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Architectural Moulding Planes by Gleave

Architectural Moulding Planes by Gleave

8th March 2015

A wonderful set of 39 moulding planes by Joseph Gleave & Son of Manchester. Gleave began making planes in 1832 and continued up until 1926 by which time the business had grown into a large tool dealership. The business still exists in Manchester today as ‘industrial supplies specialists’.Many of the…

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Woodcarving – Royal Coat of Arms

Woodcarving – Royal Coat of Arms

28th January 2015

This wonderful carving of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s coat of arms is by a very talented member of our local woodcarving group. 24 inches by 18 inches, carved in lime and mounted on walnut, the detail and finish is testament to the skill of George Robertshaw who continues…

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STANLEY No 1 Plane

STANLEY No 1 Plane

12th December 2014

A very nice example of the STANLEY No 1 plane, the smallest of the Stanley bench planes and much sought after.Introduced in 1869 and available through to 1943 this little smoothing plane is only 5.1/2 inches long with a 1.1/4 inch blade iron.Although a practical plane the majority of those…

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Very Rare SPIERS Plane

Very Rare SPIERS Plane

3rd November 2014

A dovetailed steel badger plane by Stewart Spiers of Ayr – rare just doesn’t cover it!Stewart Spiers was born in 1820 and began his working life as a cabinetmaker like his father. It is believed that he started making planes in the 1840s and soon earned a reputation for quality.It…

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Rare OWEN Moulding Plane

Rare OWEN Moulding Plane

18th October 2014

An 18th century moulding plane by Owen, or is that Orven?Despite the ongoing efforts of a number of highly capable interested parties, little is known about Owen although enough planes have been discovered with this mark to make it safe to assume that he was a professional maker.The mark is…

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Stanley 97 Plane

Stanley 97 Plane

13th September 2014

A special purpose edge or chisel plane from Stanley USA. Aimed at piano makers and cabinet makers for working into the corners and tight spaces where the use of other planes would be impractical or impossible.The Stanley 97 plane was offered from 1905 – 1944, is 10 inches long and…

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Francis Purdew Moulding Plane

Francis Purdew Moulding Plane

10th August 2014

Francis Purdew is one of the earliest known English planemakers, active as early as the 1680s up until the late 1720s.This plane is a recent find, hidden at the bottom of a tool chest containing a quantity of poor quality items from the 20th century, needless to say it put…

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More Old Tools Added Today

More Old Tools Added Today

20th July 2014

We’ve added some of our latest old tools and collectables finds to the site today, including:3 infill shoulder planesA Henry Brown braceThe best pair of Varvill side round moulding planes we’ve seenand more…We hope you enjoy looking.Robert LeachOLD HAND TOOLS

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Sash Dowelling Box – Sash Window

Sash Dowelling Box – Sash Window

14th June 2014

When making sash windows, no matter which bar jointing method is used, tradition has always been to reinforce the joints with dowels.The sash dowelling box or jig is used to aid the boring of accurate holes in the end of the bars to locate the dowels.The majority of these boxes…

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Antique Bronze Quoits

Antique Bronze Quoits

5th May 2014

A lovely set of four early bronze quoits.Believed to be 18th century English but smaller than those typically found in the UK. Whilst quoits is not a game that I have played, a little research reveals that the game of quoits has been around for a very long time. If…

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