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Antique Tool Newsletter No. 2021

March 28, 2017

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G reetings from Avoca, New York, where we are pleased to report nearly all of your purchases from our Indianapolis auctions are packed and ready to ship.

We will be picking up tools in Canada this coming weekend and participating in the Tools of the Trades Show and Sale. For addtional information about the show, set your browser to www.ontarioantiquetools.com . On Saturday, Our Founder will be the featured speaker at the meeting of the Tool Group of Canada. The talk was timed for the early Spring, lest those in attendance have greater access to rotten fruits and vegetables with which to express their displeasure at the presentation.

This week we are adding tools to our Spectacular Summer Auction, which will be held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 20, 21 and 22, 2017 here at the Donnelly Compound in Avoca, New York. We have arranged for four 40' x 80' tents, plus our usual complement of other tents. We were disappointed last year when it failed to rain after adding three 40' x 80' tents, so perhaps this will push things over the edge. However, our extnded forecast calls for temperatures in the low 80's for the entire week with 0% chance of precipitation. The temperatures will fall into the 60's overnight for those of you traveling from the south who think cold weather in July is a good idea.

Today's Photo Montage begins with the cover of our upcoming Nashua Spring Auction, which will be Catalogue No. 74. We have now done more auction catalogues by far than any other specialist auctioneer of antique tools in the world. We expect to extend that gap in the coming years.

On the cover, we feature an unused Ce. Chelor Living in Wrentham panel raising plane, offered as Lot 550 and a spectacular Worrall's Patent bench plane having an ornate cast iron top, featured as Lot 675. Both the Friday and Saturday sales are loaded with clean, interesting tools. Please plan to join us on Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th.

To view the 1001 items in the Friday, April 28th Auction, just click HERE.

To view the Saturday, April 29th International Catalogue Sale of 780 Lots, just click HERE.

Many thanks to all of you who have subscribed to our 2017 Auction Catalogues. We will be publishing four full color catalogues, five detailed lists and a Searchable Auction CD containing 60,000 prices, descriptions and prices. To order your 2017 Subscription, please give us a call at (800) 869-0695 or just click HERE to order online. To order just the a, 2017 catalogue, just click HERE, or, better yet, give us a call at (800) 869-0695. We would love to hear from you.

The second photo in today's Photo Montage is a "blast from the past" photo taken at the J. & J. Antique Show in Brimfield, Massachusetts in the 1970's. The J. & J. Show was known for having a "Tool Row", consisting of Antique Tool Dealers. Our Founder sold in that "Tool Row" for many years beinning in the mid-1980's. The photo shows four of the particpants in the early years showing off special "There's No Tool Like an Old Tool" T shirts produced for the show. Two of those in the picture have passed away, and the other two have changed so little in appearance over time that it seems unnecessary to mention their names. However, for the benefit of those in far away places, we will list hem all, going from left to right. The first is Jack Clouser, a noted dealer in his day, who published a catalogue entitled "Ye Old Tool Shed", where many great tools were sold. We sometimes find copies as we sort the libraries of collectors and need to pause to look at the things the way they were. Jack Clouser died in 2001 at his home in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The second person is Dana Johnsen of Weymouth, Massachusetts, who sold great early iron as well as tinsmith's tools. Last we looked, Dana was still at it. The next is Roger K. Smith, author of the seminal books, "Patented and Transitional Planes in America", Volumes 1 and 2. Roger was kind enough to share the photo. Last, but not least, is Connecticut dealer Bill Kannia, who was a regular feature on the antique show circuit until he died in 1991. Bill Kannia and his marketing are the subject of a long tangent in today's Featured Description.

Today's Video Link is to a film about making a spruce bark canoe. Enjoy.





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Today's Featured Tool Description

Unmarked : Early Dbl. Long Spring Bear Trap. With Orig. Drag Chain. Toothed Grabs. Length: 26.00 Inches. An early DOUBLE LONG SPRING BEAR TRAP that retains its original drag chain. The jaws of this gruesome device are fitted with toothed grabs so as to better hold the prey. This classic American hand forged trap is in excellent condition. Incidentally, in younger days, I had the privilege of setting up next to the late Bill Kannia at the Brimfield Antique Shows. Bill was a legendary marketer and story teller. Bear traps were part of his act. At every show, without exception, usually several times, someone would ask, "What is that?", referring to the bear trap. He would explain. Then, before they could react, he would query, "Did you ever see a bear in a trap?...." Just as quickly, he would add, "I have." "Wooooooo....Woooooo....", he would intone, making the most mournful sound he could muster, imitating the sound of the poor trapped creature. His booth was set up with "men's" things on one side and "women's" things on the other. If he was telling the story to a man, he would move to the women's side and vice versa, continuing the story of the Bear in extremis, and adding another "Wooooo" or two as appropriate. Always, without exception, as Bill continued the tale, the questioner would find something--anything--on the appropriate table, purchase it, and be gone--all while the tale of the pathetic creature caught in the trap continued. When they were gone, he would wink at me, reset the "trap" and wait for the next victim. It is among the greatest delights of all of this to have lived among legends. Colonial Williamsburg Collection. (GOOD+). This item was sold on March 24, 2012 for $550.00. jpg_file

Just Added to the Auctions

jpg_file Lot 450. A magnificent UNHANDLED MACASSAR EBONY PLOW PLANE having boxwood arms, wedge and fixing screws by J.W. Pearce, Fall River, Massachusetts. This plane is marked with the date "1871" and is in essentially unused condition. Jonathan W. Pearce is documented as having produced planes in Fall River between 1840 and 1879. Nearly all of his planes are dated and fashioned from exotic woods. Simply a great exotic wood plow plane. Highly recommended. (FINE).(5,000.00 - 10,000.00) Length: 11 Inches.

Our Featured Book of the Week

Book of the Week

Annual Subscription Auction Catalog 2017, by Martin J. Donnelly Auctions. 80 Pages. Softbound. We will be publishing FOUR full color auction catalogues and five detailed auction listings during 2017. Subscribe today and save $30.75 from the catalogue prices. All subscribers will receive our Searchable Antique Tool Auction Value Guide with over 85,000 photographs, descriptions and prices absolutely free (a $29.95 value). Order now and get all nine auctions just $95.00 (a $125.75 value). To order separately: Indianapolis Catalogue, March 17 & 18, 2017: $23.95; Nashua Spring Catalogue, April 28 & 29, 2017: $23.95; Open House Antique Tool Auction and Joint Antique Tool Meeting, July 20, 21 & 22, 2017 Avoca, New York (Martin J. Donnelly World Headquarters); Fall Nashua Auctions, September 15 & 16, 2017: $23.95; Fall Indianapolis Auctions, October 20 & 21, 2017: $23.95. Order all and let us worry about whether you have ordered your copy or not (we won't forget). See you at the auctions! PLEASE NOTE: This offer applies to orders from the USA and Canada. For other locations, please click HERE . $95.00 (BK-3428)

Featured Antique Tools for Sale
Ordering Information E-Mail Books for Sale Home
jpg_file Atkins & Co., E.C./Indianapolis No. 401: Rosewood Handle 26" 8 Pt. Xcut Saw. Length: 30.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 200.00-400.00)
  • Our "Elite" Saw
  • Superb Condition
The above item will be included in our Saturday, April 29, 2017 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of Assorted Molding Planes. Length: 10.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 50.00-100.00)
  • Roxton Pond |c1
  • Fillet. With R'wood Fe
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Pike & Dean/Philadelphia, Pa. : Dean's Patent Smoothing Plane. Length: 9.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 3,000.00-6,000.00)
  • Pat. Mar. 23, 1875
  • Rare & Excellent
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Saturday, April 29, 2017 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Stanley Rule & Level No. 12: Two Foot, Two Fold Folding Rule. Length: 24.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 125.00-250.00)
  • With Gunter Slide
  • Excellent Condition
The above item will be included in our Saturday, April 29, 2017 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Sargent & Co./New Haven, Ct. No. 600 R: Roberts' Patent "Takedown" Square. Length: 24.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • With Screw Lock Mech.
  • Pat. June 5, 1900
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Saturday, April 29, 2017 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Daggett, S*/Needham, Ma : Early Yellow Birch Rabbet Plane. Length: 15.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 125.00-250.00)
  • Dual Nicker Irons
  • Classic Early Tote
The above item will be included in our Saturday, April 29, 2017 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Stanley Rule & Level : Two Clean Woodworking Planes. Length: 22.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • #55 |wp With O Ctr. Bot
  • #7 Jtr. Mkd. A.B.C.
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Unmarked : Early Child's Size Jack Plane. Length: 11.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 50.00-100.00)
  • Yellow Birch Constr.
  • Graphic Pegged Tote
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Stanley Rule & Level No. 1093: 24" Brass Bound Level. Length: 24.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 50.00-100.00)
  • Mahogany Body
  • "Sweetheart" T.M.
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Libbee, I : Early Yellow Birch Hollow Molding Plane. Length: 10.13 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 125.00-250.00)
  • Sleeper Style Wedge
  • Awp Iv: "Ur" Imprint
The above item will be included in our Saturday, April 29, 2017 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Collection Of Five Draftting Squares. Length: 45.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 75.00-150.00)
  • One Owner L.L. Davis
  • One Is Damaged
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Chapin-Stephens Co., The No. 036: Patent Inclinometer Folding Rule. Length: 12.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • With Level, Bevel, Etc
  • Clean & Sound
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of Extra Clean Molding Plane. Length: 9.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • Most Are Taber
  • Dado, Rabb., H/R
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of Small Size Hand Tools. Length: 6.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 50.00-100.00)
  • Iron Smooth |wp
  • B. & S. |sd, Shaves
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Nessi, Luigi, Et. Al. : "Antique Tools And Instruments" Book. Length: 12.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 200.00-400.00)
  • Brand New Condition
  • Very Limited Printin
The above item will be included in our Saturday, April 29, 2017 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of Assorted Earl Mkr. Molding Planes. Length: 12.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • All Have Repl. Wedge
  • Folling, N. Taber
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Hamler, Paul : Model Of Davis Mantel Clock Level. Length: 2.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 250.00-500.00)
  • Cast From Brass
  • Precisely Detailed
The above item will be included in our Saturday, April 29, 2017 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Five Extra Clean Machinists' Tools. Length: 13.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 75.00-150.00)
  • C'man Made |sg
  • Two Depth |mcs
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Unmarked : Magnificent Four Pole Cagehead Brace. Length: 17.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 500.00-1,000.00)
  • Ring Lock Chuck
  • Extra Long Form
The above item will be included in our Saturday, April 29, 2017 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Potter, N./Lynn, Mass. : Early Skew Rabbet Molding Plane. Length: 10.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 1,250.00-2,500.00)
  • Pre-Nicholson?
  • Awp Iv: 5 Stars
The above item will be included in our Saturday, April 29, 2017 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Stanley Rule & Level : Polished Steel Framing Square. Length: 24.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 200.00-400.00)
  • "Sweetheart" T.M.
  • New Cond., Orig. Box
The above item will be included in our Saturday, April 29, 2017 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file West, D. : Undocumented Mkr. Wedge Arm Plow Plane. Length: 10.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • Riveted Skate
  • Appears Ca. 1820's
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Millers Falls Company No. 16 1/2: Extra Small "Langdon" Mitre Box. Length: 21.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 200.00-400.00)
  • Orig. Sandpaper
  • 16" X 2" Size Saw
The above item will be included in our Saturday, April 29, 2017 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Ortlieb Brewing Co., Henry F./Phi : Ortlieb Advertising Thermometer. Length: 10.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 50.00-100.00)
  • Appears Ca. 1950's
  • Excellent Condition
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Five Clean English |c1s. Length: 9.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • R. Nelson Cove/Astra
  • Arthington Cove/Ast
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Stepped Set Of Seven Rabbet Molding Plane. Length: 9.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • 1/4 To 2 Inch Widths
  • 3/8 & 3/4 Inch Dado
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Stamm, J./Mt. Joy, Pa : Graduated Birch Pane Marking Gauge. Length: 22.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 90.00-180.00)
  • Uncommon Type
  • Superb Condition
The above item will be included in our Saturday, April 29, 2017 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Barton & Co., D.R./Rochester, Ny : Lot Of Clean & Usabl Edge Tool. Length: 17.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • 1 1/8 Crn. |ch
  • 3/8 Mortise, 2"
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Three Mass. Maker Cmplx. Molding Plane. Length: 9.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 100.00-200.00)
  • G. Burnham Q/Ov/Bd
  • G'field Q/Og/Bv #478
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Unmarked : Coll. Of Six Clean Plumb Bobs. Length: 8.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • Some Unus. Forms
  • All Cleaned & Polish
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Helb, Edward/Railroad, Pa. : Patent Inclinometer Level. Length: 24.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 200.00-400.00)
  • Pat. July 12, 1904
  • Superb Condition
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Saturday, April 29, 2017 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Unmarked : "Crooked Stick" Bit Brace. Length: 24.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 100.00-200.00)
  • Made F/ Cherry Limb
  • 18th C. Appearance
The above item will be included in our Saturday, April 29, 2017 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Marples, Robert/Hermitage Works : Octagon Compound Beech Body Brace. Length: 14.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 250.00-500.00)
  • Registered No. 3954
  • Full Ring In Head
The above item will be included in our Saturday, April 29, 2017 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Unmarked : Working Pair Of Bowl Adzes. Length: 13.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • 5 1/2" & 7 1/2 Cuts
  • Early Wooden Hdls.
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Stanley Rule & Level No. 39: 1/2" Cast Iron Dado Plane. Length: 8.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 200.00-400.00)
  • Sweetheart T.M.
  • New Cond., Orig. Box
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Saturday, April 29, 2017 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Stepped Set Of Eight Bead Molding Plane. Length: 9.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • 1/8 To 1 Inch Sizes
  • 1 T/G Pr. Way & Sher
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of Assorted Gouges & Chisels. Length: 16.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 50.00-100.00)
  • Many Sizes & Types
  • Some Need Hdls.
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Three Clean Layout Tools. Length: 13.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • Two |pbs Surveyor
  • Unus. |pr |bv
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Unmarked : Four Clean |c1 Molding Planes. Length: 9.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • Q/Ov/Bd Int Bxg
  • Q/Og/Bv, Q/Ogee
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Starrett Co., L. S./ Athol, Mass. No. 134: Unus. Spec. Order Dbl. Vial Level. Length: 2.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 40.00-80.00)
  • Non-Angle Shape
  • First We've Seen
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Ohio Tool Co./Columbus, Ohio : 3" Width Carpenter's Slick. Length: 22.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • Turned Beech Hdl.
  • Mushroom Head Hdl.
The above item will be included in our Friday, April 28, 2017 Nashua Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
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