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Swedish Paring Chisel

CH200349 Swedish Paring Chisel An unmarked pre-War Swedish paring chisel in nice as found condition. It is 1/2" wide and 11 1/4" overall, which is longer than the typical post-war Swedish chisels that I see. The hoop is missing from the top of the handle and the top is a bit beat up. I would rate the blade G++ but the handle brings it down to G+ SOLD



Holtapffel & Deyerlien Holtapffel & Deyerlien Holtapffel & Deyerlien Holtapffel & Deyerlien Holtapffel & Deyerlien Holtapffel & Deyerlien

CH200227 Holtapffel & Deyerlien This is an H&D triptych of ornamental turning tools. It is the only known example made from what I believe is satinwood. They are normally mahogany. The tool handles are also atypical. They are not rosewood or African blackwood, which is standard. I am not sure what wood they are. It might be Purple Heart, but I am really not an expert on exotic woods. Hopefulle the chose up picture will be enough for an expert out there to confirm the wood for us. There are slots for 75 tools. Of these, 54 are occupied. I believe 52 of the tools in this triptych to be original to it. There are two that have handles that, while labeled correctly as "Drills", don't match the others. Each slot is labeled by function, and each tool is labeled on the handle. The tools are marked H&D. It is very unouched, with one old expception. The lock has been replaced, and however did it, filled the gap around the lock with wood filler, and then rubbed the wood filler into the joint beween the side and the front. The photo shows this clearly. No big deal. There are also to losses. The outsided is banded with ebony stringing. Some of that is missing. It never bothered me enough to fix it, but you can see from the photo what would be require. It is not difficult. The two front doors are sealed by a small astragal molding. The lowere part of that is missing. I have had this triptych for years. Before that it was with the same owner for most of the 20th Century. Because of the special order woods, and the untouched condition, I have always thought that it was the one to own. Fine- $2795


Frost, Norwich

CH20029 Frost, Norwich A 5/8" wide #4 carving gouge in good as found condition. A first qaulity user and probably made by Addis. G+ $29





Patternmaker

CH191225 Patternmaker's Gouge This is a strange gouge that has a flat cutting edge on the left side and a shallow sweep to the bottom. It is in-cannel. I have never seen another like it, but I assume that it was purpose made by a patternmaker. Nice as found condition. G++ $35




Jernbolaget

190932 Jernbolaget A matched pair of beveled paring chisels, 1/2" and 1/8". The 1/8" has seen less use. The 1/2" is missing its ferule, which really doens't make any difference for use with a paring chisel. The 1/8" chisel is not signed, becaues it is too small to mark. It came from the same set. These are made in Eskiltuna Sweden and are thought to be among the best chisels. G+ $59



Hoffritz

CH191159 Hoffritz A pair of carving tools, one 1/2" #2 skew, and a 3/8" gouge of about #6 sweep. I remember the Hoffritz cutlery store in Kennedy airport when I was a child, but I didn't know that they sold carving tools. Clean condition and sharp. They are marked "Made in Germany". Fine $27




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


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



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


W. Butcher

CH200347 W. Butcher A 1/2" gouge with a fingernail profile. It would be perfect for doing stop flutes on a pillaster, or something like that. The handle has been on it a long time, but is user made and might be called ugly. Still a nice gouge and free to the first person who orders it and spends $250 on old tools. G+ $0




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


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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