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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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Jo, Fuller Jo, Fuller Jo, Fuller Jo, Fuller

MP220620 Jo, Fuller A rare short Jo Fuller bead. The blade is set at York pitch, and I think that it is possibly a cabinetmaker's plane. It cuts a 3/16" bead and is 8" long. It is birch with a relieved wedge and elegant chamfer flutes. The mark is the D1 mark, but without the location mark. It is slightly overstruck by the owner's mark. The plane body is in lovely as found condition, but the sole is well worn, which is invevitable with a bead made from birch and not boxed. It is still perfectly usable, but the quirk is heavily worn. I can count on one hand how many short Jo. Fuller planes I have seen, so I think that it does qualify for the term rare. This plane is a gem for the serious collector of early American planes. G+ Sold

I Sleeper I Sleeper I Sleeper

MP220630 I Sleeper A 9 3/4" long Sleeper ovolo sash plane made in the English style. It cuts a 3/8" ovolo, which is more of a cabinetmaker's size. The plane is in lovely untouched condition, except that an unsophisticated early collector has stamples his owner's mark and inventory number on the back. Unbelievable. Otherwise a fantastic plane. G++ $299

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

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

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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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

T:Sopwith T:Sopwith

MP220631 T:Sopwith A 1/2" square ovolo in nice untouched condition. T. Sopwith is not a recorded maker, but the mark looks like that of a maker. The plane has late 18th Century features. G+ Sold

Shepley Shepley

MP220621 Shepley A highly desirable 1/4" square ovolo in wonderful untouched condition. The supply of these planes has dried up and rarely do I see one in this nice original condition. The iron is signed by Hildick. G++ Sold

John Green John Green

MP220625 John Green An unusual short hollow plane. The plane is only 6" long with a 1 3/8" wide blade. The blade is set at a York pitch. It has been waxed by a collector and has a lovely color. If you collect John Green planes, this is an interesting find. I also highly recommend the book by Peter Young that came out a while back on John Green. The auther did an amazing job on researching and writing the book, but a terrible job of marketing it. I only found out about it by chance. G++ $89

Varvill & Sons, Ebor Works, York/S. Bowman, Queen St, Sheff Varvill & Sons, Ebor Works, York/S. Bowman, Queen St, Sheff Varvill & Sons, Ebor Works, York/S. Bowman, Queen St, Sheff Varvill & Sons, Ebor Works, York/S. Bowman, Queen St, Sheff Varvill & Sons, Ebor Works, York/S. Bowman, Queen St, Sheff Varvill & Sons, Ebor Works, York/S. Bowman, Queen St, Sheff

MP220643 Varvill & Sons, Ebor Works, York/S. Bowman, Queen St, Sheff A half-set of skew hollows & rounds, with 2 planes missing. There should be 9 pairs, 2 through 18, but the 8 hollow and the 6 hollow are missing. One plane has a different owner's mark and one plane has no owner's mark. They all have the same maker's mark and the same Sheffield dealers mark. If you want a set to use, this would be a good choice. They are from an old collection and they are in nice as found condition. The collector does not appear to have don't anything to them. G++ $485

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

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

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

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

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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