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Gabriel, London Gabriel, London Gabriel, London Gabriel, London Gabriel, London

MI201066 Gabriel, London This is a rare Garbriel signed wooden brace. Gabriel was both a great planemaker and a large tool dealer in 18th Century London and supplied the tools in the Seaton chest, the only known surviving 18th Century tool chest, now residing in the city museum in Rochester, GB. This brace has a boxwood head, which is in itself very unusual. The brace looks totally untouched, but for two things. One facet of the brass chuck has been hand polished. One of those things were you just have to shake your head in disbelief. Second, the plug at the top of the head looks replaced to me. I can't be sure, but I think that it is. When I see early braces, the wooden plug is almost always missing. This is the only signed Gabriel brace that I have seen, hence my using the term rare, a term that I generally try to avoid, since like mint, it is much abused in the antiques trade. G++ Sold

Felt Buffing Wheel

MI201069 Felt Buffing Wheel A barely used 6" felt wheel with a 1/2" arbor hole and 7/8" wide. This is an older US made wheel, not Chinese made trash. G++ Sold

String Winder

MI201072 String Winder A Lancaster County string winder used for holding a chalk line. I bought a collection of these some time ago. This is the last of them, and one of the best. This is a nice early example with elegant chamfering, and all of the original wooden pins holding it together. It has a great old surface. For the connoisseur. G++ $129

E. C. Atkins & Co E. C. Atkins & Co

MI201080 E. C. Atkins & Co A classic ram's horn cabinet scraper. These are made from maple and are lovely tools. It is the equivelant of a Stanley #80 in function, but I like these better and the wood makes them glide over your work. This one is lightly used and a really nice example. G++ Sold

Bethlehem Steel Notepad

MI201039 Bethlehem Steel Notepad A 4 3/4" by 2 3/4" notepad proclaiming that you should "Use Steel Piple Made in USA'. Sadly people didn't heed this advice and Bethlehem steel is no more. The pad has about 90% of its sheets remaining. G++ $9

Jupp, London Jupp, London Jupp, London Jupp, London Jupp, London Jupp, London

MI201047 Jupp, London This is a rare find, a group of 17 leather working tools that all belonged to one "J. W. Stubbins" and are all in superb condition. A quick Google search found a J.W. Stubbings who died in the Great War, aged 23. There is often a sad storied behind sets of tools found in wonderful condition. 13 of these all have handles made from a light colored wood with a polished finish. I am not sure of the wood. At first glance I had thought that it was boxwood, but it is not. There are 4 others that have a different handle, but are still marked with the same owner's mark, and the same maker's mark. Twelve of the matching 13 are numbered from 1 - 12 and are a graduated set. This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a group of tools like this. Fine $299

Seal Handle

MI201058 Seal Handle This is the handle to a wax seal. It is lignum with sap wood showing on the quality of the turning is extraordinary. That is why I couldn't resist buying it, despite the seal having been removed. It is stil a thing of beauty. Fine $29

Yankee Number 44 Push Drill

MI201024 Yankee Number 44 Push Drill A well cared for but well used example, with much of the nickel worn from honest user. There are no bits left in the handle. This should make a good user. G+ $29

Patented Skate Sharpener

MI201036 Patented Skate Sharpener This tool is only marked "Pat. June 7, 1898." It has a hardented wheel that you can rotate to expose new spots. Nice as found condition and certainly not easily replaced. G++ $39

TAC Ratchet Set TAC Ratchet Set

MI20103 TAC Ratchet Set This is a very unusual ratchet set. It is very high quality, It has 1/4" and 3/8" drive adaptors, but the sockets that come with it, do not utilize a square drive, and plug into a crowfoot like ratcheting head. There are 14 pieces all in an original metal box. Apparently TAC stood for Tubing Appliance Company and they were bought out by Proto. G++ $59

Awl and Chalk Line

MI20104 Awl and Chalk Line From and old tool chest, this is a small and handy awl that has a chalk line string tied to it. The chalk line is on a wooden spool that looks similar to the small awl. I really like these. G+ $35

Millers Falls

MI201014 Millers Falls A scarce 6" throw brace that has been used but abused. It has a dark patina with some nickel left. The rosewood has no damage. There is some splattered house paint. A good honest user. G+ $69

Buck, 242, Tottenham Ct Rd. Buck, 242, Tottenham Ct Rd.

MI201017 Buck, 242, Tottenham Ct Rd. A miniature router in superb untouched condition. The sole is 4 1/8" by 7/8" and the blade is 1/4" wide. A gem for the connoisseur. Fine $79


MI200920 Carborundum A Carborundum number 184 slip stone. The box says medium grit, but compared to the Norton stones that we sell I would say it feels more like fine. G++ $29

Billings & Spencer Billings & Spencer

MI200862 Billings & Spencer A particularly nice example of a Number 97 bicycle wrench. The max jaw capacity is 1 1/2" It measures a bit over 4" overall when closed. It has a nice old surface and the original paint is retained on the adjustable shaft. Most of these are rusty old things, or they were and are now all cleaned up. This one has been nicely cared for since new. G++ $39

The Peck, Stowe, & Wilcox Co.

MI200821 The Peck, Stowe, & Wilcox Co. A scarce 8" throw brace in honest as found condition. The spring that holds the jaws apart seems to be weak or missing. It is still usable but the jaws don't open as the chucks inscrews and you have to pull them open. This is a common problem on old braces and really isn't a big deal, but I made this brace cheap to compensate for it. G+ $59

Norton Abrasives

MI200763 Norton Abrasives A Norton SB8 Soft Arkansas stone in the original box, with the original label on the side. The stone looks to have been used, but very lightly. The box is worn and shows its age, but the stone is Fine $69

Original Forstner Bit

MI200769 Original Forstner Bit An original 3/8" Forstner bit, marked 6 for 6/16". It is also marked by the manfuacturer, but I don't read the first letter and I don't remember for sure what it is. "?.M. Co. USA" The shank is also marked 2-28. That is how I have always seen them marked, but I don't know the signficance as this does not correspond with the patent date. G++ $36

Oits A. Smith, Rockfall, Conn Oits A. Smith, Rockfall, Conn

MI200752 Oits A. Smith, Rockfall, Conn This is something that I have never seen before. It is an adustable countersink that slips over a bit and acts as a stop and countersink all in one. It is a really clever idea and I don't understand why it is not more common. This is a great example of Yankee engenuity from the Age of Invention. An important piece for a serious collector. G++ $69

Mathews Bros, Ltd, London

MI200715 Mathews Bros, Ltd, London A nice as found diamond glass cutter with a rosewood handle. This is not one of the makers that I am familiar with for these. G+ $29

Book:  Federal Furniture by Michael Dunbar

MI200726 Book: Federal Furniture by Michael Dunbar A 184 page paperback book published by Taunton press. I would have graded this higher but there is a scratch on the back cover. A nice clean copy. G++ $12

Valve Spring Compressor

MI200640 Valve Spring Compressor A cast iron valve spring compressor. I am not sure why, but this tool was in with the tools of the shipwright that I bought. He worked from about 1900 to 1940 and it is probably from the second half of that period. They are painted black, which looks original, and I don't see any evidence that they were ever used. Fine- $19

Kennedy Kennedy Kennedy Kennedy

MI200620 Kennedy A Kennedy fishing tacke box, with the classic Kennedy crackle paint finish. The paint is peeling from the bottom of the box but is OK elsewhere. It is 15 1/2" wide, 7" deep, and 6 1/2" high. This is the Cadillac of fishing tackle boxes, and would make a great box for a craft as well, with all of the small compartments to hold beads, or whatever. G+ $65

Norton Abrasives

MI200581 Norton Abrasives This is an old, but probably unused Norton slip stone in the original box. The end label tells us that it is an AFS44. It looks like a fine India, but this stone may pre-date that tradename. The box just calls it aluminum oxide. The label on the top of the box has some loss which is why I gave it the minus. Until our liquidation sale started, we had a large range of the new versions of this. I am not sure off hand what we have left, but I can tell you that the new Mexican made slips don't compare to this one. Fine- $48

Slip Stone

MI200556 Slip Stone A natural stone slip, probably soft Arkansas, maybe Washita. It has a chip out of one corner that will not impact its usefulness. It is from the shipwright's tools that I bought and is from the arly 20th Century. G+ $25

American Axe & Tool Co. Glassport, PA American Axe & Tool Co. Glassport, PA

MI20057 American Axe & Tool Co. Glassport, PA A camp axe, or hatchet, in nice unmolested condition, from a good collection. It is marked Pat. Apl 17, 00. The company was in business from 1889, until 1921 when they were bought out by the Kelly axe comany. So clearly this axe dates to the first two decades of the 20th Century. The handle looks original to me. I assume that the patent is for the way the sides are recessed to improve penetration. The edge is 2 7/8" across and the head is 4 7/8 wide. The head is mushroomed a bit from being used as a wedge and the mark is deformed from this abuse. The head is about 20 ounces. There is clear tape on the edge for safety reasons. A really nice old Pennsylvania made hatchet that is ready to use or collect. G+ $69


MI200515 Molding An original piece of mahogany rope twist molding. I got this in a lot that was sold off by a museum. It is a great sample piece to see what an original hand carved piece would look like. About 18" long. G++ $16

Wood Carving Wood Carving

MI2004117 Wood Carving This carving came from an auction lot of items deassessioned by a museum that I bought years ago to have a sample to study. It is marked on the back "Italian, late 18th Century". I think that it is walnut. I believe that the correct name for this piece is a capital. It is the piece that caps off the top of a pillaster. I am sure that one of you architects will correct me if I got this wrong. It has a lovely patina and is a great example from which to study period carving. Fine $25

Sharatt & Newth, London, England

MI200489 Sharatt & Newth, London, England A high quality diamond glass cutter. Also marked, "Sold by A. Goslett & Co." The brass fitting are nickel plated and the handle is some kind of rosewood. A nice example. G++ $29

Spoon Mold Spoon Mold Spoon Mold

MI200496 Spoon Mold A small bronze spoon mold for casting pewter or silver spoons. The overall spoon size is 4", which is quite small. For baby spoons or perhaps to go in a tea mixing bowl. The bottom of the bowl has an unusual decoration that I have never seen on a spoon. Untouched with lovely original surface and color. Fine $265


MI2004105 Tuck A straight blade screwdriver bit. The blade is 3/8" wide and has been ground on both sides to thin it out a bit. Tuck is listed in the EAIA Directory as an American toolmaker. G+ $12

Windsor Newton Windsor Newton Windsor Newton

MI200463 Windsor Newton This is a boxed set of 12 water colors. The colors are all matching and are marked "Draughtsmen's", Of these 12 colors, 6 are still in the original wrapping, and 3 more look unused. Of the three that are used, 2 look barely used and one looks lightly used. There are also three old brushes in the box. If I was just rating the paints, I would rating it higher, but the oak box really rates G+ $145

Flemish Cauldron Flemish Cauldron Flemish Cauldron

MI200366 Flemish Cauldron This is an early bronze cauldron. I bought it years ago at the BADA Antiques Fair in London. This is a strictly vetted show and it was sold as being 17th Century or earlier. I would agree with that. The rim diameter is 10 1/4" and the overall height is about 8 1/2". The feet have been worn down from years of use and it does not sit quite flat on the floor. It sits on the hearth in living room and that doesn't bother me. It is really meant to be hanging. The color is fantastic, a rich brown color that has clearly never been polished. This is a rare piece for the connoisseur. I have enjoyed owning it and I hope that somebody else will enjoy it. Fine- $695

Gellman Manufacturing Company

MI200358 Gellman Manufacturing Company A No. 61 "Polly" quick adjust wrench. A clever design that really seems to work. Ths one came out of an old tool box and looks well used but cared for. A collector has cleaned it. G+ $18


MI200340 Cobbler's Float This is a float that was used to reach into boots and shoes to file down the tops of the wooden pegs. It is dull now but in nice untouched condition. G+ $15

Leatherworking Tool Leatherworking Tool Leatherworking Tool

MI200346 Leatherworking Tool This is an interesting looking leather workers tool. It has a handled like a crooked knife, that is hand made and beautifully made. I don't actually know what it is for. Hopefully you will. G+ $49

Book:Worldly Goods -The Arts of Early Pennsylvania 1680-1758

MI200330 Book:Worldly Goods -The Arts of Early Pennsylvania 1680-1758 This is a museum catalog published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art for a special exhibition that they did. There are numerous photos of 18th Century Philadlephia furniture. It is a book that I really like. 266 pages. You can order it in our new book section. Or, you can have a free copy paperback copy if you spend $180 on old tools and order it here, or if you spend $250 you can have a free hardbound copy. New $0

Leather Pouch Leather Pouch

MI200145 Leather Pouch This is a handmade belt holster for a smart-phone. It is made from pebbled grain leather with a fancy clasp. It is made to look medieval and was made by a leather vendor at a medieval fair. Sadly, it does not fit my phone. It should hold a phone up to a bit over 3" wide and 5 3/4" high. I think that it is made for one of those fancy fruit phones. New $29

Book:  Blacksmiths, A directory of Lancaster County, PA

MI191261 Book: Blacksmiths, A directory of Lancaster County, PA A 68 page book cataloging the blacksmiths of Lancaster County. I have a bunch of these. A copy is free with any order over $100 if you ask for one. New $0


MI19129 Proto This is a NOS Proto "Clik-Stop" adjustable wrench. It is marked 6 inch on one side and 150mm on the other. I have two of these, so if you want them both, just order it twice. Mint $18

String Winder String Winder

MI191221 String Winder A nice as found example of a Lancaster county carpenter's string winder. There is an old shrinkage split in the grain running along the base of the winder itself. This is stable and I wouldn't try and glue it, but you could. The tiny wooden peg that holds the winder on has worn out and been replaced with a nail, clearly a long time ago. The wooden pegs on each side are still present. Really a nice example but price cheaply because of the split. G+ $99


MI191229 Jeweler's Hand Vise A lovely example, probably made in Lancashire. These usually have a groove in the jaws to hold a pin, but this one has smooth jaws. It stands 4 3/8" high. Lovely original surface with a medium patina. G++ $85

Barnard Barnard Barnard

MI191155 Barnard A rare early claw hammer. I looked up Barnard in the EAIA directoy, and while a forged tool was reported, marked only Barnard, there was no useful information. The eye is unusually elongated. The handle is certainly old if not original. If you look closely, you can see a pin running through the head, behind the eye. This was an extra little touch to ensure that the rear of the eye never opened up, and shows that this maker really cared that his work lasted. The head has a dark patina and some light pitting, but is really in good condition for what is probably a late 18th or early 20th Century American hammer. The face flared out to a 1/38" diameter. The overall width is 5 1/8". A rare gem. G++ $299

Sargent, VBM

MI191111 Sargent, VBM A 2 3/8" wide Sargent blade, with the cap iron, from a Bailey style iron bench plane. There is 2" left on it and it is in nice clean condition. G++ Sold

Ornate Hammer Ornate Hammer Ornate Hammer

MI1910113 Ornate Hammer A very ornate hand made hammer in the Warrington style. The handle is tight on the head and looks original to me. The head is 3 1/8" overall and 9/16" in diameter. The head is an attractive rich patina, as does the handle. It has been properly waxed by a collector. This is a tool for the serious connoisseur collector. G+ $189

W. H. Pond, New Haven W. H. Pond, New Haven

MI191085 W. H. Pond, New Haven A nice as found stringing router that cuts a 3/32" groove. G+ $75

Sugar Nippers

MI191058 Sugar Nippers A good early pair of sugar nippers with some decorative work around the hinge joint. These are most certainly not your average run of the mill sugar nippers. They measure 10 3/4" overall. G++ $145

Cast Iron Tongs

MI190964 Cast Iron Tongs A pair of cast iron tongs, presumably for grabbing coals form a fireplace, but I am not sure as they are painted black and except near the jaws they paint is mostly intact. They are 16 inches overall. If somebody knows more about these, feel free to educate me and I will update the descriptions. I claim no expertise on these. They are in nice as found condition and I assume that they are cheap. G++ $29


MI190920 Float I believe that this is a gunstock float. It has a 1/4" wide blade with a concave sole. It is just over 8 inches overall with a rosewood handle. Lovely untouched condition. Fine $69


MI190933 Johnson This is a very unusual bit for cutting a counterbored hole. It has a 5/8" center bit, with the center actually being a tapered spoon bit. I have never seen anything like.it. It must have been quite difficult to forge with the techniques available when it was made. G+ $45

Unmarked Unmarked

MI190935 Unmarked A most unusual 10" throw brace. I have had this brace for quite some time trying to identify it, but I give up. You reverse the ratchet, or lock it, but pulling out a pin and moving the chuck. The head is very similar to some 19th Century American iron braces. The head is a nice piece of rosewood. THe brass medallion has been polished but it is otherwise untouched and in honest used but cared for condition. If anyone knows this brace, please let me know. G+ $95


MI190824 Kunz This is a modern copy of the classic Stanley #12. Like other knock offs of Stanley tools, it has none of the intrinsic appeal of the original, but it is just as usable and is less than half the price. If you just want one to use and don't care about having a rosewood handle or a baked japanned finish, this one is the way to go. Fine $45


MI19075 Nestler This is a set of drafting stencils. The box is marked Western Germany. They are very high quality and came from an estate of 1950s model plane supplies, which is when I date them to. The characters are 1 1/16" high (27mm). There are three planes, numbers, and upper and lower case letters. It seems to be for a German alphabet, but I can't explain why a few letters are missing, like capital F for instance. They appear to be unused. Fine $29

Keen Kutter

MI190711 Keen Kutter This is a Keen Kutter K79, which was made by Stanley and is in the older style for their #80. Nice as found condition. The blade is unmarked but looks original to me. G+ $45

Winchester Winchester

MI190459 Winchester A very clean Winchester brand roofing hatchet. This is the head alone, not handle, and weighs about 18 ounces. Winchester's ill fated venture in to hardware was in the 1920s, which dates this tool to that period. Winchester of course did not make it but they only sourced hardware from the very best makers. It is beveled on both sides. G++ $69

Sugar Nippers Sugar Nippers

MI190419 Sugar Nippers Plain sugar nippers are pretty common, but over the years I have not seen many with decortive work on them. This one has decorative work on the hinge that really sets it apart. The tool has a smooth surface with a pleasing patina, except for a few spots of minor surface corrosion. If you want just one really nice sugar nipper, this is it. G++ $145

Victorinox Victorinox

MI190310 Victorinox A new in the metal box Victorinox Swiss Army folding knife that is marked as an advertising promotional piece for Nikon. It is about 20 years old. It is in a tin box. The knife is 2 1/4" folded. New $19

Seal Breaker

MI190234 Seal Breaker These tools are referred to as button hole chisels by tool collectors but they were really for breaking up wax seals. This one is 4 7/8" overall and 5/8" wide. There is some decorative work on the blade, including some very delicate work around the edge. A nice honest as found example. G++ $89

E. Preston & Sons

ME19023 E. Preston & Sons A Preston decorative cast iron shave with a 1 1/2" wide blade and a compassed sole. The nickel is about 80%, which is why it didn't rate higher. G+ $69

J. Fenn, Newgate St J. Fenn, Newgate St J. Fenn, Newgate St

MI19027 J. Fenn, Newgate St An particularly clean 3/4 size brace of the type that are commonly called "Lady's" braces, simply for their smaller size. It retains most of its original finish on the wood and has a crisp and untouched brass chuck. There are some marks on the brass at the base of the head as if pliers were used to tighten it to the body. In the same spot there are a few chips to the lignum, probably from the same stupid event. This is minor. There are a few marks on the wood but it is mostly quite crisp. This is a superb tool. G++ $199

Tiny Mark

MI190215 L. Hu??niot (Tiny Mark) A small 19th Century pin vise that is marked with a mark so tiny that I can't imagine how they made the stamp. It is very finely made and in lovely as found condition. Marked "France", which leads me to believe that it is late 19th Century when they started marking a country of origin, but were not yet marking "Made in". The jaws are 1/4" wide and it is 4 1/2" overall. Fine- $69

Jeweler Jeweler

MI190162 Jeweler's Hand Vise A nice early example with a pleasing medium patina and very fine detailing. It measures 4 3/8" high with 9/16" wide jaws. Fine- $89

Thos Ibbotson & Co. Sheffield Thos Ibbotson & Co. Sheffield

MI190173 Thos Ibbotson & Co. Sheffield A very scarce scraper holder. I am not sure of what kind of wood this is. It is an exotic hardwood. These scrapers normally have a boxwood wedge at the top to tighten them. This is the only one of its kind that I have seen, where it is one piece with no provision for a wedge. It retains much of its original finish but because of light tool box rash I didn't grade it fine. For the connoisseur. G++ $75

James Howarth James Howarth James Howarth

MI181162 James Howarth A rare nickel plated Scotch pattern brace by James Howarth. This is the only nickel plated Scotch pattern brace that I have ever seen, regardless of maker. I feel confident in saying that the nickel is original. It is also the only Scotch pattern brace by James Howarth that I have seen. It has an 8" throw, but the brace feels slightly smaller than your typical Scotch pattern brace. It also does not have the typical head, instead having a metal neck of a form that I haven't seen before. The nickel is about 95-97%. I bought this brace from the late Jim Wareham about 20 years ago. Jim was an English tool dealer, and a really good one at that. One of the few who was dead honest as well. Fine $195

Sun Insurance Medallion Sun Insurance Medallion

MI181010 Sun Insurance Medallion This is a lead medallion that would have been fixed to a building that was insured by the Sun Insurance Company in London in the 18th Century. The Sun Insurance Company records are to this day a major research resource for people looking for information on early businesses. These have been faked, but this one really looks right to me. I don't claim to be an expert on them, but it seems to have signs of genuine age and not artificial distressing. It is number 772225. Every policy holder of course had a unique number, and this comes with a copy of the records showing that this was owned by one Joseph Hobbs, Bricklayer. The record is from 1805 so it is not quite 18th Century. G+ $249

Buck Brothers Buck Brothers

MI180848 Buck Brothers A rare matching graduated set of tapered bench plane irons by the premier American edge tool maker. The sizes are 1 1/4", 1 3/8", a fat 1 3/8", and 1 5/8". These irons are all in lovely untouched condition and are all unused old stock. I bought these about 25 years ago from an old collector. They have clearly been together since new. I've never seen another set like this before or since. Fine $165

Fairclough, 72 Byrom St., Liverpool Fairclough, 72 Byrom St., Liverpool

MI180622 Fairclough, 72 Byrom St., Liverpool An especially nice 5/8" sash ovolo shave in boxwood with a lovely boxwood patina. As found and nice. G++ $119

John Herring & Sons, Sheffield John Herring & Sons, Sheffield

MI180632 John Herring & Sons, Sheffield This is a sealed original package of 3 plane irons, 1 1/2" wide and cut for a cap iron. Finding a package of pre-war irons still in the wrapper is amazing. The string that wraps them is sealed with a yellow sticker that appears to be Thai writing. I am guessing that they were made for a special order that was never delivered and then just sat somewhere. Fine $99


MI180610 Rob't Sorby A 2 1/4" tapered bench plane iron, probably from a smoothing plane. It is in clean condition and retains about 1 3/8" over usable steel. At the edge it is 175 thousandths of an inch thick. G+ $20


MI17112 Carpenter's Pouch An carpenter's screw and nail pouch that would have been given out as a promotional item by Glendale Lumber Co. of Glendale, NY. Probably from the 1940s or 50s. Nice original condition. G+ $25

Claude Hamon

MI200571 Claude Hamon This is a new tack puller from our new tool department which we are liquidating. We still have quite a few of these, so you can have one for free if you order $150 worth of old tools and order one of these. New $0

Sash Doweling Box Sash Doweling Box

MI171048 Sash Doweling Box A scarce craftsman made sash doweling box that is well designed and well executed. It is oak and was designed to clamp to the bench. It has a groove for the sash bar to sit in and then the arm comes down and locks it. There is a brass bushing at the end to guide the sash dowelling bit. This is a very nice example that is modestly priced compared to the really fancy rosewood and mahogany ones. G++ $199

Engraved Woodworker Engraved Woodworker

MI171037 Engraved Woodworker's Clock Face An 18th Century Brass Clock Face from a tall case clock that would have been comissioned by a successful woodworker, most likely a cabinetmaker, as it is engraved with a woodworker at the bench, a plane in his hands and a small claw hammer hanging to his left. Also picture are a back saw, a square, and a hatchet. The brass has been hand polished and has a lovely mellow hue. A unique piece that really belongs in a museum. G++ $795

Early Race Knife

MI170918 Early Race Knife A particularly nice as found example of the style of race knife used in the 18th Century. This one is not signed but certainly looks 18th Century. Most of them as well used, but this one seems to have been used very little. The metal surfaces have a pleasing patina with just very minor patches of corrosion. I have not seen one like this in as such nice condition before. G++ $95

H. M. Christensen, Brockton, Mass

MI17096 H. M. Christensen, Brockton, Mass The EAIA Directory of tool marks has this maker recorded incorrectly. Only one example of his work is reported, a cobbler's hammer, and he is listed as Christen & Son, Brockton Mass. The mark on this tool is crisp and perfectly legible, so I am sure that it should have read "H.M. Christensen, Brockton, Mass." This tool is still listed today in the C.S. Osborne catalog and is called a tack and staple remover. Thank you to Charlie for that information. This tool is in lovely as found condtion except that the brass ferule was hand polished at some point in the past, probably quite a long time ago. It came out of an old collection. G++ $45

G Hawkins, Chas Arthur, Birmingham G Hawkins, Chas Arthur, Birmingham

MI170821 G Hawkins, Chas Arthur, Birmingham A very scarce signed basketmaker's shave in nice as found condition. The blade is still pretty sharp. I am not 100% sure that I have read the middle line of the mark correctly because it goes off the side of the plane. I am pretty sure that it is Chas Arthur, but it might have St. after Arthur. So this is either an address or a partnership. It is a great tools that a serious collector of baskets or basketmaking tools should want. G+ $159

Devineau, 1730 Devineau, 1730

MI170380 Devineau, 1730 A rare early 18th Century dated French armorers tool from the legendary Nessi collection. This tool is called a tumbler mill. It mills both sides of the forged tumbler of a flintlock mechanism, so that you end up with a piece filed properly parallel on its faces and with an accurately formed pivot pin on each side. It's a deceptively simple tool and an absolutely essential bit of gunsmith's kit. It has light pitting overall but has a nicely patinated surface. The quality of the work is superb and it is most attractively made. There is a repair to a crack in the handle that does not detract. For the connoisseur. G+ $995

Millers Falls Millers Falls Millers Falls

MI170212 Millers Falls A rare Millers Falls hand cranked knife sharpener. I have never seen one of these before. It is in an art deco style with two tone paint and a decal on the front that declates what it is. It has a removable base that can be screwed to a bench or to the wall. It is in nice as found condition. A rare survivor. G+ $169

William Friedrichs William Friedrichs

MI170112 William Friedrichs A superb early die box that can cut be adjusted for various size rod stock. There are 5 differeent dies, all of them marked 22 on the back, which I am presuming to me 22 threads per inch. On the front they are numbered 1 - 5, which I presume has no correlation to a particular size. This tool has superb early features and is in lovely original condition. Friederichs was a New York City tool merchant. G++ $99

Napa Gold Oil Filter

MI191018 Napa Gold Oil Filter This is a Napa Gold filter 1040. I know that it fits a 1984 Oldsmobile 3.8L V6, but what else it fits I don't know. I found it in my garage recently, despite the Oldsmobile being sold in 2001. It was a great car, but the wife thought it was old fashioned. Anway, if you can use it, it is free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $50 on any of our products, old or new. New $0

Wilcock, Manchester

MI161088 Wilcock, Manchester A 3/4" lambstongue sash shave. All boxwood and in very crisp, little used condition. I imagine that this tool was bought for one job and after that wasn't used again. The surface is a bit dull like it was cleaned off with a solvent. I would wax it. This is a connoisseur grade example. Fine- $129

C. Schweper, Solingen, Germany

MI16088 C. Schweper, Solingen, Germany A small high quality pre-war pocket knife. The blade is acid etched, "Premium Quality, Hammer Forged" The small blade is about 1 1/8" and the larger blade is about 1 3/8". It was probably 1 1/2" when the knife was new, but is has been sharpened a number of times. The scales have fancy engine decoration on them and a vacant space for an owner's name. A very clean gentleman's knife. G++ $29

Engravers Pad

MI160658 Engravers Pad A leather covered pad as used by silversmith's and engravers. Used but well cared for and with a nice look about it. I can't date this tool, but it certainly has some age to it. G++ $39

Ember Tongs

MI160584 Ember Tongs A Georgian scissor joint ember tongs that extend out to 24". These are all hand made bright cut steel. Similar style tools were mass produced later in the 19th Centuiry but these are best quality English work. Fine $159

Spring Compressor Spring Compressor

MI160513 Spring Compressor An early 19th Century English lock spring compressor for working on a gun lock. This tool is hand made to the highest standards of London gunmaking. There are patches of light corrosion but most of the tool has a pleasing patinated surface. This tool would most likely have come from a cased set. Nice untouched condition. G+ $125

Baland, Aine Baland, Aine

MI160550 Baland, Aine An unusual pair of scissors with a curved blade that slides nicely into the curved leather sheath with a metal tip. The overall length of the scissors is 6 1/8". The seem on the sheath open for the first inch or so but it doesn't really matter. I think that these are pretty old but I don't know much about scissors. I know nothing about the mark on them. Please speak up if you do. Nice original condition. G++ $49

Sharratt & Newth, Patent, London

MI160294 Sharratt & Newth, Patent, London A nice as found diamond glass cutter. It has a Brazilian rosewood handle with lovely grain. As found, the brass has a lovely patina. The steel end is light rusted overall, but could be improved with some attention. G+ $36

Handforged Turnscrew

MI160264 Handforged Turnscrew This trunscrew has a lovely hand-forged blade that looks 18th Century to me. The oak handle looks like a somewhat later replacement to me. Measures 21" overall. Nice patination and great form. G+ $79

E.C. Stearns & Co. Syracuse, NY

MI160172 E.C. Stearns & Co. Syracuse, NY A nice as found jointer gauge that is attached with cam action levers. A common but very useful tool. This one could use a light cleaning, but as it is still rates a strong G+ $69

W & S Butcher W & S Butcher

MI151123 W & S Butcher This is a rare original invoice from W. & S. Butcher, dated Nov. 7th, 1872. It is 2 sheets, both sides used, of tools, totally just ove 600 pounds. That was a lot of money then, about $3000 then, which is a small fortune now. The invoice was to E. Mullins of Philadelphia, There is also a page, with an original seal, from the U.S. Consul in Sheffield. What his role was I am not sure but he seemes to have been acting as a kind of agent. This is a once in a lifetime chance to own such an important piece of tool ephemera. The Butcher works in Sheffield are now a protected site. G++ $199

Capewell Capewell

MI201010 Capewell A homeowner's grade Bailey style smoothing plane in #3 size. There is light corrosion on the outer surfaces of the body, but it can be scraped. This plane would make a good general purpose plane for carpentry use. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $250 on old tools. G+ $0

Camco, USA Camco, USA

MI151042 Camco, USA A good quality advertising pocket knife. Marked on one side, Abeles-Lewit Co. Inc" and on the other side "Autobody Reconditioning Supplies, tools and equipment". Probably 1950s. This is a good quality US made pocket knife, not a disposable piece of junk. It is carbon steel, not stainless. Nice untouched condition, as it came from a drawer. G+ $35

American Patent Planes Calendar for 2010

MI200526 American Patent Planes Calendar for 2010 This calendar was released by Roger Smith in 2010 to highlight discoveries made after his two volume set was published. I have two copies, sealed in the wrapper. A single copy is free to the first person who orders it and spends $100 on old tools. Of course you can order both copies if you spend at least $200. New $0

L. Stoudt

MI150816 L. Stoudt An early hand forged ax head for a felling ax. I don't know who . Stoudt was, but it is clearly marked on both sides with what looks like a Pennsylvania style maker's mark of the 19th Century. It weights a bit over 3 pounds. There is some damage to the edge, but this head is still very usuable, although I would hate to see anyone do that, as it has a lovely overal patina now. There is some pitting, but it is mostly just patinated. This is a not a common tool to find. Early, as in pre-factory made, ax heads got used up. Good $119

Blacksmith Made Turnscrew

MI150715 Blacksmith Made Turnscrew This is a 22" overall length turnscrew with a lovely patinated fruitwood handle, with just a hint of tiger figure in it. There is a shrinkage check in the handle. The ferule was polished by an idiot but the rest of the turnscrew has a lovely untouched look and with time the brass ferule will take on a new patina. An elegant tool from a lost age of craftsmanship. G+ $79


MI150638 Chicago-Latrobe This is a new old stock packet of #59 bits. There are 12 bits in the packet. I have 10 packets. I bought these in England and the person who I bought them from and I both think that they are WW2 surplus. It seems sad to me that people risked their lives in convoys across the North Atlantic to get supplies through, to have them sit unused. I guess that is the nature of government procurement, even in desparate times. If you want more than 1 packet, just put the item into your shopping cart as many times as you want packets. If we don't have that many left we will adjust your invoice. Fine $15

P. S. Stubs

MI150541 P. S. Stubs This is a hand cut file, still usable, and about 5 5/8" overall. It is not marked England, so it is probably pre-1890. Hand-cut files of this age are few and far between, especially ones that bear the mark of Peter Stubbs, the famous Lancashire tool maker. Fine $29

Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd

MI150558 Buck, Tottenham Ct. Rd An unusual pocket knife with polished metal sides and no scales, marked "Sheffield Made" and Buck on one blade and "Hand Forged" and Buck on the other. It measures 3 1/2" when closed. I am not sure if the sides are nickel or stainless steel. A very attractive and unusual knife. G+ $85

MI120921 Auction Catalogs I seemed to have auction catalogs coming out my ears. Furniture, art, miscellaneous, you name it, I seem to get a catalog for it. I hate to throw these out, but I just can't keep them all You can order up to three of them, for free, with any old tool order that you place. You can't specify which catalogs, but they are mostly relatively recent and from major auction houses. Note that they will affect your shipping quote because of the weight that they will add to your order. Many of these catalogs cost $30 or $40 before the auction and are valuable reference materials. Note that none of them are tool catalogs. Fine $0


MI150126 Norton An apparently unused Norton SB-4 Soft Arkansas stone in the original box with the original label still on the stone. Measures 4 X 2 X 15/16". Probably from the 40s or 50s, certainly not later. Fine $59

G. E. Blinn & Co. Sheffield G. E. Blinn & Co. Sheffield

MI150128 G. E. Blinn & Co. Sheffield A very small coachman's type pocket knife with horn scales. This knife was probaby carried for a lifetime. The horn is worn smooth like plastic, with the area around the brass pins standing a bit higher. The blades are very worn. I am not 100% sure on the maker's name, but I think that this is what it says. There is a small piece of horn missing at the end of the corkscrew. This tool was clearly loved, and well cared for, but really used. I personally really like it. Measures 3 1/2" closed. Good $99

R. TImmins & Sons

MI141230 R. Timmins & Sons A pariticularly nice sugar nips with wonderful surface, and a lot of decorative work. This is a much fancier example than what we usually see, and it is maker signed. Great old and untouched condition. For the connoisseur. G++ $169

W. R. Fox, Grand Rapids Michigan

MI141143 W. R. Fox, Grand Rapids Michigan A patented cast iron mitre trimmer that is very similar to the Lion mitre trimmer, but appears to predate the Lion. It is marked, "Patented June 17th , 1870". I might have a character off on that as it is hard to read. A very nice usable tool that should work just like a Lion mitre trimmer, but is a whole lot more rare. I have never seen one before, and nor have other experts that I have shown it to. It is a high quality professional's tool. This type of tool can be dangerous and should be used with great care. Any mitre trimmer can cause serious injury if one's hands are not clear when using it. G+ $195

Race Knife Race Knife

MI141016 Race Knife An 18th Century race knife in the original paper case. This case alone is a very rare survivor. The knife is unmarked but certainly appears to be 18th Century. It is in superb as found condition, as is the case. For the connoisseur. G++ $239

Early Adze Early Adze

MI140933 Early Adze This is a magnificent early (probably 18th Century) French adze. It is pitted overall, which is why I rated it low, but it is a great looking tool worthy of a great collection. It came from a very discerning New York collection and it has been in my collection since then, but not it is time for you to enjoy it. Measures 9" across. The blade is just under 5" wide. It is marked but the pitting makes it illegible. The handle looks old but not original. I think that this is a great piece of early iron. G- $229

Early Pennsylvania Side Axe Early Pennsylvania Side Axe Early Pennsylvania Side Axe

MI140216 Early Pennsylvania Side Axe This ax was found by the collector form whom we acquired it in a barn in Lancaster County about 25 years ago. I think that it is American and from that area. It has a great surface and a great form. It has decorative touch marks, and nice chamfering, with fluting in the corners. It is a side ax, being beveled on just one side. The handle is old and has been with it a long time, but is not the original handle. This is a great piece of early American iron from a good collection. If it isn't 18th Century, it is certainly early 19th. G+ $369

Mappin & Webb

140134 Mappin & Webb An ebony handled pen knife in its original Mappin & Webb embossed case. The case is made from pressed paper and is much more rare than the knife. Mappin & Webb are still in business today and are a very prestigious maker. G++ $125

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MI6099 F. Rider This is a fantastic early American ax. It is marked twice by the blacksmith, F. Rider. The workmanship is superb, with delicate chamfering. It is bevelled only on one side and I am not sure of the original purpose. It was found in Pennsylvania and I presume that it is from that area. Really a great piece of early American iron. Good $275


MI130954 Basketmaker's Shave This tool, I belive that it is properly called a basket maker's shave, is adjustable for thickness of cut, and is used to size all of the stock to a uniform thickess before weaving a basket. This one looks to have significant age to it, but I would be loathe to try and date it accuratley. The thumbscrew looks hand forged, and very nicely done at that. The brass has been hand polished a bit, but not terribly so. The rest of the tool has a nice pleasing patina. This is a pretty scarce tool and a nice example as well. G+ $129

Handforged Bowl Adze

MI130868 Handforged Bowl Adze A huge French bowl adze, the lip measuring 7 3/4" across. The other edge is smooth with a lovely dark patina. The ash handle is old and could be original. A very nice example. G+ $165


MI130599 Appliqués & Onlays This is a lot 27 pieces that are Appliqués & Onlays that would be glued onto a workpiece, and them finished over. The designs in include Chinoiserie styles and traditonal English styles like the Prince of Wales feathers. They are made from some kind of pressed saw dust material. A customer has brought to my attention that these are still made and sold by Decorator Supply in Chicago. To replace this lot new would cost over $1000. G++ $69

Primitive Swedish Burl Brace Primitive Swedish Burl Brace

MI130417 Primitive Swedish Burl Brace A classic Scandinavian burl birch brace. It has some modest carving, and the owner has carved his name on the chuck, although part of the name is missing with a hole that was drilled to put a screw through where it has been cracked. This could certainly be improved upon. It has shellaced as well. I can't date this accurately, but I think that it must be early to mid 19th Century. The throw is quite small, 5". It is about 11 1/2" high. There are no pods with it. Like many fine Scandinavian braces, it is formed to curve towards the direction of rotation, a feature that has alwasy appealed to me about these braces. A potentially important piece that deserves some love, and a gift at this price. Good $125

Wire Gauge Tool

MI130353 Wire Gauge Tool This looks like a pocket knife with brass scales, but it opens with two "blades", each of which are marked "Wire" and with numbered slots to measure the gauge of a wire. The scales are wonderfully engraved, jeweler quality, "J. Kenerstone, Sherborne." I would not be suprised to learn that this tool was 18th Century, but I don't feel qualified to really say, as I have never seen another like it. There is one divider broken out between the 14 and 15 gauge slots. It measures 2 5/8" long when folded up. I think that this is something really special. G+ $265

Speednut Wrench Corp

MI130321 Speednut Wrench Corp An 8" patented Speednut wrench. Not the version that I usually see. G+ $59

J. W. Stutter  3 Shoreditch

MI130129 J. W. Stutter 3 Shoreditch A very scarce furrier's knife. I have not seen a similar one before. It is marked "London Made" and is indeed exceptionally well made. It is in lovely as found condition with a wonderful patina. Measures 5 7/8" across at the longest. Some research on the Internet reveals that the address was 133 or 173 Shoreditch (contradictory information, typical of the Internet) and that he was active in the late 19th Century. Ground to a very thin, sharp edge. Fine $165


MI121242 Lady's Leg Awl A classic piece of workman's folk art, a marking awl with a ladies stocking leg for the clip. The style of the stocking looks to be Victorian or Edwardian. Very well executed by somebody with a real eye for the proportions of a woman's leg. Slightly overcleaned, but nothing that won't improve with age and handling. A real gem. G+ $99

Dutch Spykbor

MI121164 Dutch Spykbor A crisp as found Norther European, probably Dutch, wooden brace. The small spoon bit is bent. I have not tried to straighten it for fear of breaking it off. The brace has lovely untouched surface. G++ $59

Nut Cracker

MI12103 Nut Cracker This is a hand-made English nutcracker of the type that was made for many years, and thus is hard to date. My guess is that they are from the first half of the 19th Century, but in England hand worked persisted longer than people tend to imagine. This is a an as found example, with light surface oxidation. One side is slightly bent, but not enough to bother me. It could of course be bent back, but they are very genuine and I would leave them alone. I can imagine somebody sitting by the fire in their cottage using these after a long day working in the field. Good $25

 Sugar Nippers

MI120530 Sugar Nippers A really lovely untouched sugar nippers or a smaller size, measuring 7 3/4" overall. The hinge has eleganly exectured decorative file work. They have an overal even patina. The little piece on the side of the handle, the exact use of which has never been clear to me, is bent forward. So many of these that I see are bent this way, that I wonder if it was intentional, or if perhaps there was something in how they were used that bent this piece. Anyway, it doesn't affect the appeal of these nippers, which are connoisseur quality. G++ $109

Kellett Kellett

MI120414 Kellett's Patent Plane Iron This is the only example that I have seen of this 1884 Patent bench plane iron. There are two cap irons, one on top of the other. I have a print out of the patent but I was too lazy to read it to see what old Kellett had in mind. Whatever it was, I don't think that it made him a wealthy man. This is a rare survivor from the Age of Invention. Good $39

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MI1112231 Early Sharpening Stone A very fine natural stone mounted in an oak holder. This was probably intended for honing razors. Primitive looking tools like this are hard to date, but I would think that this is probably 18th Century. It has rich patina and lots of honest wear to the stone, but no damage. The stone measures approx. 7 inches. A rare survivor. G+ $149

Catalog:  The Complete Hafele

MI190428 Catalog: The Complete Hafele This is a hard-bound catalog of over 1150 pages of speciality hardware for cabinetmakers. I got it when I was remodeling my kitchen and bathrooms, but I have no use for it now. Free to the first person who orders it and spends at least $100 on old tools. G++ $0

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MI111137 John J. Harley, Liverpool A boxwood molding shave that cuts a 7/8" bead with a sharply pointed quirk. It has an adjustable fence. Lightly polished. G+ $99

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MI111044 Slitting Tool I am not sure about the original use of this tool. I am pretty sure that it is American. It slits at a fixed width, perhaps for cutting stringing. I feel like there must be more too it than that. A very nicely made tool. The one piece of brass trim on it was probably hand polished, as it seems too bright. The tool is otherwise untouched. G++ $55

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MI110460 G. Buck, Maker, 242 Tottenham Court Rd George Buck was a famous London tool merchant, not a maker, but these bow drills seem to be unique to him, and he probably did have these custom made for his shop. Some of them, like this one, are finely engraved about the brass ring near the top, with information in our title. This one is untouched, and would rate fine, but for shrinkage checks. There is a check in the spool and another in the removable cap. This is a common problem, the obvious result of putting wood onto a metal core. In the US, where the climate can be drier, this problem is greatly exacerbated over what it is in Great Britain. G++ $229

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MI11019 Basketmaker's Cleave This tool is used to split the willow for making baskets. This one is horn with a walnut head. It is slightly unusual, in that it splits willow wands into 4 sections, rather than the more common ones that split into 3. I have never seen as nice an example of one of these very rare tools. G++ $129

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MI10112 Sash Dowelling Box A superb mahogany sash dowelling box with a clever cam locking design. Untouched original surface that looks like it was just lifted from a tool chest. These boxes were used to join sash bars using dowels, a technique that was generally supersceded in the 19th Century. I would guess that this is a 19th Century tool, but I am only basing that on the appearnce of the screws, which I have not removed, and would not, as they look totally undisturbed. A fine example of a rare tool. Fine $349

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MI101010 Scandiniavian Brace An elegant craftsman made brace in birch. The pod is held in by a tapered pin. The pod does not have a bit in it, but it takes the Scandinavian style bits with the flat tang. I believe that the wood is birch. The throw is about 6 1/2 inches. Nice as found condition. G+ $125

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MI100858 Craftsman Made An extraordinary spalted (a customer thinks that this is Karelian birch) wood brace. The head is highly figured, and the body is both figured and spalted. The pad is plain applewood with a gimlet bit in it. The form of the brace is great as well. It curves slightly in the direction of rotation, a feature that I have seen a few times before and have alwasy found to be very attractive. I am not sure of the age but I would guess it to be first half of the 19th Century. The throw is only about 6 inches. There is one chip in the head where it rubs on the body . That is the only flaw. Wonderful as found condition. Found in Sweden and almost certainly Swedish. Really an exceptional piece. G+ $199

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MI10087 Victorian Prize Medal, 1866 A 1 7/8" diameter medal awarded to Mr. D. Law for "General Merit Displayed in a Series of Water-Color Drawings." Hand engraved on he edge with this information, and engraved on the face with the name of the winner. From the "Hampshire & Isle of Wight Exhibition of Industry and Arts 1866." The front shows a castle entrance in a high relief that is very attractive. Lovely bronze color. Fine $99

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MI100523 Wade, Wingfield, & Rowbotham, Sheffield An ebony handled quill cutter in its original case. I have used this quill cutter to make quill pens with my daughter, which worled quite well. The case is a bit taty and the ends are missing, but the cutter itself is very nice. G++ $189

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MI10024 Sam'l Hall's Son, New York, USA A 10 inch Hall's patent wrench. This wrench is in very nice, well cared for condition. The nickel is worn and only about 60% remains, but the tool was never abused, or cleaned, and is a very nice example of this rare and desirable patent wrench. G+ $89
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MI90438 Coachmaker's Router This is a nicely made coachmaker's double sided router. This example was probably made by the craftsman rather than a commercial maker, which makes it less valuable but no less functional. This one has been properly cleaned with wax (there may be some on the wedges which will need to be removed to use it) and is nice enough for a good collection or it will make a nice user. The blades are 1/4" wide and are not heavily worn. G+ $139

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MI9041 Ember Tongs This is a superb example of early English metalwork. These are bright cut steel ember tongs in extraordinarily clean original condition. Similar examples to these are to be seen in the early pattern books such as the one that was reprinted by EAIA a few years ago. I have rarely seen examples of the real thing. These are of the highest quality work, and in hard to believe condition with just a very light patina. These were all hand forged and hand filed. Examples similar to these appeared in the pattern books for years but based on the quality of workmanship on these it is not hard to argue that they are likely 18th or early 19th Century. To my mind a very special object. Fine- $159

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MI80157 Goosewing Ax This is one of the nicest European goosewing axes that I have seen, probably Austrian, but could be Swiss or German as well. The surface on this ax is untouched with as good a patina as you ever find on axes. It is double marked with a touchmark, but I am not aware of a reference with which to identify these. The blade is also nicely decorated. It shows use but not abuse, with wear to the center of the blade. The handle looks old, but I question if it is original to the ax only because at both ends it shows evidence of having been recently trimmed. This is subtle and it certainly looks original until you study it. If you want just one great example of this classic form, I recommend this one. G+ $399

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MI71242 Pair of Mortising Bits This is a matched pair of two bits, each 2 1/2" in diameter. I am not sure what they were for. Presumably a boring machine or a mortising machine of some kind. The fact that there were two of them in the same size makes me think that they were in a mortising machine. They might just be for a common barn beam boring machine. Both are in good useable condition. Good $35

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