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R. W. Hendrickson, 65 1/2 Bowery R. W. Hendrickson, 65 1/2 Bowery

WP210152 R. W. Hendrickson, 65 1/2 Bowery A nice as found 7/8" dado plane This is probably the single most useful size of dado to a cabinetmaker. This plane looks like it was just lifted out of an old tool chest. G++ $79

W. H. Spalding & Co, Elmira, NY W. H. Spalding & Co, Elmira, NY W. H. Spalding & Co, Elmira, NY W. H. Spalding & Co, Elmira, NY

WP201170 W. H. Spalding & Co, Elmira, NY A rare toted applewood moving fillester. This is the only handled applewood moving fillester that I have seen, hence warranting the claim of it being rare. The body was made from a single piece of applewood. The tote has no damage. The wedge is beech, which makes sense, because it holds better than applewood on applewood. It has a near full original Dwight & French signed iron. The plane has a nicker with a nicker wedge, rather than the far more common friction fit nicker. The plane has a pleasing patina overall, as you would expect with applewood. If you look closely it has some light toolbox rash on the surface which is why I didn't rate it higher. This is a superb plane for the connoisseur. G+ Sold

J. Denison J. Denison

WP20121 J. Denison A 7/8" dado plane in nice condition, as properly cleaned by a collector. Rates a strong G++ $69

T. Tileston, Boston T. Tileston, Boston

WP2011114 T. Tileston, Boston An unusual 1/4" wide dado. Rather than having the profile offset to one side, the dado is centered in the body. It utilizes a friction fit depth stop which is still tight. The blade tang is short and has clearly lost a bit at the top. The rear wedge is birch, but is clearly original. The use of birch for only the wedge has been seen on other Tileston planes. The nicker wedge has the common crack that runs with the grain and is caused by hitting the wedge at the wrong angle. The plane looks like it was cleaned by a collector. There are two old fence holes in the left side. G+ $65

A. H. Morse A. H. Morse

WP200422 A. H. Morse A 1 1/4" wide rabbet plane with a square iron (i.e. not skewed). This maker is recorded in Tom Elliott's book, but with nothing known about him. The plane is early 19th Century. It is in nice as found condition. There are two old tack holes in the sole from an applied fence. One of them has a tack broken off in the hole. This needs to be knocked in deeper, ground, or drilled out, or it will scratch your work. G+ $65

C. Lindenberger C. Lindenberger C. Lindenberger

WP200155 C. Lindenberger Christopher Lindenberger was a son of the famous Rhode Island planemaker John Lindenberger. He migrated to Columbus Ohio and this plane was probably made in Ohio. The mark is quite a scarce mark and is ranked as a 3 star mark in Tom's book. This plane is in decent as found condition. It is missing the blade and wedge, as well as one of the arm wedges. I am suspicious that the existing arm wedge is replaced, but I can't see why anyone would replace just one wedge when both were missing. The back of the plane bears the dreaded "J.A. Moody" stamp and inventory number. J.A Moody was an early collector, who wrote the book, American Wooden Plow Planes. The edge of the fence is reeded, an unusual but attractive touch. An important plane for a collector of early Ohio tools, that can easily be restored to be quite presentable. G++ $99

Pattern Maker Pattern Maker

WP191253 Pattern Maker's Plane A pattern maker's removable sole plane. It has three soles, but I only have the blade that is in it. Usually these planes had a separate blade to match the radius of each sole. The blade is 1" wide and the plane is 7 inches long, which is really quite small for this type of plane. Fine $65

W. Cooley, Blackstone St. Boston W. Cooley, Blackstone St. Boston

WP160322 W. Cooley, Blackstone St. Boston This is a very rare form by a rare maker. A 1/4" curved dado plane. This plane is not standard length, it is more coachmaker size. As found condition, it is quite crisp, but with a dirty, blotchy patina. This plane needs a careful cleaning. Highly recommended for the advanced collector. G+ $269

S. Cumings S. Cumings S. Cumings S. Cumings

WP160333 S. Cumings A very scarce and superb solid boxwood American slide arm plow plane. This plane is as found, but if you carefully clean it with dry automotive rubbing compound, the original French polish finish will shine like new. You can see that the finish is still intact under the dirt. The screws that hold the skate on are crisp and still show original bluing. Holding the brass plate onto the skate are 4 small screws that have been ground flush. I have never seen this. The brass plate is crisp like new. There is some paint rubbed onto the fence, which of course can be cleaned off. This plane has been in my own collection for some time and I have never seen a better example. For the connoisseur. Fine Sold

P. Chapin, Maker, Balto P. Chapin, Maker, Balto

WP150728 P. Chapin, Maker, Balto A massive panel raiser with the trademark Baltimore wedge, that is found on some Baltimore bench planes. This plane has a working width of up to 2 3/4" and the blade is 3 1/4" wide. It is a full original Butcher iron. The plane is a bit dirty, but shows very little wear and should clean up to better than G+ $299

H.L. Kendall, Washington, DC

WP150412 H.L. Kendall, Washington, DC A very scarce American meeting rail plane (for making double hung windows) with a rare Washington DC mark. Superb as found condition. For the connoisseur. G++ $295

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British, Canadian, European & Other Wooden Planes

Griffiths, Norwich Griffiths, Norwich

WP210258 Griffiths, Norwich A nice as found pair of side snipes, not to be confused with snipe bills. I see dealers make this mistake all the time. There is some tape residue on these were the pair was once taped together, but they have great untouched surface. The left hand plane has a replaced wedge, but it was carefully made for this plane and should work fine. It just wasn't colored to match. A great working pair and priced to reflect the reproduction wedge. G+ Sold

King & Compe, Hull King & Compe, Hull

WP210210 King & Compe, Hull A 1" spar plane in as found condition and needing a careful cleaning. It has double iron by Ibbottson that looks to be full length. From the North of England workshop that we bought. G+ $65

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

WP201034 Unmarked This is a most unusual matching pair of compassed dado planes. They are European and made from hornbeam. The sole is solid brass. They appear to be professionally made and are marked on the back, 12 1/2L and 50L. The significance of that I don't know. Both are drilled, presumably for the attachment of a fence. They are in wonderful as found condition. They are from the collection of the great planemaker Robert Baker. I bought them years ago from his son. I wish that I knew more about them. The smaller plane cuts a 1/4" groove and is 4 1/4"long. The larger plane is 5 1/2" long and cuts a 3/8" wide groove. G++ $149

W. Dibb, York

WP210263 W. Dibb, York Two tongue planes for which I don't have the matching grooves. They are as found from the North of England workshop that we bought. Free to the first person who orders them and spends at least $100 on old tools. Good $0

John Green

WP210266 John Green A 3/8" size tongue plane in dirty as found condition. The wedge is replaced, but for use not by a dealer. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $75 on old tools. Good $0

Japanese Plane Japanese Plane Japanese Plane Japanese Plane Japanese Plane Japanese Plane

WP200916 Japanese Plane This is a Japanese bench plane that is probably from the 1960s or 70s. I reached out to our contact in Japan to help me identify it, and this was his response "The plane in question seems to be a brand of a wholesaler instead of blacksmith’s brand, and we do not know exactly who made it. My friendly plane maker says, it may be a product by the late Mr. Yamaguch in Miki city. The core blade is of Aogami No.1." It is 11 3/8" long and 3 1/2" wide. The blade is 2 1/2" wide. There are a few scratches in the sole and marks on the rear from being struck with a hammer. The blade also has some mushrooming at the top from being struck. For these reasons it did not make fine. This is a first quality vintage Japanese plane at a very reasonable price. G++ $399

Craftsman Made Craftsman Made

WP130863 Craftsman Made A nicely proportioned squirrel tail miniature compassed rebate plane. The sole is 13/16" wide and 2 3/4" long. Nice color and surface. This plane has been spuriously marked A. Mathieson & Son, Glasgow, by an unscrupulous English dealer, however no knowledgeable person would mistake this plane for being by Mathieson. I have seen so many of these Mathieson fakes in the last 15 or so years that I wonder how many unsophisticated collectors have been duped by them. This is why one should deal with a reputable dealer. The dealer who is known to have been doing this spurious marking is now deceased, but I don't know what happend to his collection of fake stamps. G+ $49

W. Greenslade, Bristol W. Greenslade, Bristol

WP2004110 W. Greenslade, Bristol A typical British toothing plane in as found condition, ready to use. It still has an original French polish finish, albeit with some tool box rash. The sole has two holes where something must have been attached, but I don't know why. The iron is by W. Outram & Son. A nice honest example at a very reasonable price. G+ $69

I Scofield I Scofield

MP200447 I Scofield A nice as found right hand side rebate. G++ $49

E. Preston E. Preston E. Preston E. Preston

WP190949 E. Preston A superb example of a scarce British plow plane with scales inlaid into the arms. This feature is quite scarce and when it does appear the planes are invariably well used. This plane is quite crisp and the nicest example of its kind that I have seen. The scales are still quite white with clean crsip markings. The brass trim is untouched with crisp original surface. Behind the blade there is a decorative brass inlay, a feature that I have seen a few times on best quality English plows. The skate has light surface rust but is much cleaner than typical for plows. One of the two boxwood arm wedges has had its end with the finial cut off. Presumably after the finial broke off they cut off the end to make it look better. I didn't even notice at first. I doubt that you will find a better example of this rare form. G++ $229

Antique Wooden Plane Antique Wooden Plane Antique Wooden Plane

WP110215 Unmarked A lovely fruitwood smoothing plane that I would guess is either south German, Swiss, or Austrian. Very nicely decorated, and with a very pleasing patina. I am not sure of the age, but it could be 18th Century. The iron is marked "FRHA" with a mark that certainly looks like it could be 18th Century. There is some old worming, primarily towards the front. Measures 11 3/8" long. I have had this plane for 20 years, and before that it was in the great Harold Prucha collection. Highly recommended. Good $399

Early Carved Plane Early Carved Plane

100420 Early Carved Plane A beautiful carved European smoothing plane, presumably 18th or possibly early 19th Century. These types of craftsperson made planes are notoriously hard to date, and while I don't think that it would be later, I could believe that it was earlier. This plane has a North Wind figure blowing up at the user as he planes. The plane has a horn in the front, that is carved with a scroll. The plane is hornbeam, the horn is beech, and there is an applied sole that was probably added to compensate for wear, and is maple. This plane has a wonderful patina, and has always been well cared for, but well used. The blade is all but worn out. The wedge is clearly period, but I have no way to tell for sure if is original or not. I would guess that this plane is either German, Swiss, or Austrian, but again this is just an educated guess. Formerly in the Dermot and Cynthia Roche collection, as sold by David Stanley some years ago, this is a museum quality tool. Measures 10 inches overall. G+ $595

Antique Wooden Plane Antique Wooden Plane

WP80428 Unmarked This is a rare matched pair of Scottish door check planes. They have been in my collection for more than 15 years. They are uncleaned and could use a careful waxing. The right side plane is in perfect condition, little used with a full iron. The left side plane is more worn, and the iron is down below the top of the wedge, and the side is split from shrinkage on the blade. It is still perfectly useable and in fact I did use it once years ago. I don't recall ever seeing another pair of these rare planes. They are 4 3/8" long. G+ $179

Irons and Cap Irons (Blades and Chip Breakers)

L&I.J. White, 1837, Rochester, N.Y. L&I.J. White, 1837, Rochester, N.Y.

WP210194 L&I.J. White, 1837, Rochester, N.Y. A 2 1/2" uncut tapered iron that appears to be unused and is in wonderful untouched condtion. It measures 8 1/4" overall. Fine $59

Auburn Tool Co

WP201135 Auburn Tool Co A 2 1/8" wide un-cut tapered iron that meaures 6 7/8" overall. The edge is ground with a pronounced curvature, more than you would want for a jack plane. It was probably last used in a scrub configuration. G+ $25

I & H. Sorby

WP201138 I & H. Sorby A 2 1/2" wide blade that has been properly ground for use in a jack plane. It is 6 1/2" overall and is in nice as found condition. G+ $19

A.D. Green. Warwick

WP201139 A.D. Green. Warwick A 2 1/8" wide un-cut tapered iron that is ground for a jack plane, and is 7 inches overall. I have never seen this maker's mark before. Good honest as found condition. G+ $29

Unmarked Unmarked

WP201060 Unmarked A nice as found 2 3/16" wide cap iron. G+ $19



WP201063 Unmarked A 2" wide cap-iron that has light oxidation. This is the kind were there is no protruding bolster. It is almost certainly American. G+ $18


WP2004116 Unmarked A nice as found 2" cap iron. It is missing the screw. G++ $9

Gleave & Son, Manchester

WP2004104 Gleave & Son, Manchester A nice as found 2" cap iron. The bolster has been ground down a bit to provide clearance for something. G+ $16


WP200433 Unmarked A 2 1/4" wide cap iron that has been cleaned and has some patches of light pitting. The bolster has been ground down a bit to clear a lever cap. G+ $16

A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow

WP200438 A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow An as found cap-iron measuring just over 2 1/16" wide. The bolster has been ground down a bit. G+ $16

I. Sorby, Punch Brand

WP20044 I. Sorby, Punch Brand A 2 1/4" tapered iron with its original cap iron. About 2" remains one the blade. The pair are covered in light rust but hopefully should clean to better than. Good $29

W. Butcher

WP20047 W. Butcher A 2 7/16" wide iron that is ground for use in a panel raiser. It has 1 1/6" remaining. G+ $15


WP20048 Illegible A 2 1/4" wide tapered iron that is ground properly for a jack plane with a gentle curve to the edge. It has 1 7/8" remaining. The working end is OK but the top half of the blade is pitted. Still a great user. Good $19

W. Marples

WP20049 W. Marples A 2" wide tapered iron with 1 1/4" remaining. G+ $12

W. Butcher

WP200410 W. Butcher A tapered iron that masures just over 2 1/4" wide and has 1 1/2" remaining. The upper half is pitted and the lower half has some extremely light surface rust that will polish off without any issues. G+ $19

W. Butcher, Sheffield W. Butcher, Sheffield

WP200143 W. Butcher, Sheffield A 2 5/8" cap iron off of a big bench plane. Some surface rust but untouched and with a nice look. G+ $29

W. Marples

WP191156 W. Marples A 2 1/16" wide tapered iron with 1 3/4" remaining. Nice as found condition. G++ $25

W. Marples & Sons

WP191126 W. Marples & Sons A 2 1/2" cap iron with no screw. Some light rust. G+ $12

W. Butcher

WP190956 W. Butcher A 2 3/8" wide iron that measures 6 1/8" overall and has been ground with a curve, either for a gutter plane or a pattern maker's plane. Nice untouched condition. G++ $16

W. Gilpin

WP19092 W. Gilpin A 2 7/16" wide iron with orignal cap iron. Rusty overall. The blade has 1 3/8" left on it. The cap iron is the early type were a hole was punched into it and then threaded, rather than installing a bolster. The mark is an early mark with a crown over Gilpin. Good $15

Hancock Tool, Extra Steel

WP190125 Hancock Tool, Extra Steel A 2 1/4" tapered iron with its orginal cap iron. This is a good cap-iron for an infill plane because it doesn't have a bolster to interfere with the lever cap. This iron has 1 5/16" remaining. As found with light surface oxidation. G+ $29

Providence Tool Co.

WP181214 Providence Tool Co. A 2 1/8" wide tapered iron with its original cap iron. It has decorative semi-circles cut into the upper corners, an attractive touch often seen on Americna irons of the period. The cap iron has matching cuts. There is 1 5/8" left to the hole. The edge has light chips and will need grinding before you use it. Nice honest condition. It is also marked Extra, which implies that it was a top-of-the-line blade. G+ $49

Sandusky Tool Co

MI180823 Sandusky Tool Co A 2 1/8" tapered iron with a lovely untouched patina. 1 7/8" remains to the hole. There is moderate mushrooming to the top and a bit of rust on the back. G+ $30

Robert Sorby

WP190147 Robert Sorby A nice clean tapered iron that measures a bit under 2 1/4", really 2 7/32". It mics to 175 thousandths of an inch and has 1 3/8" remaining. Minor mushrooming to the top edge. G++ $19

Hearnshaw Brothers

WP190131 Hearnshaw Brothers A 2 1/4" wide iron that is tapered, but only not as much as most. It has a light taper and is still quite thick at the top. It mics to 200 thousandths at the cutting edge and 142 thousandths of an inch at the top. It has 2 1/2" left, which is about full length. The top has some light pitting, but the bottom is bright and while as found, will clean easily. G+ $28

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