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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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Marsden Brothers, Sheffield

CH22073 Marsden Brothers, Sheffield An original matching set of 4 traditional English mortising chisels by one of the premier 19th Century Sheffield edge tool makers. They all have the same owner's mark on the original handles. The sizes are a fat 1/8", 1/4", 5/16", and 1/2". Sets of mortising chisels just don't show up. This is truly a rare find. For that matter, single chisels this nice don't show up too often anymore. G++ Sold

Groves & Son

CH220640 Groves & Son A 7/8" paring chisel with a lovely applewood handle. This is a Sheffield made chisel that was shipped to the US unhandled and then handled here. It must have been a customs thing, but a lof of British chisels of this period have American handles. The handle has some minor deformation on the top and the cutting edge has some tiny chips that will require a light grind. A nice 19th Century paring chisel for the discerning user. G+ $36

N. P. Ames, Springfield N. P. Ames, Springfield N. P. Ames, Springfield

CH22043 N. P. Ames, Springfield This is a heavy framing chisels, 1 9/16" wide, but the famous edge tool maker that made so many US military swords. It also has the eagle and shield mark. This chisel has no hande, but it is in lovely untouched condition. It measures 12" overall. G+ $85


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

Lie-Nielsen Honing Guides Adapters

CH211127 Lie-Nielsen Honing Guides Adapters This is a pair of LN honing guides, the HG Chisel Jaw Pair & the HG Long Jaw Pair. I fell into them and I don't really know how they are used, but these have never been used and are still wrapped in the anti-corrosive paper. Unused Sold

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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