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ME200148 Ulmia A good quality Ulmia 12" mitre square from the 1970s. It could use a light cleaning but should clean to better than G++ SOLD


ME200153 Ulmia A rosewood combination marking and morticing gauge, similar to a Stanley 77. It has the brass plate on the fence to allow used on curves surfaces as well. It also has an inset white plastic rule, graduated in centimeters. G++ SOLD


ME200163 Dividers A lovely 10" iron English dividers. These were made in this style for a long time so it is hard to date them, but the quality of workmanship on these points to earlier than later. They have a nice even original patina from the blacksmith's forge. For the connoisseur. Fine SOLD

Rabone Rabone

ME200119 Rabone A No. 1167 boxwood rule, 4 fold, 36 inch. This type of rule is often called a "blind man's rule" by collectors because it has such large numbers. Frankly, I find it a lot easier to read than some rules. This rule is crisp and little used, but the lacquer is detiorating a bit. I don't know why, but in the later 1930s into the 40s, something changed with varnish and it deteriorates in a way that older varnish does not. The rule has probably not been used much at all, but because of the finsh I only rated it G++ $39

Ulmia Square

ME200123 Ulmia Square This is a precision cabinetmaker's square with brass faces on both sides of the rosewood stock, so you can use either side as a reference face. The wood has quite attractive grain. It is a 12" square and is marked 35cm. It was bought new in the 60s or 70s by the elderly gentleman who old it to us. I would have rated it higher but for tool box rash on the lacquer of the blued blade. The entire tool, including the blued blade, was lacquered at the factory. The lacquer on the wood doesn't really show the marks, but on the blade they show more. A great user. G+ SOLD


ME200135 Unmarked A nice honest 4 1/2" cabinetmaker's square. It could be English or American but my guess is American. It has been lightly cleaned by a collector. I quite like it. G++ $35

Rabone #1185 Rabone #1185

ME200112 Rabone #1185 A crisp and possibly unused 4-fold, 48" folding boxwood rule. The brass trim is crisp and retains most of its original lacquer, although you can see the speckling in the lacquer where it is starting to deteriorate with age. I see a lot of folding rules before I find one in this condition. Fine $69

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

Fowler Fowler

ME191251 Fowler An 18 inch flexible rule with a satin finish, model 951S. This is a quality rule, Made in England. It is very thin and flexible for doing work on curved surfaces. It has some stains on the blade that are probably dried oil, so it might rate better if you clean it. Fine- $24

Sun Hemmi No. 45 Slide Rule

ME191258 Sun Hemmi No. 45 Slide Rule My mother bought this in Japan when she was station there while serving as a nurse in the US Army. It has a price tag on it of 350 Yen. The edges of the lid are starting to separate but the rule is still quite clean. Fine $15

Starrett No. C183

ME19122 Starrett No. C183 A pristine example in the original box. It has the satin finish. The original flyer is still in the box as well. Not super old, but probably 1970s or 80s judging from the box. Fine SOLD

S. A. Jones & Co. Hartford, Con. Warranted Box Wood S. A. Jones & Co. Hartford, Con. Warranted Box Wood S. A. Jones & Co. Hartford, Con. Warranted Box Wood

ME191219 S. A. Jones & Co. Hartford, Con. Warranted Box Wood A very scarce S.A. Jones 24" two fold carpenter's caliper rule. Nice untouched condition, just as it came from an old tool chest. S.A. Jones marking gauges and squares turn up regularly, but not the folding rules. I have only seen a few and this is the only one of this type. G++ $295

Panel Gauge Panel Gauge Panel Gauge

ME191227 Panel Gauge A 19th Century American panel gauge with a very tightly figured tiger maple shaft and a mahogany head. The shaft is 21 inches. Lovely old surface. Fine- $119

The L.S.S. Co

ME191231 The L.S.S. Co A 12" Starret Number 370 shrink rule. Has some scattered rust spots, mosting on the finely graduated side which is shown. This can be greatly improved by scraping, per our FAQS section advice. G+ $9

Starrett Number 73 Inside Yankee Spring Calipers 6 Inch

ME191175 Starrett Number 73 Inside Yankee Spring Calipers 6 Inch This is a new in the box inside caliper. The box once held 3, but the other two were sold. The box shows enough wear to tell me that they have been around a while, but surely 1970 or later. The tool is mint and the box is G+, so overall Fine+ SOLD


ME191138 Caliper A nicely made and somewhat unusual caliper in nice as found condition. It has quite elegant lines about it. Fine $29

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 don't claim to be an expert on calipers, but I don't recall seing any like these before. 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 $65

Unitech 42-1501 Unitech 42-1501

ME191055 Unitech 42-1501 This is some kind of a speciliazed pantograph for lettering. It appears to be new in the box and could be called Mint. It must have cost quite a bit when new, as this is a quality precision instrument. Fine+ $12


ME190971 Unmarked A traditional 5" cabinetmakers square. I can't tell if it is American or British, although my guess would be American. It is as found and needs a light cleaning. Just clean it with wax and one of those white synthetic pads and it will look great. G+ $35

H. Chapin, No. 48 H. Chapin, No. 48

ME190918 H. Chapin, No. 48 A crisp and little used example that retains much original lacquer on the wood and on the brass. I don't recall seeing a bitter example. It is a 24" single fold rule with the Gunther table and slide rule on one side. G++ $145

E.C. Simmons, Keen Kutter

ME190818 E.C. Simmons, Keen Kutter A twin-stemmed marking and mortising gauge. Clearly very lightly used but needing a very light cleaning to the longer stem. G++ SOLD

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


ME19052 Illegible An pair of small hand forged dividers, only 4 3/8" overall. Unusually, they are signed, but the mark is no longer legible. Untouched condition with a nice old surface. G+ $45

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

Teh L.S. Starret Co

ME190239 The L.S. Starret Co A 6" caliper with an adjustable leg that is rather distastefully called an "hermaphrodite caliper". From an old machinst's box and in nice as found condition. G++ $25

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

Unmarked Unmarked

ME190210 Unmarked A 6" single fold rule that probably originally came in an etui or similar. Eighteenth or early 19th Century. It is slightly more yellow on one side than the other The brass trim is crisp and untouched. G++ $65

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

The L.S. Starrett Co

ME190139 The L.S. Starrett Co A 8" reversible calipers with the patent micro-adjust feature. From an old shipwright's tool chest of circa 1900-1910. Untouched condition, just as he put them down. G+ $28

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 one's are very scarce. One by Williams could be called rare, meaning that it is probably fhat 5 or less exist in the word. 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

Hand Forged Dividers

ME181225 Hand Forged Dividers A nice as found pair of dividers, probably early 19th Century but potentially earlier. They are hand forged and you can see blacksmith's file marks on the inside edges. They have a nice untouched patina. One tip has 3/32" broken off from the tip. They measure about 9 1/8" overall. Really a nice early dividers. G+ $69

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

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

ME1810100 Unmarked A wonderful 6" square with the Winterbottom mitre square top. It is marked "Patent Applied For" which I believe relates to the level vial in the stock. The stock is brass faced and the stock is rosewood. The blade is blued and graduated. Really a nice tool. G++ $99

Avery Bevel Gauge

ME180984 Avery Bevel Gauge A scarce 9" Avery bevel gauge. It is faintly marked on the face, "Avery, Pat Ap'd For" The nickel is mostly gone from the cast iron body but the blade retains quite a bit of nickel. Honest as found condition. This tool does the same thing as a Stanley 18, but I don't know how it fits into the picture. G+ $85

Early Hand Forged American Dividers Early Hand Forged American Dividers

ME180946 Early Hand Forged American Dividers An unusually large dividers with a double layer joint and decorative work near the joint. These are 20 inches overall. They have a good even patina and have been well cared for over the years. Tools like this are hard to date, but I would think that they are 18th Century or early 19th. G+ $119

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

The L. S. Starrett Co.

ME180516 The L. S. Starrett Co. A nice early example of the Starrett patent quick adjust inside 6" calipers. The adjusting nut has the July 4th, 1905 patent date, which is for the quick adjust feature. A very nice example. Fine- $29

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++ $195

Buck & Hickman, London

ME171016 Buck & Hickman, London An 8" ebony level. The brass top has been polished but the wood is untouched and it is still a nice example. The ebony retains about 40% of its original finish. At his price it is priced to sell quickly G+ $49

W. Cresson, Philada W. Cresson, Philada

ME170525 W. Cresson, Philada A rosewood bevel with an exceptional 16" blade. I have never seen a Cresson bevel anywhere near this large. It ias as found with a dark patina to the brass. The blade has a dark patina but is mostly in pleasing condition, however, there is some heavy pitting toward the end of the slot. Cresson was bought out by Disston and his tools are scarce. This one is unique in my experience. G+ $159

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 was 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- $395

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


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 is l 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 tools is not in great condition but is in very honest condition and is a very attractive and rare tool. Good $129

S.A. Jones & Co. Harford - Con.

ME16095 S.A. Jones & Co. Harford - Con. A scarce 12" bevel by S.A. Jones, one of the most important makers of his time. Jones morticing gauges are not hard to find, but his other tools really don't turn up often and I don't recall seeing a large bevel like this before. The rosewood stock has numerous small dings. The brass has not been polished and has good patina with some traces of original lacquer. The blade has a nice medium patina. G+ $95

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

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 susepct 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 complains. 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

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

Pocket Metrivertor

ME190930 Pocket Metrivertor "The metric's are coming", this device announces. It converts the most common US measurements to metric and vice-versa. I think that my mother bought this in the 70s to be prepared for the Metric conversion that is coming soon, and always will be. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least 80 on old tools. G++ $0

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

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 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


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

E. Preston & Sons

ME141233 E. Preston & Sons A rosewood 12" level with a brass face and an iron sole. The top is engraved, "Tom Ratcliffe, New Mills". I love personalized pieces like this and can't resist them. This one has had the brass polished by an idiot (misguided sole in modern sensitive terminology), but it such a wonderful object that I bought it anyway. Good $119

Rabone Number 1378

ME190983 Rabone Number 1378 A 24" four fold boxwood rule that has seen quite a bit of use and is well worn. Still perfectly usable. Free to the first person who orders it and spends $150 on old tools. Good $0

Millers Falls

ME141068 Millers Falls A 9" torpedo level, number 590, in the original box. The level is very clean, with just some freckling to the plating on the level top. The box is OK but shows wear. The bottom of the level is marked "Rowland Tomkins & Son." A Google search reveals that this firm was a construction company that was indited for bribery by the government. I presume that they gave out these levels as a gift to customers, presumably before they went to more generous offerings. Fine- $48

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 $379

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

Early Square

ME120571 Early Square A lovely as found brass square with rosewood stock. This type of square is typically assumed to be 18th Century, but the anachronistic nature of British tools makes it dangerous to make that a firm assertion. I do think that this one is likely to be 18th Century. It has a lovely molded tip. lovely color, and good honest wear. One of the nicest of its type that I have seen. G+ $139

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

Unmarked Unmarked

ME120519 Unmarked A very unusal 45" takedown rule. Maple and clearly American (based on the wood.) It has a center scale in fractions of a yard and I assume that this was for measuring out fabric. Lovely untouched condition. There are two spots where paint dripped onto it, as show with arrows. G++ $85

Figural Calipers Figural Calipers

ME120474 Figural Calipers This is an example of a tool truly transcending utility and reaching a high artistic artistic plain. 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

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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

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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

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ME110441 Craftsman Made Trammels A superb pair of cabinetmaker's trammels with a pencil holder, in untouched condtion 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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ME100218 Pocket Scales This is an 18th Century set of pocket scales, complete, in the original metal box. They are sa 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 botoom 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

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ME100151 D. M. Lyon & Clearman A nice untouched rosewood morticing 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+ $149

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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+ $145

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ME80835 Early Calipers This is superb early calipers. They have the large facetted head with a double leaf joint that is associated with 17th and 18th Century examples. These are not marked but they are in superb original condition and are as nice an example as one could want. The detailing is wonderful. They are brass with steel or iron tips keyed into the brass arms. They stand 6 1/8" high. Highly recommended. G++ $495

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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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