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Before the days of store bought moldings and Stanley combination planes, every cabinetmaker and joiner had a chest full of molding planes. For the most part these planes are almost identical, however, there are subtle but important differences. More on the differences between cabinetmaker's and joiner's molding planes. Joiner's planes are much more common to find, because far more people were employed building houses than were employed building furniture by hand. Both types of planes can still be used on today's projects. By our estimation, you haven't lived, until you have struck a molding with an original molding plane that once sung in the shop of a 19th Century master. 18th Century molding planes are quite scarce and should be left to collectors. We hope that the collection presented here will offer something for everyone.

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Hall.Casey & Co., Columbus, Ohio

MP21102 Hall.Casey & Co., Columbus, Ohio A large 1 7/8" wide quirked ogee in nice as found condition. G++ $75

John Bell, Philad. John Bell, Philad. John Bell, Philad.

MP21107 John Bell, Philad. A matched pair of fully boxed rule joint (table) planes. I my nearly 40 years of collecting I have seen less than 5 fully boxed pairs, and only one other that was in nice condition. I have also seen perhaps 3 or 4 single planes. So, I think that it is fair to say that these are very scarce. They have a slightly pale patina, and a few old insect holes, mostly on the hollow. The wedge finials have a little bit of roughness. Still, they are in great condition and are worthy of the connoisseur. G++ Sold

Kneass & Co. Philada Kneass & Co. Philada

MP211016 Kneass & Co. Philada A slide arm stick and rebate sash plane that cuts a rustic sash profile. The profile itself is only 3/8" wide, which is narrow for a rustic sash. The plane is as found with a heavy check in the front that runs through to the front arm hole. It is a scarce maker and not a common plane, so I think that it is still good enough for a collector, and great for a user. Good Sold

B. F. Berry, Watertown & Others B. F. Berry, Watertown & Others B. F. Berry, Watertown & Others B. F. Berry, Watertown & Others B. F. Berry, Watertown & Others B. F. Berry, Watertown & Others B. F. Berry, Watertown & Others B. F. Berry, Watertown & Others

MP211020 B. F. Berry, Watertown & Others This is a set of 13 planes, Ten of the planes, all by B.F. Berry, are also marked "U.S." with a stamp that clearly denotes US government ownership. I have never seen that before on a plane. The set includes five graduated Grecians, two Greican ogees with bevel, and 2 beads. The beads are 1/4" and 1". The OGs are 1 3/4" and 2". The Greicans range from 7/8" to 1 5/8". There is also a Roman ogee with bevel by A.L. Gleason, Watertown. This is rare mark that I have not seen before. The profile is about 1 11/16" wide. It has no owner's mark but appears to belong in the set. Finally, there is a pair of 7/8" match planes by L. Case, Watertown. They also have no owner's mark but have the number 22 on the rear. I tried to price these to be a bargain for the group because I don't want to see them broken up. They range from G+ to Fine, but on average I would call them Fine- $599

J.W. Farr & Co. N. York

MP210992 J.W. Farr & Co. N. York A 1/2" bead that is fully boxed with dovetailed boxing. American makers usually used keyed boxing and dovetailed boxing is uncommon. That is why I thought that it was worthy of being offered here. G++ $39

E. & J. Evans, Rochester

MP210940 E. & J. Evans, Rochester A 1 3/8" wide reverse ogee with fillet. The plane has a washed out color, probably from being displayed where the sun could hit it. A few drops of linseed oil rubbed in will change this look completely. Otherwise it is a nice plane. G+ $59

Unknown Unknown

MP210946 Unknown A 1/4" center bead that is sharpened to points on both sides, so in other words, it cuts a molding that is not intended to be painted. The front and the rear of the plane have been shortened back in the day. The wedge has an early look about it. A great user. G+ $45

Casey & Co. Auburn

MP21097 Casey & Co. Auburn A 1/2" center bead. There are none of the typical old fence holes on this plane. It has been lightly cleaned with steel wool, but not too bade. The mouth may have been slightly opened. A great user. G+ $39

Sargent & Co. US Sargent & Co. US

MP210784 Sargent & Co. US A Sandusky made 3/4" ogee in crisp, little used conditon. It is marked 3/4 as well. The surface has some stains and should look better after you wax it. A great user with a very useful profile. G++ Sold

Arrowmammett Works, Middletown Arrowmammett Works, Middletown Arrowmammett Works, Middletown

MP210796 Arrowmammett Works, Middletown A 1 3/4" wide Grecian with square. Not a common profile and not to be confused with the common Grecian ogee with bevel. It has an extension tacked on to the fence. It has a rather faded look to it now, but with a few drops of linseed oil rubbed in this plane will look fantastic. G+ $65

Auburn Tool Co. Auburn, NY

MP210767 Auburn Tool Co. Auburn, NY A fixed stick and rebate sash plane that cuts a 1/2" ovolo sash. Crisp as found condition. G++ $45

Kennedy, Hartford Kennedy, Hartford

MP2106110 Kennedy, Hartford A nice as found astragal with Grecian. It is marked 3/4", but I would say that the cut is a bit wider than that, closer to 13/16". The plane has great surface and patina, except that something splattered onto the top surface of it. I expect that this will clean off. After cleaning the plane should rate better than its current G+ $65

Thos L. Appleton, Boston

MP2106117 Thos L. Appleton, Boston A 3/8" wide reversee ogee that is fenced to cut from the edge of the board rather than from the top with a spring. It is marked 1/2", which is for the stock thickness in this case. G++ $59

Collins, Utica

MP210641 Collins, Utica A steep 3/4" wide Grecian in crisp as found condition. There are a few rat bites on the rear edge, but very minor and not at all obtrusive. Rats bite where they find salt from sweat. It could use a light cleaning with wax and a soft cloth, but it lovely just as it is. Fine- Sold

T. Tileston T. Tileston

MP210614 T. Tileston An early Tileston plane that cuts a scarce and desirable 1/4" ogee. A small ogee like this is almost always British. I don't recall seeing another American one this small. The plane is untouched with a light water stain on the front. G+ Sold

T. Tileston, Bofton T. Tileston, Bofton

MP21054 T. Tileston, Bofton An early Tileston plane where the s in Boston is written like an f. The plane has heavy flat chamfers and an early wedge finial. It cuts a 1 1/8" wide ogee. There is some water staining on the front. It is untouched and should clean nicely I really like this plane. G+ $119

Casey & Co. Auburn, NY

MP210438 Casey & Co. Auburn, NY A 1 1/4" quirked ogee in crisp, little used condition. It has a faded patina, that may be from too much sunlight. I have seen this in planes that were used as part of window displays. It might also be from cleaning with a solvent. A few drops of linseed oil rubbed in and it will look great. There is just the hint of a lengthwise crack starting in the wedge. If you glue it now it should be indetectable. G+ $65

William Ward, 513 8th Ave, NY William Ward, 513 8th Ave, NY

MP210143 William Ward, 513 8th Ave, NY This is a tough profile to find a 9/16" wide reverse ogee with fillet, a profile this is commonly used for furniture base moldings above ogee bracket feet. I downgraded the condition because there is some roughness around the the lower edge of the wedge finial. It also looks like a botcher tried to sharpen it so you will need to clean that up a bit. Otherwise nice untouched condition. G+ $75

T.J. McMaster & Co, Auburn, NY

MP20126 T.J. McMaster & Co, Auburn, NY A 7/8" wide astragal with deep Grecian. The plane is marked 3/4, which seems to be the depth of cut. Sighting down the body there is some warp and if you want to use this plane it will require some fiddling, but it looks doable to me without inordinate effort, if you have experience with this. There is a hang hole in the rear and a check in the front. Nice honest as found condition. G+ $59

Bensen & Crannell, Albany

MP201218 Bensen & Crannell, Albany A 1/2" cove plane in clean as found condition. Sighting down the sole, there is a warp in this plane that will prevent it from performing well without some fiddling. The price reflects that. Needs a light cleaning but should clean to at least G+ $30

Edward Carter, Troy

MP2011108 Edward Carter, Troy A fenced ogeen plane that works down a board from the side, rather than the top as is normally the case. Th cut width is 1 1/8". There is a small stain on the right side and the wedge is a little worn. A great user. G+ $65

D.R. Barton, Rochester, NY D.R. Barton, Rochester, NY

MP20037 D.R. Barton, Rochester, NY A deep reverse ogee with bevel, it cuts a square profile, meaning that it is 3/4" wide and 3/4" deep. There is one chip in the front edge of the profile where the plane hit a metal bench dog, and another split in the fence at the front, from the same cause. Otherwise quite nice as found conditon. I strongly recommend against using metal bench dogs. Make your own out of wood. They work great and they won't cause the kind of damage that metal ones will if you screw up and hit them. G+ $59

Jo. Fuller, Providence Jo. Fuller, Providence Jo. Fuller, Providence

MP180359 Jo. Fuller, Providence A Jo Fuller 3/4" ogee molding plane with all of the classic features, 10 inches long, birch, relieved wedge, and stop flutes. This is the only Fuller plane that I have seen which incorporates a knot in the wood, which is visible on the right side and gives the left side some interesting grain. The size is marked 6/8 on the back, but that is a bit faint. There is an ink stain on the lower right edge on the front half of the plane. Great color and nice surface. The plane has been in a good collection and has been lightly and properly cleaned. I really like this plane and higly recommend it. G+ $365

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

MP180261 Unmarked A classic 18th century American cornice plane cutting a 3 1/8" wide ogee with reversee ogeen and fillet, the classic cornice molding of the period. The offset tote is in birch, with the grain running vertically, as with many New England makers of the period, Sleeper and Tower coming to mind immediately. The body is beech. The plane has some kind of light finish on it that a collector applied. If it bothers you it could probably be removed with denatured alcohol. This is a great collector's piece that could also be a great user, although you might need to use an apprenice pulling the rope on the pull bar since this would not be an easy profile to cut by just pushing the plane. G+ $345

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

MP180241 Unmarked This is a massive and magnificent 18th Century American ogee cornice plane. The hand-forged iron is 4 3/4" wide and there is an obligatory rope hole in the front for an apprentice or two to be pulling. This is a professionally made plane. If I don't feel that a plane is professionally made, I listed it as Craftsman Made rather than as Unmarked. It is in wonderful as found condition. If this was a signed plane of this age it would be worth in the thousands. The tote is in perfect condition, with a great early look, but it is loose. It should be glued back with hide glue. This is a connoisseur grade plane. G++ $399

D. Copeland

MP160150 D. Copeland This plane has a very unusual profile, a very deep cove. I have seen similar very deep Grecians, so this is presumably the converse. It does seem to me that the depth stop has been planed off. The patina matches, so it would have been done when the plane was near new, but the wood is rougher there than the finish that the maker would have left, and the spring line shows where the depth stop shoud have been. I don't think that the profile itself is modified and this is still a very ususual plane. It does appear to have been "cleaned" with steel wool. G+ $55

D. Amsden, Lebanon

MP150445 D. Amsden, Lebanon This plane cuts a 5/8" astragal with cove. It bears the second Amsden mark. Both Amsden marks are very scarce, if not rare, in my experience. This plane is in wonderful original condition except that the blade has been stropped, clearly by a recent owner who thought that he might use it, but it shows no sign of any use in the last 100 years. A very hard to find New Hampshire maker and a very desirable profile, all in connoisseur condition G++ $275

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

MP140429 Unmarked This is a very early New England cornice plane, in the earliest style that one sees for American planes. This plane could easily pass for a Francis Nicholson plane. It is of that period and style, but for a small fraction of the cost of a signed example. The profile is a 2 3/4" ogee/reverse ogee, a furniture size molding that was very likely a cabinetmaker's plane long before the American Revolution. It has the classic round topped wedge, with a round topped iron that is not marked and was probably sourced locally. The tote is offset all the way to the right, and is short and stubby in the classic early 18th Century style. There is a chip out of the right rear edge of the spur, but it is overall quite good. The base of the tote is cracked flush with the body of the plane and is held down with nail in the rear of the tote. This is a period repair. This plane is untouched and in a very nice condition for its age. One of the best early planes that I have had. I like it much better than a Nicholson that I sold for $5000 over 20 years ago. G+ $795

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MP111210 A Cummings, Boston A rare curved hand rail molding plane. This plane is as rare as hen's teeth. The blade is by Ash, with a matching profiled cap iron by Ash. That is also a rare feature. Wonderful condition. One of 3 curved American molding planes that I bought with a collection. I have seen fewer than 8 of these in 25 years. The blade is 1 1/2" wide. The fence is plated, which may or may not be original. There is a small check on the right side at the wedge cheek, as noted in the photo. The body is 8 1/2" long. A magnificent piece. G++ $229

Antique Molding Plane

MP110241 W. Raymond A unique set of 4 molding planes, that I can only speculate on the function of. There are two curved and one straight plane, that all cut the same profile, which I think is a form of a fenced cock bead. The curved planes are fenced left and fenced right, so that you could work in either direction on a curved piece. These three planes were clearly intended as a set. The fourth plane cuts a 1/2" astragal. This one has some chips from the rear where it was struck to set it. These planes have great as found patina. Here is the kicker, all four have replaced wedges, and one plane has a replaced blade. I have owned these about 20 years and I made the wedges back then. They are accurately made and colored, but no effort was made to age the wedges so they won't fool anyone. Bob Baker would have made these wedges look original, but I am no Bob Baker so I just try to make things look correct in form. The replaced blade fits properly and has been ground to profile, but you can see that it is freshly ground compared to the other 3. These planes are so rare that I can overlook their shortcomings. They are true 18th Century American planes, and probably cabinetmaker's planes at that. G+ $295

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British Molding Planes


MP210984 Unmarked A 5/8" wide ogee plane. While the plane is not marked, the wedge finial shape and the pronounced fence both make me think that it is Scottish. The surface is a bit dull, probably frome being chemically cleaned by a collector some time ago. A few drops of linseed oil rubbed in with set that right. I graded it lower because of this, but it should imrove to better than G+ $59

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

MP2109101 Unmarked Made from cuban mahogany, probably by a cabinetmaker, this little plane measures just under 5 inches long and cuts a 1/4" square ovolo. I don't really know where it was made, so I just put in here in the import section, but it could well be American. Nice as found condition, and cutting a super desireable profile, it is a little gem. G++ $69

W. Greenslade, Bristol

MP210919 W. Greenslade, Bristol A crisp as found 3/4" center bead. It made be unused. I gave it a minus because the patina is a bit uneven. Fine- Sold

Cowell & Chapman, Newcastle

MP210821 Cowell & Chapman, Newcastle A twin-iron 1 1/4" wide cove with ovolo molding plane. This profile would be used as the bottom half of a cornice molding. The plane is great condition. There is a slight deformation at the top of the left wedge, and the color is a bit pale. That is why I gave it the negative. I suspect that it was only used once. This one is for the molding plane connoisseur. Fine- $159

Wilcock, Manchester Wilcock, Manchester

MP210419 Wilcock, Manchester A particularly nice boxwood sash shave. The fence adjusts for a range of about 5/8" to 3/4". Of course it will go larger but if the fillet gets too wide the sash will look out of proportion. This almost no wear and has a lovely boxwood patina. This is one of only two of these that I have in my collection. I figured that I can live with one. I put it aside years ago because it was just so nice. A gem for the connoisseur. G++ $145

Chapple, late Wilcock, Manchester

MP210343 Chapple, late Wilcock, Manchester A 5/8" cove plane made from a piece of beech with a light tiger figure. Fantastic original surface. There are 4 small tack holes on the depth stop from an applied stop that I removed and a few corners are dinged. Still a fantatic plane for the connoisseur. Fine- Sold

King & Co. Hull

MP210281 King & Co. Hull An astragal with quirked ogee that measures about 15/16". It is dirty and as found, from the North of England worshop tools that we bought. It has some scattered woodworm holes, towards the rear on both sides. It is filthy but should clean up nicely and make a good user. It also has a rather ugly fence extension that I would remove for aesthetic reasons. G+ $49

Griffiths, Norwich Griffiths, Norwich

MP210173 Griffiths, Norwich This plane probably started life as a large round, but it has no numbers or size markings. I am pretty confident to say that the sole was modified, but to what end I am not sure. It might be to do raised panel work. The blade is just over 2 inches wide. The patina on the sole matches the rest of the plane. It is in nice condition. G++ $39

Two Hollows Two Hollows

MP210197 Two Hollows This is a lot of two hollows, both with the same owner's mark, but different maker's marks. There is a #15 marked Summers Varvill, Ebor Works, York, and the other has no number mark, but is a 13 or 14. It is marked Varvill & Son, York. G+ $45

Martin & Shaw Martin & Shaw

MP210151 Martin & Shaw A 1 1/2" wide Grecian ogee with bevel. The plane has had finish applied, although not to the sole, and it looks like it is from the original period of use. The wedge is from another plane but fits well enough to use. The side of the fence has been beveled for some unknown reason and you will need to tack on a new fence before you use it. This will make a great user plane for a very reasonable price. Good $45

Edwd Preston & Sons, B

MP210155 Edwd Preston & Sons, B'ham, Eng. An unusual 1 1/4" wide ovolo. Not a square ovolo, it is more similar to a very larege sash ovolo, but not quite the same. As found condition. G+ $59

Summers Varvill, Ebor Works, York Summers Varvill, Ebor Works, York

MP210130 Summers Varvill, Ebor Works, York A good honest as found 1/4" bead. It is just as it came to us from an old workshop. The boxing is lifting a bit, but if you get it pressed down again this will be a great user. G+ Sold

Stothert Stothert

MP21018 Stothert A crisp as found quirked ogee with removable fillet. The fillet is missing. It cuts a 1" wide ogee without the fillet and 3/4" with the fillet. Making a fillet and putting it back is much easier than removing an original fillet without breaking the screws off. This plane has a particularly nice original surface. I counted 4 old insect holes that are nothing to worry about. G++ $65

G. Berry, Old Street

MP201270 G. Berry, Old Street Cuts a 1 1/8" wide profile that is similar to a bolection, but the cove is more flattened on the bottom. The blade is set a steeper pitch for hardwoods. Nice condition as properly cleaned by a collector. G++ $79

King & Co, Hull King & Co, Hull

MP2011130 King & Co, Hull This plane was a 1" astragal with quirked ogee, but somebody has planed down the quirk for some special purpose. The plane also has some worning towards the front. It is as found and needs a cleaning. G+ $25

King & Co. Hull

MP201150 King & Co. Hull A 1 3/4" wide Grecian ogee with bevel. This plane is as found, from an old workshop in the north of England. It is covered with old woodworm holes, but still seems quite sound. It should clean up nicely and make a good user. G+ $49

King & Co. Hull

MP201160 King & Co. Hull A 1 1/8" wide Grecian ogee with bevel. As found and a bit dirty. From the north of England workshop. Should clean to G++ $59

Sash Template Sash Template

MP180841 Sash Template This is the largest sash template that I have ever seen by far. It is for a giant lamb's tongue sash like might be used in a Victorian church. The molding would be about 2" wide to the glass. It is in wonderful as found condition with an attractive rich patina. Fine $65

Unmarked Unmarked

MP151089 Unmarked A matched pair of miniature compassed Hollows and Rounds in what I believe to be satinwood. They are 3/8" wide and 3 1/2" long overall. The soles are gently compassed. The quality is certainly of the best professional standards, but I suspect that W.W. Miller, the owner who marked them probably also made them. They are in lovey as found condition, as if they were just lifted from a drawer in a cabinetmaker's chest. For the connoisseur. G++ $175

B. Dyson

MP210272 B. Dyson An 18th Century #13 hollow that somebody has notched into the side of it for some special purpose. It is still usable as a #13 hollow. It does have quite a bit of old worming and it is filthy. It is from the North of England workshop tools that we bought. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $85 on old tools. Good $0

W. Greenslade, Bristol

MP151021 W. Greenslade, Bristol A very unusual #4 round that is only 7 inches long. The only one of its kind that I have seen. I have seen much smaller Hollows and Rounds, but not one in this intermediary size. G++ $59


MP210127 Unmarked An 1/2" bead that is as found from the old North of England workshop that we bought out. It has some old worm damage and is dark and dirty. However it should make a great user once it is cleaned up. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $180 on old tools. Good $0

Unmarked Unmarked

MP150119 Unmarked A matched pair of compassed miniature Hollows and Rounds. I believe them to be made from satinwood. They have a lovely color and patina, as well as a great untouched surface. The planes are 1/2" wide, and so marked, and 4 3/4" long. They appear to be professionally made in every respect. For the connoisseur. Fine- $189

C. Nurse & Co.

MP140332 C. Nurse & Co. A scarce miniature #6 compassed round. Signed miniatures are scarce and this one is particularly appealing. There is some tear-out on the right side which may be the result of having the side shaved in its original period of use or it may be sloppiness from the factory. Otherwise it is superb. G++ $75

Arthington, Manchester

MP130245 Arthington, Manchester Cuts a 1 1/2" wide profile that I am not sure how to name, but one could call it an enlongated Taurus. As found with a dark and dirty surface. G+ $55

John Green

MP210124 John Green A 3/8" slip-sided bead. The slip is removed and missing, and the wedge is broken off. Both of these things are easy to fix and then you will have a usuable 18th Century bead. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $200 on old tools. G- $0

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