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Barber & Genn 18th Century Back Saw

Barber & Genn 18th Century Back Saw

29th March 2016

A wonderful 18th century brass back saw by Barber & Genn of Sheffield.As any saw historian or collector will tell you, few 18th century saws survive today and those that do come to light are usually in a poor state.Not this one.The beechwood handle is the best I have seen…

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Hollows & Rounds & More by MOSELEY

Hollows & Rounds & More by MOSELEY

19th February 2016

A lovely even numbered half set of hollow and round moulding planes by John Moseley of London.  Including all four pairs of side rounds, side rebates, side snipes and snipe bills from the same set.All are marked 'MOSELEY & SON LONDON' dating this set of moulding planes to between 1819-1830,…

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STANLEY 4 1/2H Heavy Smoothing Plan

STANLEY 4 1/2H Heavy Smoothing Plan

3rd January 2016

One of those Stanley rarities, the Stanley 4 1/2H heavy smoothing plane. Although all examples were made in the USA apparently they were never listed in a Stanley catalogue nor sold in the US. The 4 1/2H and the larger 5 1/2H were offered in the UK and Australia between…

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Aston Rule Maker’s Marks

Aston Rule Maker’s Marks

29th November 2015

A very rare group of over 400 rule maker’s marks or stamps from the Aston family workshops of Birmingham. Members of the Aston family had been making rules in Birmingham from the late 1700s up until 1897 when Thomas Aston & Sons was taken over by I & D Smallwood.This…

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SPIERS Jointer Plane

SPIERS Jointer Plane

27th October 2015

A wonderful little used 28 inch dovetailed SPIERS jointer plane, from a private collection.With only minor surface rust and a few paint splashes this plane is in excellent condition with the majority of the original finish on the rosewood infill still intact.Pronounced extensions at the toe and heel, this plane…

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Airtight Casemaking Planes by MOSELEY

Airtight Casemaking Planes by MOSELEY

12th September 2015

A wonderful group of 9 airtight casemaking moulding planes by MOSELEY of London, part of a private MOSELEY collection.The gentleman’s ‘curio cabinet’ of the 19th century was developed and enlarged by museums to house their exhibits. Well before the days of air conditioning and effective chemical methods of conservation the…

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NORRIS A27 Bullnose Plane

NORRIS A27 Bullnose Plane

10th August 2015

A fine example of the NORRIS A27 bullnose plane from a private collection.This gunmetal model was a cut above other bullnose planes with its adjusting mechanism, wedge tightening screw and steel sole.Four inches long and available in widths of 1, 1.1/8 and 1.1/4 inches. Ebony wedges were available at a…

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Rare Brass Framed Hand Drill

Rare Brass Framed Hand Drill

10th July 2015

A wonderful quality brass framed hand drill with ebony handles.This recent find, although unnamed, is of exceptional quality and the first we have seen with a figure of eight frame shape. Every part is finished to a very high standard with detail indicating that no time or expense was spared…

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Rare Moseley Matchstick Plane

Rare Moseley Matchstick Plane

8th June 2015

A very rare matchstick plane by John Moseley of London.This beechwood example has a recessed steel sole with an integral adjustable blade at the rear.The matchstick cutters are housed in a brass block which, in turn, is held captive in the plane stock by a wooden wedge.Unlike other matchstick planes…

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English Mitre Planes

English Mitre Planes

3rd May 2015

A group of four English dovetailed mitre planes, from a private collection.Compared to wooden planes, metal planes were rare right up until the mid 19th century.English mitre planes are typically quite plain, of parallel sided box construction. The toe and heel of the sole extends and is ‘dovetailed’ to the…

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