. At the very end is a section on the cost of joiner's tools. G++ $75



Winterbottom Patent Square Winterbottom Patent Square

ME211215 Winterbottom Patent Square A small sized Winterbottom square, with the blade graduated to 4 1/2". As is normal, it is only marked with the patents. The rosewood stock retains most of its original finish. There is a small gap between the rosewood and the brass, which is from careless fitting, not damage. It doesn't imact its use in any way. A nice honest example. G+ $49



D. B. & S., Prov. R.I. D. B. & S., Prov. R.I.

ME211221 D. B. & S., Prov. R.I. A scarce fixed blade precision square from the late 19th Century, before Brown & Sharpe became Brown & Sharpe. The blade measures 4 1/2" to the face of the stock. Some very minor scattered staining but overall a super example for the connoisseur. Fine- $89






Antique Tool

ME71257 Dancing Leg Calipers This is a nicely made pair of dancing leg calipers that are neatly marked by the maker, F. Miller. Measuring just under 3 inches, this is a small but elegant set of dividers. G++ $129

E. A. Stearns & Co., Makers, Brattleboro, Vt E. A. Stearns & Co., Makers, Brattleboro, Vt E. A. Stearns & Co., Makers, Brattleboro, Vt E. A. Stearns & Co., Makers, Brattleboro, Vt

ME211165 E. A. Stearns & Co., Makers, Brattleboro, Vt Also marked "Chas. B. Long, Worcester, Mass, Patented Apr. 25 '65". This is a very scarce calculating rule. It is 24" long, two fold, and is covered with tables for calculating pitches for gear cogs. It is in wonderful as found condition with a lovely patina to the boxwood. This is the only example that I have ever seen and it might even be rare (fewer than 5 known), but I don't feel qualified to say that as rules really are not my speciality. The brass is crisp with a lovely patina. Clearly used, but still connoisseur grade condition. G++ $1495


Figural Calipers Figural Calipers

ME120474 Figural Calipers This is an example of a tool truly transcending utility and reaching a high artistic plane. The tool is a caliper, graduated to 8 inches, but who cares, the form is everything. There are two horse heads facing away from each other that form the top of the tool. The patina is lovely. There are two different owner's marks, but it looks like the original owner's mark was ground off on each side. This is patinated now and not noticable. A masterpiece tool that will be in the top tier of any collection. Provenance: Dr. Ronald Pearson collection. G++ $1195


J. Tree, Makers, 22 Charlotte St. Blackfriars Rd. London J. Tree, Makers, 22 Charlotte St. Blackfriars Rd. London J. Tree, Makers, 22 Charlotte St. Blackfriars Rd. London

ME210442 J. Tree, Makers, 22 Charlotte St. Blackfriars Rd. London A caliper rule that I believe is a hatter's rule. It is marked "Metre" and "English" and has more graduations on it than a typical hatter's rule, which is why I am not sure. According to Jane Ree's book, this mark was used from 1832 - 1842. The edge opposite the maker's mark is marked "H. Rogers" for the owner, and would have been marked this way by the maker. There is a shrinkage check caused by the German silver end cap constraining movement, as denoted with an arrow. This rule shows some use, but is not heavily worn. The markings are light from the original ink deteriorating. This is a nice example of an unusual rule. G++ $199


Lufkin Lufkin

ME211131 Lufkin A Number 8237 miniature boxwood square. It is It is only 6" by 4". It looks like a tailor's square, but I don't know why they would want one so small. There is some charring on the wood, possibly from being near an iron. I bought this just because I thought it was interesting. Good $29




Wm. T. Nicholson, Prov. R.I. Wm. T. Nicholson, Prov. R.I. Wm. T. Nicholson, Prov. R.I.

ME210987 Wm. T. Nicholson, Prov. R.I. A rare 13 3/4" long pre-Stanley Nicholson plum & level with the rotating vial feature. The brass medallions are marked, "Pat. May 1st, 1860", which I presume was a patent for the rotating vials. This level has 3 vials, all intact. Two are in the rotating part and one for plumb. It has a nice untouched look to it. The body retains most of its original japanning and the bare metal top and bottom have a pleasing patina. The rotating part has a dark surface with a lot of finish loss, understandable as it is the part that is freqently handled. The brass medallions, one on each end of the plumb vial, do look like they have been polished. This is a great example of a rare level for the serious collector. Fine- $599


The Chapin Stephens Co The Chapin Stephens Co

ME21083 The Chapin Stephens Co A lovely untouched No. 036 Combination rule, level, and inclinometer. There is still some original laquer on the brass. The steel blade is clean and crisp like new. This was a lighy used and well cared for rule that should please a discerning user or collector. G++ $135




The L.S. Starrett Co. Athol, Mass. USA

ME210822 The L.S. Starrett Co. Athol, Mass. USA A 12" sculpture's style calipers. The surface color is a bit blotchy and "SG" has punched his initials on, but they are in good honest conditon. I think that a collector has lightly cleaned them in a proper manner. G+ $25




Goodell Pratt Goodell Pratt

ME210729 Goodell Pratt A nice as found 1" to 2" micrometer. G++ $25






Starrett

ME210732 Starrett An older Starrett micrometer wrench with a lovely case colored surface. In the original wax paper packet. Fine $18





Starrett

ME210733 Starrett An Starrett micrometer wrench as new in the original manila envelope. Fine $12






Starrett

ME210741 Starrett Acute angle attachment for the Starrett universal bevel protractor, which if memory serves me is a #359 or 360. As lifted from a machinist's chest. Fine $29





W. Cresson, Philada W. Cresson, Philada W. Cresson, Philada

ME210635 W. Cresson, Philada Early signed Philadelphia mitre squares are scarce, but ones that are this large are really scarce. I don't recall every having such a large one before. The blade is 12 inches as measured along the top edge. The condition is essentiall as found. Somebody might have very lightly started to hand polish the brass faces on the stock, but maybe not. The blade has scattered spots of surface rust overall and traces of original blue. An important tool for the serious Philadephia collector. G+ $169


Unmarked (David Tool & Level Co.) Unmarked (David Tool & Level Co.)

ME210667 Unmarked (Davis Tool & Level Co.) A David 4" screw on level with decorative finials. The bare metal around the base looks like it has been cleaned. The rest of it is untouched. It screws onto a straight edge to make a longer level. A nice decorative piece for a collector or a user and priced to sell. G+ $129




Early Marking Gauge Early Marking Gauge

ME21057 Early Marking Gauge A superb American marking gauge reminscent of E.W. Carpenter's work in it's scale, but probably earlier. The shaft is birch, and graduated to 11 inches, although the head can't be locked in place at more than about 10 inches back. The head is Brazilian rosewood. The thumbscrew, also rosewood, is of particularly elegant form. The head is well worn from use, as is the shaft. The pin is short, but usable. It was made so that the pin is easy to replace. It is held in place by a dowel. This tool probably served a cabinetmaker throughout his career. Based on the birch shaft, I am guessing that it was a New England cabinetmaker. For the connoisseur. G+ $109


Chas. Markland, Phila Chas. Markland, Phila Chas. Markland, Phila

ME210516 Chas. Markland, Phila A cabinetmaker's mitre square by a rare Philadelphia maker. I have never seen this mark before and it is not listed in the EAIA directory. It is similar in style to a Cresson mitre square of the same mid-19th century period. The stock is mahogany. The brass trim is crisp and untouched with a lovely patina. The blade has a medium patina. The stock has some tool box rash and a hang hole. Overally it is in nice honest condition and for such a rare tool is perfectly acceptable for a collector. G+ $179


D.B. & S. D.B. & S.

ME210521 D.B. & S. A superb Darling, Brown, & Sharpe machinist's square. The blade is 5 1/2" overall including the stock. The stock is 9/16" thick. There is some scattered staining but it is mostly bright. Considering that this partnership disolved in the late 19th Century, the condition is amazing. The blade is also marked "Pat. Ext'd. 1872" and "Prov. R.I.". A real gem for the connoisseur. Fine- $69



J. Rabone & Sons, Makers J. Rabone & Sons, Makers

ME210473 J. Rabone & Sons, Makers A rare four-fold 12" caliper rule made for the Scandinavian trade. It has graduations marked "Norge", "Gamla", "Import", "London", & "Metre". It is very clean on the inside, but quite yellowed on the outside, typical of a rule that was carried and used. It is still tight and the German silver trim is still crisp. G+ $99



De Grave & Son, St. Martin De Grave & Son, St. Martin De Grave & Son, St. Martin

ME210478 De Grave & Son, St. Martin's-le-Grand, London A fine quality coin scale in super original condition. De Grave was a prominent London make of scales but it is stated in the book, "Weighing Coins", that his coin scales were probably made by Thomas Houghton. The case measures 5 3/8" overall. This is the last of the scales that I am selling from my own collection of 18th Century coin scales. For the connoisseur. Fine $365



Unmarked Bevel

ME21049 Unmarked Bevel An as found 12" British bevel square with quite a bit of tool box rash, primarily on the rosewood stock that kept the condition grading down. It will make a great user. Good $18





Dolland*London Dolland*London Dolland*London Dolland*London Dolland*London Dolland*London

ME210365 Dollond*London A miniature drafting set in a polished shagreen case. It is 3 1/2" high. I bought this set about 20 years ago from Bob Baker. Bob was not really a collector, but he loved quality and had a few very special things. This was one of them, but one day when he was in love and needed the money for his romantic plans, he sold me this. Bob had bought it from an important collector of scientific instruments, who's name I can't recall right now. If it comes to me I will update this. The set is similar to a typical common Etui drafting set except for the size. The last photo shows it beside a common set for comparison sake. The tools have the tiny wingnut configuration typical of the early sets, as opposed to the later knurled wheel thumbscrews. The Dollond family as been in business since the mid-18th Century until today, in London, so it is hard to date this precisely, or to attribute it to a particular family member, but I feel confident that it is 18th Century. The Dollond name is synonymous with the finest quality. There are two vacant holes. One I believe was for a pencil and the other for a file. There is one small spot of missing shagreen on the base, as denoted with an arrow. This is a museum quality piece for the connoisseur. Fine $2995


T. Houghton, Maker, Farnsworth near Warrington T. Houghton, Maker, Farnsworth near Warrington T. Houghton, Maker, Farnsworth near Warrington T. Houghton, Maker, Farnsworth near Warrington T. Houghton, Maker, Farnsworth near Warrington

ME210328 T. Houghton, Maker, Farnsworth near Warrington A superb 18th Century English coin scale with a 6" scale inlaid into the lid. I used to collect coin scales and this is the best one from that collection. It is the only one with a similar rule that I have had, and the best condition one that I have had. It is also larger than your garden variety coin scale. In the book, "Weighing Coins" by Michael Crawforth, he says that there are three known examples of Thomas Houghton scales with the inlaid rule. He married in 1771 and died in 1825. His primary trade was listed as watch tool maker. His scales are better in quality than others that I have seen, which makes sense given is involvement with the watch trade. For the connoisseur. Fine $895


C.S. Bailey, Bristol C.S. Bailey, Bristol C.S. Bailey, Bristol C.S. Bailey, Bristol

ME91025 C.S. Bailey, Bristol This is a 12" four-fold rule by a scarce maker that is not in Jane's book. The sides are also graduated with scales for 1", 3/4", 1/2", and 1/4". I presume that this was for drawing to scale. It is engraved for a former owner, one "F. Clarke." One of the indexing pins is missing, as they often are. A nice clean as found ivory rule. G++ $229



Sawyer Tool Co., Athol, Mass Sawyer Tool Co., Athol, Mass

ME210264 Sawyer Tool Co., Athol, Mass This is a small bevel that is marked Pat. July 25, 1893. These are scarce in my experience. I have seen them with two arms and one, like this one has. I must assume that one arm is missing from this one. The stock is dovetailed so that the bevel can slide along the stock. It is quite convenient for small work. It has a medium patina overall with a few darker spots that have light pitting. A neat tool and not expensive. G+ $38



The Lufkin Rule Co.

ME210230 The Lufkin Rule Co. Lufkin 4" inside calipers in an original box. Somebody has written "Inside" on the label in grease pencil and changed the model number. I would guess that was done in a hardware store. The calipers look like they were rubbed down with steel wool, which is why I graded them low. They are will make nice users. The box is crisp. It has an original Ace Hardware price tag on it reading "$3.15." G+ $25




 Pattern Maker

ME210166 Pattern Maker's Marking Gauge A typical pattern makers marking gauge with the reversible head to do straight or curved surfaces. Made from oak and in crisp untouched condition, just as it came from the chest. Fine $38





Star Patent Marking Gauge

ME210149 Star Patent Marking Gauge A nice example of the classic patentend cam action markign gauge. It was marked onto the side face of the head and the mark is very unclear. One of these was one of the very first antique tools that I ever bought when I first started collecting. G+ $59




G.P. Preston & Sons, Sheffield

ME201225 G.P. Preston & Sons, Sheffield A lightly used beech slitting gauge in honest as found condition. Preston was a tool dealer, not the maker. This will make a great user. G+ $45





Metric Caliper

ME201182 Metric Caliper A caliper that is graduated to 12cm. It is marked "Meter", which makes me thing that it is not Continental, since they would write "Metre", or more likely not even specifiy. It is very well made with some elagance about it. It has a pleasing light patina overall. I really like this tool. G++ $39




Calipers

ME201156 Calipers Eight inch English calipers in the style that was made for eons and is thus hard to date. These are as found with some light surface pitting that doesn't detract from functionality. Since these were always left in the black, the spots of light pitting don't detract. A great working tool. G+ $45




Handi-Mike Handi-Mike

ME201064 Handi-Mike A 0 to 1/2" capacity micrometer in nice as found condition. This is a US made mic, but it was a cheap mic. It will be fine for most work, but it isn't Starrett quality. Fine- $19





The L.S. Starrett Co.

ME200650 The L.S. Starrett Co. A Number 29 wheel type marking gauge graduated to 6 inches. The wheel is very sharp and shows no visible wear. The tool is in nice clean condition. G++ $69





Thompson Patent Gauge Thompson Patent Gauge

ME200610 Thompson Patent Gauge The Thompson patent was issued in 1900. None of the guages are know to have been marked, other than some of them being marked as "Patent Applied For." This one is not marked at all. It is in nice as found condition. This tool was one of the shipwright's tools that we bought. He worked from about 1900 to 1940 in the Boston area. It has nice double knurled thumscrews. It can function as a mortising gauge, a marking gauge, and a butt gauge. It really is a clever thing and very nicely made. G+ $119


The L.S. Starrett Co.

ME2004120 The L.S. Starrett Co. A 4" size number 463 Hermaphrodite caliper in nice untouched condition. Fine- $29






The L.S. Starrett Co.

ME200442 The L.S. Starrett Co. A Starrett thickness gauge for measuring the thickness of sheetmetal. This tool is in the original finger jointed wooden box and is in clean condition, BUT, the oil has dried up and it is very stiff to operate, and the crystal on the dial has popped out. It has the crystal, but I don't know what holds it in. If you drop it into place, nothing seems to be holding it from falling out again. Another tool from my problem shelf, this is a $150 plus tool once you lubricate it and reinstall the crystal. The finger jointed box is also loose and needs to be reglued. The label on the box is no longer legible. G+ $45


Millers Falls Co

ME191160 Millers Falls Co A 4 1/2" outside calipers. Some old dried grease on it but if you clean this off it easily rates Fine $25






Unsigned Brass Level Unsigned Brass Level

ME1910112 Unsigned Brass Level This is a 12" British level that looks like your typical brass topped British level, except that the body is brass as well. Miraculously for a British tool with so much brass, it has never been polished and has a lovely patina. There are some minor nicks, dings, and marks on the body but it is still a good piece. G++ $85



Starrett Starrett

ME191052 Starrett I am informed that these are Fay pattern calipers for measuring across the male threads on a bolt or similar. The ends are shaped more like clippers than calipers. They are 4" size and in very clean as found condition. The mark just has "Starrett, Athol, Mass, USA" without the L.S. Fine $59




Johann Caspar Mittelstenscheid, Lennep Johann Caspar Mittelstenscheid, Lennep Johann Caspar Mittelstenscheid, Lennep Johann Caspar Mittelstenscheid, Lennep

ME19077 Johann Caspar Mittelstenscheid, Lennep A magnificent balance beam coin scale by Johann Caspar Mittelstenscheid, Lennep, Germany, Circa 1800. Every single compartment is complete with its original weight. There is also a handled compartment containing two small fractional weights. The maker's label on the interior of the lid is superb. The exterior of the box is also very nice, with untouched original brass fittings. I found sales recorders for a few similar sets online, all selling for more than ours, when you add in the buyer's premium, but none were in nearly such nice condition. The box is 7 1/4" wide by 4 1/8" deep. For the connoisseur. Fine $599


Brown & Sharpe

ME190264 Brown & Sharpe A Number 52 precision caliper in 2" - 3" size. As it came from an old machinist's chest. G++ $35






The Combination Rule, Square, & Compass The Combination Rule, Square, & Compass

ME1901100 The Combination Rule, Square, & Compass This rule is marked Pat'd June 10, 1891. It almost looks like it is silver plated. I am not sure. It doesn't look like nickel. It is 6" long and I don't recall seeing one like it before. The pictures make it look much worse than it is because areas where the plating isn't smooth are causing a lot of glare. G++ $46





T. Aston, The Original Maker T. Aston, The Original Maker T. Aston, The Original Maker T. Aston, The Original Maker

ME190143 T. Aston, The Original Maker A rare and possibly unique postal rule. This is a 24" four-fold rule that is graduated in inches on the outside, and scales on the sides, but the inside has tables for "Stamps" and "Postage, Not Excd." The fittings are German silver. There is some loss to the rule near the hinge joint, which is why I graded it lower. It would otherwise have graded to Fine-. I have never seen another one like it nor have I found any reference to one in the literature. I have had this one for about 20 years. Really a lovely piece despite the damage. G+ $495


Williams & Son, London Williams & Son, London

ME190111 Williams & Son, London A very scarce coachmaker's square in wonderful as found condition. Most of these that I see are made by Preston and even the Preston ones are very scarce. One by Williams could be called rare, meaning that it is probably that 5 or less exist in the world. This one is from my personal collection. It is the nicer of the two that I have. For the connoisseur. Fine $395



The L. S. Starrett Company

ME180831 The L. S. Starrett Company An 8" inside caliper with the Starrett patent fine adjust. The mark is quite faint. These need a light cleaning. G+ $27







C. Sholl, Patented March 8, 1864 C. Sholl, Patented March 8, 1864

ME180361 C. Sholl, Patented March 8, 1864 A lovely as found example of the Sholls patent gauge. This one is in walnut, except of course for the boxwood thumbscrew. The wood has lovely grain and color. The brass has a rich patina. Rather than having the more common brass wear strips in the head, this one has a series of round brass pieces. This is more attractive but was probably more trouble to build. A lovely example for the connoisseur. G++ $189


Kirby & Bro. Makers, 51 Fulton St, N.Y. Kirby & Bro. Makers, 51 Fulton St, N.Y. Kirby & Bro. Makers, 51 Fulton St, N.Y. Kirby & Bro. Makers, 51 Fulton St, N.Y.

ME170434 Kirby & Bro. Makers, 51 Fulton St, N.Y. A rare luggage rule made for Holland America Line and so marked. It is a 4 foot rule with a hook on the end and would be used to calculate the volume of a luggage consignment. Holland America Line was one of the major steamship lines like Cunard and White Star. The rule appears to be ash and retains most of its original finish. It was used but well cared for. There is a Roman number 6 on the edge which was most likely an inventory mark. There is one sliver missing from the edge, just below and to the right of the makers mark, but it is really nothing to worry about. This is a superb piece with great crossover appeal. Fine- $345


Houghton-Butcher Mfg Co. Ltd

ME170217 Houghton-Butcher Mfg Co. Ltd This is a trough compass in a fitted mahogany case. I have this information from a friend, " A trough compass is used in land survey work. Normally mounted into the surveyors plane table. In these application all the surveyor needed was an indication of magnetic north." The lid has a strip of brass laid in, that I also can not explain. It is as found except around the mark where the brass was lightly polished to make the mark more legible. The box is 6 1/2" long. The quality is clearly very high. It appears to be from the first half of the 20th Century. Fine- $145


Unmarked

ME170144 Unmarked This is an English copy of the common Stanley Number 90 marking gauge. It is only marked "Made in Sheffield England." Clearly pre-War, but I don't know who made it. G+ $36





Hard & Robertson, Union Works, Canton, Mass

ME161167 Hard & Robertson, Union Works, Canton, Mass A rare 12" cabinetmaker's square by a maker that I have never seen before. This maker is listed in the EAIA directory, but with no information. The blade has a dark but smooth patina. The rosewood stock has considerable tool box rash and the maker's mark is difficult to read. The escutcheon is very unusual in form and quite attractive. This tool is not in great condition but is in very honest condition and is a very attractive and rare tool. Good $129


Early Coin Scale

ME16027 Early Coin Scale An apparently 18th century English coin scale in the original tin case. There is a label in the lid, but I suspect that it is a facsimile. The brass pans have been polished at some point. There are weights with it, I don't know enough to confirm that they are original to it or not, which is why I priced it so low. G+ $99



H. G. Fulton, Patd July 17-88

ME160217 H. G. Fulton, Patd July 17-88 A nice as found example of this scarce gauge. Somebody with the initials AEE has scratched them into the gauge in two spots. I have no other complaints. A nice honest example. G+ $59





Schmalcalder, 82 Strand, London Schmalcalder, 82 Strand, London Schmalcalder, 82 Strand, London Schmalcalder, 82 Strand, London Schmalcalder, 82 Strand, London

ME160220 Schmalcalder, 82 Strand, London A circular protractor in its original fitted mahogany case. Inside the lid is written in fading ink, "1829, Joseph Cadman, xxxxxxxxxxx" with the xxxx signifying a word that I can't read, but is presumably the place where Joseph lived. Also in ink, but appearing to me more recent, is "H. J. DuPont". The tool has been lightly hand polished a long time ago, but the color has come back nicely. It still has areas of lacquer in protected areas. An idiot has put a serial number on the reverse side with an electric pencil. This is visible in the photo of the back side. This is a high-grade London made instrument in a fine case. G++ $795


Plumb Bob

ME151041 Plumb Bob An interesting and attractive plumb bob with a steel tip that screws off. The height is 2 3/4" and the diameter is 1 9/16". About 9 ounces. Nice original patina. G+ $69





Comparator Calipers

ME150956 Comparator Caliper A delicate, late 18th or 19th Century caliper, that is graduated with three measuring systems, Sachsen (Saxon), Rheinl. (Rhineland), and Engl. The English scale runs to 3 1/2". This is presumably a hand made German tool of superb quality. It has been cleaned by a collector. Highly recommended. G+ $99



Brown & Sharpe MFG Co. Brown & Sharpe MFG Co.

ME150979 Brown & Sharpe MFG Co. A large caliper with micro adjust. Measures about 24" overall. Also marked "Tempered". I am not good at dating these but I certainly think that they are pre-war. They have an even light patina as one would expect on a well kept machinist's tool. The only complaint is that a former owner ground off another owner's name and stamped his in its place. Fine $99



Brown and Flather

ME150429 Brown and Flather An 8" rosewood level with brass face that has never been polished. Given the British propensity to polish, this is a lucky survivor. The screws show some oxidation and are no longer perfectly flush to the brass. The brass has a lovely color. Just a nice honest example for a reasonable price. G+ $65




Fisher Fisher

ME140122 Fisher's Patented Bevel Square W. T. Fisher, Patd June 23rd, 1868. An overcleaned example that has had the brass polished. The blade has a nice patina and is untouched. Priced to reflect having been polished. Good $269





Samuel Auxer, Lancaster, PA

ME131152 Samuel Auxer, Lancaster, PA A classic Carpenter style marking gauge, made by one of his apprentices. Nice as found condition. Graduated to 10 inches. G+ $99





Dancing Leg Calipers

ME13013 Dancing Leg Calipers A 3" high dancing leg calipers that are genuine antiques and nicely made. They are thinner stock than is typical, so they are quite light. Nice as found condition. G++ $95





Architects Rule

ME211179 Architects Rule An unmarked architect's rule. It has some age on it. It can from an architect friend who is 92 and is giving away stuff. It is free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $90 on old tools. Fine $0




E. Preston & Sons

ME120756 E. Preston & Sons An as found 10" rosewood torpedo plumb and level. Finding one of these that is not all polished up is not easy. This was is fresh from a tool box. It has the initials HC carved on each side, small but not well executed. A nice G+ $65




Roofing Square Roofing Square

ME120746 Patented Roofing Square This tool is marked only "Pat. July 11, 1911". I assume that it is for making measurements in roofing. It is nickel plated and in nice as found condition. G++ $145





S. T. Taylor 816 B S. T. Taylor 816 B

ME120518 S. T. Taylor 816 B'Way, New-York A 13" by 24" folding maple tailor's rule. There are 4 clips on the outer edges that I don't really understand the use of . They would be for holding fabric, but I don't see how they were used. Nice untouched condition. There is one sliver of wood missing from the outer edge of the longer leg at the hinge. A rare example in nice condition. G++ $89





Antique Tool Antique Tool

ME11098 Darling, Brown, & Sharpe, Providence R.I. A rare 3" caliper rule that was probably used in the Remington Arms Factory. The owner's initials are superbly engraved, "A C L". The last letter might be an S. I am not good with highly stylized engraving. Below that it is stamped Ilion N.Y. with a stamp that I believe was a stamp used by Remington to mark gun barrels. The engraved side rates fine, the opposite side is more like G+. The tools is nickel plated, and the nickel has an unven surface on the one side. I am not aware that DB&S nickel plated tools, but Remington certainly nickel plated guns. I wonder if the tool was plated at the Remington factory. $245



Antique Tool

ME110847 Masterpiece Surface Gauge This is a craftsman made surface gauge where the adjustable arm is in the form of a woman. I have never seen a machinists tool of any kind, portraying a woman's body, where the proportions and form were more accurately or elegantly executed. This tool was made by a man who really knew women, and was a true artist. In short a masterpiece example. The base and top are also wonderfully formed with a very elegantly molded base and an acorn finial. The very tip of the acorn is a bit rough and it is possible that the very tip of the acorn is damaged. The tool is nickel plated, with some light wear to the nickel from honest use. Stands 12 1/2" high. A true folk art masterpiece. Fine $1595

John Chatillon & Sons, Makers, New York USA

MI210175 John Chatillon & Sons, Makers, New York USA An as found 25 pound hanging scale. It is in good working condition. The brass face is covered with tool box rash. Free to the first person who orders it and spends $150 on old tools. G+ $0







Antique Tool

ME110441 Craftsman Made Trammels A superb pair of cabinetmaker's trammels with a pencil holder, in untouched condition on the original beam. The beam is marked J Gellan and the brass pencil holder is engraved J G. The beam is mahogany but I am not sure about the trammels and the wedges, maybe satinwood, but with the heavy patina I can't tell. The beam is 16 inches and the trammels are 2 5/8" high. These are connoisseur grade all the way. Fine- $165



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ME110449 P. L. Fox Pat. Oct 2, '88. This is a combination square and bevel. In my personal experience this is a rare tool. This one shows wear but no abuse. The blade has been cleaned and shows very light pitting overall, but the mark is still clearly legible. A good honest example. I saw a similar one sell recently at auction for much more. G+ $225



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ME110415 Young & Stoudinger, New York This is a precision measuring tool of a form that I have not seen before. It has been in my collection for 20 years waiting for me to find out more about it, but I haven't. It looks to be very well made, and probably mid-19th Century. I have found nothing out about the maker. The tool is a sort of combination protractor and depth gauge. The protractor only goes from 45 degrees to 90 degrees, with solid stops. The style of marking has a European look to it, but it is graduated in inches and was presumably made in New York. It is very finely made, to scientific instrument standards. Highly recommended. G+ $495



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ME100540 Driver's Rule Works, Manchester An unusual 18" by 24" folding boxwood square by a maker that I have never heard of. There is one tiny chip around one of the pin holes where it was probably closed with the pin not being properly aligned. Other than that it would rate Fine. A lovely piece. G++ $139



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ME100514 Winslow's Pat Adjustable Marking Gauge A clean honest example of this rare gauge in used but cared for condition. Totally as found, just like I like to get them. G+ $295



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ME100433 Rota-Meter Map Distance Measuring Tool An eposimeter, used to measure route distances on a map. The dial is in feet and inches. It has a horn handle and measures 4 5/8" overall. English and presumably from around 1900. Perfect as found condition. Fine $99



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ME100218 Pocket Scales This is an 18th Century set of pocket scales, complete, in the original metal box. They are as found, with nice patina on the brass, nice rust free patina on the scales. The case was fitted for two weights, both of which are still there. They are marked with a lion symbol. There is also a later Victorian weight in the box. The box retains the original coarse cloth on the bottom and paper in the lid. The exterior paint is about 70% with the remainder pleasantly patinated. One of the best examples that I have seen. G++ $199



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ME100151 D. M. Lyon & Clearman A nice untouched rosewood mortising gauge by a rare New Jersey partnership. In 25 years this is the first example of this maker that I have found and I must assume that it is quite scarce. One pin is a bit shorter than the other, but both are a decent length. Shows only moderate wear. G+ $129



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ME91149 American Patent Sighting Level This is a well known patented American sighting level, but it is not marked and I can't remember the maker. It is one that Don Rosebrook knows about and has cataloged. I priced it cheap to save me the hassle of looking it up. Nice clean as found condition, it still has the original price of $1.75 on the end, along with a price code. Great patina on the brass trim. The 12" long body is laminated cherry. A very nice example. G+ $139



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ME70343 Decorative Trammels I have never seen any trammels before quite like these. They have a very pronounced decorative chamfering. The beam is mahogany, but I am not sure about the heads. One point is broken off. They are as found and would benefit from a waxing. A superb example of the artistic expression of the workman as expressed in his own tools. Good $99


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