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American Wooden Planes

Israel White, Philada Israel White, Philada

WP22071 Israel White, Philada A 1 1/8" wide skew rabbet plane with a full original iron. I rates this plane low because it has some heavy scratches in the sole and both sides have been planed back in the original period of use, so the patina matches the rest of the plane. This plane will make a great user and it is cheap. Good Sold

Rowell & Gibson, Albany Rowell & Gibson, Albany

WP220710 Rowell & Gibson, Albany A scarce 3/4" wide square rabbet that would rate higher except for old tack holes in the sole with rust staining around them. Sitting on its sole it looks great. A great user in a configuration that is highly sought after by users. Good Sold

Auburn Tool Co. Auburn, NY

WP220715 Auburn Tool Co. Auburn, NY A pair of match (T&G) planes in clean as found condition. They are marked "inch", but I would have marked them 7/8". They are suitable for joining stock from 3/4" to 1" thick. Fine Sold

R.A. Parrish, Philada R.A. Parrish, Philada

WP220642 R.A. Parrish, Philada A left hand side rabbet in crisp as found condition. There is some rust on the blade and it will need some grinding and sharpening. The plane appears to be barely used. G+ $45

Sandusky Tool Co. Ohio Sandusky Tool Co. Ohio

WP220610 Sandusky Tool Co. Ohio A crisp and barely used 2" rabbet plane. There is some staining on the sole and some very light oxidation on the blade, which is why I gave it the minus. This is a fantastic untouched example. Fine- Sold

Wm. Goldsmith, Philada Wm. Goldsmith, Philada

WP22057 Wm. Goldsmith, Philada A scarce early 19th Century Philadelphia maker made coffin smoothing plane. The right cheek has the common split where the body shrinkages and the blade doesn't, pushing out the side. It has a 2 1/8" wide Butcher iron that I presume is original. The sole is not worn and the mouth is still good. There is a chip on the upper front edge of the plane and the mark is rather faint. The wood looks untouched and has a nice patina. The blade has a little bit of finish loss around the edges where an idiot thought that he was cleaning it. G+ $65

A. Kelly & Co. Ashfield, Mass A. Kelly & Co. Ashfield, Mass

WP220513 A. Kelly & Co. Ashfield, Mass A 1/2" dado in lovely as found condition. This is a 2 star maker from the mid 19th Century. The Greenfield tool Co. ledger shows that Kelly was also supplying parts to Greenfield Tool. Fine $69

Wm. C. Ross, 44 Light St. Balto Wm. C. Ross, 44 Light St. Balto

WP22018 Wm. C. Ross, 44 Light St. Balto A nice as found twin-ironed 1 1/4" nosing plane. There is one small spot on the right front edge that is worn like rat chew, but it does not exhibit the tell-tale tooth marks and I do not know what caused it. G++ $40

Martin Doscher, New York Martin Doscher, New York Martin Doscher, New York

WP211218 Martin Doscher, New York A nice honest as found 1 1/4" rabbet plane. It has seen some light use, but is not heavily worn and retains most of its original iron. G+ Sold

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+ $249

Creagh & Rickard Creagh & Rickard

WP211166 Creagh & Rickard A 1/2" coming & going match plane by a scarce early Cincinatti partnership that is believed to have only worked in 1829. The plane also bears the owner's mark of Samuel Leffel, a name that is unique enough to be researchable. The plane is smooth from being rubbed down with steel wool. One wedge has the common lengthwise split and is scratched from having clogs cleared. This is a nice plane that a user or collector should appreciate, but being conservative in my grading, I only gave it Good $109

B. Sheneman, Phila B. Sheneman, Phila B. Sheneman, Phila

WP211159 B. Sheneman, Phila A rare miniature applewood Philadelphia smoothing plane from the Carl Bopp collection of Philadphia tools. The body has a lovely patina. The wedge is beech, which was done because it holds better than applewood on applewood, which is so hard that it doesn't compress enough to hold well. There is a split on the right side in the usual spot. The front is lower than the rear from use. This plane was clearly well used, but cared for. G+ $89

J.W. Farr & Co. N. York J.W. Farr & Co. N. York

WP211119 J.W. Farr & Co. N. York A nice 1 3/8" wide rabbet plane. As found with a nice original surface. There is a spot on the right edge where it must have been wet for a bit of time and it damaged the wood, as shown by the arrow. The damage is relatively minor and it certainly will not affect the plane's performance. G+ $45

Sandoe & Edelen, Manuf., Shellebager Sandoe & Edelen, Manuf., Shellebager Sandoe & Edelen, Manuf., Shellebager Sandoe & Edelen, Manuf., Shellebager

WP21108 Sandoe & Edelen, Manuf., Shellebager's Patent, 1848 A rare Shellebager's Patent smoothing plane. The patent was for an unusual cap iron that doubles as the mouth of the sole, giving the plane a Norris style mouth on a wooden coffin smoothing plane. I used one years ago and I can tell you that once you have it set up right, it really works well. The setup is critical. This one is in nice untouched condition. Most of the original Butcher iron remains. There is some roughness to the top of the wedge and a big chip out of the back edge of the wedge. The plane body has a pleasing patina and shows only light wear. There is just the hint of a split in the right rear cheek, but really just a hint and not something that would bother me. This is the best example of one of these that I have handled. From the Carl Bopp collection. G+ $199

Winstead Plane Co. Winstead Plane Co. Winstead Plane Co. Winstead Plane Co. Winstead Plane Co.

WP210937 Winstead Plane Co. An honest as found handled rosewood plow plane. Rosewood plow planes are one of the tools that every collector seeks out, so very few of them remain unmolested. This one has never been touched by a collector. It has a a few minor issues, but is really nice plane ready to clean properly. The first issue is that the spur has a chip from the end, but not terrible. The second is a small hole in the left side of the body that I really can't explain. Who knows why people do what they do. This would be easily to fill with a lacquer stick such that you would never notice it. Third, and last, is that one of the arms is cracked at the base, but is held together by the screw that holds the fence on. This is noted with an arrow. The wedge and the arms and nuts are boxwood. Rosewood wedges do not hold well in a rosewood body. The 3/8" blade is unmarked but looks original to the plane. The iron skate has a light patina but is not rusty. The brass is crisp with nice color. A great chance to buy a nice rosewood plow for a reasonable price. G+ $249

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

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British, Canadian, European & Other Wooden Planes

W. Marples & Sons W. Marples & Sons W. Marples & Sons

WP22074 W. Marples & Sons A new in the box Marples wooden coffin smoothing plane. The original Marples marked blade has never been honed and the sole of the plane has clearly never rubbed on wood. The plane is 7 3/4" long and the blade is 2 1/8" wide. The label on the box has written "cab. pitch", for cabinet pitch. Clearly this palne would have been bought by a craftsperson. It is not one of the late production trade school planes. This plane is more nicely finished than the planes made at the end of production, so I am guessing that it is older, but I am not sure how old. Maybe 1930s. You certainly won't find too many like this still waiting to be found. Fine+ Sold

Edwards, Manchester Edwards, Manchester

WP220629 Edwards, Manchester This is a nice lightly used example of a 2" skew rabbet. It would rate a bit higher, but the wedge is not as crisp as the body. Make no mistake, this is a nice one in untouched condition. G+ Sold

I Scofield I Scofield

MP200447 I Scofield A nice as found right hand side rebate. G++ $39

Syuji Ohgata Syuji Ohgata Syuji Ohgata Syuji Ohgata Syuji Ohgata Syuji Ohgata

WP211235 Syuji Ohgata This is a new in the box Tsuruginomai smoothing plane made by Syuji Ohgata. It was purchased new from Japan Woodworker in 2014 and is still new in the box. It was probably made before that, since when Woodcraft took over Japan Woodworker, they were selling off old stock for some time. It cost $800 at that time. The blade is 75mm wide blue steel. According to the original catalog description, which you will get with the plane, the name means "dancing sword." The plane comes in a Paulownia wood box. Ths is a chance to buy a plane from a master, and get it at a discount. Mint Sold

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 25 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+ $149

W. Dibb, York W. Dibb, York

WP210270 W. Dibb, York A dirty as found spar plane that is from the North of England workshop tools that we bought. The actual profile is 1 1/2" wide. The plane should clean up nicely and make a great user. G+ $49

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

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+ $495

Irons and Cap Irons (Blades and Chip Breakers)

Set of 4 Plow Irons Set of 4 Plow Irons

WP220114 Set of 4 Plow Irons This is a matching set of 4 plow irons from an original set of 8. They are not marked, but are relatively early, late 18th or early 19th Century. The sizes are 5/32", 3/8", 7/16", & 9/16". They are in as found condition with light oxidation. G+ $39

Lot of 13 British Plow Irons

WP220125 Lot of 13 British Plow Irons A mixed lot of 13 plow irons. All of them are in usable condition. At less than $4 each, this is a steal! G+ $49

W. Butcher W. Butcher

WP211270 W. Butcher A 2 5/8" cap iron in nice as found condition. It has a medium patina and some light rust. Signed W. Butcher cap irons are not easy to find. G+ $35

I&H Sorby I&H Sorby

WP211267 I&H Sorby A matching set of four plow irons, probably early part of the 19th Century. The sizes are 3/16", 5/16", 3/8", and 7/16". The 3/16" is heavily rusted at the very end, but with some minor grinding it will be good to go. The 7/16" is rusty at the top end, but is fine to use. They are otherwise in nice as found condition. G+ $39

Three Early Plow Irons Three Early Plow Irons

WP211275 Three Early Plow Irons These are 3 unrelated British plow irons, but all signed by early makers. First is a 7/16" by F. Stones. Second a 7/16" by James Cam. Third a 9/16" by Partridge that is ground to a V. At $15 each these are cheap for 18th Century irons. G+ $45

Dwights French & Co. Dwights French & Co.

WP211277 Dwights French & Co. A matching set of 3 American plow irons which are quite thick. The sizes are 1/8", 3/16", and 11/16". G+ $39

Plow Irons Plow Irons Plow Irons

WP211243 Plow Irons A wooden box containing 32 19th Century British plow irons. All of them are good useable plow irons. When I am asked to find a plow iron of a given sized that fits a particular plane, this is the box to which I have turn. Over the years I have taken out quite a few irons, but the one that are left are in no way inferior to those that were removed. A great resource to a dealer and at $4 each, dirt cheap. G+ - Fine- $128

Unmarked Unmarked

WP211231 Unmarked A 2 1/4" wide cap iron in good as found condition. The screw is a bit short and is probably not the original screw. It is too short to reach the end of the bolster, but is long enough to use. G+ $16

W. Butcher W. Butcher

WP211211 W. Butcher A 2 1/4" wide uncut tapered iron that measures 7 5/8" overall. The edge is ground with a pronounced radius, perhaps for a gutter plane. G+ $30

Ohio Tool Co. Ohio Tool Co.

WP211145 Ohio Tool Co. A 2 1/2" wide tapered iron, 7 3/4" overall with 1 3/4" of useable blade remaining. As found condition. G+ $25

John Green John Green

WP210727 John Green This is a little used 18th Century toothing plane iron that is 2 1/8" wide and 7" overall. It has the original surface as it left the blacksmith's shop. Fine $50

Roberts & Ash Roberts & Ash

WP210734 Roberts & Ash A 2 1/4" wide cap iron with a maker's mark that I have never seen before. It looks relatively early. It is the style where the hole was punched through hot and threaded. Light oxidation overall. G+ $18

W. Butcher W. Butcher

WP210751 W. Butcher A 2 5/8" wide cap iron in as found condition. There is some rust on the upper right and surface, but it is otherwise in nice condition. G+ $19

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210753 Unmarked A lovely as found 2" cap iron. I think that it is relatively early. Fine- $24

Alexr Mathieson & Son, Glasgow Alexr Mathieson & Son, Glasgow

WP21078 Alexr Mathieson & Son, Glasgow A 2 1/8" cap iron in honest as found condition. Would clean to better than G+ $20

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210710 Unmarked A 2 1/4" cap iron in a bit dirty, as found, condition. G+ $16

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210714 Unmarked A nice as found American chip breaker in 2 1/8" size. This is the style where the steel is threaded and there is no bolster. G+ $20


WP210718 Unmarked A 2 3/16" wide cap iron in dark as found condition. The corners of the working edge have been radiused. The screw is missing. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $100 on old tools. Good $0


WP210722 Unmarked This is a horrible looking, but probably quite early, 2 3/16: wide cap iron. It is the early type where a hole was punched into it and threaded. The original hole is plugged with something, it might just be dirt, and there is a later second hole. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $50 on old tools. G- $0

A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow

WP210639 A Mathieson & Son, Glasgow A very nice as found 2 1/2" wide cap iron. G++ $30

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210645 Unmarked A 2 1/2" wide American made chip breaker with medium dark patina. Some mushrooming on the sides and top from being struck with a hammer to adjust. G+ $25

Atkinson & Sons Atkinson & Sons

WP210656 Atkins & Sons A 2 1/4" cap iron. It has some rust on the top but should clean to G+ $16

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210659 Unmarked A 2 1/4" American chip-breaker in as found condition. It needs only a light cleaning and it should rate at least G+ $19

Fred Green, Sheffield Fred Green, Sheffield

WP210665 Fred Green, Sheffield A 1 15/16" wide cap-iron with very light surface rust on the top side. It should clean up nicely. G+ $16

J& R. Dodge J& R. Dodge

WP210618 J& R. Dodge An unused double rabbet (rebate) iron. It measures 13/16" wide. Toland used irons like this one. Dodge is a scarce maker and I am not sure where they were based. I recall having a chisel by them years ago. Nice untouched and unused condition. Fine $45

Ohio Tool Co, Thistle Brand Ohio Tool Co, Thistle Brand

WP210471 Ohio Tool Co, Thistle Brand A 2 1/4" wide tapered iron with the original cap iron. This is the style of cap iron that does not have a bolster and will go into an infill plane much easier. The blade has 2 3/8" left to the hole and is 7 3/4" overall. There is some mionor deformation along the top edge. Fine- $38


WP210476 Unmarked A 2 7/16" wide cap iron that is in nice as found condition, but the screw is missing. It is only marked Waranted Steel. It is lightly rusted where the wedge of a plane was not covering it. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $100 on old tools. G+ $0

Unmarked Unmarked

WP210480 Unmarked A 1 3/4" wide uncut tapered iron that is 5 5/16" overall. It looks like it was cleaned by a collector, perhaps a bit over zealously. G+ $26

James Cam James Cam

WP210448 James Cam A 2 1/8" wide iron that has 1 1/8" remaining and is 5 15/16" overall. Presumably from a small smoothing plane. It has light pitting over much of its surface. Good $18

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



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 & 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

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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