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Chisels

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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Paring Chisel

CH221128 Paring Chisel A lovely 11/16" wide long-thin paring chisel. It measures about 13" overall. It has an original applewood handle that is typcial of 19th Century chisels that were imported from Sheffield without handles and then handled in the US. The mark was poorly struck and I can't read it, but this is a quality Sheffield chisel in nice condition. G++ Sold



Kiyomi Nishiki Kiyomi Nishiki

CH22112 Kiyomi Nishiki A set of 5 twisted neck Oire-Nomi chisels. The handles are ebony. The jigane (basically the chisel less the laid on cutting edge) is made from 19th century iron, which has properties that Mr. Nishiki prefers for hand forging his chisels. This set includes 9mm, 12mm, 15mm, 18mm, & 36mm. The 2009 new cost of this set was $920.75. I am not sure if tthese are still available. Mint/New $845



Beatty Beatty Beatty Beatty

CH22119 Beatty A nice 3" slick that measures 24 1/4" overall. The end of the handle looks like it was replaced, but the patina matches and it was probably done back in the day. A screw was also added to the socket so that the blade won't fall off and removed a toe. This has happened more often than you might imagine! The blade has a medium patina. A nice example for a collector or a user. G+ $195



W. Ford, Dover W. Ford, Dover W. Ford, Dover

CH221014 W. Ford, Dover A 3 1/2" wide slcik made in York County, Pennsylvania. The blade is in lovely condition with the original blacksmith's scale on the surfaces that were not ground. The back side has a pleasing patina an is rust free. The maker's mark was struck twice. The handle is short for a slick but looks old and is nicely turned. Not counting the handle it is 14 1/4" overall. The handle is 7 3/8" exposed. The part inside the socket I am not counting. This is a gem for the connoisseur. Fine- $245


Moulson Brothers

CH220922 Moulson Brothers A 7/16" wide tradtionaal English mortising chisel. The blade has been lightly polished by a British dealer, but not to the point that any harm was done. There is some very light pitting in one spot, but that is the one spot that you don't want it, the upper edge of the blade. It is so shallow that it will polish right out. It looks to be about full original length and measures 14 1/2" overall. A nice example by a great maker. I used to go to Britain and buy a few dozen of these on each trip. Now, when I scoure Britain for tools, I only find worn out and bent examples that nobody would want. G+ $48


H&D H&D

CH211228 H&D An original set of 7 D-boring tools by Holtzapfel & Deyerlein. The sizes are 3/16", 5/16", 11/32", 3/8", 7/16", 15/32", & 1/2", Only 3 of the 7 have the sizes marked on them. Only one has a handle. There is a hole drilled in the handle, but I have seen this before and I think that it has a particular purpose in the use of these tools. They are of course more than 200 years old. G++ $179



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- $2495


Riverside Tool Co. New York Riverside Tool Co. New York Riverside Tool Co. New York

CH21104 Riverside Tool Co. New York This is an original box of socket firming chisels, with two chisels left in the box. The box once held a set of 6 chisels, but now it contains only the 1/4" and the 5/8". Both of the chisels look nearly unused. One of the handles still has the original Riverside paper label on it. I have never seen that before. The label is about 95% intact. The end label on the box is also in nice condition and very attractive. These chisels are probably from about 1900 and are really a great find in this condition. Fine $119


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






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