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A Wonderful Collection of Miniature Planes

A Wonderful Collection of Miniature Planes

21st March 2017

Sometimes you just never know 'what's in the box' and this small unassuming wooden box certainly reveals an unexpected surprise.Packed full with 27 rosewood and boxwood planes plus a few squares and templates.  All apparently produced by the same craftsman.There are pairs of hollows and rounds, smoothers plus tailed and…

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W E HIll & Sons Violin Planes

W E HIll & Sons Violin Planes

25th January 2017

From a private collection, a group of 4 brass violin or luthier planes marked W E Hill & Sons.Very much in the same style as those much sought after examples by Norris and Preston.W E Hill & Sons were renowned makers of violins and other string instruments with a reputation…

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Early 18th Century Moulding Plane

Early 18th Century Moulding Plane

7th December 2016

A recent addition to a private collection is this early 18th century English moulding plane with wonderful features.With flat, very wide chamfers, fantastic shoulder detail and gouge cut finishes at the toe and heel.  The plane bears no obvious maker's mark but this is not unusual for planes of this…

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Fenton & Marsden & Marples Registered Mortice Gauges

Fenton & Marsden & Marples Registered Mortice Gauges

7th November 2016

A rare pair of registered design mortice gauges from a private collection, one by Fenton & Marsden, the other by Marples.The Fenton & Marsden gauge is made up of a brass stem with a brass plated ebony head stock.  The Marples gauge has a brass frame with boxwood infill and…

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Unusual and Probably Unique Handled Plough Plane by Moseley

Unusual and Probably Unique Handled Plough Plane by Moseley

2nd October 2016

A recent find, a handled beechwood plough plane by Moseley of London.  We, and others, have never seen a handled plough by this maker.Marked 'MOSELEY & SON KING ST & BEDFORD ST COVT GARDEN LONDON' dating this plane to between 1862 - 1872.The handle fits into a dovetailed slot at…

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David Stanley 68th International Auction - 24th September 2016

14th September 2016

We will have our usual stand at the forthcoming David Stanley International Auction.Viewing is from noon til 7 pm on Friday 23rd and from 7 am til noon on Saturday 24th with the auction commencing at 9 am.With a selection of stock from the website as well as some of…

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Wonderful Rabone 1206 Rope Gauge - Gourock Ropework Co

Wonderful Rabone 1206 Rope Gauge - Gourock Ropework Co

22nd August 2016

A lovely boxwood and brass rope gauge by John Rabone & Sons of Birmingham.This example appears to be unused and retains the vast majority of its original finish to the boxwood and brass.  The No.1206 gauge is the smaller 4 inch version, Rabone also produced a 6 inch No.1207.These gauges…

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3 Scratch Carved Boxwood Thumb Planes

3 Scratch Carved Boxwood Thumb Planes

16th July 2016

A wonderful group of three boxwood thumb planes with scratch carved illustrations.A recent find in a Patternmaker's tool chest, the group consists of two hollow and one fluting plane.  Obviously craftsman made and also possibly only part of an original and much larger group.Each of the planes has scratch carved…

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Rare Dovetailed Gunmetal Shoulder Plane by Spiers

Rare Dovetailed Gunmetal Shoulder Plane by Spiers

10th June 2016

A very scarce dovetailed gunmetal shoulder plane by Spiers.This lovely example is in original condition with a little surface rust showing on the steel sole but also retains the majority of its original factory lacquer finish.  All parts are stamped 4 indicating that this plane is as close to original…

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Record 311 Plane - Possible Prototype

Record 311 Plane - Possible Prototype

12th May 2016

An unusual example of the Record 311 3 in 1 plane.The 311 planes were part of the Edward Preston plane line and continued by Record once they acquired the Preston plane business in the 1930s.  The 311 name reflects that this model was actaully three planes in one and could…

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