Standard terms. When item is received, notice the postage on the package
and add that to the price paid. Orders will be honored in the sequence
that they are logged in. Items preceded by a * are leftovers from the
last list at reduced prices.
*Rare hand drill, Millers Falls No. 1B. This was in the 1887 Catalog but,
as far as I know, not in later ones. It has two pinion gears and a unique
type of two-jaw chuck that will hold twist drills "from 1/32 to 1/4".
Donnelly once advertised a No. 1 (no B), like this but with a single pinion
gear, for $45.The screw cap on the handle does not appear to be original, but
this is otherwise in fine condition. $30.
*Drawknife, 9" blade has a gentle curve in the plane of the edge. "A. N.
DARLING/CAST STEEL/WARRANTED". The DAT does not list this name, so it
may be British. The steel just needs some polishing; the wooden handles
are good replacements. $12.
*Drawknife, 9" blade has a nearly straight edge, rising from the center
only 1/8" inch at each end. There is a faint name stamp but not enough visible
letters for me to guess who made it. There is one nick in the blade, and
the steel end-cap is missing from one of the handles. The wood is all good.
*Bevel-sided chisel, 3/16" edge, 5 1/4" blade below the tang, good
leather-tipped wood handle. Maker's stamp is misplaced and runs off the
edge, so that only "C. K." is legible. Someone may know the last name that goes
with these initials. Anyway, it is a nice chisel in an uncommon size. $8.
*Small vise, "HECSHARP/WEST GERMANY" Jaws are 2 1/2" long, opening to
2". It's a well-made vise for small jobs. $2.
*Set of serifed letter and number punches in the rare 1/16" size. None are
missing (but one stamp serves for both 6 and 9). $15.
Bench bracket, Stanley #203. It holds onto a hole in the bench apron to
support one end of a board while the other end is held in a vise --- handy
if you have that kind of a bench. $15.
Bit brace, 10" size "HOLT MFG. CO./SPRINGFIELD, MASS./No.10" This has a
chuck similar to the Spofford but with a bulbous shape. It also has a
rotating crank handle, as most Spoffords don't. The cocobolo on both this
handle and on the pad is fine. The nickel plating is spotty. All in all
it's a fine brace; and if you don't need a ratchet, I think that this
would be the best choice there is. MJD will sell you one for at least $80.
>From me it's $40.
Bit brace, 12" size, "No. 101", probably by Peck, Stow, & Wilcox but not
marked so. Chuck is Peck's Patent of 1879; ratchet Shepard's Patent of
1884. All in all it's a fine brace with little nickel left but excellent
Countersink auger bit, GREENLEE No. 180. It starts the bore with a 9/16"
diameter twist but after 3 1/4" there is a sudden expansion to 1 5/8" for
1 1/4", then a 1/2" diameter round shank for 3 7/8". These were not
carried in stock but made to order at a price of over $50 each. My guess
is that it is for making countersunk bolt holes where the countersunk bore
was to be filled with a wooden plug. I've seen such construction on ship
Pair of V-blocks with clamps, STARRETT No 278, new in the original box.
The current list price of this set is about $150. Here it is $30.
Clamp to hold two rulers together at a right angle if one of the rulers
has a longitudinal groove as on combination squares. Starrett No. 289-A,
Pat 2,194,085. Current list price is about $40. but from me $18.
Pair of stairbuilder's stops for a framing square. They set the square at
the proper angle on the stringers to locate the steps and risers.
3/8" bevel-sided, socket-handled firmer chisel. Overall blade length 8
1/4", 5 3/4" below the socket. Ash handle is good but the leather top is
somwhat frayed. "T. H. WITHERBY/WARRANTED". $12.
11/16" socket-handled chisel, bevel-sided, 4" below the socket. Good ash
handle has leather at the top and a brass ferrule (cracked) at the bottom.
No name on the blade. Printed name on the handle is mostly worn off, but
the last five letters look like "...CHAPY". $6.
1/2" socket-handled firmer chisel, 5 3/4" below the socket. "G. I. MIX &
CO./No. EX". This style chisel by Mix was carried on by Stanley, who
bought out Mix. Chisel looks just like the Stanley No. 750 series. $10.
1/2" bevel-sided firmer chisel, socketed blade only, 6" below the socket.
"T.H. WITHERBY/WARRANTED". Here's your chance to make a nice handle for
this classic. $5.
1/2" socket-handled, bevel-sided chisel, 1 3/4" below the socket. Edge is
ground to an unusually acute angle, and the short length suggests it as a
paring chisel for small work. Name stamp is largely worn away but still
shows "....ENNINGS, N.Y." (presumably Jennings) $5.
Combination plane, Siegley Type 1. This type controls the blade movement
with a lever rather than a screw. It has a more comfortable handle than
Stanley's 45 and a heavier casting. The blades need to have parallel
grooves on the top for the adjuster to engage, but I have easily filed
grooves in Stanley blades to make them work in my Siegley. The wooden
fence on this one is a replacement that copies the original. No blades are
Hollow and round pair 3/16" wide. "BENSEN & CRANNELL/ALBANY" No. 2 Owner's
stamp "J. ROBERTSON". These don't look as if they were ever used. $35.
Hollow and round pair 11/16" wide. "BENSEN & CRANNELL/ALBANY" No. 10.
Owner's stamp "J. ROBERTSON". These don't look as if they were ever used.
Nosing plane, double-bladed, 1 1/4". Maker's stamp is illegible, owner's
stamp "W. RICHARDS". It appears hardly used and ready to go. $20.
Complex molding plane, ogee 1" wide but stamped "5/8". "A. HOWLAND &
CO./N.Y./ No. 189". Wood is fine, plane shows little or no use. $25.
Horn-handled smoothing plane --- actually there are two of them ---
buyer's choice. I'm not sure of the wood in either one. Both have double
irons. (1) A.HAMMACHER & CO./BOWERY N.Y., 8 1/2" long, 2" blade by Moulson
Bros. (2) JOH. WEISS SOHN/WIEN 9 1/2" long, 1 3/4" blade by JOH. WEISS
SOHN/WIEN. If you want to try this type of plane, you can't go wrong with
either one for $20.
Wedge arm plow plane, "W. CHANCE SON & CO.". Company was in Birmingham,
England before 1851, then in Toronto to 1856. Wood is all good, arms have
brass tips. Two irons are included, 1/4" by Ashton and 9/16" illegible
name. It's no beauty, but there's nothing wrong with it either. $35.
Spokeshave, Stanley No. 67 with only the convex sole. Nickel plating is
nearly all there, and the cocobolo handles are fine. One like this is
among the three shaves that I keep close at hand, and I use the convex
sole more than the flat one. $30.
Pair of spokeshaves, Stanley No. 63 with convex sole and No. 64 with flat
sole. With these two you don't need to keep switching soles as you might
with the 67. Both for $25.
Spokeshave, cooper's style with cast iron body and wood handles, overall
length 10", blade 2 1/4" wide. There's no name on it. Tom Lamond's
spokeshave book has a picture of one just like this, but he doesn't know
who made it either. There is almost 2 1/2" of blade length left. One
handle has a hanging hole. It's a strong and comfortable tool to use. $15.
Tiny patternmaker's spokeshave, overall length 3" with a 11/16" wide
blade. Brass casting has a flat sole. $6.
Tiny patternmaker's spokeshave, overall length 3 1/4" with a 3/4" wide
blade. Brass casting has a flat sole. $6.
Jeweler's fret saw, takes 5" blade. One is included, and others are easily
found. It is stamped "51 GERMANY". Beech handle is darkly stained but
Chain drill with three-jaw chuck. Name stamp on the chuck is not
completely legible, but it's probably a Millers Falls No. 719. $20.
Book, MACHINERY'S HANDBOOK, 15TH EDITION. This book with over 1900 pages
is the standard reference for machinists, but you don't have to be a
machinist to find something useful in its vast amount of information.
Small, brass plumb bob, 3 1/2" long, hexagonal cross-section above the
points, 3/4" across the flats. Included is a dirty, braided plumb line on
a spool. $6.
Marking gage with double rods, Stanley No. 91. Nickel plating is nearly
all there, but a little polishing would help. $8.
Cutting gage. This looks like a panel gage but it has a knife rather than
a scribing point. Maximum distance from fence to knife is 16 1/2". The
nice features about this one are that next to the knife there is a handle
like a plane tote, and under the handle is a roller to help move it along
more easily. $20.
Butt gage, Stanley 95. Nickel is nearly complete. I can include a copy of
the directions if asked. $6.
Three small levels: Stanley No. 40, Stanley No. 31, and a nameless, pretty
one in mahogany and brass with a trapezoidal shape 3 1/4" long on the top.
All for $20.
Mixed lot: 6" PS&W simple dividers, 6" no name dividers with fine
adjustment screw, 24" folding steel rule calibrated in eighths on one edge
and sixteenths on the other edge. "MADE IN GERMANY" All usable but could
stand polishing. $4.
Mighty mallet, head is one great piece of lignum vitae with a small chip
off one edge, weight 3 1/2 pounds. $10
This month's giveaway is an awl or scriber --- anyway, something with a
sharp point. If you don't want it, say so, and I'll leave it out.
Trevor Robinson, 65 Pine Street, Amherst, MA 01002