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M.B. Tidey Patented July 4th 1854 Double Beveling PlaneM. B. Tidey Patented July 4th 1854 Double Beveling Plane  The Tidey Beveling Plane is one of the rarest and most unusual of all American Patented Planes. Only a handful of these planes are known. The patent was granted on July 4th 1854. The patentees name, NY location, and patent date info are stamped on the top curved brass piece. 

I believe the record price at auction for one was close to 30K some years back.  Another example recently sold for 12K and while the ad for that one said flawless and used other superlative adjectives to describe its condition, the wood on this example actually looks much nicer than that one, or most of the other known examples, that can be viewed with a Google image search.

The body is Beech, and the arms, nuts, and washers are all Boxwood.  The Boxwood parts are all pretty nice and the Beech body has just a few minor scuffs.  The brass parts have a nice even patina, and have not been fiddled with or buffed.  This rare plane does have a couple easily restorable apologies.  One cutter is missing, and that side has a wedge with a different profile that fits well.  Also, the bottom brass piece of the front depth stop is missing. (see pic).  And finally there is another small brass piece and screw missing from the tail area.  Again, see the pics.  All of these minor issues would be relatively simple repairs to bring this rare piece back to its full glory.  An opportunity that will probably not repeat itself.

Fine . . . . . $5400.00          SOLD!!






Holly Patent Smooth PlaneHolly Patent Jack Plane  Birdsill Holly began producing planes in 1852 shortly after forming the company Silsby, Race & Holly Co. located in Seneca Falls NY in 1848. 

This 15 long Holly Patent Jack Plane would be considered a second model.  The plane is in very nice condition overall.  The main differences from earlier models are the way the handle is set up, and the design of the cast blade holder.  The bottom on plane has cast in corrugations as well.  The fragile lever cap is damage free.  The cutter is long and nice, but the logo is hard to make out.

A good looking early patented plane.  No rust or pitting.  Nice wood.  No apologies.  An early, rare, and desirable patented plane for the advanced tool collection!!

Good + . . . . .  $750.00        SOLD!!







Patented 1904 Antique Buckeye Smooth PlanePatented 1904 Buckeye Smooth Plane This patented smooth plane is in very nice overall condition. John Muehl was granted a patent on Nov. 22, 1904 for his adjustable bench plane. Muehl sold his rights to his patented plane to the Buckeye Saw Vise Co. This company operated from 1907-1912 in Cleveland, OH.  Buckeye offered a Smooth, Jack and Jointer version of this patented plane.

All moving parts operate smoothly. The black japanning is approx 90% or better.  The front knob is in good condition with no cracks. The tote is original has wheat pattern carved sides. The bed is marked with the patent date and Buckeye name. They do not turn up very often. Interesting. All original and nice!

Good + . . . . . $150.00          SOLD!!






Hardt Patent Smooth Plane Hardt Patent Smooth Plane  The patent for this unusual bench plane was issued on August 8 1893 to Louis Hardt of Yuba City California. The patent shows a wooden plane, but the only known examples are metal bodied planes like this. There are only a handful of these planes known, and almost all have turned up here in California, as did this one.

This example came out of California based tool box that also contained an example of the smaller block plane Hardt produced. That is being offered here in a separate ad. In addition to the two Hardt Planes, there was also a Baker Hamilton "Stiletto" brand Draw knife marked Hardt twice. The first name is Otis and not Louis or John. In the same box were two additional cutters and an extra cap for the block plane, as well as 5 cutters for this smooth plane. Given that, the assumption is these planes and misc. parts have a direct link to and are part of the Hardt family legacy.

Roger Smith in his reference PATMPIA #1 has a story on what is known about Hardt. Roger surmised that Hardt had the body parts cast here in California, and then machined them himself. He then bought the frogs and cutters from Sargent, and those parts are proper and properly marked as they should be. Roger surmised that Hardt probably only made one production run of these and that approx. 7 or so were known at the time he published his Vol. 1 book on patented planes.

The Sargent handle and knob are original and in very nice condition. It is well made and nicely machined. The japanning is original and well over 90%. There are no structural flaws or issues. No apologies. About as nice as one could ask for.

A pair of Hardt planes were recently offered at a major tool auction and one brought up to $9,000.00. The second one had major damage and still bought close to 5K. Hardt planes came in at least three sizes. A block plane, a jointer size plane, and this the smoother at just under 12" long.  All are rare.  A nice example of one of the rarest American patented planes that can found, with the added bonus of it being the only plane patented here in CA.  A rare opportunity.

Fine . . . . . . $2750.00        SOLD!!





Hardt Patent Block PlaneHardt Patent Block Plane  Louis Hardt of Yuba City California was issued the patent for this unusual block plane design on August 8 1893.

This rare block plane came out of California based tool box that also contained a smooth plane Hardt produced. and also a Baker Hamilton "Stiletto" brand Draw knife marked Hardt twice. In the same box were two additional cutters and a cap for this plane, as well as 5 Sargent cutters for the smooth plane. The assumption is these planes and misc. parts have a direct link to and are part of the Hardt family legacy.

Roger Smith in his reference PATMPIA #1 gives a story behind Hardt. Roger surmised that Hardt had the body parts cast here in California, and then machined them himself. Hardt then bought the frogs and cutters from Sargent, and those parts are proper and properly marked as they should be. Roger surmises that Hardt probably only made one production run of these and that approx. 7 or so were known at the time he published his 1st book on patented planes.

It is a well made and nicely machined plane. The japanning is original and approx. 90%. There are no structural flaws or issues. It appears to have been cleaned or was a rough casting as there is some pitting or texture on the sides and sole. A nice example of one of the rarest American patented planes that can found, with the added bonus of it being the only plane patented here in CA.  A rare opportunity.

Good + . . . . . . $1250.00        SOLD!!







Draw Knife Marked Hardt "Stiletto" Draw Knife Marked Hardt  This Baker Hamilton "Stiletto" brand draw knife was found in same box as the two Hardt planes above. Marked Hardt twice and 2 different ways on the top bar indicating these tools were the personal property of a Hardt family member.  One mark is just Hardt, and the other has the first name Otis.  A quick search has info on him and being from Nevada City the same general area as where these planes were first made.  Pieces of history. Free w/ purchase of either or both Hardt planes above. Nice.

Good + . . . . . . $150.00 or FREE w/ Hardt purchase         SOLD!!





Hardt Smooth Plane Block Plane & Draw Knife Package DealHardt Smooth Plane Block Plane & Draw Knife Package Deal  The Baker Hamilton "Stiletto" brand draw knife was found in same box as the two Hardt planes above. Marked Hardt twice, 2 different ways, on the top bar indicating these tools were the personal property of a Hardt family member. Pieces of history. Nice.

Good + . . . . . . $4,000.00 / Lot        SOLD!!







Steer's Patent #306 Fore PlaneSteer's Patent #306 Fore Plane   This unusual patented plane is in Good condition noting the missing handle horn.   There is also a chip in one of the rosewood sole strips.  It is one of his earlier pieces as his later examples had Stanley like frogs.  The cutter is stamped with the Steer name, number 306, and the patent date, but parts are light.   All in all a nice example that will a nice addition to any patented plane or antique tool collection.

Good  . . . . .  $185.00     SOLD!!







Iron Squirrel Tail T  Rabbet Carriage Makers PlaneIron Squirrel Tail T  Rabbet Carriage Makers Plane  This iron squirrel tail rebate plane measures a bit over 7" long tail to tail. It has a brass slide in cutter lock rather than a wooden wedge that is different and not often seen.  No maker marks.   Nice throat and cutter.  Sole is compassed.  Interesting and nice.

Good + . . . . . . $105.00     SOLD!!









Bronze Squirrel Tail T  Rabbet Carriage Makers PlaneBronze Squirrel Tail T  Rabbet Carriage Makers Plane  This brass squirrel tail rebate plane measures 7" long tail to tail. It is 1 1/2" wide.  It has a swiveling metal cutter lock rather than a wooden wedge that is not often seen.  No maker marks.   Nice throat.  Sole is slightly radiused.  Interesting and nice.

Good + . . . . . . $75.00        SOLD!!






Revonoc # 2 Smooth Plane  This plane has a clearly marked nice Revonoc #2 size cutter in it, but the lateral is marked Stanley.  Not sure if that makes it a marriage or not, as the parent company that sold Revonoc, H.S. & B. Co. offered Stanley made products as their own much as Simmons did with Keen Kutter planes.   If it is a marriage, the parts are worth the price.  The rest of the plane is nice.  A rare and unusual plane.

Good + . . . . . $125.00





Fulton 3708 (No. 2 Size) Smooth PlaneFulton 3708 (No. 2 Size) Smooth Plane   50% or so of the paint. Light spots of pitting.  Good wood.

Good  . . . . . $65.00         SOLD!!








Steers Patent No. 307 Jointer PlaneSteers Patent No. 307 Jointer Plane  This is a 1st model earlier version given the style of the blade adjuster.  The patent for the design was granted in 1883 and the cutter is marked with that info.   Later models utilized a frog similar to Stanley designs.  The handle horn is missing.  This plane is in otherwise pretty nice condition.  The rosewood sole strips are pretty nice noting some chipping.  Marked proper long cutter.  A hard to find plane.  There is a complete write-up and details in Roger Smiths PATAMPIA books.  Nice!!

Good  . . . . . $225.00    SOLD!!





Worrall Patent 20Inch Transitional Jointer PlaneWorrall Patent 22" Transitional Jointer Plane   Thomas Worrall was granted his first patent for a plane in 1854.  Worrall formed and operated 2 different tool and plane making concerns, the Lowell Plane & Tool Co. and The Multiform Moulding Plane Co of Boston Mass.  According to Roger Smith he closed up shop sometime in 1858.  He was granted at least 5 other plane related patents in that short period.

This 22" Closed handle fore plane is in excellent condition.  This example is clearly marked on the nose of the plane and the cutter is marked as well.  It has a great look to it and is a nice example of one of the earliest American Patented planes that can be found.  Nice!!

Good + . . . . . . . $295.00    SOLD!!





Chaplin # 233 Smooth Plane w/ Adjustable NoseChaplin # 233 Smooth Plane w/ Adjustable Nose   The base of the hard Rubber handle is broken off and it has a Stanley cutter in it.  The rest is pretty nice.   Chaplin planes with a moveable front piece to adjust the throat are very hard to find..  If not for the handle apology the price would be far higher.  Interesting and nice.

Good + . . . . . . $45.00        SOLD!!







Popping Brass Infill Rabbet Plane Antique New York Maker J. Popping 1" Brass Infill Rabbet Plane   This 1" wide Popping brass rabbet plane measures just over 4" long.  The cutter is marked Popping NY.  Owner marked N. Glass on the sides. Throat is OK.  Popping was one of several well know New York makers of Piano and instrument planes in the mid to late 19th century.  Pretty nice.

Good + . . . . . . $150.00        SOLD!!








Fales Patent Combination Plow Bead & Molding PlaneFales Patent Combination Plow Bead & Molding Plane  Amos Fales of Denver, Colorado was granted two patents for his combination plane design beginning in 1882. Fales had his plane made by Otis Smith of Rockfall Connecticut who was a gun maker. Otis Smith is not the Smith of Smith & Wesson fame.

Production or more accurately, sales ended in 1917 or so.  The Fales Patent Plane has to be one of the wackiest ideas for a patented woodworking plane ever produced. The idea probably looked good and sounded good on paper, but the finished product was destined for failure. Mr. Fales had obviously never heard of the KISS concept of Keep it Simple Stupid before coming up with this idea. The plane has 2 bottoms and a cutter for almost every possible profile. I read that can equal upwards of 240 or so separate pieces.

This plane is typically found with just the body as it had so many parts to be complete, that they usually became separated along the way.  This example is in what I imagine is an owner made box and has approx. 15 of the 3 piece cutter and bottom sets.   Roger Smiths PATAMPIA books have a complete story on the details.  There is a near complete example w/ 200 or so pats shown in the archives of my sales archive webpage www.AntiqBuyer.com on this page.

Good  + . . . . . $595.00          SOLD!!





Ohio Tool Co. # 2 Smooth PlaneOhio Tool Co. # 02 Smooth Plane  This Ohio #2 size plane has been cleaned and had a coat of protective lacquer applied. It looks pretty good.   The previous collector did that to most all tools he had.  He bought and catalogued over 15,000 tools before he died in the 90s. 

Good + . . . . . $250.00        SOLD!!







Birmingham Batwing Rabbet PlaneBirmingham 5" Batwing Rabbet Plane  This small cast iron Birmingham rabbet plane is the 5 1/8" size from Birmingham's line of "Batwing" rabbet planes.  This example is only the second or third of these rare planes to ever turn up.  One of those other known examples sold in a Browns Tool auction for over 3K a few years back.

This 5" Batwing Rabbet Plane is rarer than the 4" size model.  4" Birmingham Batwing has turned up numerous times in auctions over the years and are known in several top tier collections.  John Wells, a well known plane authority, wrote up a very detailed analysis of this 5" variant in the Winter 2010 issue of the Fine Tool Journal / FTJ.  He analyzed all of its characteristics and determined all is right with this rare variant.

The overall condition is very nice with it still sporting approx. 85% or more of its original japanning. There is no rust or pitting to speak of.  The cutter is proper and original.  The spanner type cap nut is also proper and original. The throat is good, and there are no other condition issues. There is no lever cap, and as John Wells analysis determined, this is correct for both the 4" & 5" sizes of this plane.  RARE, Different, and Nice!!

Good+ . . . . . . . $1895.00          SOLD!!





Chaplin Improved Patent Block PlaneChaplin Improved Patent Block Plane    The name and several patent dates are stamped into the side.  The tags will come off easily.  They indicate it was added to the collection in 1991 and came from the once great Roseville CA Flea Market named Denio's which is now an ocean of garbage.   Interesting.

Good  . . . . . . $35.00       SOLD!!








Steers Patent No. 306 Smooth PlaneSteers Patent No. 306 Smooth Plane  This is a 1st model given the style of the blade adjuster.  The patent for the design was granted in 1883.  The Rosewood strips inlaid into the sole are pretty nice.  The knob to tighten the cutter cap has been repainted for some reason.   Handle has been glued.  Interesting and nice.

Good + . . . . . . $175.00       SOLD!!








Edwin Hahn # 2 Smooth PlaneEdwin Hahn # 2 Smooth Plane  This Hahn smooth plane is clearly marked # 2 on the toe and measures about 9" long.     Nice throat and cutter.  Sole is corrugated.  Interesting and nice.

Good + . . . . . . $125.00      SOLD!!








Chaplin Improved Jack PlaneChaplin 1207 Improved Jack Plane   Near full length cutter.  Rubber handle is good.  Corrugated bottom. A pretty nice example.

Good . . . . . $50.00        SOLD!!












Holly Patent Smooth PlaneHolly Patent Smooth Plane  Birdsill Holly began producing planes in 1852 shortly after forming the company Silsby, Race & Holly Co.  in 1848.  It was located in Seneca Falls NY.  Birdsill Holly was a prolific inventor and was granted over 100 patents in his lifetime.  He is also well known for making sad irons and his son has a patent for a very rare Fluting Iron produced by the Holly Mfg Co. of Lockport NY.

This would be considered a first model Holly plane.  The basic design for this Holly smooth plane is based on a Patent granted to Birdsill Holly on July 6th 1852. Roger Smith hypothesizes that the company made planes for no more than about 10 years, although the company remained in business much longer. 4 distinct models or types of planes were made during that time with this 1st model Holly Smooth Plane having a large cast sleeve to hold the cutter in place.  The 2nd model had a smaller more fragile sleeve and different handle design.  The last models had a more typical looking lever cap.

This is a great looking early patented plane.  The condition is exceptional.   No rust or pitting on the body.  It has a correctly marked long Casey Kitchel & Co. cutter that is nice.  Nice wood.  No apologies. An early, rare, desirable and interesting patented plane for the advanced tool collection focusing on early American patented planes!!

Good + . . . . .  $1750.00     SOLD!!





Holly Patent Smooth PlaneHolly Patent Jointer Plane  Birdsill Holly began producing planes in 1852 shortly after forming the company Silsby, Race & Holly Co. located in Seneca Falls NY in 1848. 

This 20" long Holly Patent Jointer Plane would be considered a second model.  The plane is in very nice overall condition noting the replaced / make do lever cap.  The original fragile lever cap must have broken and the previous / original owner looked around at what was available and what was the latest in cutting edge technology, and decided to go with a Leonard Bailey lever cap from a vertical post plane, or an early Bailey Bench plane.  It is really quite ingenious.  He ran a bolt in from behind the split frog, through the slot in the cutter and lever cap, and then tightened it with a nice winged thumbscrew.  An elegant solution and not a bad idea at all as it is probably a better design and more robust than the original.  

A good looking early patented plane.  No rust or pitting.  Nice wood.  The Buck Brothers cutter is long and nice.  The bottom of the plane has cast in corrugations.   An early, rare, and desirable patented plane for the advanced tool collection!!

Good + . . . . .  $395.00       SOLD!!






Holly Patent Smooth PlaneHolly Patent Smooth Plane  Birdsill Holly began producing planes in 1852 shortly after forming the company Silsby, Race & Holly Co. located in Seneca Falls NY in 1848. 

This would be considered a second model.  The main differences are the way the handle is set up, and the design of the cast blade holder.  The bottom on this one is dimpled as well.  The fragile lever cap is damage free,  The plane is in very nice condition overall.

A good looking early patented plane.  No rust or pitting, correctly marked long Moulson Brothers cutter.  Nice wood.  No apologies. An early, rare, and desirable patented plane for the advanced tool collection!!

Good + . . . . .  $1495.00     SOLD!!







Rodier Patent Jack PlaneRodier Patent Jack Plane  This unusual 19th c. iron plane is unmarked as to maker or any patent info. That it is a Rodier Patent is easily recognizable with its distinctive design features and style.

Louis Rodier was issued a couple different patents for planes he designed. The first in 1879, and another in 1885. This jack plane incorporates the leaf spring frog adjustment and star wheel adjuster from his earlier patent. The idea was to adjust both the depth of cut, and the angle all with one turn of the wheel. Sounds like a plan, but the idea never really caught on, and like many other "better plane ideas" from this era the company soon faded from existence. Rodier was only in business selling this plane for approximately 5 years or so. A fellow named Laflin was his partner, and the actual manufacturer.

The most distinctive aspect about these planes is their graphic look. The sides are cast with vertical ribs, both for strength, and an appealing look. The sole is corrugated with waves and has a great look to it. This Rodier jack plane measures 15" long. The long nice cutter is marked Greaves. The adjuster is operational. There are no other casting cracks or other damage. The handle and knob are original.  The base of the handle has a couple of screws in it to repair an old crack.  It looks great.  There is no rust or pitting to speak of.

The overall condition is very nice.  Opportunity!!  Recommended!!

Good + . . . . . $575.00     SOLD!!





Fulton 3708 (# 2) Smooth PlaneFulton 3708 (# 2) Smooth Plane   This small # 2 size smooth is in super condition.  Side marked with model # 3708 and cutter marked Fulton. It is the size of a Stanley #2. Note the exaggerated curve of the handle to allow ones hand to better fit.  I read that they were made by Millers Falls who designated their 2 size plane as the # 7.    No rust, pitting or issues.  Nice!!

Fine . . . . . $125.00      SOLD!!









Palmer Storkes Patent 20 Jointer Plane by Metallic Plane Co. of Auburn NYPalmer Storkes Patent 20" Jointer Plane by Metallic Plane Co. of Auburn NY   The condition of this early and unusual corrugated bottom patented plane is very nice.  It has the proper marked cutter, and the name / patent stamp on the side is clear.  The moveable front operates as it should, and the throat is nice.  This is an earlier example and proper w/o the 3 lever adjuster seen on some later examples.  Good wood.  No apologies.
  

Fine   . . . . . . . $275.00     SOLD!!






Chaplin Patent Corrugated Bottom Smooth PlaneTower & Lyon Chaplin Patent Corrugated Bottom Smooth Plane   This is the size of a #4.  I believe that makes it a #5.  Near full length marked cutter with Tower & Lyon name and two 1870's patent dates.  Rubber handle is good.  Corrugated bottom. Scalloped sides.  Nice!!

Good + . . . . . $125.00      SOLD!!










Worrall Patent 18 Inch Transitional Fore PlaneWorrall Patent 18" Transitional Fore Plane   Thomas Worrall was granted his first patent for a plane in 1854.  Worrall formed and operated 2 different tool and plane making concerns, the Lowell Plane & Tool Co. and The Multiform Moulding Plane Co of Boston Mass.  According to Roger Smith he closed up shop sometime in 1858.  He was granted at least 5 other plane related patents in that short period.

This 18" Closed handle fore plane is in excellent condition.  One of the Worrall patents is for the long bolt that runs through the body and attaches to a cast iron piece that is used to clamp the cutter into place.  This example is clearly marked on the nose of the plane and the cutter is marked as well.  It has a great look to it and is a nice example of one of the earliest American Patented planes that can be found.  Nice!!

Good + . . . . . . . $375.00     SOLD!!






Chaplin 
	#`1203 Improved Smooth Plane Chaplin Patent #1203 Corrugated Bottom Improved Smooth Plane  The maker of these was Iver Johnson a gun maker looking for something to do after the Civil War.  The seller was Tower & Lyon.  This small smooth plane is in nice condition.  90% of the original jappaning or better is present.  Proper marked good cutter. Nice throat.  Hard Rubber handle is nice.  All adjustments work.  No apologies or issues.    Ready for the collection.

Fine  . . . . . $ 150.00     SOLD!!







Birmingham 18 Iron Fore PlaneBirmingham 18" Iron Fore Plane  This 18 " #6 size all iron fore plane was made by the Birmingham Plane Manufacturing Co of Birmingham Conn.  This design plane was patented by a fellow named Mosher in 1884. The Birmingham Plane Co. was in business for only about 5 years from 1885 on. The Birmingham Plane Co. also made a series of other planes similar to Stanley's design trying to compete with Stanley.  The Birmingham Tool Co.'s other lines of planes included transitional and metal bodied planes similar to the Stanley line of planes with the main difference in those being the design of the lateral lever.  These all iron planes are their most desirable models and uniquely different from most other designs of woodworking planes from this era.

This example has a couple of issues.  The throat area has some major chips.  The cast iron adjuster has some of its ribs missing as can be seen in the pics.  The cutter is nice and marked properly. The side adjuster is present. A plane that has a great look and feel to it.  Priced to reflect the damage.

Fair . . . . . $175.00      SOLD!!




DE / Diamond Edge # 05 C Corrugated Bottom Buckeye Patent Jack PlanDE / Diamond Edge # 05 C Corrugated Bottom Buckeye Patent Jack Plane   It is a bit odd that people were still trying to develop a better design plane than the typical Bailey designs that had been in production for years and were immensely popular, but obviously the desire was still there.   Not sure what aspect of this palnes design is better, but it was granted a patent, and these are pretty hard to find planes as they were not made for long.  Different!!!

Good  . . . . . . . $125.00     SOLD!!






Boston Metallic Co. Block PlaneBoston Metallic Co. Block Plane w/ 2 Piece Lever Cap / Blade Holder Complete!!!  This unusual patented block  plane is usually missing the cast iron Palm rest lever cap.  Both the cutter and the Rosewood wedge are marked with the name.  Looks good as shown, but the apology is the throat has been opened behind the cutter as seen in the pics.

Good - . . . . . . . $150.00    SOLD!!







Metallic Plane Co. of Auburn NY Block PlaneMetallic Plane Co. of Auburn NY Block Plane This is an odd variation.  I had this plane once before w/ a completely different cap. It is the first one that comes up in a Google Image search using the title. That example is on my website in the archives.   The cap has the same  idea with the hump rest and tail, but that one was cast as one piece.  I am not sure what we have here, a first model, a repair, or ? ? ?,  but it was done a long time ago. The sole and the cutter are both marked.  Different!!!

Good - . . . . . . . $175.00    SOLD!!






Union Tool Co. #44 Beading PlaneUnion Tool Co. #44 Beading Plane Rare & Excellent are the first two things that come to mind when describing this unusual Union 44 beading plane.  The nickel plating is well over 95% and shows just minor wear on the sole inside the bead. The # 44 is cast into the side, and Union in the handle,  but they were not marked on the frame or elsewhere with the size.  Ads from the era indicate it was made in 3 sizes, 1/4, 3/8 & 1/2 and this is a 1/2".  There is a pic of one and a write-up on page 259 Vol. 1 of Roger Smiths work on American patented planes.

 Union Tool Co. use to compete with Stanley Rule & Level Co. and offered many planes that were nearly identical. In a few instances they designed and produced planes a bit different than the Stanley version or offered something entirely different that Stanley did not.  Union introduced this pane shortly after the turn of the century and very few have ever been found or come to market.  Stanley bought out Union in the 1920's getting rid of the unwanted competition and they dropped or eliminated this design.

I have seen auction results as high as 2,400.00 and only recall seeing one other at a tool meet for close to that amount.  A rare and desirable plane!!

Fine  . . . . .$895.00         SOLD!





Cast Iron Shoot Board PaneCast Iron Shoot Board Pane   Planes of this type are usually associated with the printing industry and were used to trim lead type.  It is unmarked as to maker but has a 3 digit # on the lever cap, 863,  and another, 861 on the base.  It weighs a good 10 - 15 lbs. or so.  There is no board or frame.  Different!!

Good +. . . . . . . $95.00    SOLD!!








Miniature / Prototype Chute Board PlanePrototype Stanley 51 / 52 Chute Board Plane   This very small chute board plane was purchased in 1973 some 40 years ago from Roger Smith.  It has been in the same antique tool collection since then.  The tag attached to the handle gives the Smith provenance and speculates that this is a Stanley prototype for the Stanley 51 / 52 chute board plane.  John Walters price guide gives the dates Stanley introduced the 51 / 52 Chute Board Plane design as 1909 for the plane and 1905 for the board, if that makes any sense.  The characteristics of this unusual plane would look to be about right if not earlier than those dates.  Stanley 51/52 Protoytpe Chute Board Plane

This chute board plane is based on the Stanley design and is similar in look and function to it.  It utilizes Stanley  # 2 size parts for the frog, cutter and lever cap. The lateral on the #2 size frog is from the proper era with Stanley in large block letters and no patent dates. The body of the plane is unmarked other than a foundry marks. The ebonized handle is nice and has a much longer horn than typically seen on any Stanley planes I am aware of.   The board is a very nice casting with no rust or pitting. The original milling marks can be seen on the top.  I see no marks on the board itself.   Rare / Unusual & Very Nice!!

Fine   . . . . . $2,295.00    SOLD!!





Boston Metallic Plane Co. Jack Plane w/ Marked CutterBoston Metallic Plane Co. Jack Plane w/ Marked Cutter   According to Roger Smith this early plane manufacturing company was only in business or listed in the Boston directories for a couple years back in the 1870's. This maker is not to be confused with the Metallic Plane Co of Auburn NY.

This is a nice looking example of a hard to find early metallic plane.  The sole is cast with large cutouts to reduce weight.  It is interesting to note that some makers were doing things to increase the weight of their plane with English Infill planes being a prime example.  The design had its weaknesses and there is one bar under the handle that has a hairline crack in it.  The rest of the plane is very nice including the original handle & knob The proper cutter and cap are nice as well.  There is no rust or pitting.  Different, and Unusual.   

Good   . . . . . . . $395.00       SOLD!!






Birmingham Tool Co. #15 Excelsior Block PlaneBirmingham Tool Co. #15 Excelsior Block Plane  IIn addition to their line of all metal planes the Birmingham Plane Co of CT made a line of Stanley knockoffs and marked that line B Planes. That was back in the 1890's or so.  There were minor differences most notably the style and design of the lateral.  The cutter adjustment grooves are also done differently on this 7" block plane.  The condition is exceptional.  A pretty hard to come by block plane.  Nice.

Good +  . . . . . . $ 65.00       SOLD!!







William Steers 1880 Patent Model Bench PlaneWilliam Steers 1880 Patent Model Bench Plane Wm. Steers, of Quebec Canada was granted the patent for this woodworking bench plane on May 11th 1880.  The patent # is 227452 and it is viewable using a Google Search.  It was the first patent he obtained related to woodworking planes.

The condition of this patent model is superb.  It is constructed almost entirely of wood.  The main focus of the patent is for the cutter adjustment feature and changing the angle of the cutter for different types of wood. 

Roger Smith has a lot of information on Steers and his patents in both Vol. 1 & 11 of the PTAMPIA books on patented American planes.  At the time of the publication of Smiths first book there were no known examples of planes using this patents design.  There is an example utilizing the idea pictured in Vol. 11.  Smith suggest this plane was made in Canada for just a short period.   I have never seen or heard of another example.

At some point Steers moved to Vermont and worked with the Brattleboro Tool Co. where his later planes were produced.  Steers is much better known for planes utilizing his later patents and designs including the use of Rosewood strips dovetailed into the sole of metal bodied planes.    Opportunity!!

Fine . . . . .  $     SOLD!!





Phillips Patent Improved Plow PlanePhillips Patent "Improved" Plow Plane  This example of an "improved" model Phillips Plow Plane has a few condition issues.  It is in need of a restoration, or can be used as parts.  The plane body is sound and damage free.  The handle has shrunk a good 1/8", has a glue repair, and has horn damage.  There is almost no finish left on the plane.  There are some good parts including both depth stops, the fence, rod, and the thumbscrews.

Fair . . . . . . . $195.00     SOLD!!







Chaplin Patent Shoot Board PlaneChaplin Patent Shoot Board PlaneThis example is unmarked but has all the distinctive features of a Chaplin Shoot Board Plane. That being the depth adjuster, lever cap design, and the form of the brass handle.  The area where cast info on the plane body is sometimes found is cast blank on this example.  This has been seen before, and there is no known explanation other than nearly every example of this plane found has slight differences from the next.  Just the way it is.  Some have been found with an applied brass tag from A. J. Wilkinson, a well known Boston dealer of the time, but this does not, nor does it have blank holes to hold one as has been seen.  The bottom of the board does have 3 initials, F I G or C cast into it.  (see pic)

This condition is exceptional   There is no rust or pitting and the original milling marks on the board are clear and bold.  The fence is damage free as is the fragile stop.  The skew cutter is unmarked.  Another example of a hard to find plane!!

Fine . . . . . $995.00      SOLD!!




Edwin Hahn #18 27 Inch Jointer PlaneEdwin Hahn #18 C Corrugated Bottom 27" Jointer Plane   This is a rare plane.  It is also very long.  Jack and smooth size Hahn planes turn up pretty regularly, but this 27" long #18 jointer is a rare variant.  A Google search turns up reference to just one other example, that being one I sold a number of years ago to John F. Rump the author of the book Plane Makers of Wikes-Barre, Pennsylvania: Jacob Siegley, Edwin Hahn, Keystone Tool Works.  I am not sure what he has to say in that book about this plane, but  there is also some good info on PA plane makers in Roger Smiths books, but no mention of anything this large.

The condition is very nice, no issues, damage or other problems. Nice, &  Different!!!

Fine  . . . . . . . $395.00       SOLD!!




Birmingham Tool Co. Patented #6 Size Fore Plane Birmingham Tool Co. Patented #6 Size Fore Plane   This 18 " #6 size fore plane was made by the Birmingham Plane Manufacturing Co of Birmingham Conn. It is in overall very nice condition, with just some minor pitting to the sole.  It is really more stain / discoloration than pitting as can be seen.  It would easily lap out if you wanted to do that.

The design of plane was patented by a fellow named Mosher in 1884. The Birmingham Plane Co. was in business for only about 5 years from 1885 on. The Birmingham Plane Co. also made a series of other model or designed planes trying to compete with Stanley, but these all iron planes are their most desirable models and uniquely different from most other designs for woodworking planes from this era. The Birmingham Tool Co. other lines of planes included transitional and metal bodied planes similar to the Stanley line of planes with the main difference being the design of the lateral lever.

This example is proper and correct in every aspect and is in good + to fine condition. The throat is nice, and the cutter and cap are marked properly. The adjuster is present and operates as it should.  A nice plane that has a great look and feel to it, that is not often seen these days.

Good +. . . . .$495.00       SOLD!





J. Popping NY Rabbet PlaneJ. Popping / NY Plane Maker 19th Century Rabbet Plane  J. Popping was one of the few well known NY makers of Piano makers planes, other miter planes, infils, chariot planes and shoulder planes in the mid to early 19th century.  The most famous of these plane makers were the Erlandson brothers.   This is a very nice 1" wide rabbet plane with just minor pitting or roughness to the casting.  The cutter is marked J. Popping NY, and has at least 3/4" of an inch remaining.  Take a look at the oversize wedge, a trademark feature of his planes.  A nice plane.  Different!! 

Good+ . . . . . $295.00         SOLD!!






Square w/ Bevel# 3 Size Chaplin Smooth Plane  This is nice! The rubber handle is nice, the cutter is nice, there is no rust or pitting to speak of.    Different and Nice!!

Fine  . . . . . .$195.00     SOLD!!








Birmingham Block PlaneBirmingham "Finger" Block Plane This is a very hard to find miniature block plane by the famous CT plane maker.  The condition is super.

Good + . . . . .$95.00       SOLD








Patented "Green" Plane The Green Machine  I am not sure if there has ever been a patent found for this interesting plane, but it was a manufactured and  advertised piece as I have seen ads for it in early building and trade magazines.   It was designed to flatten out door gains, and the extensions were to facilitate its use on a variety of different size doors.  This example is near mint and shows little if any signs of use.  Well over 90% of the Green finish remains, and the grind on the cutter appears to be original.  An interesting an quite uncommon piece.

Good + . . . . .$175.00   SOLD







Rumbold Butt Mortise PlaneRumbold Patent Butt Mortise Plane   This is an early example as later ones can be found with the pat # 2579911 or 2578955 info cast into the bed.  This one says Pat Apl'd For on one end and Made in USA on the other.  Nice condition.   

Good + . . . . . $40.00        SOLD!!







Worrall Patent 30 Inch Transitional Jointer PlaneWorrall Patent 30" Transitional Jointer Plane   This is a monster.  It weighs over 15 lbs.  The overall condition is nice.  Can you imagine pushing this around all day.  This early Worrall patent transitional plane has a great look to it and is a nice example of one of the earliest American Patented planes that can be found.  I can not think of any other manufactured planes this long.   Nice &  Different!!!

Good +  . . . . . . . $675.00       SOLD!!






Worrall's Patent PlaneWorrall's Patent Transitional Plane   This plane was offered in a few different sizes.  This is the longer skinnier model and one of the harder to find.  The condition is nice.

Good  . . . . .$195.00   SOLD






Challenge Patented Jointer PlaneChallenge Jointer Plane   The patent for this unusual is from just before the turn of the century, and they were marketed through Tower & Lyon.    They were only made for a few short years and in in limited supply as evidenced by the scant number of times they appear on the market.   Roger Smith put forward the speculation that they were probably produced in one run in 1899, and that they are quite rare.  I am not sure of 1 production run as ones can be  marked differently.   They are scarce and hard to find none the less. 

The upper loop supporting the adjuster is the weak point of the design but this one is damage free. 

Good + . . . . .$895.00  SOLD





Patented Challenge Plane2 Patented Challenge Planes   These are a hard to find and interesting patented plane.  The patent is from just before the turn of the century, and they were marketed through Tower & Lyon.    They were only made for a few short years and in in limited supply as evidenced by the scant number of times they appear on the market.   Roger Smith put forward the speculation that they were probably produced in one run in 1899, and that they are quite rare.  I am not sure of 1 production run as ones can be  marked differently.   They are scarce and hard to find none the less. 

Both of these examples have been repainted.  The upper loop supporting the adjuster is the weak point of the design and I think these have been braised / repaired in this area at some point and repainted to make them look better.  Given the paint job I can not really see the repair, but the texture and look in this area looks different on both.  Perhaps that was by design, but I doubt it.

Good + . . . . .   SOLD





Metallic Plane Co. Auburn NY # 9 
Block Plane W/ Tailed CapMetallic Plane Co. Auburn NY # 9 Block Plane W/ Tailed Cap  This is a rare version of one of this companies block planes.  I have never seen or had one with the cast iron tail piece intact.  The example in Roger Smith's  book on the subject has a brass cap which although he fails to identify as being a recast most likely is.  I looked through a stack of auction catalogs, and there are the wooden wedge varieties offered, or occasionally ones with a wooden block attached to the top of the cutter, but none of the #9 with the cast tail that I could find.   The only other one I have had had the tail broken off, and I was never able to locate a replacement

The condition is fine overall.  The cutter is properly marked and so is the side of the plane.  There is 80% or better of the original japanning except on the tail as would be expected.

Good + . . . . .$975.00       SOLD





Langdon 
Miter Box Co 3 1/2" Shoot Board PlaneLangdon Miter Box Co 3 1/2" Shoot Board Plane   This is an interesting plane / tool.  Langdon was located in Millers Falls Mass.  They came in three sizes I believe, and this is the middle size one with the cutter measuring 3 1/2 inches across the face.  I have not owned one of these in close to 20 or so years and tripped over that one at a flea market in KY in the good old days of driving around in circles trying to turn up things.  I never saw it and literally tripped over it going all the way down as I was scanning the next booth.  I  had no idea what it was and had never seen one before.   I inspected it for a while while rubbing my shin and I did end up buying it.  I sold that one to the fellow who owned this one.  I remember because after I sold him mine he wanted me to take it back because it turned out to be the same size as this one. 

That being said I have no real idea if this ones paint is original or not. I am guessing not with that bright green, but really do not know.  It was carefully done, and the red and gold seem proper, but that shade green sure is a new one on me.  I looked it over pretty good, and it is not hiding any welds or repairs that I can see.  The cutters appear to be pretty sharp, and the sole of the plane clean.   The adjustable table swings easily.

Good + . . . . .$795.00  SOLD




Langdon Shoot Board PlaneLangdon Miter Box Co 4" Shoot Board Plane   Same as above but nicer and one size larger

Good + . . . . .$995.00   SOLD







Pateneted Metallic PlaneMetallic Plane Co. Patented Smooth Plane   This plane has one of the most complicated and confusing blade and frog adjustment set-ups one could imagine.  It is little wonder it did not catch on.  It is clearly stamped on the side Palmer Storkes and Metallic Plane Co. of Auburn NY.  This company tried a few different designs over the years looking for one to make them famous. This idea drove the potential customers away and straight toward Stanley / Bailey planes I would think. Overall very nice noting the chipped tote.

Good . . . . . .$95.00       SOLD!






Millers Falls #67 Router PlaneMillers Falls #67 Router Plane     This one only has one cutter.  It is nice enough for the shelf, or will make a good user. 

Good+ . . . . . .  $45.00       SOLD!







pattern makers planePattern Makers Plane This pattern makers plane is made with Stanley #3 Type 5 first lateral parts fitted to a cast brass / gunmetal body.   It is very well done and in nice condition.  The maker cut a slot in the front and another just behind the frog so the different bottoms could be locked on.   There are 4 different  bottoms, and 1 cutter made from a Sargent cutter to fit the convex bottom now on the plane.   The extra bottoms are unmarked and all of them seem flat.  This may have been a project that was not completed or ?????.   The plane is sound and nice overall.

Good+ . . . . . .$195.00         SOLD!





Patented Buckeye # 5 Jack Plane (D E #5)Patented Buckeye # 5 Jack Plane (D E #5)   This plane is a pretty hard to find patented plane.  The cutter is marked with the distributers name Norvell / Shapleigh, and their logo.  The bed is marked D E 5 for Diamond Edge which was also one of the logos they used.  The bed is also marked with the patent dates identifying this as a Buckeye that was first patented right after the turn of the century.  Roger Smith mentions in his book that these were originally made by an outfit in Ohio that made vices.  Near the end they also carried the DE designation, and that the 14" #5 size was only made for Shapleigh.  It is in overall nice condition.  Interesting.

Good+. . . . .$225.00       SOLD!





Cast Smooth Plane / ProjectCast Smooth Plane / Project   I am not sure what to make of this. A kit?  But I could find no other examples.  The casting and wedge / cap are both stamped 12.  There are no other markings.  The throat is super narrow as on a miter plane.  The body casting is a bit rough as if it was not finished.  There are details like from classic miter planes, and the wedge is very nicely done.  It is what it is.  Finished out it would be handsome looking piece.

Good  . . . . . $75.00        SOLD!!








Edwin Hahn #18 27 Inch Jointer PlaneEdwin Hahn #18 27" Jointer Plane  At over 27" long this is one long jointer plane.  Roger Smith does not mention one this big in his books, and I do not have the newer book by John Rumph on PA plane makers to see if it is mentioned there.  A Google search turns up nothing close to this long.

The collector has applied a coat of gloss to "protect" the plane as was typical. The overall condition is nice, and there is no damage, and plenty of original finish under the gloss coat.  Different!!

Excellent . . . . .$295.00        SOLD!!





Hardt Patent Jack PlaneHardt Patent Smooth Plane  The patent for this design plane was issued on August 8 1893 to Louis John Hardt from Yuba City California.  The patent shows a wooden plane, but the only known examples are metal bodied planes like this one.  There are only a handful of these planes known, and almost all turn up here in California as this one did.  A pair of them were recently offered at a major tool auction and one brought up to $9,000.00.  The other one had major damage and still bought close to 5K.   I believe they came in three sizes, that being a block plane, a jointer size plane, and this the smooth at just under 12" long.  All are rare.

Roger Smith in his reference PATMPIA #1 gives a bit more detailed story behind Hardt,  the maker, and what little is known about him and his planes.  Roger surmised that Hardt had the body parts cast here in California, and then machined them himself.  He then bought the frogs and cutters from Sargent, and those parts are proper and properly marked on this plane as they should be. Please be sure to look at all of the different pics to see the details.  Roger surmises that Hardt probably only made one production run of these and that approx 7 or so are known confirming their relative rarity. 

This plane has been refinished and looks great.  The rosewood handle and knob look to be original and are in nice condition.  The plane is marked in all the proper places, and has just one slight apology with a hairline crack at the edge of the throat on the bottom as shown.  I have seen others with major chips in this area so it must have been a weak point in the design.  The patented idea had to do with the front section of the plane being adjustable to control the width of the throat opening.  It is well made and nicely machined, but the design idea seems like an odd way to accomplish a task that Stanley and others had already dealt with with, and are arguably better ideas.  I suppose that is one of the reasons it is so scarce, being the design never caught on, or was accepted as better. 

A nice example of one of the rarest patented planes that can found, with the added bonus of it being the only plane patented here in CA.  A rare opportunity.

Good +. . . . .         SOLD!!




�6 Worrall Patent Multiform Molding Planes w/ Removable Rosewood Handle6 Worrall Patent Multiform Molding Planes (Beads) w/ Removable Rosewood Handle   Offered here is a nice grouping of 6 Worrall Patent Multiform Molding Planes and one marked Rosewood handle. The planes are a set of graduated beads.  One is missing its cutter and wedge.  The rest are pretty nice.  They are marked on the tail with the size. 2/8 - 3/8NWC - 3/8 - 4/8 - 5/8 - 8/8.

The removable handle is Rosewood and stamped with Worrall's original patent date from 1854.  Of all the examples shown in both of Smiths books, there are no examples of handles made of Rosewood with the attached brass piece that this one has. A much improved design for the tightening screw from some of his other work.   Different, early and nice!!

Good . . . . . . . $495.00 / Lot



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