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American Wooden Planes



Martin Doscher, New York Martin Doscher, New York Martin Doscher, New York

WP211218 Martin Doscher, New York A nice honest as found 1 1/4" rabbet plane. It has seen some light use, but is not heavily worn and retains most of its original iron. G+ $45





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+ $249




Creagh & Rickard Creagh & Rickard

WP211166 Creagh & Rickard A 1/2" coming & going match plane by a scarce early Cincinatti partnership that is believed to have only worked in 1829. The plane also bears the owner's mark of Samuel Leffel, a name that is unique enough to be researchable. The plane is smooth from being rubbed down with steel wool. One wedge has the common lengthwise split and is scratched from having clogs cleared. This is a nice plane that a user or collector should appreciate, but being conservative in my grading, I only gave it Good $109


C. W. Holden C. W. Holden C. W. Holden

WP211178 C. W. Holden A 16 1/2" jack plane with a 2 1/4" wide double iron by Moulson Brothers. The plane has seen very little use but has some scratches in the sole, typical of a plane that was bought by a botcher, not a professional. Holden was a mid-19th Century Connecticut maker and is not an easy maker to find. The plane has no owner's marks, also consistent with my theory of amateur ownership. As found, it could use a light cleaning, but is good enough for a serious collector or discnerning user. G++ $99


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++ $229




B. Sheneman, Phila B. Sheneman, Phila B. Sheneman, Phila

WP211159 B. Sheneman, Phila A rare miniature applewood Philadelphia smoothing plane from the Carl Bopp collection of Philadphia tools. The body has a lovely patina. The wedge is beech, which was done because it holds better than applewood on applewood, which is so hard that it doesn't compress enough to hold well. There is a split on the right side in the usual spot. The front is lower than the rear from use. This plane was clearly well used, but cared for. G+ $89


H.L. Narramore, Cummington, Mass H.L. Narramore, Cummington, Mass

WP21112 H.L. Narramore, Cummington, Mass A lightly used 16" jack plane. This is a rare, 4 star maker's mark, but I didn't change the price because of that. The right side of the handle spur has been broken off. The mouth is tight and the sole is not worn, but there are some scratches and a chip out of the right front corner. The blade is by Baldwin and is a cut iron, but I think that it is orignal to the plane. It is about full original length and fits perfectly. This will make a great wooden jack plane to use, or for a collector of rare makers it is also a great find. It is in as found condition. G+ Sold


A. Howland A. Howland A. Howland

WP211113 A. Howland A iconic American wooden plane, the double handled coming and going match plane is one of those elusive planes that can be the cornerstone of a collection. Invariably, when I see these planes, they have spur damage. This the first one that I have had with both handles intact, although on close examination a chip has been glued back onto one spur It is hard to tell. The size is 7/8". It has been lightly cleaned with steel wool. One wedge finial is a bit rough. I have never owned a better one. G++ $369


J.W. Farr & Co. N. York J.W. Farr & Co. N. York

WP211119 J.W. Farr & Co. N. York A nice 1 3/8" wide rabbet plane. As found with a nice original surface. There is a spot on the right edge where it must have been wet for a bit of time and it damaged the wood, as shown by the arrow. The damage is relatively minor and it certainly will not affect the plane's performance. G+ $45






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

WP211122 Ohio Tool Co. A Number 54 Ohio Tool Co. moving fillester. This is an older Ohio Tool Co. plane when the quality was still really good. It is corner boxed with keyed boxing. The wood is quite heavy old growth beech. This is a lightly used fillester in wonderful as found condition, except that the brass depth stop was very lightly polished. G++ $119



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


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




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British, Canadian, European & Other Wooden Planes



Gabriel Gabriel

WP21128 Gabriel A 1/2" dado plane by the famous 19th Century London maker who supplied the Seaton chest with its tools. Early dado planes are not easy to find. This plane has 5 old tack holes in the sole, but is otherwise in very nice condition. The nicker iron appears to have been fitted to this plane from another plane, but it fits well now and does not detract. I only noticed it under the bright ligts on the photo table. G+ Sold




Watson Watson Watson

WP211216 Watson's, Leeds A very scarce cock bead fillester from the early 19th Century. The mark on this plane, with the apostrophe S, is also a scarce version of the Watsons mark. The Watson brothers apprentices with John Green and Robert Bewley, respectively. This plane cuts a 5/16" rebate, which is quite wide for a cock bead fillester. The condition is amazing, as if it was just lifted out of a tool chest. Fine Sold





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+ $145





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 25 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+ $149



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





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





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


Irons and Cap Irons (Blades and Chip Breakers)



W. Butcher W. Butcher

WP21123 W. Butcher An uncut tapred iron that probably came out of a jack plane. The edge is properly radiused for a jack plane. It is on the short side and only measures 5 7/8" overall. It is just over 2 1/16" wide. The upper edge has some deformation but is a relatively clean untouched iron. G+ $19




W. Butcher W. Butcher

WP211211 W. Butcher A 2 1/4" wide uncut tapered iron that measures 7 5/8" overall. The edge is ground with a pronounced radius, perhaps for a gutter plane. G+ $30





Ohio Tool Co.

WP211162 Ohio Tool Co. A matching set of 7 plow irons. They are not numbered but I think that it is the #5 that is missing. As found with light surface oxidation. G+ $75





Ohio Tool Co. Ohio Tool Co.

WP211145 Ohio Tool Co. A 2 1/2" wide tapered iron, 7 3/4" overall with 1 3/4" of useable blade remaining. As found condition. G+ $25





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





Unmarked

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




Unmarked

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




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




Unmarked

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

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


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





Unmarked

Unmarked

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





Unmarked

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





Unmarked

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






Illegible

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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