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Holtzapfel & Co.

CH200157 Holtzapfel & Co. An inside fluting tool that would cut a 1/8 flute on the iside of a turning. It has a lovely French polished rosewood handle with a brass ferule that remains crisp and unpolished. Fine= SOLD

H. Witherby

CH200165 H. Witherby An as found 1" in-cannel socket gouge with about a #6 sweep. Then handle fits right and I believe it to be original to the gouge. The blade has some scattered surface corrosion but nothing that would impede its functionality. G+ SOLD

Robert Sorby

CH200132 Robert Sorby A #331 morticing chisel in 3/8" size. The blade has not been honed and it make be unused, but it has some very light surface corrosion. This should easily clean off and it should rate better than G++ SOLD

Buck Brothers

CH200140 Buck Brothers A 1 1/4" wide patternmaker's crank necked gouge with a medium sweep. Lovely condition as if it just came from a tool chest. The applewood handle has great color. Fine $48

Douglass Mfg Co.

CH200111 Douglass Mfg Co. A good 3/8" socket paring chisel. The handle is appropriate but the taper of the socket is a bit off so you will need to fool around with that a bit to get a better fit. Measures 10 1/2" overall. G+ $12


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


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


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 $30

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

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

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+ SOLD

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++ SOLD

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

Douglass Mfg

CH191250 Douglass Mfg An eight inch socket paring chisel that has a bend to the left, and no handle. It should be possible with care to straighten it. There is some deformation around the rim of the socket from being struck with a metal hammer. Free to the first person who spends at least 80 dollars on old tools and orders it. Good $0

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


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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