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Spear & Jackson

MI19095 Spear & Jackson A 2 3/8" wide iron for a Bailey Style plane. This could have been made as a replacment iron the same way that Hock makes aftermarket irons today. It should be of very high quality. The upper part of the iron around the mark is pitted. 1 3/8" remains. G= $16

H. Brown Patent Brace H. Brown Patent Brace H. Brown Patent Brace H. Brown Patent Brace

MI190914 H. Brown Patent Brace This is an exceptional example of a scarce patented brace, the Henry Brown Antifriction brace. While an antifriction head might sound like nonesense, I can't deny that the head on this brace turns much more smoothly than your average sheffield brace. These braces are normally found in well worn condtion. This one is well preserved and looks like it was just lifted out of an old tool chest. It came from an important Virginia collection. G++ SOLD

Two C-Clamps Two C-Clamps

MI190916 Two C-Clamps A pair of 2" quality American made C clamps. One is marked "B&C. Co. BPT, Conn.", which is Brink and Cotton, Bridgeport, Ct. It rates Fine. The other is similar but not identical, and is only marked "Made in USA, Malleable Iron". It is of similar age and quality, but rates closer to mint. It is like new. These both have some age on them and are better than anything made today. I am guessing 1950s, maybe 60s. Fine SOLD


MI190920 Float I believe that this is a gunstock float. It has a 1/4" wide blade with a concave sole. It is just over 8 inches overall with a rosewood handle. Lovely untouched condition. Fine $69

The Peck, Stowe, & Wilcox Co. Sampson

MI190922 The Peck, Stowe, & Wilcox Co. Sampson This is Pexto's high-end heavy-duty brace, the "Sampson" model. It is a 12" throw brace for timber framing or other heavy duty work. The head and handle are dark rosewood. It is in lovely as found condition. For the discerning user or collector. Fine- SOLD


MI190924 Adjustable A matching pair of 4" C-clamps model 1440-4" by The Adjustable Clamp Company of Chicago. These are high quality US made clampls that can no longer be bought new. They could use a drop of oil on the Acme screw threads and they are good to go. Fine- SOLD

Brink & Cotton

MI190929 Brink & Cotton A matching pair of 3" C-clamps model 143. They have a dark patina and could use a light cleaning and oiling. You can't buy clamps of this quality today. This is the last of a small group of clamps that I recently bought. G+ SOLD


MI190931 Pilkington A 1 1/16" centre bit that is marked Pilkington. Of course you can use it in any Sfheffield brace, but if you have a Pilkington brace, here is your chance to get a proper signed bit. It has been notched for two different braces. It has a dark patina overall. G+ $19


MI190933 Johnson This is a very unusual bit for cutting a counterbored hole. It has a 5/8" center bit, with the center actually being a tapered spoon bit. I have never seen anything like.it. It must have been quite difficult to forge with the techniques available when it was made. G+ $45

Unmarked Unmarked

MI190935 Unmarked A most unusual 10" throw brace. I have had this brace for quite some time trying to identify it, but I give up. You reverse the ratchet, or lock it, but pulling out a pin and moving the chuck. The head is very similar to some 19th Century American iron braces. The head is a nice piece of rosewood. THe brass medallion has been polished but it is otherwise untouched and in honest used but cared for condition. If anyone knows this brace, please let me know. G+ $95


MI190824 Kunz This is a modern copy of the classic Stanley #12. Like other knock offs of Stanley tools, it has none of the intrinsic appeal of the original, but it is just as usable and is less than half the price. If you just want one to use and don't care about having a rosewood handle or a baked japanned finish, this one is the way to go. Fine $45

William Marples & Sons William Marples & Sons William Marples & Sons

MI190838 William Marples & Sons This is an Ultimatum brace in wonderful as found condition. 99% of these braces have been ruined by British dealers with buffing wheels. One famous dealer in particular trashed at least half of them. This one was used, but cared for. It has no damage. Even the fragile ring in the head is 100% intact. You just don't find them like this. A wonderful honest example. G+ $329

The James Swan Co. Seymour, Conn, USA

MI19082 The James Swan Co. Seymour, Conn, USA A nice as found James Swan draw knife in the scarce 14" size. G+ $65

Millers Falls

MI19085 Millers Falls A classic Millers Falls eggbeater drill. I think that this is the 2A model, but the hand crank has light corrosion on it, so I can't read the model number. It will make a great user, but it is not a clean collector's quality example. The side handle, which is useless anyway, is missing. The head has bits in it, but not the bits that it came with. Just random bits that the owner was using. From a working shop and a bargain for a user. G+ $49

Geo. H. Bishop & Company, Lawrenceburg, Indiana

MI190725 Geo. H. Bishop & Company, Lawrenceburg, Indiana Two clean cabinet scrapers that have been together since new. They measure 4 5/8" by 3". G++ $30

Henkel, Fremont, O. U.S.A.

ME190716 Henkel, Fremont, O. U.S.A. This is a pair of high-quality American made taylor's shears. They are marked 12" and they measure 12 inches overall. There is also a word marked on them in a stylized script, which I think reads "Lord". The nickel is about 98%. It breaks my heart that you can't buy a pair of US made scisssors of this quality any longer. If I am wrong, do let me know. G+ $49


MI19075 Nestler This is a set of drafting stencils. The box is marked Western Germany. They are very high quality and came from an estate of 1950s model plane supplies, which is when I date them to. The characters are 1 1/16" high (27mm). There are three planes, numbers, and upper and lower case letters. It seems to be for a German alphabet, but I can't explain why a few letters are missing, like capital F for instance. They appear to be unused. Fine $29

Keen Kutter

MI190711 Keen Kutter This is a Keen Kutter K79, which was made by Stanley and is in the older style for their #80. Nice as found condition. The blade is unmarked but looks original to me. G+ $45

Winchester Winchester

MI190459 Winchester A very clean Winchester brand roofing hatchet. This is the head alone, not handle, and weighs about 18 ounces. Winchester's ill fated venture in to hardware was in the 1920s, which dates this tool to that period. Winchester of course did not make it but they only sourced hardware from the very best makers. It is beveled on both sides. G++ $69


MI190468 Turnscrew A lovely little turn-screw with a decoratively turned lignum handle. Measures 5 3/4" overall. Fine $39

Sugar Nippers Sugar Nippers

MI190419 Sugar Nippers Plain sugar nippers are pretty common, but over the years I have not seen many with decortive work on them. This one has decorative work on the hinge that really sets it apart. The tool has a smooth surface with a pleasing patina, except for a few spots of minor surface corrosion. If you want just one really nice sugar nipper, this is it. G++ $145

Davis Davis Davis

MI190422 Davis According to Goodman's book, this mark is associated with a James Davis who worked in Walworth (London) in 1799. Not much seems to be know about him. Braces marked by planemakers are scarce. This brace has an unusual head design consistent with an early date, but it is probably likely that it was bought in from a Sheffield maker. The mark is faint but totally legible. The brass chuck was lightly polished by a collector at one time but is not bright and shiny. G+ $145

Victorinox Victorinox

MI190310 Victorinox A new in the metal box Victorinox Swiss Army folding knife that is marked as an advertising promotional piece for Nikon. It is about 20 years old. It is in a tin box. The knife is 2 1/4" folded. New $19

Darning Egg

MI190312 Darning Egg A lovely shaped tool for darning socks. Know as a sock egg, it is inserted into the sock being darned. Certainly 19th Century at least and in lovely as found condition. Measures 9 3/4" overall. G++ $29

Claus, Fremont, O.

MI190325 Claus, Fremont, O. A style 4258 shears. I am not sure what shears with short blades like this are for. These measure 8" overall. They are used but not abused and they are quality US made shears. G+ $12

Standard Rule Co. Standard Rule Co. Standard Rule Co.

MI1902100 Standard Rule Co. A number 4 sized smoothing plane. The iron is by Butcher, which I believe to be correct for an early example. The rosewood tote has an old repaired crack at the base and damage to the spur. The body has some minor pitting, mostly on the sole and left side. An honest example of a scarce patented iron plane of the 19th Century. G+ $125

Seal Breaker

MI190234 Seal Breaker These tools are referred to as button hole chisels by tool collectors but they were really for breaking up wax seals. This one is 4 7/8" overall and 5/8" wide. There is some decorative work on the blade, including some very delicate work around the edge. A nice honest as found example. G++ $89

E. Preston & Sons

ME19023 E. Preston & Sons A Preston decorative cast iron shave with a 1 1/2" wide blade and a compassed sole. The nickel is about 80%, which is why it didn't rate higher. G+ $69

J. Fenn, Newgate St J. Fenn, Newgate St J. Fenn, Newgate St

MI19027 J. Fenn, Newgate St An particularly clean 3/4 size brace of the type that are commonly called "Lady's" braces, simply for their smaller size. It retains most of its original finish on the wood and has a crisp and untouched brass chuck. There are some marks on the brass at the base of the head as if pliers were used to tighten it to the body. In the same spot there are a few chips to the lignum, probably from the same stupid event. This is minor. There are a few marks on the wood but it is mostly quite crisp. This is a superb tool. G++ $199

Tiny Mark

MI190215 L. Hu??niot (Tiny Mark) A small 19th Century pin vise that is marked with a mark so tiny that I can't imagine how they made the stamp. It is very finely made and in lovely as found condition. Marked "France", which leads me to believe that it is late 19th Century when they started marking a country of origin, but were not yet marking "Made in". The jaws are 1/4" wide and it is 4 1/2" overall. Fine- $69

Jeweler Jeweler

MI190162 Jeweler's Hand Vise A nice early example with a pleasing medium patina and very fine detailing. It measures 4 3/8" high with 9/16" wide jaws. Fine- $89

P.S. Stubs

MI190169 P.S. Stubs A scarce early burnishing tool by a famous Lancashire maker. The blade is eliptical on each side, but the edges are more radiused than a pure ellipse woudl be. The handle is an attractive wood that I have been told is laburnum, and that looks right to me based on my research. Measures 8" overall. I would rate the steel as fine but the handle shows honest wear so overall I rate it G++ $69

Thos Ibbotson & Co. Sheffield Thos Ibbotson & Co. Sheffield

MI190173 Thos Ibbotson & Co. Sheffield A very scarce scraper holder. I am not sure of what kind of wood this is. It is an exotic hardwood. These scrapers normally have a boxwood wedge at the top to tighten them. This is the only one of its kind that I have seen, where it is one piece with no provision for a wedge. It retains much of its original finish but because of light tool box rash I didn't grade it fine. For the connoisseur. G++ $75

James Howarth James Howarth James Howarth

MI181162 James Howarth A rare nickel plated Scotch pattern brace by James Howarth. This is the only nickel plated Scotch pattern brace that I have ever seen, regardless of maker. I feel confident in saying that the nickel is original. It is also the only Scotch pattern brace by James Howarth that I have seen. It has an 8" throw, but the brace feels slightly smaller than your typical Scotch pattern brace. It also does not have the typical head, instead having a metal neck of a form that I haven't seen before. The nickel is about 95-97%. I bought this brace from the late Jim Wareham about 20 years ago. Jim was an English tool dealer, and a really good one at that. One of the few who was dead honest as well. Fine $195

Rodier Patent Plane Rodier Patent Plane Rodier Patent Plane

MI181183 Rodier Patent Plane A scarce Rodier patent jack plane in just wonderful original condition. The original 2 18" wide Buck Brothers iron, looks about full, and it is properly ground for use as a jack plane. The wood is superb with just a few minor nicks. The paint is also great with just a few minor marks. This is by far and away the best example that I have seen of this scarce patented plane. Fine- $995

Craftsman Made D- Router

MI181154 Craftsman Made D- Router A D router with a 3/4" wide blade that is locked by a screw in the rear of the router. Nice as found condition and a good user for little money. G+ $29

Sun Insurance Medallion Sun Insurance Medallion

MI181010 Sun Insurance Medallion This is a lead medallion that would have been fixed to a building that was insured by the Sun Insurance Company in London in the 18th Century. The Sun Insurance Company records are to this day a major research resource for people looking for information on early businesses. These have been faked, but this one really looks right to me. I don't claim to be an expert on them, but it seems to have signs of genuine age and not artificial distressing. It is number 772225. Every policy holder of course had a unique number, and this comes with a copy of the records showing that this was owned by one Joseph Hobbs, Bricklayer. The record is from 1805 so it is not quite 18th Century. G+ $249

Buck Brothers Buck Brothers

MI180848 Buck Brothers A rare matching graduated set of tapered bench plane irons by the premier American edge tool maker. The sizes are 1 1/4", 1 3/8", a fat 1 3/8", and 1 5/8". These irons are all in lovely untouched condition and are all unused old stock. I bought these about 25 years ago from an old collector. They have clearly been together since new. I've never seen another set like this before or since. Fine $165


MI18074 GTW An attractive combination hatchet and hammer by Germantown Tool Works of Philadelphia. This is a quality maker and the tool is probably early 20th Century. The head, which is about 24 ounces, has a pleasing patina and is in lovely untouched condition. The handle is tight fitting, and looks original. It looks like somebody has lightly wiped it off with steel wool, damaging the patina and pulling the grading of the tool down a notch. It is still a great tool for a collector or user. G++ $99

Fairclough, 72 Byrom St., Liverpool Fairclough, 72 Byrom St., Liverpool

MI180622 Fairclough, 72 Byrom St., Liverpool An especially nice 5/8" sash ovolo shave in boxwood with a lovely boxwood patina. As found and nice. G++ $119

John Herring & Sons, Sheffield John Herring & Sons, Sheffield

MI180632 John Herring & Sons, Sheffield This is a sealed original package of 3 plane irons, 1 1/2" wide and cut for a cap iron. Finding a package of pre-war irons still in the wrapper is amazing. The string that wraps them is sealed with a yellow sticker that appears to be Thai writing. I am guessing that they were made for a special order that was never delivered and then just sat somewhere. Fine $99


MI180610 Rob't Sorby A 2 1/4" tapered bench plane iron, probably from a smoothing plane. It is in clean condition and retains about 1 3/8" over usable steel. At the edge it is 175 thousandths of an inch thick. G+ $20


MI180552 Caulking ToolThis came with the lot of yacht fitter's tools that we bought. It is cast iron, very ergonomic in the hand, and weighs just over a pound. It has a brass wheel with a blunt edge. A customer has informed me that it is for rolling caulking into the joints of small wooden boats that are too small to use caulking irons and a mallet. G++ $35

Record Side Rebate Plane

MI180254 Record Side Rebate Plane A left and right side rebate plane that is based on the original Preston design. Sargent had a similar plane and in this case I don't know who copied who. THe knob seems to be genuine rosewood. The blades look to be full length. The nickel is about 95%+. A great user. G++ $75


MI17112 Carpenter's Pouch An carpenter's screw and nail pouch that would have been given out as a promotional item by Glendale Lumber Co. of Glendale, NY. Probably from the 1940s or 50s. Nice original condition. G+ $29

Sash Doweling Box Sash Doweling Box

MI171048 Sash Doweling Box A scarce craftsman made sash doweling box that is well designed and well executed. It is oak and was designed to clamp to the bench. It has a groove for the sash bar to sit in and then the arm comes down and locks it. There is a brass bushing at the end to guide the sash dowelling bit. This is a very nice example that is modestly priced compared to the really fancy rosewood and mahogany ones. G++ $199

Engraved Woodworker Engraved Woodworker

MI171037 Engraved Woodworker's Clock Face An 18th Century Brass Clock Face from a tall case clock that would have been comissioned by a successful woodworker, most likely a cabinetmaker, as it is engraved with a woodworker at the bench, a plane in his hands and a small claw hammer hanging to his left. Also picture are a back saw, a square, and a hatchet. The brass has been hand polished and has a lovely mellow hue. A unique piece that really belongs in a museum. G++ $795

Early Race Knife

MI170918 Early Race Knife A particularly nice as found example of the style of race knife used in the 18th Century. This one is not signed but certainly looks 18th Century. Most of them as well used, but this one seems to have been used very little. The metal surfaces have a pleasing patina with just very minor patches of corrosion. I have not seen one like this in as such nice condition before. G++ $95

H. M. Christensen, Brockton, Mass

MI17096 H. M. Christensen, Brockton, Mass The EAIA Directory of tool marks has this maker recorded incorrectly. Only one example of his work is reported, a cobbler's hammer, and he is listed as Christen & Son, Brockton Mass. The mark on this tool is crisp and perfectly legible, so I am sure that it should have read "H.M. Christensen, Brockton, Mass." This tool is still listed today in the C.S. Osborne catalog and is called a tack and staple remover. Thank you to Charlie for that information. This tool is in lovely as found condtion except that the brass ferule was hand polished at some point in the past, probably quite a long time ago. It came out of an old collection. G++ $45

G Hawkins, Chas Arthur, Birmingham G Hawkins, Chas Arthur, Birmingham

MI170821 G Hawkins, Chas Arthur, Birmingham A very scarce signed basketmaker's shave in nice as found condition. The blade is still pretty sharp. I am not 100% sure that I have read the middle line of the mark correctly because it goes off the side of the plane. I am pretty sure that it is Chas Arthur, but it might have St. after Arthur. So this is either an address or a partnership. It is a great tools that a serious collector of baskets or basketmaking tools should want. G+ $159


MI170718 Tunscrew A classic American turnscrew with a flat sided applewood handle. There is one edge on the handle that at first looks like damage but it is just where the edge was sapwood on the blank that was turned. The blade has a freckled light patina. The blade tapers over its length and has decorative molding on the sides. Crisp overall condition and a real quality 19th Century tool. G++ $35

Carrpenter Carrpenter Carpenter

MI170458 Carpenter's Tote A classic American carpenter's tote from the early 20th Century. This is the stereotypical tote that one pictures a carpenter carrying in the first half of the 20th Century. It has seen honest use but is well cared for. It has a nice patina but some finish has been added. It would look great as a magazine rack in a lounge room. G+ SOLD

Devineau, 1730 Devineau, 1730

MI170380 Devineau, 1730 A rare early 18th Century dated French armorers tool from the legendary Nessi collection. This tool is called a tumbler mill. It mills both sides of the forged tumbler of a flintlock mechanism, so that you end up with a piece filed properly parallel on its faces and with an accurately formed pivot pin on each side. It's a deceptively simple tool and an absolutely essential bit of gunsmith's kit. It has light pitting overall but has a nicely patinated surface. The quality of the work is superb and it is most attractively made. There is a repair to a crack in the handle that does not detract. For the connoisseur. G+ $1295


MI170250 Washbrough An 18th Century cast bronze English Skillet by Washbrough, who's name is cast into the handle, as was the fashion with these. I have not poured liquid into it to measure the volume but I would guess that it is about 1 quart or a bit larger. The diameter is six inches. It was probably polished a long time ago but it now has a pleasing patina. These have been collectable for about a century now. One can picture somebody in a cottage cooking the the evening meal in this skillet. These are often referred tro as posnets in the US, but that is technically incorrect and it is a skillet. I have two of these in front of my own fireplace and it makes for a great early look. G+ $295


MI170266 Widget A 1" size widget (rounding tool) in nice as found condition. I would say that this one is earlier than most that I see, but it is hard to be precise. The owner's mark, which is the initials "TI" looks like a relatively early stamp. I am guessing early 19trh Century. One of the screws that holds the blade has washers under it and the other doesn't. I don't know why. I haven't disturbed them. This is a particularly nice example to my eye. G+ $99

Millers Falls Millers Falls Millers Falls

MI170212 Millers Falls A rare Millers Falls hand cranked knife sharpener. I have never seen one of these before. It is in an art deco style with two tone paint and a decal on the front that declates what it is. It has a removable base that can be screwed to a bench or to the wall. It is in nice as found condition. A rare survivor. G+ $169

Hand Forged

MI170220 Hand Forged A fancy turnscrew that was forged from a worn out file. The elegantly formed handle, with burned line decoration, is beech that has been stained to emulate fruitwood. Measures 19 1/2' overall. The ferule has been polished but otherwise I have no complaints. G+ $69

William Friedrichs William Friedrichs

MI170112 William Friedrichs A superb early die box that can cut be adjusted for various size rod stock. There are 5 differeent dies, all of them marked 22 on the back, which I am presuming to me 22 threads per inch. On the front they are numbered 1 - 5, which I presume has no correlation to a particular size. This tool has superb early features and is in lovely original condition. Friederichs was a New York City tool merchant. G++ $99

William Friedricks

MI161214 William Friedricks This is a scarce hand-cut 19th Century rasp. It is marked by the N.Y. Tool dealer and importer William Friedricks. Most of Friedricks imports were from Germany. We sell new hand-cut French rasps and ours are marked with our name, even though they are made by Logier. Perhaps one day people will wonder who made our rasps. This rasp is about 13 1/2" long with the tang and has a lovely dark patina. It is dull and is more a collector's piece, not a user. G++ $36

Craftsman Made

MI161229 Craftsman Made A highly decorative ram's horn scraper made from laminations of mahogany and maple, with a boxwood sole. The blade bears a Stanley sweetheart mark and is probably original to the tool, as 1920s is a good guess for the age of the tool. A very attractive tool. Fine $119

Hand Forged

MI1610108 Hand Forged A hand forged swept float, forged from an old file and showing that characteristic surface. This tool is in wonderful untouched condtion. From an old Virginia collection that was formed in the 1970s and 80s. Just over 12 inches overall. G++ $49

Patented Sraper

MI1610121 Patented Sraper Only marked, "Pat. June 30, '91" This is a scraper with a tilting head mechanism. Nice as found condition. I have never seen another one. The handle is dark and is probably stained hardwood. From an old Virginia collection. G++ $75

Wilcock, Manchester

MI161088 Wilcock, Manchester A 3/4" lambstongue sash shave. All boxwood and in very crisp, little used condition. I imagine that this tool was bought for one job and after that wasn't used again. The surface is a bit dull like it was cleaned off with a solvent. I would wax it. This is a connoisseur grade example. Fine- $135

C. Schweper, Solingen, Germany

MI16088 C. Schweper, Solingen, Germany A small high quality pre-war pocket knife. The blade is acid etched, "Premium Quality, Hammer Forged" The small blade is about 1 1/8" and the larger blade is about 1 3/8". It was probably 1 1/2" when the knife was new, but is has been sharpened a number of times. The scales have fancy engine decoration on them and a vacant space for an owner's name. A very clean gentleman's knife. G++ $29

Engravers Pad

MI160658 Engravers Pad A leather covered pad as used by silversmith's and engravers. Used but well cared for and with a nice look about it. I can't date this tool, but it certainly has some age to it. G++ $49

Stainless Metal Products Co. West Haven, Conn

MI160662 Stainless Metal Products Co. West Haven, Conn A patented fruit coring device. Patent Number 1638798. Nice as found condition. I have not seen one before. G++ $29

Ember Tongs

MI160584 Ember Tongs A Georgian scissor joint ember tongs that extend out to 24". These are all hand made bright cut steel. Similar style tools were mass produced later in the 19th Centuiry but these are best quality English work. Fine $159

Spring Compressor Spring Compressor

MI160513 Spring Compressor An early 19th Century English lock spring compressor for working on a gun. This tool is hand made to the highest standards of London gunmaking. There are patches of light corrosion but most of the tool has a pleasing patinated surface. This tool would most likely have come from a cased set. Nice untouched condition. G+ $125

Baland, Aine Baland, Aine

MI160550 Baland, Aine An unusual pair of scissors with a curved blade that slides nicely into the curved leather sheath with a metal tip. The overall length of the scissors is 6 1/8". The seem on the sheath open for the first inch or so but it doesn't really matter. I think that these are pretty old but I don't know much about scissors. I know nothing about the mark on them. Please speak up if you do. Nice original condition. G++ $49

Booth Mills & Co, Philada Booth Mills & Co, Philada Booth Mills & Co, Philada

MI160473 Booth Mills & Co, Philada A heavy duty Philadelphia spokeshave with the cupid's bow decoration. This form of shave seems to have been specific to Philadelphia. They are not common but enough of them have been found to indicate that it was a form that was regularly sold. The applewood has a lovely patina. The mark is faint but clearly legible. The applewood has a lovely patina. About 14 1/2" wide and the blade is 5" wide. Highly recommended. G+ $145


MI160480 Toaster A nice as found tin toaster from the days before electric toasters. G+ $25

Millers Falls

MI160457 Millers Falls A scarce 5" throw brace. There is an old chip out of the rosewood head, but otherwise the tool shows only honest wear. G+ $95

Sharratt & Newth, Patent, London

MI160294 Sharratt & Newth, Patent, London A nice as found diamond glass cutter. It has a Brazilian rosewood handle with lovely grain. As found, the brass has a lovely patina. The steel end is light rusted overall, but could be improved with some attention. G+ $36

Handforged Turnscrew

MI160264 Handforged Turnscrew This trunscrew has a lovely hand-forged blade that looks 18th Century to me. The oak handle looks like a somewhat later replacement to me. Measures 21" overall. Nice patination and great form. G+ $79

Rosewood gunstock scraper Rosewood gunstock scraper

MI160244 Rosewood gunstock scraper A small craftsman made gunstock scraper with a 2 1/4" wide blade. The handles are short and stubby in a rather atypical manner for this type of tool. It shows moderate wear and is in nice as found condition. G+ $55

E.C. Stearns & Co. Syracuse, NY

MI160172 E.C. Stearns & Co. Syracuse, NY A nice as found jointer gauge that is attached with cam action levers. A common but very useful tool. This one could use a light cleaning, but as it is still rates a strong G+ $69

Razor Stone

MI151136 Razor Stone I stuggle to date piece, but it looks early to me. The base is good mahogany, with a natural stone on one size and a piece of leather on the other. The stone is very fine like an Arkansas stone, but I believe that it is a British equivelant, like a Tam O'Shanter. It has a nice dry untouched surface. The working surface of the stone has no flaws, but from the side you can see that the stone has a fault that is only visible on one side. The stone is 1" by 5". G+ $45

W & S Butcher W & S Butcher

MI151123 W & S Butcher This is a rare original invoice from W. & S. Butcher, dated Nov. 7th, 1872. It is 2 sheets, both sides used, of tools, totally just ove 600 pounds. That was a lot of money then, about $3000 then, which is a small fortune now. The invoice was to E. Mullins of Philadelphia, There is also a page, with an original seal, from the U.S. Consul in Sheffield. What his role was I am not sure but he seemes to have been acting as a kind of agent. This is a once in a lifetime chance to own such an important piece of tool ephemera. The Butcher works in Sheffield are now a protected site. G++ $245

Builders & Decorators Sign Builders & Decorators Sign

MI151030 Builders & Decorators Sign This is a sign, I am presuming from between the wars, for H. Alex Evans & Son, Builders & Decoratoros. The phone is "Wimbledon 2334". I did a quick web search and this firm is still in business, on the same street, but not a different number. It might be the same place, as many streets in the London area have been renumbered since them. The sign is about 21 1/2" wide and 21" high. The paint has a bit of crackelure and the varnish over it is a bit dark. I think that it would be a mistake to clean the old varnish off because then it would look like a new sign. WIth a painting of course we would have cleaned off the old varnish. G+ $395

Camco, USA Camco, USA

MI151042 Camco, USA A good quality advertising pocket knife. Marked on one side, Abeles-Lewit Co. Inc" and on the other side "Autobody Reconditioning Supplies, tools and equipment". Probably 1950s. This is a good quality US made pocket knife, not a disposable piece of junk. It is carbon steel, not stainless. Nice untouched condition, as it came from a drawer. G+ $35

Magnagrip Magnetic Tool Holder

MI150941 Magnagrip Magnetic Tool Holder A 9" wide bar that mounts to a wall or workbench and holds tools through magnetic force. It is in the box and appears to have never been used. It is from the 1950s. The graphic inside even shows a 1950s car as the tool is being used in a garage. This is a high quality tool that was made in East Longmeadow, Mass. The box has no ends, but I think that it was always just a slip case and didn't have ends. Fine $39


MI190329 Swing-A-Way A 1960s US made can opener, these work great. I still use one in my kitchen. The plastic handles on this were deterioriating and had that greasy surface that old plastic gets. I cut them off and threw them away, as that can't be good to touch. I didn't have the heart to pitch this can opener as it still works well and you can make some handles out of wood. Free to the first person who orders it and spends $50 on old tools. G+ $0

L. Stoudt

MI150816 L. Stoudt An early hand forged ax head for a felling ax. I don't know who . Stoudt was, but it is clearly marked on both sides with what looks like a Pennsylvania style maker's mark of the 19th Century. It weights a bit over 3 pounds. There is some damage to the edge, but this head is still very usuable, although I would hate to see anyone do that, as it has a lovely overal patina now. There is some pitting, but it is mostly just patinated. This is a not a common tool to find. Early, as in pre-factory made, ax heads got used up. Good $119

Blacksmith Made Turnscrew

MI150715 Blacksmith Made Turnscrew This is a 22" overall length turnscrew with a lovely patinated fruitwood handle, with just a hint of tiger figure in it. There is a shrinkage check in the handle. The ferule was polished by an idiot but the rest of the turnscrew has a lovely untouched look and with time the brass ferule will take on a new patina. An elegant tool from a lost age of craftsmanship. G+ $79


MI150638 Chicago-Latrobe This is a new old stock packet of #59 bits. There are 12 bits in the packet. I have 10 packets. I bought these in England and the person who I bought them from and I both think that they are WW2 surplus. It seems sad to me that people risked their lives in convoys across the North Atlantic to get supplies through, to have them sit unused. I guess that is the nature of government procurement, even in desparate times. If you want more than 1 packet, just put the item into your shopping cart as many times as you want packets. If we don't have that many left we will adjust your invoice. Fine $15

W. Marples & Sons

MI15069 W. Marples & Sons I have had a few of giant turnscrews in this style by Marples over the years, but this one is absolutely the largest one. It is 29 1/2" overall. That is huge for a turnscrew. It has a lovely patina with a Fench polished handle. The handle can be pulled off of the blade, which is the result of it being drier here than in Britain. The ferule has a pleasing light patina. A gem for anyone who appreciates these. G+ $99

Buck, 242 Tottenham Ct. Rd Buck, 242 Tottenham Ct. Rd

MI150563 Buck, 242 Tottenham Ct. Rd A lovely untouched miniature router of the type associated with Buck. There were a few tools, like the Buck bow drills and these routers, that Buck seems to have had made exclusively for them. 4 1/8" wide and 1 1/4" wide by 7/8" tall. For the connoisseur. Fine $75

Russel Jennings

MI1902104 Russel Jennings A 5/8" auger bit with the early Russel Jennings mark. The bit is in nice clean condition but the shank has been cut off to fit a drill chuck. Free to the first person who spends $80 on vintage tools and orders it. G+ $0

P. S. Stubs

MI150541 P. S. Stubs This is a hand cut file, still usable, and about 5 5/8" overall. It is not marked England, so it is probably pre-1890. Hand-cut files of this age are few and far between, especially ones that bear the mark of Peter Stubbs, the famous Lancashire tool maker. Fine $29

Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd

MI150558 Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd An unusual pocket knife with polished metal sides and no scales, marked "Sheffield Made" and Buck on one blade and "Hand Forged" and Buck on the other. It measures 3 1/2" when closed. I am not sure if the sides are nickel or stainless steel. A very attractive and unusual knife. G+ $85

MI120921 Auction Catalogs I seemed to have auction catalogs coming out my ears. Furniture, art, miscellaneous, you name it, I seem to get a catalog for it. I hate to throw these out, but I just can't keep them all You can order up to three of them, for free, with any old tool order that you place. You can't specify which catalogs, but they are mostly relatively recent and from major auction houses. Note that they will affect your shipping quote because of the weight that they will add to your order. Many of these catalogs cost $30 or $40 before the auction and are valuable reference materials. Note that none of them are tool catalogs. Fine $0


MI150126 Norton An apparently unused Norton SB-4 Soft Arkansas stone in the original box with the original label still on the stone. Measures 4 X 2 X 15/16". Probably from the 40s or 50s, certainly not later. Fine $69

G. E. Blinn & Co. Sheffield G. E. Blinn & Co. Sheffield

MI150128 G. E. Blinn & Co. Sheffield A very small coachman's type pocket knife with horn scales. This knife was probaby carried for a lifetime. The horn is worn smooth like plastic, with the area around the brass pins standing a bit higher. The blades are very worn. I am not 100% sure on the maker's name, but I think that this is what it says. There is a small piece of horn missing at the end of the corkscrew. This tool was clearly loved, and well cared for, but really used. I personally really like it. Measures 3 1/2" closed. Good $119

Wilson Mf

MI150133 Wilson Mf'g Co, New London, Conn This is an early American manufactured iron brace. It was properly cleaned by a collector and has a lovely patina. The top of the head is marked 2 1/2, which I take to be the size. The spring lever chuck works well and is intended to hold the same kind of notched bits that went into Sheffield style braces of the time. It has an 8" throw. A very nice example. G+ $125

R. TImmins & Sons

MI141230 R. Timmins & Sons A pariticularly nice sugar nips with wonderful surface, and a lot of decorative work. This is a much fancier example than what we usually see, and it is maker signed. Great old and untouched condition. For the connoisseur. G++ $169

W. R. Fox, Grand Rapids Michigan

MI141143 W. R. Fox, Grand Rapids Michigan A patented cast iron mitre trimmer that is very similar to the Lion mitre trimmer, but appears to predate the Lion. It is marked, "Patented June 17th , 1870". I might have a character off on that as it is hard to read. A very nice usable tool that should work just like a Lion mitre trimmer, but is a whole lot more rare. I have never seen one before, and nor have other experts that I have shown it to. It is a high quality professional's tool. This type of tool can be dangerous and should be used with great care. Any mitre trimmer can cause serious injury if one's hands are not clear when using it. G+ $195

Sinclair Scott Co. Baltimore Sinclair Scott Co. Baltimore Sinclair Scott Co. Baltimore

MI141151 Sinclair Scott Co. Baltimore A lovely example of a scarce model, the peach peeler, the apple peeler being far more common. The cutter on this is a cup shape. I am told that it will work on apples as well. An example of Victorian enginuity at its peak. I personally love these Victorian peelers. So many of them are cracked or damaged in some way, The only thing to even say about this one is that the handle is a little loose on its axle from use. It would be very hard to improve on this one. Fine $169

Underwood, 56 Haymarket, London

MI141058 Underwood, 56 Haymarket, London A horn scaled race knife in the original leather belt holster. It is not a folding knife and measures 8 3/4" overall. It is marked V.R. with a crown, which is a Royal Warrant, meaning that this product was of a such a high quality that it had the patronage of the royal family. Even the holster is of a quality that stands out. This is a tool for the connoisseur's connoisseur. Fine $249

Race Knife Race Knife

MI141016 Race Knife An 18th Century race knife in the original paper case. This case alone is a very rare survivor. The knife is unmarked but certainly appears to be 18th Century. It is in superb as found condition, as is the case. For the connoisseur. G++ $259

Early Adze Early Adze

MI140933 Early Adze This is a magnificent early (probably 18th Century) French adze. It is pitted overall, which is why I rated it low, but it is a great looking tool worthy of a great collection. It came from a very discerning New York collection and it has been in my collection since then, but not it is time for you to enjoy it. Measures 9" across. The blade is just under 5" wide. It is marked but the pitting makes it illegible. The handle looks old but not original. I think that this is a great piece of early iron. G- $229

Arkansas Stone

MI140327 Arkansas Stone This is most interesting little stone. It is a hard translucent Arkansas stone in a fitted leather case that measures only 1 3/4" by 1" by 1/4". Hard to date but I feel certain that it is at least pre-war just judging by the case. Perfect condtion but I didn't rate it higher because the case is soiled from old oil and the stone is not bright. It is as crisp as new. G++ $48

Early Pennsylvania Side Axe Early Pennsylvania Side Axe Early Pennsylvania Side Axe

MI140216 Early Pennsylvania Side Axe This ax was found by the collector form whom we acquired it in a barn in Lancaster County about 25 years ago. I think that it is American and from that area. It has a great surface and a great form. It has decorative touch marks, and nice chamfering, with fluting in the corners. It is a side ax, being beveled on just one side. The handle is old and has been with it a long time, but is not the original handle. This is a great piece of early American iron from a good collection. If it isn't 18th Century, it is certainly early 19th. G+ $369

Mappin & Webb

140134 Mappin & Webb An ebony handled pen knife in its original Mappin & Webb embossed case. The case is made from pressed paper and is much more rare than the knife. Mappin & Webb are still in business today and are a very prestigious maker. G++ $125

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MI6099 F. Rider This is a fantastic early American ax. It is marked twice by the blacksmith, F. Rider. The workmanship is superb, with delicate chamfering. It is bevelled only on one side and I am not sure of the original purpose. It was found in Pennsylvania and I presume that it is from that area. Really a great piece of early American iron. Good $275


MI130954 Basketmaker's Shave This tool, I belive that it is properly called a basket maker's shave, is adjustable for thickness of cut, and is used to size all of the stock to a uniform thickess before weaving a basket. This one looks to have significant age to it, but I would be loathe to try and date it accuratley. The thumbscrew looks hand forged, and very nicely done at that. The brass has been hand polished a bit, but not terribly so. The rest of the tool has a nice pleasing patina. This is a pretty scarce tool and a nice example as well. G+ $129

Early Wooden Comb

MI130866 Early Wooden Comb This is a wooden comb that I bought from an antiques dealer who bought a chest of drawers in an auction in Pennsylvania and found this in a drawer. It is clearly early. I have no way to tell if it is American or not, but the story would certainly support that. The woods looks like pear, or a similar fruitwood, to me. it has a lovely, untouched dry surface. It is 7 1/2" wide. A real connoisseur's piece. Fine $139


MI19071 Norton This is a honing guide that came with a Norton IM313. It is brand new, a left over from our new tools business. It is free to anyone who orders it and spends more than $40 on old tools. New $0

Handforged Bowl Adze

MI130868 Handforged Bowl Adze A huge French bowl adze, the lip measuring 7 3/4" across. The other edge is smooth with a lovely dark patina. The ash handle is old and could be original. A very nice example. G+ $165


MI130599 Appliqués & Onlays This is a lot 27 pieces that are Appliqués & Onlays that would be glued onto a workpiece, and them finished over. The designs in include Chinoiserie styles and traditonal English styles like the Prince of Wales feathers. They are made from some kind of pressed saw dust material. A customer has brought to my attention that these are still made and sold by Decorator Supply in Chicago. To replace this lot new would cost over $1000. G++ $69

Primitive Swedish Burl Brace Primitive Swedish Burl Brace

MI130417 Primitive Swedish Burl Brace A classic Scandinavian burl birch brace. It has some modest carving, and the owner has carved his name on the chuck, although part of the name is missing with a hole that was drilled to put a screw through where it has been cracked. This could certainly be improved upon. It has shellaced as well. I can't date this accurately, but I think that it must be early to mid 19th Century. The throw is quite small, 5". It is about 11 1/2" high. There are no pods with it. Like many fine Scandinavian braces, it is formed to curve towards the direction of rotation, a feature that has alwasy appealed to me about these braces. A potentially important piece that deserves some love, and a gift at this price. Good $125

Wire Gauge Tool

MI130353 Wire Gauge Tool This looks like a pocket knife with brass scales, but it opens with two "blades", each of which are marked "Wire" and with numbered slots to measure the gauge of a wire. The scales are wonderfully engraved, jeweler quality, "J. Kenerstone, Sherborne." I would not be suprised to learn that this tool was 18th Century, but I don't feel qualified to really say, as I have never seen another like it. There is one divider broken out between the 14 and 15 gauge slots. It measures 2 5/8" long when folded up. I think that this is something really special. G+ $265

Speednut Wrench Corp

MI130321 Speednut Wrench Corp An 8" patented Speednut wrench. Not the version that I usually see. G+ $59

J. W. Stutter  3 Shoreditch

MI130129 J. W. Stutter 3 Shoreditch A very scarce farrier's knife. I have not seen a similar one before. It is marked "London Made" and is indeed exceptionally well made. It is in lovely as found condition with a wonderful patina. Measures 5 7/8" across at the longest. Some research on the Internet reveals that the address was 133 or 173 Shoreditch (contradictory information, typical of the Internet) and that he was active in the late 19th Century. Ground to a very thin, sharp edge. Fine $165


MI121242 Lady's Leg Awl A classic piece of workman's folk art, a marking awl with a ladies stocking leg for the clip. The style of the stocking looks to be Victorian or Edwardian. Very well executed by somebody with a real eye for the proportions of a woman's leg. Slightly overcleaned, but nothing that won't improve with age and handling. A real gem. G+ $99

Dutch Spykbor

MI121164 Dutch Spykbor A crisp as found Norther European, probably Dutch, wooden brace. The small spoon bit is bent. I have not tried to straighten it for fear of breaking it off. The brace has lovely untouched surface. G++ $59

Nut Cracker

MI12102 Nut Cracker A superb quality hand made nut cracker from about 1800, plus or minus about 30 years. Nut cracker's of this form are not rare, but this is the connoisseur's example. It has a fine polished and blued surface. The handle turning is finely deliniated and elegantly formed. The pricks that hold the nut are in a symmetric pattern and surrounded by a wrigglework outline. In other words, this was a top-of-the-line example made for somebody of quality, to use the phrase of the day. There is one small spot on one handle that had a rust spot, and somebody rubbed it with an abrasive, thus damaging the finish. Had they scraped it like a gunsmith would have done, the blueing would not have been damaged, but alas when fools get hold of fine things, **** happens. A real gem of English metalwork. Fine- $109

Nut Cracker

MI12103 Nut Cracker This is a hand-made English nutcracker of the type that was made for many years, and thus is hard to date. My guess is that they are from the first half of the 19th Century, but in England hand worked persisted longer than people tend to imagine. This is a an as found example, with light surface oxidation. One side is slightly bent, but not enough to bother me. It could of course be bent back, but they are very genuine and I would leave them alone. I can imagine somebody sitting by the fire in their cottage using these after a long day working in the field. Good $25

 Sugar Nippers

MI120530 Sugar Nippers A really lovely untouched sugar nippers or a smaller size, measuring 7 3/4" overall. The hinge has eleganly exectured decorative file work. They have an overal even patina. The little piece on the side of the handle, the exact use of which has never been clear to me, is bent forward. So many of these that I see are bent this way, that I wonder if it was intentional, or if perhaps there was something in how they were used that bent this piece. Anyway, it doesn't affect the appeal of these nippers, which are connoisseur quality. G++ $109

Kellett Kellett

MI120414 Kellett's Patent Plane Iron This is the only example that I have seen of this 1884 Patent bench plane iron. There are two cap irons, one on top of the other. I have a print out of the patent but I was too lazy to read it to see what old Kellett had in mind. Whatever it was, I don't think that it made him a wealthy man. This is a rare survivor from the Age of Invention. Good $39

Norton Abrasives

MI120146 Norton Abrasives A 4" by 1" Crystolon stone in the original box. Used but very nice and with some real age on it. Fine $19

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MI1112231 Early Sharpening Stone A very fine natural stone mounted in an oak holder. This was probably intended for honing razors. Primitive looking tools like this are hard to date, but I would think that this is probably 18th Century. It has rich patina and lots of honest wear to the stone, but no damage. The stone measures approx. 7 inches. A rare survivor. G+ $149

Catalog:  The Complete Hafele

MI190428 Catalog: The Complete Hafele This is a hard-bound catalog of over 1150 pages of speciality hardware for cabinetmakers. I got it when I was remodeling my kitchen and bathrooms, but I have no use for it now. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $100 on old tools. G++f $0

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MI1112206 Brady, Lanc'st PA A classic Pennsylvania morticing ax, as used to build many a timber framed house and barn. The blade is rust free with a lovely patina. The handle is a nice old handle, but it is loose in the head and is probably not off of this ax, although it might be. The only flaw I see is that the second line of the stamp, Lanc'st PA, bounced and double struck into the third line, "Cast Steel". As nice an example as you are likely to ever see. Fine- $129

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MI111137 John J. Harley, Liverpool A boxwood molding shave that cuts a 7/8" bead with a sharply pointed quirk. It has an adjustable fence. Lightly polished. G+ $109

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MI111044 Slitting Tool I am not sure about the original use of this tool. I am pretty sure that it is American. It slits at a fixed width, perhaps for cutting stringing. I feel like there must be more too it than that. A very nicely made tool. The one piece of brass trim on it was probably hand polished, as it seems too bright. The tool is otherwise untouched. G++ $59

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MI110460 G. Buck, Maker, 242 Tottenham Court Rd George Buck was a famous London tool merchant, not a maker, but these bow drills seem to be unique to him, and he probably did have these custom made for his shop. Some of them, like this one, are finely engraved about the brass ring near the top, with information in our title. This one is untouched, and would rate fine, but for shrinkage checks. There is a check in the spool and another in the removable cap. This is a common problem, the obvious result of putting wood onto a metal core. In the US, where the climate can be drier, this problem is greatly exacerbated over what it is in Great Britain. G++ $229

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MI11019 Basketmaker's Cleave This tool is used to split the willow for making baskets. This one is horn with a walnut head. It is slightly unusual, in that it splits willow wands into 4 sections, rather than the more common ones that split into 3. I have never seen as nice an example of one of these very rare tools. G++ $129

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MI101153 Needle Case A lovely little bone needle case in the shape of an umbrella. Possibly a sailor made love token for a sweetheart back home. Certainly hand made and with great patina and form. 3 1/2" overall. Really a nice piece. G+ $89

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MI10112 Sash Dowelling Box A superb mahogany sash dowelling box with a clever cam locking design. Untouched original surface that looks like it was just lifted from a tool chest. These boxes were used to join sash bars using dowels, a technique that was generally supersceded in the 19th Century. I would guess that this is a 19th Century tool, but I am only basing that on the appearnce of the screws, which I have not removed, and would not, as they look totally undisturbed. A fine example of a rare tool. Fine $349

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MI101010 Scandiniavian Brace An elegant craftsman made brace in birch. The pod is held in by a tapered pin. The pod does not have a bit in it, but it takes the Scandinavian style bits with the flat tang. I believe that the wood is birch. The throw is about 6 1/2 inches. Nice as found condition. G+ $125

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MI100858 Craftsman Made An extraordinary spalted (a customer thinks that this is Karelian birch) wood brace. The head is highly figured, and the body is both figured and spalted. The pad is plain applewood with a gimlet bit in it. The form of the brace is great as well. It curves slightly in the direction of rotation, a feature that I have seen a few times before and have alwasy found to be very attractive. I am not sure of the age but I would guess it to be first half of the 19th Century. The throw is only about 6 inches. There is one chip in the head where it rubs on the body . That is the only flaw. Wonderful as found condition. Found in Sweden and almost certainly Swedish. Really an exceptional piece. G+ $199

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MI10087 Victorian Prize Medal, 1866 A 1 7/8" diameter medal awarded to Mr. D. Law for "General Merit Displayed in a Series of Water-Color Drawings." Hand engraved on he edge with this information, and engraved on the face with the name of the winner. From the "Hampshire & Isle of Wight Exhibition of Industry and Arts 1866." The front shows a castle entrance in a high relief that is very attractive. Lovely bronze color. Fine $99

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MI100523 Wade, Wingfield, & Rowbotham, Sheffield An ebony handled quill cutter in its original case. I have used this quill cutter to make quill pens with my daughter, which worled quite well. The case is a bit taty and the ends are missing, but the cutter itself is very nice. G++ $189

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MI10024 Sam'l Hall's Son, New York, USA A 10 inch Hall's patent wrench. This wrench is in very nice, well cared for condition. The nickel is worn and only about 60% remains, but the tool was never abused, or cleaned, and is a very nice example of this rare and desirable patent wrench. G+ $89
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MI90438 Coachmaker's Router This is a nicely made coachmaker's double sided router. This example was probably made by the craftsman rather than a commercial maker, which makes it less valuable but no less functional. This one has been properly cleaned with wax (there may be some on the wedges which will need to be removed to use it) and is nice enough for a good collection or it will make a nice user. The blades are 1/4" wide and are not heavily worn. G+ $139

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MI9041 Ember Tongs This is a superb example of early English metalwork. These are bright cut steel ember tongs in extraordinarily clean original condition. Similar examples to these are to be seen in the early pattern books such as the one that was reprinted by EAIA a few years ago. I have rarely seen examples of the real thing. These are of the highest quality work, and in hard to believe condition with just a very light patina. These were all hand forged and hand filed. Examples similar to these appeared in the pattern books for years but based on the quality of workmanship on these it is not hard to argue that they are likely 18th or early 19th Century. To my mind a very special object. Fine- $159

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MI80157 Goosewing Ax This is one of the nicest European goosewing axes that I have seen, probably Austrian, but could be Swiss or German as well. The surface on this ax is untouched with as good a patina as you ever find on axes. It is double marked with a touchmark, but I am not aware of a reference with which to identify these. The blade is also nicely decorated. It shows use but not abuse, with wear to the center of the blade. The handle looks old, but I question if it is original to the ax only because at both ends it shows evidence of having been recently trimmed. This is subtle and it certainly looks original until you study it. If you want just one great example of this classic form, I recommend this one. G+ $449

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MI71242 Pair of Mortising Bits This is a matched pair of two bits, each 2 1/2" in diameter. I am not sure what they were for. Presumably a boring machine or a mortising machine of some kind. The fact that there were two of them in the same size makes me think that they were in a mortising machine. They might just be for a common barn beam boring machine. Both are in good useable condition. Good $49

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