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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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American Molding Planes

Shiverick Shiverick Shiverick

MP220934 Shiverick A set of 3 beads, all fully boxed with dovetailed boxing. Not keyed boxing as is usual on American planes, but true dovetailed boxing. The sizes are 1/2, 9/16, and 5/8". They are in crisp untouched condition and only need a very light cleaning with a soft rag and fine wax. At less than $40 each, these are a bargain. Fine- Sold

Sandusky Tool Co. Ohio

MP220913 Sandusky Tool Co. Ohio A highly desirable 3/8" ogee. It is marked 3/8" and it measures 3/8". Nice honest untouched condition. G+ $65

J.S. Stevens, Boston, Court St. J.S. Stevens, Boston, Court St.

MP22088 J.S. Stevens, Boston, Court St. A 1 1/4" wide astragal, Grecian, and cove. It has been properly waxed by a collector. It is in great condition, with one minor defect. There is a chip outof the boxing just behind the blade, as noted with a arrow. A superb plane for the connoisseur. G++ $245

Butler, Philada Butler, Philada

MP220636 Butler, Philada This is an intriguing plane. It cuts a 1" bead, but it has no depth stop. It is possible that the depth stop was planed off, but it doesn't look that way to me. It must have had a specific purpose. It has lignum boxing, which is chipped at both ends of the plane. G+ $59

Sandusky Tool Co., Ohio Sandusky Tool Co., Ohio

MP220645 Sandusky Tool Co., Ohio A 5/8" wide reverse ogee in as found condition with a medium-dark patina. Reverse ogee planes like this are tricky to use because there is no separage fence. The bottom of the profile is the fence, so it has to be carefully sharpened to not cut at the very bottom. This is a nice example that I would have rated a grade higher if the patina were more attractive. G+ $59

Parker, Hubbard, & Co. Conway, Mass Parker, Hubbard, & Co. Conway, Mass

MP220511 Parker, Hubbard, & Co. Conway, Mass This is a 3/8" bead that is fully boxed and keyed in using a style that is not common. This partnership mark is quite scarce, but Alonzo Parker went on to found the Greenfield Tool Co. The mark is either 3 star or 4 start, but I am not sure which mark it is. They look about the same to me, and franky I suspect that they are the same mark. The iron is signed by Mottram. I gave is the minus for a small ink stain on the side. Fine- $55

Sandusky Tools Co. Sandusky Tools Co.

MP220516 Sandusky Tools Co. A 5/8" reverse ogee. This is a crisp plane but it is quite pale. a drop or two of linseed oil would give it a more attractive patina to my eye. I suspect that a collect cleaned it a long time ago but I am not sure. This is a tough profile to use because the side of the profile forms the fence, but it is also an important profile in period furniture. G+ $65

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

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

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

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

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

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

John Green John Green

MP220921 John Green A 3/16" fully-boxed slip-sided bead. The back is marked 1 1/2, which means 1/8" and 1/16". John Green typically marked planes with integers that represented the number of eights of an inch. I am a bit unsure about the slip side. It totally matches the plane in wood and color, but it is not flush with the side, and the side tapers in slightly, so that it would not work properly as a depth stop if it did not protrude a bit. It looks original to me, but whenever something is done differntly that what you are used to seeing, it must be questioned. The plane is from the North of England workshop that we bought. I thought that those tools were gone,and then I found another box of planes! As with all of them, it needs a good cleaning, but is untouched in many years. G+ $48

J. Buck164 Waterloo Rd. London J. Buck164 Waterloo Rd. London J. Buck164 Waterloo Rd. London J. Buck164 Waterloo Rd. London

MP220937 J. Buck164 Waterloo Rd. London A superb set of 4 small beads, the sizes that every wants. They are 1/8, 3/16, 1/4, & 5/16". All 4 are slip sided and these look so clean that I think the screws should come out without a problem. I ususally don't recommend disturbing the screws as they break off pretty easily on old planes, but I think that these will be OK to removed if you need to. I wouldn't do it just for the sake of doing it though. The three smaller beads are fully boxed. They are all crisp with a wonderful untouched surface like they were just pulled out of an old chest. For the connoisseur. Fine Sold

Deely Deely

MP220942 Deely This plane cuts a fantastic 1 3/8" wide bolection with cove. Unfortunately, the profile has been somewhat modifield. The bolection looks original, but the cove has been formed from a profile that was quirked. It looks like it was modified by a planemaker and you would never be able to tell except that the boxing doesn't make sense were it is now. This was not an uncommon practice, since planes were expensive. The maker's mark is overstruck by an owner. I really ike this plane. I would ask twice as much if the profile had not been altered. It is great plane none the less. G++ Sold

Unmarked Unmarked

MP220944 Unmarked A really unusual pair of squirrel tail hollow & round planes. The blades are 5/8" wide. The soles are 4 1/4" long. They look professionally made but they are not marked. Lovely condition as carefully cleaned by a collector. Fine- $65

I. Cox

MP22092 I. Cox A 9 1/6" wide ogee, perhaps a little but deeper than is typical. A nice as found plane, with some paint splatter on the right side. G+ $65

Jas Lumsden, 20 South Lindsey St, Dundee Jas Lumsden, 20 South Lindsey St, Dundee

MP22081 Jas Lumsden, 20 South Lindsey St, Dundee A 3/4" cove plane that is made in a very unusual way. The blade is shifted very far forward of where it would normally be positioned. It should function in the same way, so I don't get why they would do this. The plane is in honest untouched condition. G+ $55

H. Olsen, 11 Vognmagergade 11 H. Olsen, 11 Vognmagergade 11 H. Olsen, 11 Vognmagergade 11

MP220712 H. Olsen, 11 Vognmagergade 11 This is a most unusual, and beautifully made, sash coping plane from Copenhagen, Denmark. I bought it from a European collector who told me that in his entire collecting career he has only seen one other example. The plane is also marked "! 1/2" for the size, probably in centimeters. At first glance it looks like a veneer saw. The beech wood has a lovely honey color and has been waxed by the collector. The metal parts have a pleasing light patina, but if you look closely you can see that they were hit with a fine wire brush. No real damage was done as it was a soft brush, but it is still a really bad thing to do to a tool and should be prosecuted. G++ $195

Sash Coping Template

MP22077 Sash Coping Template A sash coping gauge with brass tips at both ends and marked 5/8. It has an owner's mark of "Univ Press". I bought this years ago at a car boot sale right outside of Cambridge, England. Why the Cambride University Press needed a sash template I can't say. G+ $28

E. Preston, 77 Lichfield St. Birm

MP220634 E. Preston, 77 Lichfield St. Birm'm An 11/16" wide quirked ogee. The plane rated a little lower only because it has more tool box rash on the sides than most molding planes that I sell. G+ $65

Moseley & Son, London Moseley & Son, London

MP22055 Moseley & Son, London A 1" Grecian ogee with bevel. Interestingly, the plane is also marked with a Ward, W&P mark that I have not seen before, but I assume was used to mark tools that went through their retail store. The plane has been lightly cleaned by a collector. The fence is rather shallow. I don't know why, but if might be a little tricky to use without putting on a fence extension. This is no big deal. I see fence extensions on planes all the time. G+ $55

Hields, Nottingham Hields, Nottingham

MP22022 Hields, Nottingham A matching pair of 5/8" ovolo sash planes in really crisp as found condition. These literally came out of an old tool chest about 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately, the #1 plane has a warp at the cut out for the mouth. They have been together all their lives, but yet one is straight and the other is not. Strange. They are still a wonderful pair. Fine $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

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

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

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

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