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Antique Tool Newsletter No. 2295

November 12, 2019

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News from mjdtools.com World Headquarters

G reetings from Avoca, New York, where we would be if we were not in Maryland picking up tools.

As we ramp up for 2020, we had a chance to look at some of the photos of our 2019 auctions and noticed a lot of smiling going on. Given the how many smiles we found, it seems unlikely that all of those smiling had been prompted by someone saying "CHEESE". As we completed each auction, the uniform assessment, throughout 2019, was that "Everyone had a great time."

Please plan to join us in 2020 for nine more great times. See you soon.
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Today's Featured Tool Description

Carpenter, E.W./Lancaster, Pa. : Improved Pat. Plow Plane. Pat. Feb. 6, 1838. Varnall & Mc Clure. Length: 7.00 Inches. Students of planes and planemaking, the "science" that has given itself the lofty sounding designation as "Rhykenology" (from the Greek word for "plane"), will tell all who will listen that the development of wooden planemaking, as it moved from the Eighteenth to the Nineteenth Centuries, was one of standardization of styles, sizes and means of production. As is the case with all such historical truisms, however, there will be one or more who will attempt to run against that common thread. In the history of wooden planemaking there was no more striking exception to the trend than Emanuel W. Carpenter of Lancaster Pennsylvania. When other planemakers were moving quickly toward standardization in the 1830's and 1840's, Carpenter was defining his own unique style that would be carried on by his apprentices before they, too, were carried away by the tide of automation and uniformity. Carpenter's planes were frequently short, while others were making planes of a common 9 1/2" length. His planes featured dramatic oversized wedges when others were moving quickly toward mass produced wedges that sacrificed style to efficiency. Where Carpenter's planes deviated most from the norm, however, was when he produced the special purpose planes, such as plows, filletsters and sash planes where exotic materials and elaborate adjustments could be employed in large measure as a full indulgence of the Carpenter style. Working with rosewood, boxwood and other woods, Carpenter crafted a large number of spectacular tools that are today appreciated as much for their artistic merits as they are for their technological achievements. This spectacular boxwood plow, which employs the patent granted to E.W. Carpenter on February 6, 1838, but is not marked with the patent date, is crafted with adjustment screws of turned Brazilian Rosewood which provide a striking contrast to the rich golden color of the body and fence of grainless Turkish Boxwood. Most likely sold to a Philadelphia hardware dealer for resale, this plane is imprinted on the heel with the mark of Varnall & McClure, who sold tools and hardware in Philadelphia in the 1840's. Clean, complete, boldly struck with the Carpenter imprint and having achieved a warm golden patina of age and careful use, we proudly offer this spectacular example of Emanuel W. Carpenter's unique and artistic planemaking style. Simply a great plow plane. (GOOD+). This item was sold on June 17, 2000 for $4,500.00. jpg_file

Just Added to the Auctions

jpg_file Lot 366. A rare second model jack plane by Silsby, Race & Holly, Seneca Falls, New York, patented July 6, 1852. early and excellent. (GOOD+).(400.00 - 800.00) Length: 15 Inches.

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Featured Antique Tools for Sale
Ordering Information E-Mail Books for Sale Home
jpg_file Unmarked : Rare Timber Framer's Log Lifter. Length: 16.50 Inches. $224.50.
  • Hand Forged Constr.
  • First We've Sold
jpg_file Starrett Co., L.S., The/Athol, Ma No. 199: Master Precision Level. Length: 16.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 125.00-250.00)
  • For Precise Work
  • New Cond., Orig. Box
The above item will be included in our Saturday, March 16, 2019 Indianapolis Spring International Catalogue Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Stanley Rule & Level No. 70SCFG: Two Cooper's Light Scraper. Length: 13.00 Inches. $124.50.
  • With Pivoting Heads
  • Ca. 1930's
jpg_file Stanley Rule & Level No. 193: Classic Fibreboard Plane. Length: 16.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • Appears Complete
  • Fitted Wooden Box
The above item will be included in our Saturday, March 16, 2019 Indianapolis Spring International Catalogue Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Boyce, Herbert J./Fayette, O. : Boyce's Patent Blacksmith's Vise. Length: 32.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 200.00-400.00)
  • Pat. Apr. 28, 1896
  • First We've Seen
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Saturday, March 16, 2019 Indianapolis Spring International Catalogue Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Massive Dbl. |ci Cooper's Jtr. Plane. Length: 32.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • Extra Wide Body
  • Clean & Usable
The above item will be included in our Friday, March 15, 2019 Indianapolis Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Misc. Hand Tools Opportunity Lot. Length: 24.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • |lf |frs, Shoe Measu
  • Unus. Plane
The above item will be included in our Friday, March 15, 2019 Indianapolis Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Marble, W.L./Gladstone, Mi : Marble's Patent Fish Gaff Hook. Length: 38.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 100.00-200.00)
  • Pat. June 5, 1900
  • Mkd. "Pat Allowed"
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Saturday, March 16, 2019 Indianapolis Spring International Catalogue Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Hickok, W.O./Harrisburg, Pa. : Large Bookbinder's Letter Holder. Length: 11.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 150.00-300.00)
  • Turned Mahogany Hdl.
  • Unused Condition
The above item will be included in our Saturday, May 4, 2019 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Unmarked : Early Wooden Spinning Wheel. Length: 45.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 90.00-180.00)
  • Nicely Chip Carved
  • Excellent Condition
The above item will be included in our Friday, March 15, 2019 Indianapolis Spring Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Mass. Tool Co./G'f'l'd., Mass. : Machinist's Anvil. Length: 6.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 350.00-750.00)
  • Multiple Hardy
  • Superb Condition
The above item will be included in our Saturday, May 4, 2019 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Unmarked : Massive Primitive Lever Oper. Cutter. Length: 54.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 300.00-600.00)
  • All Hand Forged
  • Early Wooden Base
The above item will be included in our Saturday, May 4, 2019 Nashua Spring International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Nashua, New Hampshire
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of Clean & Usabl Wood Scrapers. Length: 18.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • Some Patented Types
  • Also Cooper's |ss
The above item will be included in our Thursday, July 18, 2019 mjdtools.com Open House Auction & Joint Tool Meeting in Avoca, New York
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of Blacksmith Related Items. Length: 4.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • Early Smith With Anv.
  • H'shoe Belt Buckle
The above item will be included in our Thursday, July 18, 2019 mjdtools.com Open House Auction & Joint Tool Meeting in Avoca, New York
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