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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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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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