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Stubs Stubs

MI21126 Stubs A matching set of 6 Stubs 2nd cut needle files in the original roll. The set is complete, the roll is marked "6 Assorted". They all look unused. The roll is a little dirty on the outside. The working part is 3 inches long and they are just over 6 inches overall. Fine $59

Utica Tools

MI211225 Utica Tools A very clean as found Uitical slip-joint pliers. Retains about 99% of the original plating. These are US made Utica pliers, and there aren't anymore being made. Fine Sold

Race Knife Race Knife

MI141016 Race Knife An 18th Century race knife in the original paper case. This case alone is a very rare survivor. The knife is unmarked but certainly appears to be 18th Century. It is in superb as found condition, as is the case. For the connoisseur. G++ $169


MI211135 Templar A full new box of US made #2 pencils. I am not sure of the age, but probably 1950s. FIne Sold

H. Kirschbaum H. Kirschbaum

MI211125 H. Kirschbaum An adjustable screw plate, numbered 1 - 7. I am not really sure how these are used. This one has been polished bright, which is why it isn't graded higher. It measures 7 inches overall. G+ $59

Harbor & Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts

MI210941 Harbor & Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts A 435 page hardcover book covering the period of 1710 - 1850. It is co-authored by Brock Jobe, Gary Sullivan, and Jack O'Brien. Gary has signed it and written a dedication to me. This is my personal copy and it is still like new. Published by The University Press of New England. This is not one of the easier furniture books to find. Mint $85

Depth Stop for Dado Plane

MI210949 Depth Stop for Dado Plane If you want to make your own dado plane, this is a complete depth stop. It even has the original screws. G++ $20

Plow Plane Depth Aduster

MI210950 Plow Plane Depth Aduster This is the adjuster for a plow plane depth stop. G++ $18

B.Plane B.Plane

MI210920 B.Plane A 2 3/8" wide Birmingham Plane Company blade, with about 11/16" remaining. The mark was struck canted so it is faint on one side. Youi can read Patd Oct 2 and then it fades out. A good honest example to put your plane right if it doesn't have the original iron. G+ $25

Marlin Single Edge Razor Blade Marlin Single Edge Razor Blade

MI210928 Marlin Single Edge Razor Blade This is a new in the package Marlin razor blade. Marlin blades were made from high carbon steel and are not stainless. I have 4 identical packets. This sale is for one packet, but if you want more than one, just order the same thing, up to four times. Fine+ $8

Sandusky Tool Co

MI210827 Sandusky Tool Co A matched set of 6 Sanduky plow irons. It looks as though the smallest and the largest sizes are missing. They have a medium-dark patina. G+ $69

Book:  The Cabinetmakers of America by Bjerkoe

MI210766 Book: The Cabinetmakers of America by Bjerkoe A 272 page hardbound book in very crisp and little used condition. It is ex-museum library. Fine $9

Millers Falls Millers Falls

MI210748 Millers Falls A sought after Miller's Falls number 2 hand drill. It is a somewhat later example with a stained wood head and a plastic side handle. There are 6 of the original 8 bits remaining in the head. A nice honest example for a user. G++ $69

Blackhawk Nugget Tool Box and Tools Blackhawk Nugget Tool Box and Tools Blackhawk Nugget Tool Box and Tools Blackhawk Nugget Tool Box and Tools Blackhawk Nugget Tool Box and Tools Blackhawk Nugget Tool Box and Tools

MI2106108 Blackhawk Nugget Tool Box and Tools The Blackhawk Nugget was a line of 7/16" drive sockets that came in a futuristic torpedo shaped tool box. The tool boxes are quite scarce and valuable, but with the orignal tools they could be called rare. This particular one belonged to my father. He bought it new around 1950 when he was racing hydrofoils on the Ohio river. He thought that the 7/16" drive was an advantage for use in his pit because it meant fewer sockets and was easily transportable to the races. The besides the unusual drive size, the tools are interesting for a few reasons. The ratchet has a ball bearing drive system and does not use a conventional toothed gear system. It is very smooth and will lock with a small movement. The sockets each have a push button release and lock in place. The later versons of this tool box had a conventional latch. This one has a lever on the side that looks better, but is easy to accidentally release. It was dropped in favor of a more reliable, if less elegant, latch. All of the tools in this box are original to my father buying them new, but I think that he bought extra tools from just the basic set. Also, one or two sockets are be missing (dropped into the Ohio river) and two of the screwdriver bits are cracked and welded. There are 11 deep sockets, 11 standard depth sockets, 5 square drive sockets, 4 screwdriver sockets, a universal adapter, a 1/2" universal socket, a 7/16" to 1/2" drive adaptor, and a ratcheting socket to use with the breaker bar. There is a ratchet, a breaker bar, three extensions, a cross bar for the extensions, a speeder, and a driver handle. Finally, there is a torque wrench that lights up when you hit the set torque. Unfortunately, the piece that you set for the correct torque is gone. It was made out of zinc and it broke a long time ago. The red paint on the box itself is well worn and there are no original decals left on it. There is the remains of a Ferrari sticker that my father put on the box back in 1967. Of course these tools are all US sizes and would not do you any good with a Ferrari.I used these tools myself in the late 70s and 80s, before American cars went all metric. I haven't used this set since then and I thought it was time to find somebody who would be passionate about it. G+ $1995

Carver Carver

MI210612 Carver's Burl Mallet A lovely as found mallet with a burl head and an ash handle. It weight about 27 ounces, so it might really be a joiner's mallet. It is a bit heavy for carving unless it is sculptural carving. There are nails driven into the end of the handle to look the head on. It has a lovely untouched look about it. G+ $69

Book: American furniture, 1680-1880, Baltimore Museum of Art

MI210477 Book: American furniture, 1680-1880, Baltimore Museum of Art A 184 page paperback book cataloging the museum's collection This is a quality printing on archival quality paper. The personally love the roll top desk on the cover. I have seen it in the museum and at one time planned to make one. New $30

Henry Disston & Sons, Philadelphia, USA Henry Disston & Sons, Philadelphia, USA

MI210446 Henry Disston & Sons, Philadelphia, USA An miniature trowel with a rosewood handle. The blade is 3" and overall length is 6 3/4". I don't recall ever seeing such a small trowel. The blade is nickel plated and around 85-90% remains. The very tip of the trowel is chipped. While this trowel was clearly used as a trowel, I supect that it may well have started life as a party favor at a hardware convention. There is a tradition of makers offering smaller versions of their tools at these conventions and Disston certainly did this with other tools. G+ $48

Book:  Victorian & Edwardian Furniture

MI210433 Book: Victorian & Edwardian Furniture A 298 page book by John Andrews and published by The Antique Collector's Club. Printed in Britain on the best quality acid free paper. It includes a price guide for 2001, which shows you how prices have plummeted on this furniture. Furniture from this period gets a bad rap. Much of it is extremely well made and offers a tremendous value right now. Admittedly, some of it is atrocious, but much of it is not. The book really shows that clearly. An interesting book and for this price you can't go wrong. It is left over from our new tool business and is as new. Our cost was well abut this price. Mint $25

Estate Account Book for Barra and Straloch Estate Account Book for Barra and Straloch Estate Account Book for Barra and Straloch Estate Account Book for Barra and Straloch

MI21048 Estate Account Book for Barra and Straloch This is an original account book that would have been kept by the estate manager for the Barra and Straloch estate. It starts with December 1887 and seems to run to about 1885. However made the entries had the best hand writing that I have seen. Truly wonderful. The book measures 13" by 8 1/2" and is partially bound in leather. For reasons that I can't explain, title of the book reads "Factory Account Book", but it is all about an estate, not a factory. it provides an interesting glimse into the accounts of a Scottish estate in Victorian Britain. The estate is in Aberdeenshire and can be read about online. There is some minor wear to the edges of the covers, but it is in remarkably good condition. Fine- $165

The Gentleman and Cabinet - Maker

MI210374 The Gentleman and Cabinet - Maker's Director: A Facsimile This book was printed in 2006 by the Chippendale Society. It is an accurate facsimile of the original 1754 first edition of the The Gentleman and Cabinet - Maker's Director by Thomas Chippendale. These were printed to original size and measure 17 3/4" X 11". They were printed in a very small run. I bought quite a few at the time and sold them. I put one new copy aside, and this is it. It is still wrapped and has never been opened. Used copies routinely sell for much more than this one. New $395

Early New Jersey Tools and the Men Who Made Them by Farnham

MI210346 Early New Jersey Tools and the Men Who Made Them by Farnham A 190 page hardbound book on New Jersey tool makers by Alexander Farnham. This was one of the first scholarly works on tools published. The first big tool show that I ever attended was at Alex Farnham's sheep farm on the Delaware river. It was awesome. This book was printed in the US and ia a quality printing. Fine- $25

Search For Early New Jersey Tool Makers by Alexander Farnham

MI210347 Search For Early New Jersey Tool Makers by Alexander Farnham A 148 page hardbound book on New Jersey tool makers that is a follow up to the first book by Alexander Farnham. This book could pass for new. It is not nearly as easy to find as the first volume. This book was printed in the US and ia a quality printing. Fine $30

Delicate Pulls Many years ago, master furniture restorer John Porritt commissioned a master turner to make him a selection of delicate drawer pulls for use in his restoration work. These are the kind of small pulls that you seen on the small drawer of a dressing table, or a British tool chest. John has asked me to sell what is left of them for him, as he is now living in the US and rarely works on this kind of furniture any longer. Over the next weeks, I will be listing them as lots of similar pulls, starting with a few lots this week. None of the lots could possibly be reproduced today for what we are selling them.

Small Pulls - Lot 1 Small Pulls - Lot 1

MI210167 Small Pulls - Lot 1 This first lot of pulls is 1/2" in diameter and 3/8" protruding from the drawer face. I think that the wood is holly. We have 14 of these, but we are selling them in lots of 7. If you want 14 of them, order them twice. New $69

Small Pulls - Lot 2 Small Pulls - Lot 2

MI210168 Small Pulls - Lot 2 These pulls are 9/16" diamter and 1/2" protrudes from the drawer face. I believe that they are holly. We have 8 of them. New $75

Small Pulls - Lot 4 Small Pulls - Lot 4

MI210170 Small Pulls - Lot 4 These pulls are 9/16" diameter with 1/2" protruding from the drawer face. I am not sure what wood they are. John Porritt tells me that these are Elder. We have 8 of these. New $79

Tiny Pulls - Lot 6

MI210183 Tiny Pulls - Lot 6 These pulls are only 1/4" long and protrude 1/4" from the surface. There are 9 in this lot, 5 of them are Honeysuckle and 4 of them are darker, probably Elder. New $48

Small Pulls - Lot 6

MI210195 Small Pulls - Lot 7 These pulls are 5/8" in diameter and protrude 1/2" from the face. I am not sure of the wood but I think that it is boxwood. Possibly satinwood. There are 9 pulls in this lot. New $75

Small Pulls - Lot

MI210313 Small Pulls - Lot 8 These pulls are 1/2" in diameter and protrude 3/8" from the face. I am not sure of the wood but is is a very hard wood like dogwood perhaps. These are simple but elegant. There are 9 of them. New $69

Small Pulls - Lot 10

MI210315 Small Pulls - Lot 10 This is a lot of 4 pulls, 2 of each type. First two are 3/4" diameter and protrude about 5/8". They are made in two pieces with the shaft being separate from the head. They appear to be bone to me. The second pair are of the same form and material, but the diameter is 7/8" and they protrude 3/4". New $39

The second pair are 9/16" in diameter and protrude 3/8". They are very light wood, probably holly.

Small Pulls - Lot 11

MI210316 Small Pulls - Lot 11 This is a lot of 4 pulls, 2 of each type. First two are 3/4" diameter and protrude about 7/16" The second two are 3/4" and they protrude 9/16". All four of these appear to be vegetable ivory. (Tagua nut) New $39

Small Pulls - Lot 12  The End

MI210317 Small Pulls - Lot 12 The End This is the last lot of John Porritt's pulls. There are 14 pulls in this lot, but 6 different types. There is one group of four, made from vegetable ivory, that has the shaft that goes into the drawer broken off. You could still use it but you would have to drill it and insert a new piece. I don't want to list every one of these individually, so this is the bargain lot. It would probably cost you this much to have any two of them turned today. New $59

Double Ended Float

MI210283 Double Ended Float An unusual form of float that cuts a round profile at each end, one end being 5/16", and the other end tapered, from 1/4" to 3/16". It is in nice as found condition but it is not sharp. G+ $39

First Aid Kit First Aid Kit First Aid Kit

MI201230 First Aid Kit These first aid kits are still sealed in the cellophane, but they are expired. They are good quality US made first aid kits. I don't see anything in them that would be a problem because of the date. I have a whole case of them and I will give one to any customer who orders one and spends at least $50 on old tools. New/Expired $0

Book:  American Federal Furniture & Dec Arts from the Watson

MI201251 Book: American Federal Furniture & Dec Arts from the Watson An as new copy of a hardbound book published by the Columbus Museum on American Federal Furniture & Decorative Arts from the Watson Collection and written by Philip D. Zimmerman. It is 143 pages long and printed in the USA. Fine $30


MI2011105 Wiss A large pair of sheetmetal shears. They are marked "Inlaid Crucible Steel" and "Wiss-7". They have 4" jaws and measure 14 1/2" overall. As found and needing a light cleaning, but are still tight and appear to be very little used and should clean to G++ $29

String Winder

MI201072 String Winder A Lancaster County string winder used for holding a chalk line. I bought a collection of these some time ago. This is the last of them, and one of the best. This is a nice early example with elegant chamfering, and all of the original wooden pins holding it together. It has a great old surface. For the connoisseur. G++ $129

Patented Skate Sharpener

MI201036 Patented Skate Sharpener This tool is only marked "Pat. June 7, 1898." It has a hardented wheel that you can rotate to expose new spots. Nice as found condition and certainly not easily replaced. G++ $39

TAC Ratchet Set TAC Ratchet Set

MI20103 TAC Ratchet Set This is a very unusual ratchet set. It is very high quality, It has 1/4" and 3/8" drive adaptors, but the sockets that come with it, do not utilize a square drive, and plug into a crowfoot like ratcheting head. There are 14 pieces all in an original metal box. Apparently TAC stood for Tubing Appliance Company and they were bought out by Proto. G++ $59

Millers Falls

MI201014 Millers Falls A scarce 6" throw brace that has been used but abused. It has a dark patina with some nickel left. The rosewood has no damage. There is some splattered house paint. A good honest user. G+ $69

Buck, 242, Tottenham Ct Rd. Buck, 242, Tottenham Ct Rd.

MI201017 Buck, 242, Tottenham Ct Rd. A miniature router in superb untouched condition. The sole is 4 1/8" by 7/8" and the blade is 1/4" wide. A gem for the connoisseur. Fine $79

The Peck, Stowe, & Wilcox Co.

MI200821 The Peck, Stowe, & Wilcox Co. A scarce 8" throw brace in honest as found condition. The spring that holds the jaws apart seems to be weak or missing. It is still usable but the jaws don't open as the chucks inscrews and you have to pull them open. This is a common problem on old braces and really isn't a big deal, but I made this brace cheap to compensate for it. G+ $59

Original Forstner Bit

MI200769 Original Forstner Bit An original 3/8" Forstner bit, marked 6 for 6/16". It is also marked by the manfuacturer, but I don't read the first letter and I don't remember for sure what it is. "?.M. Co. USA" The shank is also marked 2-28. That is how I have always seen them marked, but I don't know the signficance as this does not correspond with the patent date. G++ $36

Oits A. Smith, Rockfall, Conn Oits A. Smith, Rockfall, Conn

MI200752 Oits A. Smith, Rockfall, Conn This is something that I have never seen before. It is an adustable countersink that slips over a bit and acts as a stop and countersink all in one. It is a really clever idea and I don't understand why it is not more common. This is a great example of Yankee engenuity from the Age of Invention. An important piece for a serious collector. G++ $69

Mathews Bros, Ltd, London

MI200715 Mathews Bros, Ltd, London A nice as found diamond glass cutter with a rosewood handle. This is not one of the makers that I am familiar with for these. G+ $29

Valve Spring Compressor

MI200640 Valve Spring Compressor A cast iron valve spring compressor. I am not sure why, but this tool was in with the tools of the shipwright that I bought. He worked from about 1900 to 1940 and it is probably from the second half of that period. They are painted black, which looks original, and I don't see any evidence that they were ever used. Fine- $19

Slip Stone

MI200556 Slip Stone A natural stone slip, probably soft Arkansas, maybe Washita. It has a chip out of one corner that will not impact its usefulness. It is from the shipwright's tools that I bought and is from the arly 20th Century. G+ $25

Spoon Mold Spoon Mold Spoon Mold

MI200496 Spoon Mold A small bronze spoon mold for casting pewter or silver spoons. The overall spoon size is 4", which is quite small. For baby spoons or perhaps to go in a tea mixing bowl. The bottom of the bowl has an unusual decoration that I have never seen on a spoon. Untouched with lovely original surface and color. Fine $265

Windsor Newton Windsor Newton Windsor Newton

MI200463 Windsor Newton This is a boxed set of 12 water colors. The colors are all matching and are marked "Draughtsmen's", Of these 12 colors, 6 are still in the original wrapping, and 3 more look unused. Of the three that are used, 2 look barely used and one looks lightly used. There are also three old brushes in the box. If I was just rating the paints, I would rating it higher, but the oak box really rates G+ $145

Flemish Cauldron Flemish Cauldron Flemish Cauldron

MI200366 Flemish Cauldron This is an early bronze cauldron. I bought it years ago at the BADA Antiques Fair in London. This is a strictly vetted show and it was sold as being 17th Century or earlier. I would agree with that. The rim diameter is 10 1/4" and the overall height is about 8 1/2". The feet have been worn down from years of use and it does not sit quite flat on the floor. It sits on the hearth in living room and that doesn't bother me. It is really meant to be hanging. The color is fantastic, a rich brown color that has clearly never been polished. This is a rare piece for the connoisseur. I have enjoyed owning it and I hope that somebody else will enjoy it. Fine- $695

Leatherworking Tool Leatherworking Tool Leatherworking Tool

MI200346 Leatherworking Tool This is an interesting looking leather workers tool. It has a handled like a crooked knife, that is hand made and beautifully made. I don't actually know what it is for. Hopefully you will. G+ $49

Book:Worldly Goods -The Arts of Early Pennsylvania 1680-1758

MI200330 Book:Worldly Goods -The Arts of Early Pennsylvania 1680-1758 This is a museum catalog published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a special exhibition that they did. There are numerous photos of 18th Century Philadlephia furniture. It is a book that I really like. 266 pages. You can order it in our new book section. Or, you can have a free copy paperback copy if you spend $180 on old tools and order it here, or if you spend $250 you can have a free hardbound copy. New $0

Leather Pouch Leather Pouch

MI200145 Leather Pouch This is a handmade belt holster for a smart-phone. It is made from pebbled grain leather with a fancy clasp. It is made to look medieval and was made by a leather vendor at a medieval fair. Sadly, it does not fit my phone. It should hold a phone up to a bit over 3" wide and 5 3/4" high. I think that it is made for one of those fancy fruit phones. New $29

Book:  Blacksmiths, A directory of Lancaster County, PA

MI191261 Book: Blacksmiths, A directory of Lancaster County, PA A 68 page book cataloging the blacksmiths of Lancaster County. I have a bunch of these. A copy is free with any order over $100 if you ask for one. New $0

String Winder String Winder

MI191221 String Winder A nice as found example of a Lancaster county carpenter's string winder. There is an old shrinkage split in the grain running along the base of the winder itself. This is stable and I wouldn't try and glue it, but you could. The tiny wooden peg that holds the winder on has worn out and been replaced with a nail, clearly a long time ago. The wooden pegs on each side are still present. Really a nice example but price cheaply because of the split. G+ $99


MI191229 Jeweler's Hand Vise A lovely example, probably made in Lancashire. These usually have a groove in the jaws to hold a pin, but this one has smooth jaws. It stands 4 3/8" high. Lovely original surface with a medium patina. G++ $85

Barnard Barnard Barnard

MI191155 Barnard A rare early claw hammer. I looked up Barnard in the EAIA directoy, and while a forged tool was reported, marked only Barnard, there was no useful information. The eye is unusually elongated. The handle is certainly old if not original. If you look closely, you can see a pin running through the head, behind the eye. This was an extra little touch to ensure that the rear of the eye never opened up, and shows that this maker really cared that his work lasted. The head has a dark patina and some light pitting, but is really in good condition for what is probably a late 18th or early 20th Century American hammer. The face flared out to a 1/38" diameter. The overall width is 5 1/8". A rare gem. G++ $299

W. H. Pond, New Haven W. H. Pond, New Haven

MI191085 W. H. Pond, New Haven A nice as found stringing router that cuts a 3/32" groove. G+ $75

Sugar Nippers

MI191058 Sugar Nippers A good early pair of sugar nippers with some decorative work around the hinge joint. These are most certainly not your average run of the mill sugar nippers. They measure 10 3/4" overall. G++ $145

Cast Iron Tongs

MI190964 Cast Iron Tongs A pair of cast iron tongs, presumably for grabbing coals form a fireplace, but I am not sure as they are painted black and except near the jaws they paint is mostly intact. They are 16 inches overall. If somebody knows more about these, feel free to educate me and I will update the descriptions. I claim no expertise on these. They are in nice as found condition and I assume that they are cheap. G++ $29


MI190933 Johnson This is a very unusual bit for cutting a counterbored hole. It has a 5/8" center bit, with the center actually being a tapered spoon bit. I have never seen anything like.it. It must have been quite difficult to forge with the techniques available when it was made. G+ $45

Unmarked Unmarked

MI190935 Unmarked A most unusual 10" throw brace. I have had this brace for quite some time trying to identify it, but I give up. You reverse the ratchet, or lock it, but pulling out a pin and moving the chuck. The head is very similar to some 19th Century American iron braces. The head is a nice piece of rosewood. THe brass medallion has been polished but it is otherwise untouched and in honest used but cared for condition. If anyone knows this brace, please let me know. G+ $95


MI19075 Nestler This is a set of drafting stencils. The box is marked Western Germany. They are very high quality and came from an estate of 1950s model plane supplies, which is when I date them to. The characters are 1 1/16" high (27mm). There are three planes, numbers, and upper and lower case letters. It seems to be for a German alphabet, but I can't explain why a few letters are missing, like capital F for instance. They appear to be unused. Fine $29

Keen Kutter

MI190711 Keen Kutter This is a Keen Kutter K79, which was made by Stanley and is in the older style for their #80. Nice as found condition. The blade is unmarked but looks original to me. G+ $45

Sugar Nippers Sugar Nippers

MI190419 Sugar Nippers Plain sugar nippers are pretty common, but over the years I have not seen many with decortive work on them. This one has decorative work on the hinge that really sets it apart. The tool has a smooth surface with a pleasing patina, except for a few spots of minor surface corrosion. If you want just one really nice sugar nipper, this is it. G++ $145

Victorinox Victorinox

MI190310 Victorinox A new in the metal box Victorinox Swiss Army folding knife that is marked as an advertising promotional piece for Nikon. It is about 20 years old. It is in a tin box. The knife is 2 1/4" folded. New $19

Seal Breaker

MI190234 Seal Breaker These tools are referred to as button hole chisels by tool collectors but they were really for breaking up wax seals. This one is 4 7/8" overall and 5/8" wide. There is some decorative work on the blade, including some very delicate work around the edge. A nice honest as found example. G++ $89

E. Preston & Sons

ME19023 E. Preston & Sons A Preston decorative cast iron shave with a 1 1/2" wide blade and a compassed sole. The nickel is about 80%, which is why it didn't rate higher. G+ $69

J. Fenn, Newgate St J. Fenn, Newgate St J. Fenn, Newgate St

MI19027 J. Fenn, Newgate St An particularly clean 3/4 size brace of the type that are commonly called "Lady's" braces, simply for their smaller size. It retains most of its original finish on the wood and has a crisp and untouched brass chuck. There are some marks on the brass at the base of the head as if pliers were used to tighten it to the body. In the same spot there are a few chips to the lignum, probably from the same stupid event. This is minor. There are a few marks on the wood but it is mostly quite crisp. This is a superb tool. G++ $199

Tiny Mark

MI190215 L. Hu??niot (Tiny Mark) A small 19th Century pin vise that is marked with a mark so tiny that I can't imagine how they made the stamp. It is very finely made and in lovely as found condition. Marked "France", which leads me to believe that it is late 19th Century when they started marking a country of origin, but were not yet marking "Made in". The jaws are 1/4" wide and it is 4 1/2" overall. Fine- $69

Jeweler Jeweler

MI190162 Jeweler's Hand Vise A nice early example with a pleasing medium patina and very fine detailing. It measures 4 3/8" high with 9/16" wide jaws. Fine- $89

Thos Ibbotson & Co. Sheffield Thos Ibbotson & Co. Sheffield

MI190173 Thos Ibbotson & Co. Sheffield A very scarce scraper holder. I am not sure of what kind of wood this is. It is an exotic hardwood. These scrapers normally have a boxwood wedge at the top to tighten them. This is the only one of its kind that I have seen, where it is one piece with no provision for a wedge. It retains much of its original finish but because of light tool box rash I didn't grade it fine. For the connoisseur. G++ $75

James Howarth James Howarth James Howarth

MI181162 James Howarth A rare nickel plated Scotch pattern brace by James Howarth. This is the only nickel plated Scotch pattern brace that I have ever seen, regardless of maker. I feel confident in saying that the nickel is original. It is also the only Scotch pattern brace by James Howarth that I have seen. It has an 8" throw, but the brace feels slightly smaller than your typical Scotch pattern brace. It also does not have the typical head, instead having a metal neck of a form that I haven't seen before. The nickel is about 95-97%. I bought this brace from the late Jim Wareham about 20 years ago. Jim was an English tool dealer, and a really good one at that. One of the few who was dead honest as well. Fine $195

Sun Insurance Medallion Sun Insurance Medallion

MI181010 Sun Insurance Medallion This is a lead medallion that would have been fixed to a building that was insured by the Sun Insurance Company in London in the 18th Century. The Sun Insurance Company records are to this day a major research resource for people looking for information on early businesses. These have been faked, but this one really looks right to me. I don't claim to be an expert on them, but it seems to have signs of genuine age and not artificial distressing. It is number 772225. Every policy holder of course had a unique number, and this comes with a copy of the records showing that this was owned by one Joseph Hobbs, Bricklayer. The record is from 1805 so it is not quite 18th Century. G+ $249

Buck Brothers Buck Brothers

MI180848 Buck Brothers A rare matching graduated set of tapered bench plane irons by the premier American edge tool maker. The sizes are 1 1/4", 1 3/8", a fat 1 3/8", and 1 5/8". These irons are all in lovely untouched condition and are all unused old stock. I bought these about 25 years ago from an old collector. They have clearly been together since new. I've never seen another set like this before or since. Fine $165

John Herring & Sons, Sheffield John Herring & Sons, Sheffield

MI180632 John Herring & Sons, Sheffield This is a sealed original package of 3 plane irons, 1 1/2" wide and cut for a cap iron. Finding a package of pre-war irons still in the wrapper is amazing. The string that wraps them is sealed with a yellow sticker that appears to be Thai writing. I am guessing that they were made for a special order that was never delivered and then just sat somewhere. Fine $99


MI180610 Rob't Sorby A 2 1/4" tapered bench plane iron, probably from a smoothing plane. It is in clean condition and retains about 1 3/8" over usable steel. At the edge it is 175 thousandths of an inch thick. G+ $20


MI17112 Carpenter's Pouch An carpenter's screw and nail pouch that would have been given out as a promotional item by Glendale Lumber Co. of Glendale, NY. Probably from the 1940s or 50s. Nice original condition. G+ $25

Claude Hamon

MI200571 Claude Hamon This is a new tack puller from our new tool department which we are liquidating. We still have quite a few of these, so you can have one for free if you order $150 worth of old tools and order one of these. New $0

Engraved Woodworker Engraved Woodworker

MI171037 Engraved Woodworker's Clock Face An 18th Century Brass Clock Face from a tall case clock that would have been comissioned by a successful woodworker, most likely a cabinetmaker, as it is engraved with a woodworker at the bench, a plane in his hands and a small claw hammer hanging to his left. Also picture are a back saw, a square, and a hatchet. The brass has been hand polished and has a lovely mellow hue. A unique piece that really belongs in a museum. G++ $695

Early Race Knife

MI170918 Early Race Knife A particularly nice as found example of the style of race knife used in the 18th Century. This one is not signed but certainly looks 18th Century. Most of them as well used, but this one seems to have been used very little. The metal surfaces have a pleasing patina with just very minor patches of corrosion. I have not seen one like this in as such nice condition before. G++ $95

H. M. Christensen, Brockton, Mass

MI17096 H. M. Christensen, Brockton, Mass The EAIA Directory of tool marks has this maker recorded incorrectly. Only one example of his work is reported, a cobbler's hammer, and he is listed as Christen & Son, Brockton Mass. The mark on this tool is crisp and perfectly legible, so I am sure that it should have read "H.M. Christensen, Brockton, Mass." This tool is still listed today in the C.S. Osborne catalog and is called a tack and staple remover. Thank you to Charlie for that information. This tool is in lovely as found condtion except that the brass ferule was hand polished at some point in the past, probably quite a long time ago. It came out of an old collection. G++ $45

G Hawkins, Chas Arthur, Birmingham G Hawkins, Chas Arthur, Birmingham

MI170821 G Hawkins, Chas Arthur, Birmingham A very scarce signed basketmaker's shave in nice as found condition. The blade is still pretty sharp. I am not 100% sure that I have read the middle line of the mark correctly because it goes off the side of the plane. I am pretty sure that it is Chas Arthur, but it might have St. after Arthur. So this is either an address or a partnership. It is a great tools that a serious collector of baskets or basketmaking tools should want. G+ $159

Devineau, 1730 Devineau, 1730

MI170380 Devineau, 1730 A rare early 18th Century dated French armorers tool from the legendary Nessi collection. This tool is called a tumbler mill. It mills both sides of the forged tumbler of a flintlock mechanism, so that you end up with a piece filed properly parallel on its faces and with an accurately formed pivot pin on each side. It's a deceptively simple tool and an absolutely essential bit of gunsmith's kit. It has light pitting overall but has a nicely patinated surface. The quality of the work is superb and it is most attractively made. There is a repair to a crack in the handle that does not detract. For the connoisseur. G+ $995

Millers Falls Millers Falls Millers Falls

MI170212 Millers Falls A rare Millers Falls hand cranked knife sharpener. I have never seen one of these before. It is in an art deco style with two tone paint and a decal on the front that declates what it is. It has a removable base that can be screwed to a bench or to the wall. It is in nice as found condition. A rare survivor. G+ $169

William Friedrichs William Friedrichs

MI170112 William Friedrichs A superb early die box that can cut be adjusted for various size rod stock. There are 5 differeent dies, all of them marked 22 on the back, which I am presuming to me 22 threads per inch. On the front they are numbered 1 - 5, which I presume has no correlation to a particular size. This tool has superb early features and is in lovely original condition. Friederichs was a New York City tool merchant. G++ $99

Napa Gold Oil Filter

MI191018 Napa Gold Oil Filter This is a Napa Gold filter 1040. I know that it fits a 1984 Oldsmobile 3.8L V6, but what else it fits I don't know. I found it in my garage recently, despite the Oldsmobile being sold in 2001. It was a great car, but the wife thought it was old fashioned. Anway, if you can use it, it is free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $20 on any of our products, old or new. New $0

Ember Tongs

MI160584 Ember Tongs A Georgian scissor joint ember tongs that extend out to 24". These are all hand made bright cut steel. Similar style tools were mass produced later in the 19th Centuiry but these are best quality English work. Fine $159


MI2106116 Milwaukee This is the 6" X 3/4" aluminum oxide grinding wheel that came with my Milwaukee grinder when I bought it new about 30 years ago. I only used this wheel a few times and then changed it out for a friable wheel. It is not actually marked as to where it was made by I assume that it is US made. It is free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $150 on old tools. Fine $0

Spring Compressor Spring Compressor

MI160513 Spring Compressor An early 19th Century English lock spring compressor for working on a gun lock. This tool is hand made to the highest standards of London gunmaking. There are patches of light corrosion but most of the tool has a pleasing patinated surface. This tool would most likely have come from a cased set. Nice untouched condition. G+ $125

Sharratt & Newth, Patent, London

MI160294 Sharratt & Newth, Patent, London A nice as found diamond glass cutter. It has a Brazilian rosewood handle with lovely grain. As found, the brass has a lovely patina. The steel end is light rusted overall, but could be improved with some attention. G+ $36

Handforged Turnscrew

MI160264 Handforged Turnscrew This trunscrew has a lovely hand-forged blade that looks 18th Century to me. The oak handle looks like a somewhat later replacement to me. Measures 21" overall. Nice patination and great form. G+ $79

W & S Butcher W & S Butcher

MI151123 W & S Butcher This is a rare original invoice from W. & S. Butcher, dated Nov. 7th, 1872. It is 2 sheets, both sides used, of tools, totally just ove 600 pounds. That was a lot of money then, about $3000 then, which is a small fortune now. The invoice was to E. Mullins of Philadelphia, There is also a page, with an original seal, from the U.S. Consul in Sheffield. What his role was I am not sure but he seemes to have been acting as a kind of agent. This is a once in a lifetime chance to own such an important piece of tool ephemera. The Butcher works in Sheffield are now a protected site. G++ $199

Camco, USA Camco, USA

MI151042 Camco, USA A good quality advertising pocket knife. Marked on one side, Abeles-Lewit Co. Inc" and on the other side "Autobody Reconditioning Supplies, tools and equipment". Probably 1950s. This is a good quality US made pocket knife, not a disposable piece of junk. It is carbon steel, not stainless. Nice untouched condition, as it came from a drawer. G+ $29

American Patent Planes Calendar for 2010

MI200526 American Patent Planes Calendar for 2010 This calendar was released by Roger Smith in 2010 to highlight discoveries made after his two volume set was published. I have two copies, sealed in the wrapper. A single copy is free to the first person who orders it and spends $100 on old tools. Of course you can order both copies if you spend at least $200. New $0

Blacksmith Made Turnscrew

MI150715 Blacksmith Made Turnscrew This is a 22" overall length turnscrew with a lovely patinated fruitwood handle, with just a hint of tiger figure in it. There is a shrinkage check in the handle. The ferule was polished by an idiot but the rest of the turnscrew has a lovely untouched look and with time the brass ferule will take on a new patina. An elegant tool from a lost age of craftsmanship. G+ $79


MI150638 Chicago-Latrobe This is a new old stock packet of #59 bits. There are 12 bits in the packet. I have 10 packets. I bought these in England and the person who I bought them from and I both think that they are WW2 surplus. It seems sad to me that people risked their lives in convoys across the North Atlantic to get supplies through, to have them sit unused. I guess that is the nature of government procurement, even in desparate times. If you want more than 1 packet, just put the item into your shopping cart as many times as you want packets. If we don't have that many left we will adjust your invoice. Fine $15

Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd

MI150558 Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd An unusual pocket knife with polished metal sides and no scales, marked "Sheffield Made" and Buck on one blade and "Hand Forged" and Buck on the other. It measures 3 1/2" when closed. I am not sure if the sides are nickel or stainless steel. A very attractive and unusual knife. G+ $85

MI120921 Auction Catalogs I seemed to have auction catalogs coming out my ears. Furniture, art, miscellaneous, you name it, I seem to get a catalog for it. I hate to throw these out, but I just can't keep them all You can order up to three of them, for free, with any old tool order that you place. You can't specify which catalogs, but they are mostly relatively recent and from major auction houses. Note that they will affect your shipping quote because of the weight that they will add to your order. Many of these catalogs cost $30 or $40 before the auction and are valuable reference materials. Note that none of them are tool catalogs. Fine $0

Modeling Knife Set

MI21093 Modeling Knife Set A new in the package Chinese made copy of an Exacto knife, with two handles and a selection of blades. I wouldn't be caught dead selling a Chinese made tool. but I suppose that it is OK to give it away. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $120 on old tools. New $0

G. E. Blinn & Co. Sheffield G. E. Blinn & Co. Sheffield

MI150128 G. E. Blinn & Co. Sheffield A very small coachman's type pocket knife with horn scales. This knife was probaby carried for a lifetime. The horn is worn smooth like plastic, with the area around the brass pins standing a bit higher. The blades are very worn. I am not 100% sure on the maker's name, but I think that this is what it says. There is a small piece of horn missing at the end of the corkscrew. This tool was clearly loved, and well cared for, but really used. I personally really like it. Measures 3 1/2" closed. Good $79

R. TImmins & Sons

MI141230 R. Timmins & Sons A pariticularly nice sugar nips with wonderful surface, and a lot of decorative work. This is a much fancier example than what we usually see, and it is maker signed. Great old and untouched condition. For the connoisseur. G++ $159

Mappin & Webb

140134 Mappin & Webb An ebony handled pen knife in its original Mappin & Webb embossed case. The case is made from pressed paper and is much more rare than the knife. Mappin & Webb are still in business today and are a very prestigious maker. G++ $125


MI130954 Basketmaker's Shave This tool, I belive that it is properly called a basket maker's shave, is adjustable for thickness of cut, and is used to size all of the stock to a uniform thickess before weaving a basket. This one looks to have significant age to it, but I would be loathe to try and date it accuratley. The thumbscrew looks hand forged, and very nicely done at that. The brass has been hand polished a bit, but not terribly so. The rest of the tool has a nice pleasing patina. This is a pretty scarce tool and a nice example as well. G+ $129


MI130599 Appliqués & Onlays This is a lot 27 pieces that are Appliqués & Onlays that would be glued onto a workpiece, and them finished over. The designs in include Chinoiserie styles and traditonal English styles like the Prince of Wales feathers. They are made from some kind of pressed saw dust material. A customer has brought to my attention that these are still made and sold by Decorator Supply in Chicago. G++ $29

Primitive Swedish Burl Brace Primitive Swedish Burl Brace

MI130417 Primitive Swedish Burl Brace A classic Scandinavian burl birch brace. It has some modest carving, and the owner has carved his name on the chuck, although part of the name is missing with a hole that was drilled to put a screw through where it has been cracked. This could certainly be improved upon. It has shellaced as well. I can't date this accurately, but I think that it must be early to mid 19th Century. The throw is quite small, 5". It is about 11 1/2" high. There are no pods with it. Like many fine Scandinavian braces, it is formed to curve towards the direction of rotation, a feature that has alwasy appealed to me about these braces. A potentially important piece that deserves some love, and a gift at this price. Good $125

Wire Gauge Tool

MI130353 Wire Gauge Tool This looks like a pocket knife with brass scales, but it opens with two "blades", each of which are marked "Wire" and with numbered slots to measure the gauge of a wire. The scales are wonderfully engraved, jeweler quality, "J. Kenerstone, Sherborne." I would not be suprised to learn that this tool was 18th Century, but I don't feel qualified to really say, as I have never seen another like it. There is one divider broken out between the 14 and 15 gauge slots. It measures 2 5/8" long when folded up. I think that this is something really special. G+ $265

Speednut Wrench Corp

MI130321 Speednut Wrench Corp An 8" patented Speednut wrench. Not the version that I usually see. G+ $59

J. W. Stutter  3 Shoreditch

MI130129 J. W. Stutter 3 Shoreditch A very scarce furrier's knife. I have not seen a similar one before. It is marked "London Made" and is indeed exceptionally well made. It is in lovely as found condition with a wonderful patina. Measures 5 7/8" across at the longest. Some research on the Internet reveals that the address was 133 or 173 Shoreditch (contradictory information, typical of the Internet) and that he was active in the late 19th Century. Ground to a very thin, sharp edge. Fine $165


MI121242 Lady's Leg Awl A classic piece of workman's folk art, a marking awl with a ladies stocking leg for the clip. The style of the stocking looks to be Victorian or Edwardian. Very well executed by somebody with a real eye for the proportions of a woman's leg. Slightly overcleaned, but nothing that won't improve with age and handling. A real gem. G+ $99

Dutch Spykbor

MI121164 Dutch Spykbor A crisp as found Norther European, probably Dutch, wooden brace. The small spoon bit is bent. I have not tried to straighten it for fear of breaking it off. The brace has lovely untouched surface. G++ $59

Nut Cracker

MI12103 Nut Cracker This is a hand-made English nutcracker of the type that was made for many years, and thus is hard to date. My guess is that they are from the first half of the 19th Century, but in England hand worked persisted longer than people tend to imagine. This is a an as found example, with light surface oxidation. One side is slightly bent, but not enough to bother me. It could of course be bent back, but they are very genuine and I would leave them alone. I can imagine somebody sitting by the fire in their cottage using these after a long day working in the field. Good $25

 Sugar Nippers

MI120530 Sugar Nippers A really lovely untouched sugar nippers or a smaller size, measuring 7 3/4" overall. The hinge has eleganly exectured decorative file work. They have an overal even patina. The little piece on the side of the handle, the exact use of which has never been clear to me, is bent forward. So many of these that I see are bent this way, that I wonder if it was intentional, or if perhaps there was something in how they were used that bent this piece. Anyway, it doesn't affect the appeal of these nippers, which are connoisseur quality. G++ $109

Kellett Kellett

MI120414 Kellett's Patent Plane Iron This is the only example that I have seen of this 1884 Patent bench plane iron. There are two cap irons, one on top of the other. I have a print out of the patent but I was too lazy to read it to see what old Kellett had in mind. Whatever it was, I don't think that it made him a wealthy man. This is a rare survivor from the Age of Invention. Good $39

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MI1112231 Early Sharpening Stone A very fine natural stone mounted in an oak holder. This was probably intended for honing razors. Primitive looking tools like this are hard to date, but I would think that this is probably 18th Century. It has rich patina and lots of honest wear to the stone, but no damage. The stone measures approx. 7 inches. A rare survivor. G+ $149

Catalog:  The Complete Hafele

MI190428 Catalog: The Complete Hafele This is a hard-bound catalog of over 1150 pages of speciality hardware for cabinetmakers. I got it when I was remodeling my kitchen and bathrooms, but I have no use for it now. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $100 on old tools. G++ $0

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MI111137 John J. Harley, Liverpool A boxwood molding shave that cuts a 7/8" bead with a sharply pointed quirk. It has an adjustable fence. Lightly polished. G+ $99

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MI111044 Slitting Tool I am not sure about the original use of this tool. I am pretty sure that it is American. It slits at a fixed width, perhaps for cutting stringing. I feel like there must be more too it than that. A very nicely made tool. The one piece of brass trim on it was probably hand polished, as it seems too bright. The tool is otherwise untouched. G++ $55

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MI110460 G. Buck, Maker, 242 Tottenham Court Rd George Buck was a famous London tool merchant, not a maker, but these bow drills seem to be unique to him, and he probably did have these custom made for his shop. Some of them, like this one, are finely engraved about the brass ring near the top, with information in our title. This one is untouched, and would rate fine, but for shrinkage checks. There is a check in the spool and another in the removable cap. This is a common problem, the obvious result of putting wood onto a metal core. In the US, where the climate can be drier, this problem is greatly exacerbated over what it is in Great Britain. G++ $229

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MI11019 Basketmaker's Cleave This tool is used to split the willow for making baskets. This one is horn with a walnut head. It is slightly unusual, in that it splits willow wands into 4 sections, rather than the more common ones that split into 3. I have never seen as nice an example of one of these very rare tools. G++ $129

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MI10112 Sash Dowelling Box A superb mahogany sash dowelling box with a clever cam locking design. Untouched original surface that looks like it was just lifted from a tool chest. These boxes were used to join sash bars using dowels, a technique that was generally supersceded in the 19th Century. I would guess that this is a 19th Century tool, but I am only basing that on the appearnce of the screws, which I have not removed, and would not, as they look totally undisturbed. A fine example of a rare tool. Fine $349

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MI101010 Scandiniavian Brace An elegant craftsman made brace in birch. The pod is held in by a tapered pin. The pod does not have a bit in it, but it takes the Scandinavian style bits with the flat tang. I believe that the wood is birch. The throw is about 6 1/2 inches. Nice as found condition. G+ $125

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MI100858 Craftsman Made An extraordinary spalted (a customer thinks that this is Karelian birch) wood brace. The head is highly figured, and the body is both figured and spalted. The pad is plain applewood with a gimlet bit in it. The form of the brace is great as well. It curves slightly in the direction of rotation, a feature that I have seen a few times before and have alwasy found to be very attractive. I am not sure of the age but I would guess it to be first half of the 19th Century. The throw is only about 6 inches. There is one chip in the head where it rubs on the body . That is the only flaw. Wonderful as found condition. Found in Sweden and almost certainly Swedish. Really an exceptional piece. G+ $199

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MI10087 Victorian Prize Medal, 1866 A 1 7/8" diameter medal awarded to Mr. D. Law for "General Merit Displayed in a Series of Water-Color Drawings." Hand engraved on he edge with this information, and engraved on the face with the name of the winner. From the "Hampshire & Isle of Wight Exhibition of Industry and Arts 1866." The front shows a castle entrance in a high relief that is very attractive. Lovely bronze color. Fine $99

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MI10024 Sam'l Hall's Son, New York, USA A 10 inch Hall's patent wrench. This wrench is in very nice, well cared for condition. The nickel is worn and only about 60% remains, but the tool was never abused, or cleaned, and is a very nice example of this rare and desirable patent wrench. G+ $89
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MI90438 Coachmaker's Router This is a nicely made coachmaker's double sided router. This example was probably made by the craftsman rather than a commercial maker, which makes it less valuable but no less functional. This one has been properly cleaned with wax (there may be some on the wedges which will need to be removed to use it) and is nice enough for a good collection or it will make a nice user. The blades are 1/4" wide and are not heavily worn. G+ $139

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MI9041 Ember Tongs This is a superb example of early English metalwork. These are bright cut steel ember tongs in extraordinarily clean original condition. Similar examples to these are to be seen in the early pattern books such as the one that was reprinted by EAIA a few years ago. I have rarely seen examples of the real thing. These are of the highest quality work, and in hard to believe condition with just a very light patina. These were all hand forged and hand filed. Examples similar to these appeared in the pattern books for years but based on the quality of workmanship on these it is not hard to argue that they are likely 18th or early 19th Century. To my mind a very special object. Fine- $159

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MI71242 Pair of Mortising Bits This is a matched pair of two bits, each 2 1/2" in diameter. I am not sure what they were for. Presumably a boring machine or a mortising machine of some kind. The fact that there were two of them in the same size makes me think that they were in a mortising machine. They might just be for a common barn beam boring machine. Both are in good useable condition. Good Sold

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