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Antique Tool Newsletter No. 2071

September 19, 2017

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G reetings from Avoca, New York, where we have returned following two great Nashua, New Hampshire auctions.

We are in the process of shipping your September purchases as well as finishing the catalogue for our upcoming sales in Indianapolis, Indiana at the Waterfront Hotel & Conference Center on October 20th & 21st. We will have two great auctions and invite you to join us. To reserve a room at the Waterfront Hotel, just call (317) 299-8400.

We are delighted to announce that our 2018 and future Nashua auctions will be held at the Radisson Hotel (formerly the Sheraton Tara) at Exit 1 from Route 3 in Nashua, New Hamsphire. Details about reserving a room for the April and September sales are included in today's Photo Montage.

It has been apparent for some time that the facilities at our previous location in Nashua were inadequate to support the expanding size of our in house auction crowd. This was most apparent this April when people were forced to stand several deep owing to the lack of floor seating. Our new ballroom at the Radisson is substantially larger than at the old facility. Moreover, the hotel is much better maintained. We have secured a $99.00 per night room night for the April 20th & 21st sales. The sale ot tools in the parking lot is included as part of our contract, so the longstanding tradition of capitalist transactions between consenting adults will continue as a Grand Nashua Tradition.

If you are planning to join us in April, we encourage you to make your reservations now in order to demonstrate the support of the antique tool collecting community for the cooperation and support of the Radisson Hotel in maintaining something very special to all of us.

And don't forget that we have two great auctions coming in October at the Waterfront Hotel in Indianapolis, where we will have rules from the Phil Platt Collection, surveying instruments from the Collection of Elizabeth and Norman Powell and more great tools from the John Knutson Collection. Please join us to finish out the year in style. As always, indoor and outdoor trading by auction attendees is supported by the Waterfront management. We are expecting lovely Indian Summer weather with temperatures in the low 70's during the day. See you then.
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Today's Featured Tool Description

Chelor, Ce./Living In Wrentham : Steep Complex Molding Plane. Knotty Birch Body. First American Maker. Length: 9.00 Inches. Tool collectors have a common reaction when they hear reports of the millions of dollars regularly being paid for examples of the Eighteenth Century furniture produced in the area around Providence, Rhode Island. They slowly and sadly shake their heads in bewilderment while pondering why those who attach such great value to magnificent works of art should allow the tools that produced that art, tools which are, in the perception of antique tool collectors, equally well artistically conceived and proportioned, to sell for a relative pittance. There is ample evidence to buttress the claim that Francis Nicholson (b. 1683) was the first American planemaker to imprint his signature on his work, and it is likely that he did so at least 50 years before the beginning of the American Revolution. Not content to simply mark his planes with his name, Nicholson adopted an elaborate style for his stamp which incorporated his workplace of Wrentham, Massachusetts and used the curious convention of "living in" as part of his imprint. The "living in" mark was subsequently utilized by a number of other early planemakers and there is no solid evidence as to why it, and imprinted planes, for that matter, suddenly appeared out of nowhere. Fashioned of knotty yellow birch and designed to execute an elaborate molding cut that might have appeared on the elaborate Providence Furniture then being produced just a few miles away. This magnificent complex molding plane is imprinted with the bold "F * Nicholson / Living * In / Wrentham mark that has been designated as the "B" mark in American Wooden Planes. An extremely complex, superbly patinated and boldly marked example of the work of the first professional planemaker of the American Continent. Highly recommended. (GOOD+). This item was sold on March 9, 1998 for $3,950.00. jpg_file

Just Added to the Auctions

jpg_file Lot 500. A RARE "TYPE 1A" MILLER PATENT COMBINATION PLANE, No. 41, by STANLEY. This early model has the distinctive "humpback" profile with "hook". It is complete with the original outside fence and filletster bed and is in excellent condition, noting only a tight crack in the rear handle by the rivet that secures the handle to the frame. (GOOD+).(5,000.00 - 10,000.00) Length: 10 Inches.

Our Featured Book of the Week

Book of the Week

Indianapolis Fall Auction Catalog, by Martin J. Donnelly Auctions. 80 Pages. Softbound. We are pleased to offer our 80 page FULL COLOR catalogue of the upcoming International Antique Tool Auction to be held at the Waterfront Hotel and Conference Center in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 20th and 21st, 2017 which includes the full prices realized after the sale. In addition to the catalogue for the Saturday sale, the successful bidder will receive a copy of the auction listing for the Friday, October 20th Sale, which will feature 1001 lots (Nearly 4500 Tools!). All tools will be sold without reserve. All orders for the current auction catalogue are sent priority mail on an expedited basis. $23.95 (BK-3431)

Featured Antique Tools for Sale
Ordering Information E-Mail Books for Sale Home
jpg_file Pool, H.M./Easton, Mass. : Surveyor's Prec. |97 Plain Compass. Length: 12.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 500.00-1,000.00)
  • 5 1/8" Ndl., 7 1/4 V
  • Opp. 2 1/4, 2 7/8
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of Timber Framin Edge Tools. Length: 16.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • 1/4" Underhill Mort.
  • 1 1/2" Underhill
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 20, 2017 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Pair Of Early Wooden Dividers. Length: 19.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 75.00-150.00)
  • R'wood Disks At Jt.
  • Dated "1896"
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Buterfield A Paris/France : Rare 17th C. Brass Sector Folding Rule. Length: 5.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 350.00-750.00)
  • Worked Ca. 1680
  • Multiple Scales
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Simmons Hardware Co./St. Louis : Lot Of "Keen Kutter" Woodworking Tools. Length: 25.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • |dk, |hm, |ha
  • |wrs, |shs, |th
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 20, 2017 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Massive Burl Head "Commander" Mallet. Length: 32.75 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 125.00-250.00)
  • For Timb. Frame Asse
  • Excellent Condition
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Mathieson & Son, A./ Glasgow : Rosewood Infill Smoothing Plane. Length: 7.25 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 250.00-500.00)
  • Full Mathieson |ci
  • Exc. Workking Cond.
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Billings & Spencer Co., The : Billings Patent Screwdriver. Length: 4.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 50.00-100.00)
  • Rosewood Handle
  • Pat. Mar. 15, 1892
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Three Hdwe. Dealer Mkd. Hand Saw. Length: 29.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 50.00-100.00)
  • Fletcher Special/Det
  • Mound City, St. Loui
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 20, 2017 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Classic Early "Goosewing" Axe. Length: 28.75 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 125.00-250.00)
  • 12 1/2" Cutting Edge
  • Mkd. With "C.G." T'mk
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Plumb, Fayette R./Philada. No. 14: Rare Five-Ounce Size Claw Hammer. Length: 10.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • Partial Paper Lbl.
  • Superb Condition
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Hathersich, George (Manchester) : Rare Left-Hand Compl Molding Plane. Length: 9.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 50.00-100.00)
  • Bead With Ogee Profile
  • Most Unusual Type
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 20, 2017 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Coll. Of Three Sighting Type Level. Length: 5.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 75.00-150.00)
  • Kuker-Ranken, Seattl
  • K. & E. Pat. 1/8/18
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of Extra Clean Hammers. Length: 18.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • Three 7 Ounce Size
  • 2 Plumb, 1 Stanley
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 20, 2017 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Underhill Edge Tool Co./Nashua No. 1: Extra Clean Carpenter's Hatchet. Length: 12.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • With Hammer Poll
  • Etched With Logo
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Wright, S.J./Ellsworth, N.Y. : Combination Wrench & Brace. Length: 14.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • Pat. Dec. 16, 1873
  • Comlete & Excellent
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 20, 2017 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Barton & Co., D.R./Rochester, Ny : Working Set Of Asst. Gouges. Length: 14.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 150.00-300.00)
  • Five Crank Neck
  • Three Carving Tools
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Lowentraut Mfg. Co./Newark, Nj : "20th Century Combinatino Brace. Length: 12.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 200.00-400.00)
  • Pat. May 21, 1901
  • "20th Century"
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Handled Crown Molding Plane. Length: 15.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 125.00-250.00)
  • Rev. Ogee With Ogee
  • One Strip Repl Bxg
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Early Spoon Bit "T" Type Auger. Length: 24.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 150.00-300.00)
  • Hexagonal Body
  • Dated "1868"
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Early Glove Stitching Vise. Length: 10.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • Pat Appl'd For
  • 95% Nickel Plating
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 20, 2017 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Stratton Bros./Greenfield, Mass. No. 10: Rosewood Plumb & Level. Length: 12.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 150.00-300.00)
  • Excellent Condition
  • End View Vial
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Stanley Tools : Two Later Type Woodworking Planes. Length: 15.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 75.00-150.00)
  • #13-050 Combination
  • Later No. 5 Jack
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 20, 2017 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Classic Early Style Panel Raising Plane. Length: 14.75 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • Pegged Offset Tote
  • Made F/ Beech
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 20, 2017 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Massive Early "Spelk" Plane. Length: 21.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 350.00-750.00)
  • For Basket Splints
  • Excellent Patina
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Ohio Tool Company/Columbus, O. No. O10 1/2: Rare Carriage Mkrs. Rabbet Plane. Length: 9.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 150.00-300.00)
  • Orig. Ohio Tool |ci
  • 1/4" Cutter Remains
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Classic British Mitre Plane. Length: 9.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 400.00-800.00)
  • Orig. Snecked |ci
  • Extra Tight Throat
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of Three Clean Butter Molds. Length: 7.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • Rooster, Leaf
  • Wheat Shock Patterns
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Stanley Rule & Level No. 44: Wantage Rod Rule. Length: 16.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • Superb Condition
  • Early Stanley Mark
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Starrett Co., The L.S./Athol, Ma : Lot Of Extra Clean Machinists' Tools. Length: 18.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 125.00-250.00)
  • 18" |cs, #50 A |tps
  • #132 |lv 6" |ob
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Massive Ogee Crown Molding Plane. Length: 16.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 125.00-250.00)
  • Inits "S + Y" On Toe
  • Owner W. Wills
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 20, 2017 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of Assorted Wrenches. Length: 17.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • Some Quick Adjust
  • Eifel, Cochran
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 20, 2017 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Four Clean Coach Mkrs. Molding Planes. Length: 9.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • "T" Rabbet, Tail Hdl
  • "Wallace" Fully Boxe
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 20, 2017 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Spiers, Stewart/Ayr, Scotland : Rosewood Infill Smoothing Plane. Length: 9.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 175.00-350.00)
  • Unmkd. Par. |ci
  • Brass Cap & Screw
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Stanley Rule & Level No. 4: Cast Iron Nickel Pl. Plumb Bob. Length: 5.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • Marked On Reel
  • 95% Original Nickel
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Early Horse Items Opportunity Lot. Length: 30.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 50.00-100.00)
  • Anchor, Hames
  • Horse Collar
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 20, 2017 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Arrowmammet Works/Middletown : Massive Panel Raising Plane. Length: 15.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • 3 1/2" Width
  • Sliver Fr Tote Side
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 20, 2017 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Seven Small Size Woodworking Plane. Length: 11.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 50.00-100.00)
  • Ohio #280 Smooth
  • Some French Types
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 20, 2017 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Bailey & Co., L./Hartford, Conn. : Bailey's Patent Box Scraper. Length: 13.25 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 125.00-250.00)
  • Pat. Oct. 3, 1876
  • Name Mkd. On Hdl.
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of 14 Clean Carving Tools. Length: 10.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 125.00-250.00)
  • B'wood, Beech, Cherr
  • Addis, Taylor, Maier
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 21, 2017 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of Extra Clean Woodworking Tools. Length: 14.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • Purpleheart Smoother
  • Set Of 4 Mayhew |chs
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 20, 2017 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
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