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American Wooden Planes

I. Carpenter, Patd August 25, 1868 I. Carpenter, Patd August 25, 1868 I. Carpenter, Patd August 25, 1868 I. Carpenter, Patd August 25, 1868 I. Carpenter, Patd August 25, 1868

WP211034 I. Carpenter, Patd August 25, 1868 A rare and important I. Carpenter patent fore plane. The plane is 22" long with a 2 3/8" wide Butcher iron. The top is a fancy filligree that incorporates two screws that allow you to adjust the pitch of the iron by moving a wedge under the iron and changing these screws to compensate. Only a handful of these planes are known to exist. Certain fewer than 10. If you look closely at the one that appears in PTAMPIA V1, there is a crack in the filligree. This one has no problems. There are also two different variations pictured in Andy Delia's book, but neither have the fancy filligree of this plane. The attention to detail on this plane really caught my eye. For example, there is fine chamfering on the top edge of the plane, and it is stopped where the filligree comes to the edge. The tote has the look of an E. W. Carpenter bench plane, which makes perfect sense as Israel Carpenter is believed to have trained under his uncle E.W. before going out on his own. The plane came from an important collection of Lancaster County tools. The collector was adamant that this is the best known example and I have no evidence to disupute that assertion. A must own plane for the serious patent plane collector. G++ $3895

J. T. Brown J. T. Brown

WP211024 J. T. Brown A 1 3/8" wide rabbet plane is as found condition. It has a fence nailed to the sole that I would suggest removing without delay. The right side has some minor insect damage. The mouth has been opened up some. Otherwise the plane is relatively crisp and for an American rabbet plane of this age is really a pretty good find that will make a great user. Good Sold

R. Wells R. Wells

WP211047 R. Wells A 3/4" dado plane in as found condition. The front wedge is broken off at the finial. The rear finial is slightly battered. The blade tang is a bit short but I think that it was made that way. The back was originally marked 7/8, and then overstruck 6/8, also by the maker. Clearly he mismarked it and fixed the mistake, but I have never seen that before. A good user by a good maker and cheap because of the nicker wedge issue. G+ Sold

Sandoe & Edelen, Manuf., Shellebager Sandoe & Edelen, Manuf., Shellebager Sandoe & Edelen, Manuf., Shellebager Sandoe & Edelen, Manuf., Shellebager

WP21108 Sandoe & Edelen, Manuf., Shellebager's Patent, 1848 A rare Shellebager's Patent smoothing plane. The patent was for an unusual cap iron that doubles as the mouth of the sole, giving the plane a Norris style mouth on a wooden coffin smoothing plane. I used one years ago and I can tell you that once you have it set up right, it really works well. The setup is critical. This one is in nice untouched condition. Most of the original Butcher iron remains. There is some roughness to the top of the wedge and a big chip out of the back edge of the wedge. The plane body has a pleasing patina and shows only light wear. There is just the hint of a split in the right rear cheek, but really just a hint and not something that would bother me. This is the best example of one of these that I have handled. From the Carl Bopp collection. G+ $199

Sandusky Tool Co., Ohio Sandusky Tool Co., Ohio

WP210983 Sandusky Tool Co., Ohio A crisp and little used moving fillester plane. The plane has a light coating of varnish that was probably applied by the original owner and really looks nice. The wood on this plane has a lovely color and the grain really shows nicely with the finish on it. This is the Sandusky model 66 fillester, which did not come with a depth stop. I quite like tis one. G++ Sold

Sandusky Tool Co., Ohio Sandusky Tool Co., Ohio Sandusky Tool Co., Ohio

WP210995 Sandusky Tool Co., Ohio A classic American wooden jack plane in nice as found condition. Most jack planes are worn to death, but this is a good one. It has plenty of blade left and the sole is not heavily worn. There is a very small chip out of the tip of the tote that is nothing to worry about and that is about it. The body has some light shrinkage checks toward the front. Wooden jack planes are get to use and this one will make a great user. The blade has never been properly radiused, which is consistent with how little use it has seen. It was probably bought by a homeowner. It is 16" long with a 2 1/8" wide blade, which is pretty standard. G+ $79

J. Killam, Glastenbury J. Killam, Glastenbury J. Killam, Glastenbury J. Killam, Glastenbury J. Killam, Glastenbury J. Killam, Glastenbury

WP210979 J. Killam, Glastenbury A lovely as found plow plane with a set of 5 irons. The body of the plow is applewood, the fence is beach, and the arms and nuts are boxwood. The blades all have the same owner's mark. They are a good fit to the plane but they are not original to this plane. Four are by C. Saville, a maker that I have not seen before, and the one that is shorter is by Pearson, an 18th Century maker. The Killam maker's mark is the one with a shield, which is rates a 3 star mark. This plane has great surface patina and color. For the connoisseur. Fine- $245

Winstead Plane Co. Winstead Plane Co. Winstead Plane Co. Winstead Plane Co. Winstead Plane Co.

WP210937 Winstead Plane Co. An honest as found handled rosewood plow plane. Rosewood plow planes are one of the tools that every collector seeks out, so very few of them remain unmolested. This one has never been touched by a collector. It has a a few minor issues, but is really nice plane ready to clean properly. The first issue is that the spur has a chip from the end, but not terrible. The second is a small hole in the left side of the body that I really can't explain. Who knows why people do what they do. This would be easily to fill with a lacquer stick such that you would never notice it. Third, and last, is that one of the arms is cracked at the base, but is held together by the screw that holds the fence on. This is noted with an arrow. The wedge and the arms and nuts are boxwood. Rosewood wedges do not hold well in a rosewood body. The 3/8" blade is unmarked but looks original to the plane. The iron skate has a light patina but is not rusty. The brass is crisp with nice color. A great chance to buy a nice rosewood plow for a reasonable price. G+ $249

C. Lindenberger C. Lindenberger C. Lindenberger

WP200155 C. Lindenberger Christopher Lindenberger was a son of the famous Rhode Island planemaker John Lindenberger. He migrated to Columbus Ohio and this plane was probably made in Ohio. The mark is quite a scarce mark and is ranked as a 3 star mark in Tom's book. This plane is in decent as found condition. It is missing the blade and wedge, as well as one of the arm wedges. I am suspicious that the existing arm wedge is replaced, but I can't see why anyone would replace just one wedge when both were missing. The back of the plane bears the dreaded "J.A. Moody" stamp and inventory number. J.A Moody was an early collector, who wrote the book, American Wooden Plow Planes. The edge of the fence is reeded, an unusual but attractive touch. An important plane for a collector of early Ohio tools, that can easily be restored to be quite presentable. G++ $99

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

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

L. Townsend L. Townsend L. Townsend

WP211014 L. Townsend An early 19th Century American panel raiser in need of restoration. The blade is missing. The side has been modified and the fence is missing. It is still a nice looking plane. The mark looks like a maker's mark but it isn't recorded. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $250 on old tools. Good $0

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. For the connoisseur. G++ $265

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British, Canadian, European & Other Wooden Planes

G. Berry, Old Street Rd. G. Berry, Old Street Rd.

WP211030 G. Berry, Old Street Rd. A crisp and barely used pair of side rabbets by a good London maker. British side rabbets are typically heavily worn. G++ $99

Mathieson, Edinburgh Mathieson, Edinburgh Mathieson, Edinburgh

WP210991 Mathieson, Edinburgh A rare miniature coffin smoothing plane with a scrolled wedge. The plane is 3 3/8" long and the blade is 1" wide. The blade is also marked Mathieson. The plane has a pleasing rich patina. It has clearly been used, but well cared for. It has wear but no damage or signs of abuse. Just the look of a skilled craftsperson's tool. For the connoisseur. G+ Sold

W. Dibb, York W. Dibb, York

WP210270 W. Dibb, York A dirty as found spar plane that is from the North of England workshop tools that we bought. The actual profile is 1 1/2" wide. The plane should clean up nicely and make a great user. G+ $49

King & Compe, Hull King & Compe, Hull

WP210210 King & Compe, Hull A 1" spar plane in as found condition and needing a careful cleaning. It has double iron by Ibbottson that looks to be full length. From the North of England workshop that we bought. G+ $65

W. Dibb, York

WP210263 W. Dibb, York Two tongue planes for which I don't have the matching grooves. They are as found from the North of England workshop that we bought. Free to the first person who orders them and spends at least $100 on old tools. Good Sold

I Scofield I Scofield

MP200447 I Scofield A nice as found right hand side rebate. G++ $45

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 A 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+ $495

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+ $159

Irons and Cap Irons (Blades and Chip Breakers)

John Green John Green

WP210727 John Green This is a little used 18th Century toothing plane iron that is 2 1/8" wide and 7" overall. It has the original surface as it left the blacksmith's shop. Fine $50

Roberts & Ash Roberts & Ash

WP210734 Roberts & Ash A 2 1/4" wide cap iron with a maker's mark that I have never seen before. It looks relatively early. It is the style where the hole was punched through hot and threaded. Light oxidation overall. G+ $18

W. Butcher W. Butcher

WP210751 W. Butcher A 2 5/8" wide cap iron in as found condition. There is some rust on the upper right and surface, but it is otherwise in nice condition. G+ $19

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210753 Unmarked A lovely as found 2" cap iron. I think that it is relatively early. Fine- $24

Alexr Mathieson & Son, Glasgow Alexr Mathieson & Son, Glasgow

WP21078 Alexr Mathieson & Son, Glasgow A 2 1/8" cap iron in honest as found condition. Would clean to better than G+ $20

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210710 Unmarked A 2 1/4" cap iron in a bit dirty, as found, condition. G+ $16

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210714 Unmarked A nice as found American chip breaker in 2 1/8" size. This is the style where the steel is threaded and there is no bolster. G+ $20


WP210718 Unmarked A 2 3/16" wide cap iron in dark as found condition. The corners of the working edge have been radiused. The screw is missing. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $100 on old tools. Good $0


WP210722 Unmarked This is a horrible looking, but probably quite early, 2 3/16: wide cap iron. It is the early type where a hole was punched into it and threaded. The original hole is plugged with something, it might just be dirt, and there is a later second hole. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $50 on old tools. G- $0

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

WP210639 A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow A very nice as found 2 1/2" wide cap iron. G++ $30

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210645 Unmarked A 2 1/2" wide American made chip breaker with medium dark patina. Some mushrooming on the sides and top from being struck with a hammer to adjust. G+ $25

Atkinson & Sons Atkinson & Sons

WP210656 Atkins & Sons A 2 1/4" cap iron. It has some rust on the top but should clean to G+ $16

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210659 Unmarked A 2 1/4" American chip-breaker in as found condition. It needs only a light cleaning and it should rate at least G+ $19

Fred Green, Sheffield Fred Green, Sheffield

WP210665 Fred Green, Sheffield A 1 15/16" wide cap-iron with very light surface rust on the top side. It should clean up nicely. G+ $16

J& R. Dodge J& R. Dodge

WP210618 J& R. Dodge An unused double rabbet (rebate) iron. It measures 13/16" wide. Toland used irons like this one. Dodge is a scarce maker and I am not sure where they were based. I recall having a chisel by them years ago. Nice untouched and unused condition. Fine $45


WP210463 Illegible A 2 1/16" wide blade, cut on a skew for a panel raiser. 6 3/4" at its longest. It is pitted overall and the maker's name is not legible. I can make out "Warranted, Cast Steel". It has has a bend half way up, probably from being used as to pry something. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $45 on other blades. G- $0

Ohio Tool Co, Thistle Brand Ohio Tool Co, Thistle Brand

WP210471 Ohio Tool Co, Thistle Brand A 2 1/4" wide tapered iron with the original cap iron. This is the style of cap iron that does not have a bolster and will go into an infill plane much easier. The blade has 2 3/8" left to the hole and is 7 3/4" overall. There is some mionor deformation along the top edge. Fine- $38


WP210476 Unmarked A 2 7/16" wide cap iron that is in nice as found condition, but the screw is missing. It is only marked Waranted Steel. It is lightly rusted where the wedge of a plane was not covering it. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $100 on old tools. G+ $0

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210480 Unmarked A 1 3/4" wide uncut tapered iron that is 5 5/16" overall. It looks like it was cleaned by a collector, perhaps a bit over zealously. G+ $26

James Cam James Cam

WP210445 James Cam A 2 1/2" wide round topped iron that measures 7 7/8" overall. It is ground for a panel raiser of the type that cuts a rounded edge rather than a step. Not a common plane. The blade is in great condition with the original surface from the forge and a nice crisp mark. Fine- $65

James Cam James Cam

WP210448 James Cam A 2 1/8" wide iron that has 1 1/8" remaining and is 5 15/16" overall. Presumably from a small smoothing plane. It has light pitting over much of its surface. Good $18

Humphreyville Manufacturing Co. Humphreyville Manufacturing Co.

WP210451 Humphreyville Manufacturing Co. An uncut iron that meaures just shy of 2 1/2" wide and 7 7/16" overall. There is some light pitting towards the top and the mark was not well struck, so you really can't read the mark. I just know what it is. The top edge has been cleaned up slightly to remove very light deformation. A much nicer iron than it sounds. G+ $35

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210454 Unmarked This is an uncut tapered iron that measures just over 2 1/8" wide and is 7 5/8" overall. It was probaly from a pattern maker's plane and has a curved edge. It is unmarked and it may have been made by a pattern maker. It is very fine quality, which supports that assumption. Fine- $29

Colonial Williamsburgh Colonial Williamsburgh

WP210457 Colonial Williamsburgh I had this blade forged at Colonial WIlliamsburgh, about 20 years ago. They left it for me to finish and it didn't fit for what I needed it for and I never used it. It is 3 inches wide and 8 3/4" overall. It would be great for an 18th Century corwn molder. It was about an eight inch too narrow for what I needed it for. This blade has not been ground at all and is just how it came from the forge. I don't believe that it has been heat treated yet but I am not sure about that. New/Unfinished $29

Whitman & Mill?, W. Fitchburg Whitman & Mill?, W. Fitchburg

WP210312 Whitman & Mill?, W. Fitchburg A 2 1/4" wide uncut iron that measures 8 1/8" overall. It has some kind of a preservative coating on it and looks to be very clean underneath. I have never seen this mark before. I can't make out what comes after Mill. It might end there, or it might be Mills or Miller, or who knows what. I am not sure if it was ever used or not. Probably not. G++ $69

L&I.J. White, 1837, Rochester, N.Y. L&I.J. White, 1837, Rochester, N.Y.

WP210194 L&I.J. White, 1837, Rochester, N.Y. A 2 1/2" uncut tapered iron that appears to be unused and is in wonderful untouched condtion. It measures 8 1/4" overall. Fine $59

Auburn Tool Co

WP201135 Auburn Tool Co A 2 1/8" wide un-cut tapered iron that meaures 6 7/8" overall. The edge is ground with a pronounced curvature, more than you would want for a jack plane. It was probably last used in a scrub configuration. G+ $25

I & H. Sorby

WP201138 I & H. Sorby A 2 1/2" wide blade that has been properly ground for use in a jack plane. It is 6 1/2" overall and is in nice as found condition. G+ $19

A.D. Green. Warwick

WP201139 A.D. Green. Warwick A 2 1/8" wide un-cut tapered iron that is ground for a jack plane, and is 7 inches overall. I have never seen this maker's mark before. Good honest as found condition. G+ $29



WP201063 Unmarked A 2" wide cap-iron that has light oxidation. This is the kind were there is no protruding bolster. It is almost certainly American. G+ $18


WP2004116 Unmarked A nice as found 2" cap iron. It is missing the screw. G++ $9

Gleave & Son, Manchester

WP2004104 Gleave & Son, Manchester A nice as found 2" cap iron. The bolster has been ground down a bit to provide clearance for something. G+ $16


WP200433 Unmarked A 2 1/4" wide cap iron that has been cleaned and has some patches of light pitting. The bolster has been ground down a bit to clear a lever cap. G+ $16

A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow

WP200438 A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow An as found cap-iron measuring just over 2 1/16" wide. The bolster has been ground down a bit. G+ $16

I. Sorby, Punch Brand

WP20044 I. Sorby, Punch Brand A 2 1/4" tapered iron with its original cap iron. About 2" remains one the blade. The pair are covered in light rust but hopefully should clean to better than. Good $29

W. Butcher

WP20047 W. Butcher A 2 7/16" wide iron that is ground for use in a panel raiser. It has 1 1/6" remaining. G+ $15


WP20048 Illegible A 2 1/4" wide tapered iron that is ground properly for a jack plane with a gentle curve to the edge. It has 1 7/8" remaining. The working end is OK but the top half of the blade is pitted. Still a great user. Good $19

W. Marples

WP20049 W. Marples A 2" wide tapered iron with 1 1/4" remaining. G+ $12

W. Butcher

WP200410 W. Butcher A tapered iron that masures just over 2 1/4" wide and has 1 1/2" remaining. The upper half is pitted and the lower half has some extremely light surface rust that will polish off without any issues. G+ $19

W. Butcher, Sheffield W. Butcher, Sheffield

WP200143 W. Butcher, Sheffield A 2 5/8" cap iron off of a big bench plane. Some surface rust but untouched and with a nice look. G+ $29

W. Marples

WP191156 W. Marples A 2 1/16" wide tapered iron with 1 3/4" remaining. Nice as found condition. G++ $25

W. Marples & Sons

WP191126 W. Marples & Sons A 2 1/2" cap iron with no screw. Some light rust. G+ $12

W. Butcher

WP190956 W. Butcher A 2 3/8" wide iron that measures 6 1/8" overall and has been ground with a curve, either for a gutter plane or a pattern maker's plane. Nice untouched condition. G++ $16

W. Gilpin

WP19092 W. Gilpin A 2 7/16" wide iron with orignal cap iron. Rusty overall. The blade has 1 3/8" left on it. The cap iron is the early type were a hole was punched into it and then threaded, rather than installing a bolster. The mark is an early mark with a crown over Gilpin. Good $15

Hancock Tool, Extra Steel

WP190125 Hancock Tool, Extra Steel A 2 1/4" tapered iron with its orginal cap iron. This is a good cap-iron for an infill plane because it doesn't have a bolster to interfere with the lever cap. This iron has 1 5/16" remaining. As found with light surface oxidation. G+ $29

Providence Tool Co.

WP181214 Providence Tool Co. A 2 1/8" wide tapered iron with its original cap iron. It has decorative semi-circles cut into the upper corners, an attractive touch often seen on Americna irons of the period. The cap iron has matching cuts. There is 1 5/8" left to the hole. The edge has light chips and will need grinding before you use it. Nice honest condition. It is also marked Extra, which implies that it was a top-of-the-line blade. G+ $49

Sandusky Tool Co

MI180823 Sandusky Tool Co A 2 1/8" tapered iron with a lovely untouched patina. 1 7/8" remains to the hole. There is moderate mushrooming to the top and a bit of rust on the back. G+ $30

Robert Sorby

WP190147 Robert Sorby A nice clean tapered iron that measures a bit under 2 1/4", really 2 7/32". It mics to 175 thousandths of an inch and has 1 3/8" remaining. Minor mushrooming to the top edge. G++ $19

Hearnshaw Brothers

WP190131 Hearnshaw Brothers A 2 1/4" wide iron that is tapered, but only not as much as most. It has a light taper and is still quite thick at the top. It mics to 200 thousandths at the cutting edge and 142 thousandths of an inch at the top. It has 2 1/2" left, which is about full length. The top has some light pitting, but the bottom is bright and while as found, will clean easily. G+ $28

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