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W. Marples & Sons

CH191130 W. Marples & Sons This is a magnificent set of 8 long paring gouges (in-cannel) in varying widths and sweeps. The smallest is 1/8" with a tight (9) sweep and the widest is 1" with a shallow (5) sweep. The handles are applewood with a French polished finish and are in the American style. One handle has a dark grain line in it that might look like a crack in the photo. These handles are in lovely condition and are quite elegant. These are Marples when there quality was at its zenith. For the connoisseur. Fine SOLD


J. Beatty

CH191051 J. Beatty A 3/8" socket morticing chisel with a great original handle. As found coniditon. There is a very slight bend in the blade to the right that doesn't really matter but could be straightened, and a chip in the edge that needs to be ground out. I think that it is a great piece, particularly the patina on the handle. G+ $45



James Cam

CH190977 James Cam A scarce early gouge. It is marked 5/8. I have never seen another gouge marked this way. I measure it to be slightly under, which is no suprise of a hand-grounge gouge. The handle is birch and looks original, making me think that this gouge came over when it was new, more than 200 years ago. There is a chip on the right side from being dropped. I would grind the sides back to a fingernail grind, rather than taking off a lot of material. It measures 7 7/8" overall. G+ $29


Moulson Brothers

CH19053 Moulson Brothers A 1/2" traditional mortising chisel. This chisel looks to be about full original length. The laid on steel edge goes all the way back almost to the bolster, which is unusual. The handle has what looks like hide glue on it in an pattern that looks almost intentional. This is a wonderful chisel and if you get the old glue off of the original handle it will easily rate better than G+ $45



Melhuish & Sons/Ward W&P

CH190472 Melhuish & Sons/Ward W&P A traditional mortising chisel measuring a fat 1/8". It is unusual for Melhuish marked tools to also be marked by the maker. Melhuish was a high-end tool shop in London. The handle is not well seated and was probably stuck back on 180 degrees off but it is not loose or I would try it the other way. G+ $39



Brown & Walker Brown & Walker

CH190462 Brown & Walker A rare graduated set of socket mortising chisels by a maker that I have not seen before and is not recorded in the EAIA directory. They are American, and have an eagle beside the mark similar to that used by saw makers in the mid-19th Century. Two of the handles appear to be original and a third is an old handle that is the odd one out. The sizes are 1/4", 3/8", and 1/2". This is the only set of hand forged American mortising chisels that I have seen and the only tools by this maker that I have seen. They do have scattered light pitting and were probably cleaned by a collector at one time. The edges are rough and would need grinding if you wanted to use them. Rare survivors and less than $60 each. G+ SOLD


I. Sorby, Punch Brand

CH190355 I. Sorby, Punch Brand A nice 1/4" paring chisel. Measures 9 3/4" overall. It would rate higher but for one small spot of corrosion on the upper surface. G++ $28





Kiyomi Nishiki Kiyomi Nishiki Kiyomi Nishiki

CH180450 Kiyomi Nishiki This is a matched set of 6 chisels, all unused, that were bought new by our consignor from the Japan Woodworker some 20 years ago. They are what Japan Woodworker called "Special Quality Kamaji Bench Chisels" in their catalog. The sizes are 5mm, 9mm, 12mm, 15mm, 21mm & 30mm. The hoops are of course not set. The handles are white oak. They are all acid etched to highlight the metalwork. An opportunity to own a set of chisels by one of the great Japanese masters made in his prime. Mint $995


Fulton Fulton Fulton

CH190274 Fulton A set of 8 firming chisels in a fitted box. I am not sure if the box is factory or not. It is a finger jointed box that seems to be an original chisel box but the interior fittings don't look factory to me. The larger 6 sizes are super, really fine condition. The smaller two are darker and were probably added to this set because they don't match condition wise. Also, the smallest chisel, the 1/4", is beveled, and the rest are not. The set includes 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", 1", 1 1/4", & 2". Fulton of course was a retailers mark. The maker would have been Swann, Witherby, or a similar maker. Priced to be a bargain. G+ & Fine SOLD


Ohio Tool Co.

CH180625 Ohio Tool Co. This is an original set of 5 beveled socket firming chisels. The sizes are 3/16", 5/16", 1/2", 5/8", & 3/4". The 5/8" chisels has a damaged socket where it was hit with a steel hammer and no handle. The handle with it is probably a replacment and it doesn't seat well, largely due to the deformation of the socket. The other chisels have handles that appear original, although they might interchanged between the set at this point. The longest one is 12 1/2" overall and the shortest is 11". The set is as found and needs a light cleaning, but you can't beat the price. G+ $99


Robert Sorby, Kangaroo Brand

CH160194 Robert Sorby, Kangaroo Brand This is a matching group of 2 gouges and a paring chisel, that are all also marked by the retailer G.T.L. (Gauranteed Tools Ltd.) The gouges are out-cannel, 5/16" and 3/8", and the paring chisel is a fat 1/4". Clearly once part of a larger set but still a very nice little group of tools. They are as found with a nice light patina on the bare metal and nice handles. The GLT decals vary from very good on one to largely gone on one. GTL was in business in the 20s and folded during the Great Depression. G++ $75


Early Framing Chisel Early Framing Chisel

CH17077 Early Framing Chisel This is an 18th Century English heavy socket framing chisel, missing the handle. The width is a bit over 1 7/8". It is signed but I can't make out the mark very clearly. It might be Green. It is pitted overall. This chisel weights 2 1/2 pounds, and is about 13 1/2" overall, with no handle. This is a rare chisel, albeit not in great condition. Most of them were used up and I just don't see them. Good $49


James Swan

CH150643 James Swan An original finger jointed wooden box that, according to the label, once held a half dozen 1/2" Socket Firmer Chisels No. 1010. A nice box for a Swan collector. G+ $19







Mottram

CH15032 Mottram A massive 5/8" morticing chisel in as found condition except for the bevel and the upper edge of the end, which have been recently ground. No damage was done except for removing the patina. The handle looks original but has some splits on the right side that might be hard to glue back down because the deformation to the end that caused them is keeping the wood from going back down all of the way. An early chisel by an imporant maker, in a scarce size. G+ $79


Indistinct

CH190456 Indistinct A 3/16" firming chisel with a boxwood handle. The mark was not well struck and I can't read it. This chisel is as found and is a bit tatty, but it is a good straight usable chisel. The condition is not quite up to our standards, so it is free to the first person who orders it and spends $150 on old tools. G+ $0



Antique Chisel

CH111246 Button Hole Chisel A really nice all metal button hole chisel that certainly looks 18th Century to me. Great untouched surface and still very sharp. One of the nicest examples that I have see of this scarce type of chisel. (Since I originally listed this chisel, it has come to my attention that these chisels, called button hole chisels by collectors, actually had nothing to do with button holes. I feel certain that they were for breaking wax seals on letters.) 11/16" wide. G++ $169









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