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Note: For carving tools, the numbering system used here is based on the "London Pattern" system laid out by the English carving tool makers in the 19th Century and still the generally accepted standard in the English speaking world for classifying carving chisels.

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CH210932 W. Beatty & Son, Philada A 4" wide slick by a great American edge tool maker. The blade has a dark patina, but it is not rusty. The back side is glass smooth. The edge has not been sharpened in years and has a nice patina, although it is still relatively sharp. The lovely applewood handle may be original, but it has shaved down at the socket. It is my guess that it was shortened slightly and this was done to refit it. The color matches and it was clearly done by the original owner back in the day. There is some high edge wear on the patina that was probably done by a collector who thought that he might clean it and quickly gave up. A really fantastic slick in a hard to find size by a great maker. G++ $275


CH2106104 Boro A nice 1/4" socket paring chisel. The handle looks original, but an owner has fitted it that it is flush with the socket and hten epoxied it on. I am not sure who used the Boro trade name, but it is a quality US made chisel. Perhaps somebody out there knows? There are some marks on the socket where it was gripped with pliers, but it has a pleasing patina overal and is very sharp. G+ $30

Stubai, Austria Stubai, Austria Stubai, Austria

CH210420 Stubai, Austria A roll of 11 Stubai carving tools, comprising 8 straight gouges, 2 spoon gouges, and 1 straight chisel. The widest gouge is a 1 1/2" #3 and the narrowest is a 1/4" #4. The all have straw colored finish, the color traditonally associated with the best carving tools. The 1 1/2" wide #3 gouge has a split and damaged handle that needs replacing. The rest of the handles have no issues and all of the carving tools look very lightly used. The new replacement cost here is way more than our price. Fine $265

Barton Bros, Sheffield

CH201264 Barton Bros, Sheffield A quality 1" paring chisel that has had a Buck Brothers handle stuck on it. The replacement handle is appropriately sized and will make a good user, but it hasn't been put on straight and needs to be pulled off and reset. The chisel has a dark patina. This is a high quality 19th Century English paring chisel and will make a great user. G+ $26

G.E. Woods Patent Everlast Chisel G.E. Woods Patent Everlast Chisel

CH200816 G.E. Woods Patent Everlast Chisel A scarce original Everlast chisel, made before Stanley bought the rights from G.E. Woods. It is a 1 1/2" wide carpenter's chisel. I would call it a heavy paring chisel or a light firming chisel. It is the example of an Everlast chisel that I can recall that is not beveled. There is a series of dings on the left side were it was used to tap on something. The handle has a a shrinkage check were it shrank around the steel central shaft. The handle on these is not structural. It has been properly cleaned by a collector. G+ $109

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

Denim Tool Roll

CH210923 Denim Tool Roll A large denim rule that has 8 slots and I am guessing was made to old a set of turning tools. The slots alone are 15 inches long. It is home made and was certainly made within the last 50 years. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $100 on old tools. Fine $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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