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Unmarked Unmarked

ME2011112 Unmarked A classic brass stemmed British mortising gauge. It is in as found condition with a lot of tool box rash, but good tall pins that indicate it wasn't used all that much. The screw is also not as worn as most. A great user and cheap because it is not in cleaner condition. G+ $49




Union Tool Co

ME2011129 Union Tool Co A 4 1/2" dividers in nice clean as found condition. If you don't use dividers to transfer dimensions, you should. They are much easier to use accurately than a ruler. There is an owner's name neatly engraved on these. Fine Sold




Metric Caliper

ME201182 Metric Caliper A caliper that is graduated to 12cm. It is marked "Meter", which makes me thing that it is not Continental, since they would write "Metre", or more likely not even specifiy. It is very well made with some elagance about it. It has a pleasing light patina overall. I really like this tool. G++ $39




Calipers

ME201156 Calipers Eight inch English calipers in the style that was made for eons and is thus hard to date. These are as found with some light surface pitting that doesn't detract from functionality. Since these were always left in the black, the spots of light pitting don't detract. A great working tool. G+ $45




B&S Co. Prov. RI USA

ME201163 B&S Co. Prov. RI USA A lovely Brown & Sharpe 3 1/2" calipers, model 811. Pleasing medium patina. G++ Sold






Brown & Sharpe Brown & Sharpe

ME201127 Brown & Sharpe A 6 1/2" caliper with a pleasing medium patina. I downgraded it because of a few very small spots of rust. G+ Sold





Alyco Alyco

ME201130 Alyco A 9" calipers by a maker that I don't recognize. These are good users. They are clean on the marked side but have light surface rust on the other side. G+ Sold





Unmarked Mortising Gauge Unmarked Mortising Gauge

ME201075 Unmarked Mortising Gauge An unmarked but unmistakably American rosewood mortising gauge. It has good pins of an even height. The brass is crisp and untouched. It is totally as found and needs a light cleaning with wax. Should clean to at least G++ $65




Starrett Catalog Number 26

ME201040 Starrett Catalog Number 26 A pristine example of this copywrite 1938 catalog. It was printed for "City Hall Hardware" in Providence, RI. A virtual time machine. Fine Sold





Unmarked

ME201055 Unmarked A crisp as found 8" bevel that was made by Disston and Morss, but not signed. They typically are not signed. G+ $39





Handi-Mike Handi-Mike

ME201064 Handi-Mike A 0 to 1/2" capacity micrometer in nice as found condition. This is a US made mic, but it was a cheap mic. It will be fine for most work, but it isn't Starrett quality. Fine- $19





Brown & Flather, Solly Works

ME201031 Brown & Flather, Solly Works A rosewood mortising gauge by an excellent maker. It looks like it was hand polished and some finish added by a collector. It is still an attractive tool that will make a great user. The pins are worn but still have plenty of life left in them. The outside pin is appreciably shorter than the inner one. It would seem a shame to grind down the taller pin, so I would be inclined to look at replacing this one. The best thing to use is drill stock. You can just cut a piece off of a drill bit at the chuck end. Remember, the pins on these old gauges did not start out like the big nails that you see on new gauges. G+ $39



The L.S. Starrett Co The L.S. Starrett Co

ME201016 The L.S. Starrett Co A 6" machinist's level in good as found condition. G++ $45






K. & E. Co.

ME200835 K. & E. Co. A new in the box 12 ounce brass plumb bob with steel tip, number 6482. Made in USA. For the connoisseur. Fine+ $49





Millers Falls

ME200842 Millers Falls A little pocket level that is marked, "Patd Jan. 21, 1890" It is cast iron and measures 2 3/4" overall. G++ $19





Goodell Pratt Co. Goodell Pratt Co.

ME200765 Goodell Pratt Co. A combination square with all three original heads on a 9" rule. All of these heads are interchangeable with 12" and longer Starrett/Brown & Sharpe rules. This tool has a dark patina and could use some cleaning. I would clean it with automotive rubbing compound, the red stuff not the white. See our FAQs on tool cleaning. This tool is from the shipwright's estate that we bought. G+ $85



Plumb Bob Plumb Bob

ME200750 Plumb Bob A magnificent brass plumb bob. It weighs in right at 2 pounds. The brass has a lovely color. The cap, which unscrews to hold the string, has beautifully executed delicate knurling. The steel tip has some rust on it, which is why I didn't grade it as fine. If you want just one great plumb bob for your collection, this one is it. Many of these larger plumb bobs are modern fakes out of Britain, but I gaurantee this to be a genuine antique of the highest quality. For the connoisseur. G++ $179


The L.S. Starrett Co.

ME200650 The L.S. Starrett Co. A Number 29 wheel type marking gauge graduated to 6 inches. The wheel is very sharp and shows no visible wear. The tool is in nice clean condition. G++ $69





Thompson Patent Gauge Thompson Patent Gauge

ME200610 Thompson Patent Gauge The Thompson patent was issued in 1900. None of the guages are know to have been marked, other than some of them being marked as "Patent Applied For." This one is not marked at all. It is in nice as found condition. This tool was one of the shipwright's tools that we bought. He worked from about 1900 to 1940 in the Boston area. It has nice double knurled thumscrews. It can function as a mortising gauge, a marking gauge, and a butt gauge. It really is a clever thing and very nicely made. G+ $119


The L.S. Starrett Co.

ME2004120 The L.S. Starrett Co. A 4" size number 463 Hermaphrodite caliper in nice untouched condition. Fine- $29






The L.S. Starrett Co. The L.S. Starrett Co.

ME200455 The L.S. Starrett Co. An early example of the Number 299 patent rule splicer, used to join two rules. This one looks unused and has bright, vibrant, case colors. This is a common tool but I have never seen one that looked this good. The new ones are just black and have no beauty. For the connoisseur. Fine+ $45




The L.S. Starrett Co.

ME200442 The L.S. Starrett Co. A Starrett thickness gauge for measuring the thickness of sheetmetal. This tool is in the original finger jointed wooden box and is in clean condition, BUT, the oil has dried up and it is very stiff to operate, and the crystal on the dial has popped out. It has the crystal, but I don't know what holds it in. If you drop it into place, nothing seems to be holding it from falling out again. Another tool from my problem shelf, this is a $150 plus tool once you lubricate it and reinstall the crystal. The finger jointed box is also loose and needs to be reglued. The label on the box is no longer legible. G+ $49


Rosewood Panel Gauge Rosewood Panel Gauge

ME200423 Rosewood Panel Gauge A diminutive rosewood panel gauge with a wedge that is laminated with bone to give it a striking appearance. The shaft is 14 1/4" overall. It has some tool box rash overall but is really a wonderful piece. G++ $95




C.F. Richardon, Athol, Mass C.F. Richardon, Athol, Mass

ME200361 C.F. Richardon, Athol, Mass A 6" plumb and level in nice as found condition. I read online that Starrett himself apprentices with Richardson. G++ $45





Starrett

ME200251 Starrett A 722Z electronic digital caliper with a range of 6 inches or 150mm. These will read in metric or US. It has new batteries and works well. The cardboard box shows edge wear and the fitted case shows some wear, but the caliper is very clean. It has clearly seen very litte use. US made. Fine $135




The Chapin Stephens Co. The Chapin Stephens Co. The Chapin Stephens Co.

ME191243 The Chapin Stephens Co. A classic Number 36 combination rule, level, and inclinometer in nice honest condition. It has seen some use but no abuse. The wood has a medium patina and the blade has had light corrosion cleaned off. Priced to be a real bargain. G+ $79




Millers Falls Co

ME191160 Millers Falls Co A 4 1/2" outside calipers. Some old dried grease on it but if you clean this off it easily rates Fine $25






Unsigned Brass Level Unsigned Brass Level

ME1910112 Unsigned Brass Level This is a 12" British level that looks like your typical brass topped British level, except that the body is brass as well. Miraculously for a British tool with so much brass, it has never been polished and has a lovely patina. There are some minor nicks, dings, and marks on the body but it is still a good piece. G++ $85



Starrett Starrett

ME191052 Starrett I am informed that these are Fay pattern calipers for measuring across the male threads on a bolt or similar. The ends are shaped more like clippers than calipers. They are 4" size and in very clean as found condition. The mark just has "Starrett, Athol, Mass, USA" without the L.S. Fine $59




Johann Caspar Mittelstenscheid, Lennep Johann Caspar Mittelstenscheid, Lennep Johann Caspar Mittelstenscheid, Lennep Johann Caspar Mittelstenscheid, Lennep

ME19077 Johann Caspar Mittelstenscheid, Lennep A magnificent balance beam coin scale by Johann Caspar Mittelstenscheid, Lennep, Germany, Circa 1800. Every single compartment is complete with its original weight. There is also a handled compartment containing two small fractional weights. The maker's label on the interior of the lid is superb. The exterior of the box is also very nice, with untouched original brass fittings. I found sales recorders for a few similar sets online, all selling for more than ours, when you add in the buyer's premium, but none were in nearly such nice condition. The box is 7 1/4" wide by 4 1/8" deep. For the connoisseur. Fine $599


Brown & Sharpe

ME190264 Brown & Sharpe A Number 52 precision caliper in 2" - 3" size. As it came from an old machinist's chest. G++ $35






E. C. Stearns & Co. Syracuse, NY E. C. Stearns & Co. Syracuse, NY

ME190250 E. C. Stearns & Co. Syracuse, NY A small marking gauge with an octagonal shaft and a wheel to mark. It is similar to the modern Tite Mark gauge. The shaft is graduated to 6 inches. Nice clean as found condition. A gem. Fine $79





DeGrave & Co. London DeGrave & Co. London DeGrave & Co. London DeGrave & Co. London DeGrave & Co. London

ME190257 DeGrave & Co. London A balance scale with fine early detailing. A previous collector has noted that this mark was used from 1770 - 1817, and another collector tells me that it was used until 1845. It has superb quality detailing like that used in the 18th Century. The scale has the patented “Sharkey” ends on the beam to protect the knife edges supporting the pan chains from dampness and moisture keeping them from rusting in the English weather. The chains would appear to be later, The brass pans were polished at some time. The pans are 7 1/2" in diameter, the scale is 15 3/4" across. The bare iron surfaces have a pleasing light patina of a well cared for antique. I bought this scale years ago because I just loved it. G++ $249


The Combination Rule, Square, & Compass The Combination Rule, Square, & Compass

ME1901100 The Combination Rule, Square, & Compass This rule is marked Pat'd June 10, 1891. It almost looks like it is silver plated. I am not sure. It doesn't look like nickel. It is 6" long and I don't recall seeing one like it before. The pictures make it look much worse than it is because areas where the plating isn't smooth are causing a lot of glare. G++ $46





T. Aston, The Original Maker T. Aston, The Original Maker T. Aston, The Original Maker T. Aston, The Original Maker

ME190143 T. Aston, The Original Maker A rare and possibly unique postal rule. This is a 24" four-fold rule that is graduated in inches on the outside, and scales on the sides, but the inside has tables for "Stamps" and "Postage, Not Excd." The fittings are German silver. There is some loss to the rule near the hinge joint, which is why I graded it lower. It would otherwise have graded to Fine-. I have never seen another one like it nor have I found any reference to one in the literature. I have had this one for about 20 years. Really a lovely piece despite the damage. G+ $495


Williams & Son, London Williams & Son, London

ME190111 Williams & Son, London A very scarce coachmaker's square in wonderful as found condition. Most of these that I see are made by Preston and even the Preston ones are very scarce. One by Williams could be called rare, meaning that it is probably that 5 or less exist in the world. This one is from my personal collection. It is the nicer of the two that I have. For the connoisseur. Fine $395



Turner Routledge & Co, Liverpool Turner Routledge & Co, Liverpool

ME181259 Turner Routledge & Co, Liverpool I have had this rule for about 25 years and I still don't know what it was for. It is calibrated in inches and metric. The brass caliper rod has a piece of felt on it. The graduations don't seem to correlate with the caliper. Fine $75




Rabone Rabone

ME181228 Rabone This is a larger size rope gauge, measuring 6 1/2" overall. It has scales for Manila and Tarred Hemp. It is a Rabone model No. 1207. It also bears a British Government broad arrow acceptance mark on the date 1952. It is in lovely condition with just some very light storage marks. I doubt that it has been used. Fine $85



The L. S. Starrett Company

ME180831 The L. S. Starrett Company An 8" inside caliper with the Starrett patent fine adjust. The mark is quite faint. These need a light cleaning. G+ $27







Three Templates

ME180522 Three Templates A set of three craftsman made templates, all by the same hand, and each made from a single piece of mahogany. There is a saddle mitre template, a reverse saddle mitre template (I have never seen this before), and a sash template for a 5/8" ovolo sash. All are in very clean and crisp as found condition. Only one is marked by the owner, "J. H. Hales". but I am sure that he made and owned all of them. Really quite special. Fine $45


Griffin Logo

ME180437 Griffin Logo A 24" drafting square in crisp condiiton. It is marked with a griffin logo and 24. I don't know what maker used this logo, but the tool is certainly pre-war. It is a nice old tool ready to use. Fine- $29





C. Sholl, Patented March 8, 1864 C. Sholl, Patented March 8, 1864

ME180361 C. Sholl, Patented March 8, 1864 A lovely as found example of the Sholls patent gauge. This one is in walnut, except of course for the boxwood thumbscrew. The wood has lovely grain and color. The brass has a rich patina. Rather than having the more common brass wear strips in the head, this one has a series of round brass pieces. This is more attractive but was probably more trouble to build. A lovely example for the connoisseur. G++ $189


Pexto

ME201122 Pexto A 6" dividers in nice clean condition and with the micro-adjust feature. Unfortunately, the locking thumbscrew has been replaced by a philips head screw. Still a great user and free to the first person who orders it and spends $200 on old tools. G++ $0




Kirby & Bro. Makers, 51 Fulton St, N.Y. Kirby & Bro. Makers, 51 Fulton St, N.Y. Kirby & Bro. Makers, 51 Fulton St, N.Y. Kirby & Bro. Makers, 51 Fulton St, N.Y.

ME170434 Kirby & Bro. Makers, 51 Fulton St, N.Y. A rare luggage rule made for Holland America Line and so marked. It is a 4 foot rule with a hook on the end and would be used to calculate the volume of a luggage consignment. Holland America Line was one of the major steamship lines like Cunard and White Star. The rule appears to be ash and retains most of its original finish. It was used but well cared for. There is a Roman number 6 on the edge which was most likely an inventory mark. There is one sliver missing from the edge, just below and to the right of the makers mark, but it is really nothing to worry about. This is a superb piece with great crossover appeal. Fine- $385


Winterbottom Patent Square

ME170446 Winterbottom Patent Square A Winterbottom's patent combination mitre and square, graduated to 9 inches. This square is from an old collection and has been cleaned by a collector. G+ $69





Houghton-Butcher Mfg Co. Ltd

ME170217 Houghton-Butcher Mfg Co. Ltd This is a trough compass in a fitted mahogany case. I have this information from a friend, " A trough compass is used in land survey work. Normally mounted into the surveyors plane table. In these application all the surveyor needed was an indication of magnetic north." The lid has a strip of brass laid in, that I also can not explain. It is as found except around the mark where the brass was lightly polished to make the mark more legible. The box is 6 1/2" long. The quality is clearly very high. It appears to be from the first half of the 20th Century. Fine- $145


Unmarked

ME170144 Unmarked This is an English copy of the common Stanley Number 90 marking gauge. It is only marked "Made in Sheffield England." Clearly pre-War, but I don't know who made it. G+ $36





Hard & Robertson, Union Works, Canton, Mass

ME161167 Hard & Robertson, Union Works, Canton, Mass A rare 12" cabinetmaker's square by a maker that I have never seen before. This maker is listed in the EAIA directory, but with no information. The blade has a dark but smooth patina. The rosewood stock has considerable tool box rash and the maker's mark is difficult to read. The escutcheon is very unusual in form and quite attractive. This tool is not in great condition but is in very honest condition and is a very attractive and rare tool. Good $129


Ultimate Plumb Bob Ultimate Plumb Bob Ultimate Plumb Bob Ultimate Plumb Bob Ultimate Plumb Bob

ME160327 Ultimate Plumb Bob In a world where most fancy plumb bobs are modern fakes, this is the most oustanding example of a genuine period plumb bob that I have seen. The form is perfect, including the acorn finial. It is dated, 1876, and marked with the owner's name, J.K. West. The original string reel is with it, and that engraved to the highest standard, some of the best engraving that I have ever seen on a tool. It also has the owner's name incorporated into the engraving, confirming that it is original. The weight of the plumb bob is about 37 ounces and the height is 6 1/4". The patina is as perfect as it gets, never polished and with that mellow color that collectors love. This is the only fancy plumb bob in my personal collection, and the best one that I have seen in 30 years of collecting. For the person who must have the best. Fine $1595


Calipers

ME200861 Calipers A 6" inside/outside calipers. There is some light surface rust and I can't see a maker's mark. The hinge is quite tight and could use a drop of oil. A good user tool. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $150 on old tools. Good $0




J.S. Slocumb, Prov. RI

ME1602123 J.S. Slocumb, Prov. RI A 1" Slocum micrometer in the original covered mahogany box . Also includes a 1" reference disk by Brown & Sharpe that has been with this mic since its original period of use. It is in nicely cared for condition, but the paint and the box both show that it has been used. G+ $45




Early Coin Scale

ME16027 Early Coin Scale An apparently 18th century English coin scale in the original tin case. There is a label in the lid, but I suspect that it is a facsimile. The brass pans have been polished at some point. There are weights with it, I don't know enough to confirm that they are original to it or not, which is why I priced it so low. G+ $99



H. G. Fulton, Patd July 17-88

ME160217 H. G. Fulton, Patd July 17-88 A nice as found example of this scarce gauge. Somebody with the initials AEE has scratched them into the gauge in two spots. I have no other complaints. A nice honest example. G+ $59





Schmalcalder, 82 Strand, London Schmalcalder, 82 Strand, London Schmalcalder, 82 Strand, London Schmalcalder, 82 Strand, London Schmalcalder, 82 Strand, London

ME160220 Schmalcalder, 82 Strand, London A circular protractor in its original fitted mahogany case. Inside the lid is written in fading ink, "1829, Joseph Cadman, xxxxxxxxxxx" with the xxxx signifying a word that I can't read, but is presumably the place where Joseph lived. Also in ink, but appearing to me more recent, is "H. J. DuPont". The tool has been lightly hand polished a long time ago, but the color has come back nicely. It still has areas of lacquer in protected areas. An idiot has put a serial number on the reverse side with an electric pencil. This is visible in the photo of the back side. This is a high-grade London made instrument in a fine case. G++ $795


The L.S. Starrett Co.

ME201164 The L.S. Starrett Co. A Number 425 Caliper. Graduated to 4" on the caliper and 5" on the outside edge. Light rust overall and needing a careful cleaning. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $200 on old tools. Good $0




Plumb Bob

ME151041 Plumb Bob An interesting and attractive plumb bob with a steel tip that screws off. The height is 2 3/4" and the diameter is 1 9/16". About 9 ounces. Nice original patina. G+ $69





Comparator Calipers

ME150956 Comparator Caliper A delicate, late 18th or 19th Century caliper, that is graduated with three measuring systems, Sachsen (Saxon), Rheinl. (Rhineland), and Engl. The English scale runs to 3 1/2". This is presumably a hand made German tool of superb quality. It has been cleaned by a collector. Highly recommended. G+ $99



The L.S.S. Co. Athol Mass. USA The L.S.S. Co. Athol Mass. USA

ME200820 The L.S.S. Co. Athol Mass. USA An early Starrett inclinometer head. It is missing the thumbscrew, but this is interchangeable with the thumbscrew on the other heads. This is the verson that will rotate 360 degrees. Free to the first person who ordes it and spends $300 on old tools. G+ $0




Brown & Sharpe MFG Co. Brown & Sharpe MFG Co.

ME150979 Brown & Sharpe MFG Co. A large caliper with micro adjust. Measures about 24" overall. Also marked "Tempered". I am not good at dating these but I certainly think that they are pre-war. They have an even light patina as one would expect on a well kept machinist's tool. The only complaint is that a former owner ground off another owner's name and stamped his in its place. Fine $99



Brown and Flather

ME150429 Brown and Flather An 8" rosewood level with brass face that has never been polished. Given the British propensity to polish, this is a lucky survivor. The screws show some oxidation and are no longer perfectly flush to the brass. The brass has a lovely color. Just a nice honest example for a reasonable price. G+ $65




Smallwood

ME150234 Smallwood A 4" saddle rule that is marked with the Air Ministry A.M and a crown, and dated 1937. Just think, this tool may well have played its small part saving the Western world in the Battle of Britain. It has a good surface, with a light patina, but there are a few scattered spots of deep pitting. Just a few, but enough to hold the condition grading way down in my eyes. This is one tool though that definitely looks better in person than in the photos. Good $39



Fisher Fisher

ME140122 Fisher's Patented Bevel Square W. T. Fisher, Patd June 23rd, 1868. An overcleaned example that has had the brass polished. The blade has a nice patina and is untouched. Priced to reflect having been polished. Good $299





Samuel Auxer, Lancaster, PA

ME131152 Samuel Auxer, Lancaster, PA A classic Carpenter style marking gauge, made by one of his apprentices. Nice as found condition. Graduated to 10 inches. G+ $119





J. T. Slocomb Co.

ME131027 J. T. Slocomb Co. A Slocomb 5" to 6" micrometer in the orignal box with the original instructions. The box has been taped with masking tape, which sometimes you can get off with a hair dryer. The tool is pristine. Fine $39





Dancing Leg Calipers

ME13013 Dancing Leg Calipers A 3" high dancing leg calipers that are genuine antiques and nicely made. They are thinner stock than is typical, so they are quite light. Nice as found condition. G++ $95





E. Preston & Sons

ME120756 E. Preston & Sons An as found 10" rosewood torpedo plumb and level. Finding one of these that is not all polished up is not easy. This was is fresh from a tool box. It has the initials HC carved on each side, small but not well executed. A nice G+ $69




Roofing Square Roofing Square

ME120746 Patented Roofing Square This tool is marked only "Pat. July 11, 1911". I assume that it is for making measurements in roofing. It is nickel plated and in nice as found condition. G++ $145





S. T. Taylor 816 B S. T. Taylor 816 B

ME120518 S. T. Taylor 816 B'Way, New-York A 13" by 24" folding maple tailor's rule. There are 4 clips on the outer edges that I don't really understand the use of . They would be for holding fabric, but I don't see how they were used. Nice untouched condition. There is one sliver of wood missing from the outer edge of the longer leg at the hinge. A rare example in nice condition. G++ $89



Figural Calipers Figural Calipers

ME120474 Figural Calipers This is an example of a tool truly transcending utility and reaching a high artistic plane. The tool is a caliper, graduated to 8 inches, but who cares, the form is everything. There are two horse heads facing away from each other that form the top of the tool. The patina is lovely. There are two different owner's marks, but it looks like the original owner's mark was ground off on each side. This is patinated now and not noticable. A masterpiece tool that will be in the top tier of any collection. Provenance: Dr. Ronald Pearson collection. G++ $1495




Antique Tool Antique Tool

ME11098 Darling, Brown, & Sharpe, Providence R.I. A rare 3" caliper rule that was probably used in the Remington Arms Factory. The owner's initials are superbly engraved, "A C L". The last letter might be an S. I am not good with highly stylized engraving. Below that it is stamped Ilion N.Y. with a stamp that I believe was a stamp used by Remington to mark gun barrels. The engraved side rates fine, the opposite side is more like G+. The tools is nickel plated, and the nickel has an unven surface on the one side. I am not aware that DB&S nickel plated tools, but Remington certainly nickel plated guns. I wonder if the tool was plated at the Remington factory. $245



Antique Tool

ME110847 Masterpiece Surface Gauge This is a craftsman made surface gauge where the adjustable arm is in the form of a woman. I have never seen a machinists tool of any kind, portraying a woman's body, where the proportions and form were more accurately or elegantly executed. This tool was made by a man who really knew women, and was a true artist. In short a masterpiece example. The base and top are also wonderfully formed with a very elegantly molded base and an acorn finial. The very tip of the acorn is a bit rough and it is possible that the very tip of the acorn is damaged. The tool is nickel plated, with some light wear to the nickel from honest use. Stands 12 1/2" high. A true folk art masterpiece. Fine $1595



Antique Tool

ME110441 Craftsman Made Trammels A superb pair of cabinetmaker's trammels with a pencil holder, in untouched condition on the original beam. The beam is marked J Gellan and the brass pencil holder is engraved J G. The beam is mahogany but I am not sure about the trammels and the wedges, maybe satinwood, but with the heavy patina I can't tell. The beam is 16 inches and the trammels are 2 5/8" high. These are connoisseur grade all the way. Fine- $165



Antique Tool

ME110449 P. L. Fox Pat. Oct 2, '88. This is a combination square and bevel. In my personal experience this is a rare tool. This one shows wear but no abuse. The blade has been cleaned and shows very light pitting overall, but the mark is still clearly legible. A good honest example. I saw a similar one sell recently at auction for much more. G+ $225



Antique Tool Antique Tool Antique Tool

ME110415 Young & Stoudinger, New York This is a precision measuring tool of a form that I have not seen before. It has been in my collection for 20 years waiting for me to find out more about it, but I haven't. It looks to be very well made, and probably mid-19th Century. I have found nothing out about the maker. The tool is a sort of combination protractor and depth gauge. The protractor only goes from 45 degrees to 90 degrees, with solid stops. The style of marking has a European look to it, but it is graduated in inches and was presumably made in New York. It is very finely made, to scientific instrument standards. Highly recommended. G+ $495



Antique Tool

ME100540 Driver's Rule Works, Manchester An unusual 18" by 24" folding boxwood square by a maker that I have never heard of. There is one tiny chip around one of the pin holes where it was probably closed with the pin not being properly aligned. Other than that it would rate Fine. A lovely piece. G++ $139



Antique Tool Antique Tool

ME100514 Winslow's Pat Adjustable Marking Gauge A clean honest example of this rare gauge in used but cared for condition. Totally as found, just like I like to get them. G+ $295



Antique Tool

ME100433 Rota-Meter Map Distance Measuring Tool An eposimeter, used to measure route distances on a map. The dial is in feet and inches. It has a horn handle and measures 4 5/8" overall. English and presumably from around 1900. Perfect as found condition. Fine $99



Antique Tool Antique Tool Antique Tool

ME100218 Pocket Scales This is an 18th Century set of pocket scales, complete, in the original metal box. They are as found, with nice patina on the brass, nice rust free patina on the scales. The case was fitted for two weights, both of which are still there. They are marked with a lion symbol. There is also a later Victorian weight in the box. The box retains the original coarse cloth on the bottom and paper in the lid. The exterior paint is about 70% with the remainder pleasantly patinated. One of the best examples that I have seen. G++ $199



Antique Tool

ME100151 D. M. Lyon & Clearman A nice untouched rosewood mortising gauge by a rare New Jersey partnership. In 25 years this is the first example of this maker that I have found and I must assume that it is quite scarce. One pin is a bit shorter than the other, but both are a decent length. Shows only moderate wear. G+ $129

Marking Gauge

ME201046 Marking Gauge A gauge that was made for his own use by the shipwright whose tools we bought. The locking wedge is not correct, but looks like it has been with it for a while. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $90 on old tools. G+ $0






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ME91149 American Patent Sighting Level This is a well known patented American sighting level, but it is not marked and I can't remember the maker. It is one that Don Rosebrook knows about and has cataloged. I priced it cheap to save me the hassle of looking it up. Nice clean as found condition, it still has the original price of $1.75 on the end, along with a price code. Great patina on the brass trim. The 12" long body is laminated cherry. A very nice example. G+ $139



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ME71257 Dancing Leg Calipers This is a nicely made pair of dancing leg calipers that are neatly marked by the maker, F. Miller. Measuring just under 3 inches, this is a small but elegant set of dividers. G++ $159



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ME70343 Decorative Trammels I have never seen any trammels before quite like these. They have a very pronounced decorative chamfering. The beam is mahogany, but I am not sure about the heads. One point is broken off. They are as found and would benefit from a waxing. A superb example of the artistic expression of the workman as expressed in his own tools. Good $99


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