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for British, Canadian, & European Wooden Planes

American Wooden Planes

Bensen & Crannel, Albany

WP190928 Bensen & Crannel, Albany A superb pair of fenced rule-joint (table) planes. They are 7/16" size and are good for working stock 5/8" or thicker. This is as good as any set that I have seen. Fine SOLD

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

WP190825 Unmarked This is an unusual badger plane. The plane has a birch body and looks relatively early, but not 18th Century. Probably early 19th Century.The plane is just over 30 inches long and has a knicker on the right side. The tote has a piece missing from the top right that can not be felt when holdng the tote. Nice surface and color. The blade is a thick hand-wrought blade. G+ $99

Unmarked Unmarked

WP190443 Unmarked An unmarked but professionally made 2" wide 18th Century rabbet plane. I believe that this plane is American, but it could possibly be British. The hand forged iron is almost certainly American. The plane has heavy chamfers with delicate stop flutes at the end. Some staining to the body but still an attractive early plane for a user or collector. G+ SOLD

John Denison, Saybrook

WP190416 John Denison, Saybrook A one inch pair of T&G planes, good for about 13/16" up to 1 1/8". As is very common on thsse, the excapement on the tongue side has saw marks from being cleared of clogs. A good honest pair in clean as found condition. G+ $59

Ohiio Tool Co Ohiio Tool Co

WP19043 Ohio Tool Co A going and coming match plane in 7/8" size, and able to work stock from 13/16" to 1 1/16". This plane has three minor issues, but will make a great user. A strip has been tacked onto the fence on the groove side to allow the plane to groove for drawer bottoms, This needss to be pulled off. There is a chip in the sole that doesn't matter but could be fixed. Finally, one of the wedges has the common split from being knocked out. The mark is the bench plane logo. Despite the aforementioned issues this is a nice plane in clean as found condition. G+ $69

D. Colton, Phila D. Colton, Phila D. Colton, Phila D. Colton, Phila

WP161223 D. Colton, Phila This is a truly rare plane, a handled screw arm Philadelphia sash fillester. I have never seen another handled example. It has the desirable tool sign logo as well. Lignum boxed. The threads have numerous small chips but no bad spots. The wedge is not correct for this plane. I would get John Porritt to make you a new one. The depth stop adjusting hardware has not been polished and still has traces of original lacquer. From an important old collection of Philadelphia planes. G+ $469

T. Tileston, Boston, Front St.

WP161026 T. Tileston, Boston, Front St. A rare scrolled wedge American mitre plane. 12" long with a 2" wide blade. The blade is bevel up. As found and needing a proper cleaning. There is a sliver missing from the right front edge of the sole, as identified with an arrow. For the advanced collector of American wooden planes. G+ $195

Ohio Tool Co. Ohio Tool Co. Ohio Tool Co.

WP160656 Ohio Tool Co. A scarce screw arm fillester that has nickers to cut on both sides, but the depth stop is only on the right side. To use it as a sash fillester you would need to tack on a depth stop. This is an older Ohio Tool Co. mark when their stuff was still quite good quality. There is a crack in one of the stop nuts and a bit of thread loss, all in one spot. It should be fine to use just as it is, or you can try and glue the nut, These nuts break because of shrinkage, not use, so they are hard to glue unless you fill the crack a bit. Pulling the crack tight recreated the stress that caused the crack. G+ $129

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 dirty. 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 $495

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. This plane has the same owner's mark as WP150350 by J.T. Brown. For the connoisseur. G++ $395

D. Colton, 179 Market St. 489 S. 2nd St. Philada

WP14042 D. Colton, 179 Market St. 489 S. 2nd St. Philada A massive panel raiser with a 4" wide Butcher iron. Dark as found condition, it should clean up nicely. The mark is not super clear, but it is unusual in having both addresses for Colton shown on the same plane. One was probably added later when they moved and the plane was still in stock, but that is pure speculation on my part. I don't think that this plane has seen much use. G+ $245

W. Steele, Wheeling W. Steele, Wheeling W. Steele, Wheeling

WP13117 W. Steele, Wheeling A rare American screw arm sash fillester by a Virginia maker, and yes, Wheeling was in Virginia when this plane was made. Steele planes are scarce and American sash fillesters are scarce. A sash fillester by Steele is unique in my experience. It has a boxwood faced fence, but I don't see how the boxwood is held on. It is not done like one would expect with a sliding dovetail. The depth stop is friction fit and is still tight. The plane doesn't look to have seen much user. I would have rated it higher but for small nicks on the arms and one nut. One arm is split at the base, as is common, but it is tight. For the advanced wooden plane collector. G+ $245

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British, Canadian, European & Other Wooden Planes

La Chappelle

WP190923 La Chappelle A matching pair of fenced rule joint (table) planes. They are marked on the rear 16mm and they measure 5/8". Perfect for working stock from about 13/16" and thicker. These were made in the 1970s and were owned by the retired cabinetmaker who's workshop we recently bought out. They are made from hornbeam and are in crisp, very lightly used condition. Fine $195

Cap Iron

WP190286 Cap Iron A 2 1/2" cap iron for a wooden bench plane. It could be used on an infill plane but you would need to grind the bolster down a bit to clear the lever cap. A good as found example. G+ $19

B. Froggatt

WP190276 B. Froggatt A 5/8" dado plane from Birmingham and the late 18th Century. Sadly, the front nicker iron and wedge are wrong. The nicker iron is too narrow for the plane and the wedge is from another plane. Hence the price being less than half what it should be. My loss for not looking at it more carefully when I bought it. G+ $29

P. Barens P. Barens P. Barens P. Barens

WP190249 P. Barens Pieter Barens worked in Rotterdam in the late 18th and early 19th Century. This plane is in the style of the dated Dutch planes, but it is not dated. It has the original iron and is in the best condition of any early Dutch plane that I have seen. It is also not wormy. Most Dutch planes have some woodworm. There are small holes in the sole, and some on the side, but these are tack holes from fences and stops being applied. The plane cuts a fielded panel with a curved edge. I hesitate to call it a panel raiser because it has no fence or depth stop, these being applied as necessary. It is just under 7 1/2" long and the blade is a bit under 2" wide. This is a connoisseur grade tool from my personal collection. Fine $279

Wm Marples & Sons, Hibernia, Sheffield Wm Marples & Sons, Hibernia, Sheffield Wm Marples & Sons, Hibernia, Sheffield

WP181146 Wm Marples & Sons, Hibernia, Sheffield A very crisp as found sash fillester. This plane is rather late, probably 1930s but maybe even 1950s. That is why i tis so cheap for such a little used example. It will be fine to use, but it just ins't has finely made as an early example. The only defect that I could find is a chip in the lower edge of one of the boxwood arm wedges, and I'm not sure but that isn't just the natural edge of the wood. Fine $95

T. Turner, Sheffield T. Turner, Sheffield T. Turner, Sheffield

WP180729 T. Turner, Sheffield A particularly nice screw arm sash fillester. The brass trim was lightly hand polished at some time in the past. The rest of the plane has an untouched look about it. There is a second depth stop on the right side, that looks factory installed, but is hard to understand. Full retracted it is even with the sole and goes down from there. Presumably to engage the sticking board. Most people don't realize how scarce screw arm British planes actually are. At least 99% of British plows and fillesters are slide arm. This is a really nice plane. G++ $159

Unmarked Unmarked

WP170131 Unmarked A panel raising plane that cuts a 1 3/4" wide raising and is not adjustable. It is made from a dense tropical wood and I suspect from the shape of the wedge that it is South American. It is 11 1/2" long and will make a great user. G+ $139

Currie, Glasgow Currie, Glasgow Currie, Glasgow

WP16125 Currie, Glasgow A Scottish badger plane. Differing slightly from your common badger plane, this one has a step on the rabbetted side and a closed tote. It is 16 1/2" long. The tote is a bit loose in the socket and needs to be reglued. Somewhat dirty but essentially nice condition, just needing a clean. G+ $79

Kimberley & Sons

WP160627 Kimberley & Sons A crisp as found sash fillester with a nice dark patina. Sash fillesters in this nice condition don't show up often. With a light cleaning it will rate at least G++ $129

Illegible Illegbile Illegbile

WP150645 Illegible This is an interesting 18th Century plane. It looks like a typical English panel raiser of the period, but it never had a built in fence. There are some tack holes in the sole were fences have been applied, but clearly it was made without a fence. The blade is nicely marked, John Green. The makers marks is really blurred but it might be Benton, Leeds. The surface and color on this plane are marvelous and I really like it. G++ $145

W. Sanderson, Stockport W. Sanderson, Stockport

WP130687 W. Sanderson, Stockport An as found bronze plane, with a boxwood wedge, that I believe was made fo the hat making trade. but I am not sure. The blade is about 3/8" wide but it only cuts on half of the blade. Lovely color and really a great piece. It is also marked 258, which could be a serial number or perhaps a model number. G+ $165

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 An 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+ $895

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+ $199

Irons and Cap Irons (Blades and Chip Breakers)

Maw & Staley

WP19091 Maw & Staley A 2 1/2" tapered iron with 1 1/8" left and its original cap iron still in place. Basically I am selling the cap iron and the blade is free. The blade has surface rust and a battered top but is still a good usable blade. The cap iron needs a light cleaning but is in better condition that the blade. Good $19

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


WP19093 Unmarked A 2 1/4" cap iron. The bolster has been ground down a bit to allow it to clear a bridge. Possibly when it was new and certainly not recently. It should clean to better than Good $15

Thos Wales & Sons

WP19096 Thos Wales & Sons A 2 1/2" wide tapered iron with 2" remaining. A nice clean iron. It has just a slight amount of deformation on the upper edge. The mark is interesting. I have not seen it before. It "All British Quality". G++ $29

Cap Iron

WP19097 Cap Iron A 2 9/16" cap iron that has moderate rust overall and is missing its screw. Free to the first person who spends at least $80 and orders it. G- $0

W&C Wynn

WP19098 W&C Wynn A 2 1/4" tapered iron with 1" remaining. Lightly rusted overall and with some deformation to the top edge. It will still make a good user. Free to the first person who spends $100 and orders it. Good $0

Unmarked Cap Iron

WP19099 Unmarked Cap Iron A good 2 3/8" wide cap iron. It has dried grease on the back and some on the front. It should clean to better than G+ $25

Unmarked Cap Iron

WP190911 Unmarked Cap Iron A 2 1/2" cap iron that is lightly rusted on the outside. It should clean to G+ $16

Moulson Brothers

WP190912 Moulson Brothers A 2" wide toothing iron that is essentially worn out and measures 5 1/4" overall. It could be used as a normal uncut iron but polishing the upper edge. Free to the first person who orders it and spends $60 on old tools. It has light surface rust overall but should easily clean to at least G+ $0

James Cam

WP190913 James Cam A round-topped 18th Century iron by James Cam with its original early-style cap iron. It measures just shy of 2" wide and has 7/8" left. I rate the cap iron G+ and the blade G++ $36

Buck Brothers

WP190297 Buck Brothers A 1 1/4" wide tapered iron that is probably unused although the edge is a bit rough, I assume from storage. It has a pleasing patina. G++ $29

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


WP180812 Sandusky A nice as found 1 1/2" wide tapered iron with the original cap iron still installed. This iron is probably near original length, and has 2 1/8" left to the hole. There is very light mushrooming to the top edge. The back has some roughness, that I attribute to the original forging and not from rust. This is not a common size and with the cap iron it is a great find if you need it. G++ $59

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+ $

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