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English Staircase Saw

English Staircase Saw

3rd June 2020

A wonderful example of an English staircase saw, from a private collection.Used to cut the sides of staircase housings or 'strings' that hold the risers and treads.Examples from Europe and the USA turn up reasonably frequently however those produced in the UK are rare and it is believed that most…

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Sheard, Binnington & Co Cabinet Makers Chest

Sheard, Binnington & Co Cabinet Makers Chest

30th March 2020

This wonderful chest came from the Binnington cabinet making family of SHEARD, BINNINGTON & CO, Doncaster, South Yorkshire.  Please see further down this blog for a brief history of the company.The 34" x 21" x 223/4" high dovetail construction lockable painted pine chest has a panelled lid and mahogany interior…

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Oversize Boxwood Rule by FENN

Oversize Boxwood Rule by FENN

22nd February 2020

An interesting 2 foot 2 fold boxwood rule by FENN of London.Originally makers of watch tools, the business was founded by Daniel Fenn in 1753.  During the second half of the 19th century FENN also sold a variety of high quality 'Gents' tools and their range include moulding planes, mitre…

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2 Wide Moulders - Big is Beautiful

2 Wide Moulders - Big is Beautiful

12th January 2020

We don't get our hands on many really wide moulding planes and then two come along within a couple of days of each other!One by Edward PRESTON of Birmingham, the other HIELDS of Nottingham, both maker's marks indicate they are from the second half of the 19th century.Probably cornice or…

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Moroccan Infill Smoothing Plane by David Winder

Moroccan Infill Smoothing Plane by David Winder

26th October 2019

An interesting recently produced infill smoothing plane by David Winder.Following a recent trip to Morocco David produced this wonderful adjustable infill smoother.The infill, 'bull horn' handle and tip of the lever cap screw are in Thuya burl, from the Thuya tree, a native Moroccan conifer.  Thuya burl, from the part…

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Lancashire Pattern Plane

Lancashire Pattern Plane

7th October 2019

A wonderful example of a Lancashire pattern plane from a private collection.Lancashire pattern planes are normally craftsman made although examples are known by Moseley of London and Gardner of Bristol.All are attractive in their own right but this one is a little different than most.Usually handled however the infill on…

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18th Century Chisel by John Green

18th Century Chisel by John Green

6th July 2019

A scarce early paring chisel tang by John GREEN of Sheffield.This 18th century chisel has some wonderful features including:The slightly bevelled edges.The graceful sweep from the bolster to the shoulders, over a length of 3 inches with this chisel.The tapered blade, 2 inches wide at the cutting edge tapering down…

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A Wonderful Mitre Plane

A Wonderful Mitre Plane

15th April 2019

A wonderful cast infill mitre plane.With extended toe and heel, shapely brass bridge, figured rosewood infill, sneaked 1 1/2 inch iron and the tightest of mouths this plane is the kind that every antique infill plane collector would wish to own.Testament to the craftsmanship of its maker, this plane is…

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STANLEY 54 Plow & Rabbet Plane

STANLEY 54 Plow & Rabbet Plane

5th February 2019

A rare American STANLEY No.54 plow (or plough) & rabbet plane.Only produced for a short period between 1937 and 1949 the No.54 is identical to the No.50 apart from the lack of spurs and a depth stop on the sliding section.  The No.54 also came with pairs of long and…

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Uncommon Panel Plane by C BAYFIELD of Nottingham

Uncommon Panel Plane by C BAYFIELD of Nottingham

6th October 2018

A scarce infill panel plane by C BAYFIELD of Nottingham.Known more for his unusual rebate planes, panel planes by BAYFIELD rarely turn up and those that do are soon snapped up by avid collectors.This example is in excellent condition and has the distinctive lever cap screw and front infill associated…

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