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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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John Veit, Phila, Corner New Market & Green St. John Veit, Phila, Corner New Market & Green St. John Veit, Phila, Corner New Market & Green St. John Veit, Phila, Corner New Market & Green St. John Veit, Phila, Corner New Market & Green St.

MP211272 John Veit, Phila, Corner New Market & Green St. A superb screw arm sash plane by one of the best Philadelphia makers. John Veit planes were often just little bit different, as is this one. The arms and nuts, rather than being boxwood, are some kind of fruitwood, possibly pear. They are similar in form to other Philadelphia nuts, but all of the features are just slightly more pronounced. This is the last plane that I have from the Carl Bopp collection. It is my favorite, so I kept it for last. It would rate fine but for a few very minor things. These are, a chip in the finial on the left end of one arm, some roughness on the wedge finials, and very small chip on the sole. This plane is for the connoisseur. G++ Sold

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++ $259

W. Williams W. Williams

MP211258 W. Williams A nice as found 1 1/8" wide bead with Grecian. Except for a chip out of the boxing in the rear, this plane is really in nice condition. Williams is a less common New York City maker of the 19th Century who made some fantastic twin-ironed molding planes. G++ $69

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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+ $259

Kneass & Co. Philada Kneass & Co. Philada Kneass & Co. Philada

MP211167 Kneass & Co. Philada A delicate 1/2" wide astragal with quirked ovolo. This plane is in honest as found condition. A screw has been run into the side to lock in a piece of boxing. I priced it cheap because of that. It is still a nice plane. G+ $59

G. White, Philada G. White, Philada G. White, Philada

MP211168 G. White, Philada A one inch wide bead with Grecian. The bead is solid lignum boxed and keyed in. This means of keying in the boxing is unusual on a Philadelphia plane. The mark is the B mark in the book and is much scarcer in my experience than what the book implies. The plane is in honest as found condition. G+ $99

Owasco Tool Co. New York

MP211175 Owasco Tool Co. New York A 5/8" wide bead with quirked ogee. This is a very scarce profile in such a narrow size. This one is totally as found as it came from the tool chest. There is a stain on the right side and a small chunk of wood missing in a spot that I can't explain. This is highlighted by an arrow, and kept it from getting an extra plus. G+ $65

Mockridge & Francis Mockridge & Francis

MP211134 Mockridge & Francis A 5/8" wide Grecian with fillet in as found condition. There is a shake in body on the upper right side behind the blade. The mouth has been opened a bit and you can see saw marks on the wedge where they were using a saw to clear clogs before they opened the mouth. This will make a great user. G+ $45

T. Goldsmith T. Goldsmith

MP211026 T. Goldsmith A highly desirable 3/16" bead that is fully boxed in lignum. It has the B mark and the A2 wedge finial shape. It looks untouched but it is slightly pale and I would rub just a drop or two of linseed oil on it to bring out the color. A real gem. G++ $65

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

MP211029 Unmarked A 16 1/2" long handled molding plane in birch, with a round-topped iron. I can't quite read the mark on the iron, but it is not one of the common ones that I would recognize immediately. The profile of this plane is really unusual, and I have no idea what it was for. The blade is about 2 3/4" wide. The tote is a later replacement, but the rest of the plane is in very nice condition. I believe that it is professionally made, despite not being marked. Perhaps since it was probably a custom order there was no need to mark it. Being birch I assume New England and early 19th Century based on the features. There are some scrape marks on the iron at the top, but otherwise the plane is in nice untouched condition. Of couse I kept the price down with the replaced tote. G+ Sold

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

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

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

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

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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British Molding Planes

S. King, Hull S. King, Hull

MP211268 S. King, Hull A highly sought after 1/2" ogee plane with features from about 1800. The blade is a little rusty but it should clean up fine and make a great user. I priced it cheaper than I would have since the blade will need a bit more attention than the planes that we usually sell. This profile is so desirable that I had to buy it. G+ Sold

Moseley, London Moseley, London

MP211278 Moseley, London An as found 5/8" ovolo sash coping template. It is planemaker signed, which is not common, but the mark is a bit faint because it was not struck on end grain, like it would be on a plane. It is also marked 5/8. The brass ends are very crisp with an untouched patina. The wooden body has a bit of tool box wear, which led me to not give it that coveted extra plus. A nice example. G+ Sold

Griffiths, Norwich Griffiths, Norwich

MP211244 Griffiths, Norwich An unusual 1/2" wide thumbnail profile with a deep fillet and a long fence extension that looks like it could be factory. A very clean as found plane. Fine- $65

Chas Gowland

MP211249 Chas Gowland A 1/2" wide by 3/8" deep ovolo in as found condition needing a light cleaning. G+ $49

Wm Moss Wm Moss

MP21125 Wm Moss A 1" wide astragal with quirked ogee, one of my favorite profiles. The quirk comes to a sharp point, so it was not intended to be used for painted moldings. There is a wonderful early owner's brand on the side that has a great 18th Century look about it. There is one piece of boxing missing or it would have been priced higher. Nice untouched condition. A great plane by a great early English maker. G+ $69

Bewley, Leeds Bewley, Leeds Bewley, Leeds

MP211214 Bewley, Leeds A 1 3/8" wide bead with Grecian. Not to be confused with the common astragal with Grecian, this is a scarce profile in this wide size. This plane has a particularly attractive early owner's brand on the side, that of one "B. Burrell". For me it really makes the plane. It has been lovingly waxed by a collector and has great color. For the connoisseur. G++ Sold

Greenslade, Bristol Greenslade, Bristol

MP211222 Greenslade, Bristol A massive 1 7/8" wide reverse ogee with fillet. Nice as found condition. There is one scratch on the right side running most of the length of the plane. The maker's mark is overstruck by an owner's mark. A nice honest plane with a profile that is useful for creating a cornice molding. G+ $69

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 $59

Moseley & Son Moseley & Son

MP21116 Moseley & Son A 7/8" Grecian ogee with bevel in nice as found condition with a dark patina. There is one spot of chipping on the boxing or I would have given it an extra plus. A nice plane. G+ $59


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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