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Antique Tool Newsletter No. 2280

September 19, 2019

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G reetings from Avoca, New York, where we have returned following a great Auction Weekend at the Radisson Hotel in Nashua, New Hampshire.

Wow. The best part about our auctions is that we always reflect on how everyone in attendance had a great time. That was certainly the case this past weekend at the great Indian Summer weather ( as predicted by Our Founder) made tool trading seem more than ever like never having to grow up.

We had a number of highlight items, including the M.B. Tidey double beveling plane, which was hammered down for $6,200.00, but the most fun was watching the Stanley No. 1 in the box sell. It was a great, old fashioned bidding war as bidders in the room vied with two determined telephone bidders to bring the hammer price to $4,200.00. The most interesting part was that this is the third No. 1 in its original box that we have sold in one calendar year, beginning in September of 2018, when one sold for $1,900.00. The following March, at the Indianapolis Spring Auction Weekend, another, from the Gene Culp Collection sold for $2,900.00. At the time we noted in this publication that the No. 1 in the box derby was now being led by Indianapolis and that the Nashua bidders should get their Big Boy Pants on. Indeed they did.

Today's Photo Montage shows a chart of the upward rise of Stanley No. 1 planes in the original box, which may presage a return to the Glory Days of antique tool collecting. The next photo shows the setup for the Nashua auction, followed by a view of the parking lot trading. We note that our usual amount of great photos is not up to standard as Martin J. Donnelly Auctions Official Photographer of Record, Tom Wisnieski, was recovering from an infection in his foot and unable to attend the sale. Tom has been an important part of the team for many years and we missed him very much, not only for the photos, but for his help in laying out and delivering the auction in a way that makes everything look easy. In fact, during the setup for the Friday auction, Carl and Don were working together to do Tom's job, leading Our Founder to inquire as to how many WASP's it takes to do the work of one Polack. Now we know. Get well soon, Tom.

The final photo shows the cover of our October 19, 2019 Catalogue Auction at the Marriott East Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana, which features one of only four known examples of the Rufus Porter Patent corn sheller of September 12, 1838 set against a backdrop of a Rufus Porter early American landscape painting. In addition to the Porter Corn Sheller, the auction will feature an extra nice example of the J.S. Harris of Poultney, Vermont sheller patented on September 18, 1835 and one of only two known examples of the April 9, 1824 U.S. Patent of Lemuel Peck of Brookfield, Connecticut. We also will have a number of hand-held shellers as Shellermania 2019 takes place at the Marriott East Hotel on October 19, 2019. Please arrive early for good seats as we are looking forward, once again, to antique tool auctioning as a spectator sport.

We will be picking up tools East, West, North and South in the coming months, so if you have been waiting for the market to rise, now is the time to get in while the getting is good. Just give us a call at (800) 869-0695 or by email at mjd@mjdauctions.com . We look forward to working with you to bring your antique tools and related antiques to market.
Links to Previous Issues of ToolVista (Link will open in a new tab in your browser)
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Issue 2276 - September 5, 2019 Issue 2275 - September 3, 2019 Issue 2274 - August 29, 2019
Issue 2273 - August 27, 2019 Issue 2272 - August 22, 2019 Issue 2271 - August 20, 2019
Issue 2270 - August 15, 2019 Issue 2269 - August 13, 2019 Issue 2268 - August 8, 2019
Issue 2267 - August 6, 2019 Issue 2266 - August 1, 2019 Issue 2265 - July 30, 2019
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Today's Featured Tool Description

Sutton, Charles D./Kensico, N.Y. : Personal Model Caliper. With Sci. American. Pat. Jan. 3, 1860. Length: 10.00 Inches. We have often repeated our belief that the greatest, the most desirable and the most collectible antique tools are those that embody within them ideas that failed. The American patent system encouraged individuals of great mechanical genius, such as L.S. Starrett and Leonard Bailey to protect their ideas from being copied and allowed them to build great enterprises that supported and improved the lives of thousands of others. However, for every Leonard Bailey, there were perhaps a hundred, or even a thousand Charles D. Suttons. The incredible tool offered here, was without a doubt the personal model for a caliper patented on January 3, 1860 by one Charles D. Sutton of Kensico, New York. It includes the original bronze caliper, a photocopy of the patent papers and an original copy of Scientific American Magazine that discusses the recent invention of Charles D. Sutton. Alas, it appears that Mr. Sutton's considerable mechanical talent, as is obvious from this model, and the publicity provided by the Scientific American article, were not enough to overcome that fact that this tool was perhaps too complex and of such limited utility that it failed, as did so many inventions, to find favor in the marketplace. We know little of Mr. Sutton, other than what can be gleaned from the contents of this ancient box, but we can speculate that within this wooden case are preserved the dreams of success and fame that must have seemed so near and so very real in those heady days following the publication of the Scientific American article. An idea whose time never came and an extraordinarily rare and collectible antique tool. (FINE). This item was sold on September 10, 2005 for $900.00. jpg_file

Just Added to the Auctions

jpg_file Lot 9. A PAIR OF THREE DIMENSIONAL GLOVE FORMS. Both are marked with the designation "Ladies S". Just the thing to have available in the event you are asked to lend a hand. (GOOD).(60.00 - 120.00) Length: 15 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 our new location at the Marriott East, 7202 East 21st Street, Indianapolis, Indiana on October 18th and 19th, 20119 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 18th Sale, which will feature 901 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 Bailey & Co., L./Hartford, Conn. No. 1 1/4: Rare Tail Handle Block Plane. Length: 8.75 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 1,250.00-2,500.00)
  • 75% Original Paint
  • Complete & Excellent
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Stanley Rule & Level No. 340: Rare "Furring" Plane. Length: 10.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 800.00-1,600.00)
  • 95% Original Paint
  • Early "Arch" T.M.
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Stanley Rule & Level No. 9: Extra Clean Cab. Mkrs. Mitre Plane. Length: 9.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 800.00-1,600.00)
  • Sweetheart T.M.
  • 95% Original Paint
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Massive Chestnut Bod Bit Brace. Length: 25.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 75.00-150.00)
  • Inlaid Reinforcement
  • For Pod Type Bits
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 18, 2019 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Six Early Hand Forge Screwdrivers. Length: 21.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • Some Fancy Filework
  • Others File Forged
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 18, 2019 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Two Rope Measure Caliper Rules. Length: 4.63 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • J. Rabone
  • Manila & Wire |sas
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 18, 2019 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Collins & Co./ Hartford, Ct : Classic Carpenter's Adze. Length: 9.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • Orignal Paper Label
  • Unused Condition
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of Brass & Iron Plumb Bobs. Length: 7.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 75.00-150.00)
  • Some Surveyor Typeso
  • One Original Holster
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 18, 2019 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Hurrell, A.C./Richmond, Ind. : Early Cast Iron Corn Sheller. Length: 2.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 125.00-250.00)
  • Pat. Oct. 6, 1903
  • Clean And Sound
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Norris/London No. 12: Non-Adjstable Smooth Plane. Length: 9.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 300.00-600.00)
  • Rosewood Infill
  • Full I Sorby Par |ci
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Five Showy C'man Made Marking Gauge. Length: 9.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • R'wood, B'wood
  • Mahogany, Brass
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 18, 2019 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Belknap Hardware Co./Louisville : "Bluegrass" Brand Child's Hatchet. Length: 10.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • Orig. Sheath/Decal
  • Very Little Used
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of Spec. Purp. Hammers & Mallets. Length: 12.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 75.00-150.00)
  • From Jeweler's Shop
  • Leather, Wood
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 18, 2019 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Showy Solid Brass Hack Saw. Length: 15.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 125.00-250.00)
  • With Dolphin Hdl.
  • Excellent Patina
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Lufkin Rule Co., The/Saginaw, Mi. : Lot Of Extra Clean Folding Rule. Length: 36.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 100.00-200.00)
  • #3752b, 372
  • #372 R, #024 & 026
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 18, 2019 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Presentation Oak Mallet. Length: 8.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 100.00-200.00)
  • Ger. Silver Plaque
  • Aug. 21, 1881
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Marble's Arms & Mfg. Co. No. 3: Folding Camp Hatchet. Length: 11.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 200.00-400.00)
  • Hare & Hounds Hdl.
  • Excellent Condition
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of Six Asst. Folding Rules. Length: 24.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 75.00-150.00)
  • Stephens #53 Ummkd.
  • H. Chapin #22 Unmkd.
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 18, 2019 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Jones & Co, S. A./ Hartford, Con. : Boxwood Mortise & Marking Gauge. Length: 8.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • Full Brass Face
  • Excellent Patina
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Stanley Tools : Commemorative Chisel Set. Length: 15.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 120.00-240.00)
  • 150th Anniversary
  • Unused Condition
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Porter, Rufus/Billerica, Ma : Rare Early Patent Corn Sheller. Length: 55.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 15,000.00-30,000.00)
  • Pat. Sep. 12, 1838
  • One Of Four Known
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Paterson, John/Troy, N.Y. : Group Of Early Type Machinists' Tools. Length: 20.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 120.00-240.00)
  • From Paterson |tc
  • All Ca. 1880's Types
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Harper Supply Co./Chicago, Il : Early Cast Iron Dog Form Nutcracker. Length: 15.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • Lever Action Tail
  • "Pat Appl'd For"
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 18, 2019 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Stanley Rule & Level No. A 45: Rare Aluminum Combo. Plane. Length: 11.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 1,250.00-2,500.00)
  • Complete & Exct.
  • New Cond., Orig. Box
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of Brass & Iron Plumb Bob. Length: 10.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 80.00-160.00)
  • Some Early Types
  • One Lg. Cylindrical
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 18, 2019 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Lot Of Hand Forged Spec. Purp. Knives. Length: 21.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • Bill Hook, Sloyd |kn
  • Machetes, Some Unkno
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 18, 2019 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Vale Corp., V.V./Oak Park, Il : Lot Of Assorted Early Egg Beater. Length: 12.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • Duplex, Dunlap, Etc.
  • Asst. Handle Types
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 18, 2019 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of Assorted Early Braces. Length: 16.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 50.00-100.00)
  • Many "Gent's Type"
  • One Hand Forged Type
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 18, 2019 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Three Clean & Usable Small Size Anvils. Length: 3.75 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 75.00-150.00)
  • Dbl. Horn On Cast Ba
  • Brass Jeweler's Type
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 18, 2019 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Stanley Rule & Level No. 1: 5 1/2" Smoothing Plane. Length: 5.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 800.00-1,600.00)
  • Banner Trademark
  • 95% Original Paint
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Classic Horse Measure Cane. Length: 36.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 150.00-300.00)
  • With Hidden Rule
  • Grad. In "Hands"
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Stanley Tools : Lot Of Assorted Claw Hammer. Length: 14.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 75.00-150.00)
  • Some Ripping Types
  • Some Orig. Handles
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 18, 2019 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Assorted Makers : Lot Of |hgs, |aus And A Brace. Length: 14.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 75.00-150.00)
  • Two Fixed |hds
  • Two Adj. |hgs
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 18, 2019 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Massive Dbl. Hdl. Bench Plane. Length: 46.50 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 150.00-300.00)
  • Dual Cutting Irons
  • Unknown Function
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Artfully Hand Forged Double Caliper. Length: 21.25 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 125.00-250.00)
  • "T" Bracket & Tip
  • Flat Tang Handle
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Chapin, H./Union Factory, (Ct.) No. 239 1/2: Handled Applewood Plow Plane. Length: 12.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 150.00-300.00)
  • A'wood Arms & Nuts
  • Exc. Working Cond.
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Stanley Rule & Level No. 41: Miller Patent Combination Plane. Length: 10.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 150.00-300.00)
  • Missing Filletster
  • One Original |cis
  • patent.jpg
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 18, 2019 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Doublet, T. & H./London, England : One-Foot, Four-Fold Folding Rule. Length: 12.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 75.00-150.00)
  • Ivory & Ger. Silver
  • Uniform Med. Yellow
The above item will be included in our Friday, October 18, 2019 Indianapolis Fall Listed Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
jpg_file Unmarked : Artfully Crafted Early Screwdriver. Length: 24.00 Inches. Auction Item: (Estimate: 60.00-120.00)
  • Fancy Filed Shaft
  • Early Beech Hdl.
The above item will be included in our Saturday, October 19, 2019 Indianapolis Fall International Catalogue Antique Tool Auction in Indianapolis, Indiana
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