Saturday, July 10, 2010

I got another one...


My apologies for the delay between posts. It has been a very busy summer, with very little time to rust hunt. Today, I got a chance to hit an antique show, and boy I'm glad I did. The Utica Antique Show, in Utica, Michigan, was my destination.

I've never been to this show and I had no idea what to expect. I saw a few common tools, but nothing to write home about. After walking around for about 30 minutes, I found a fairly clean corner brace that was worth buying. I also found a "Musical Saw", a specially tempered sawblade that has some sort of brass plating. It is designed to be played with a violin bow to make music. I'd never heard of this before but had to buy it. I walked around the corner of the row and into the next tent, with no idea of what I was about to find...

You may remember an earlier post about a carriage makers tool box that I purchased in Mason, Michigan. Well, I found another carriage makers box, only this one had some even nicer "goodies" inside...

 The outside of the box

The inside of the box

 The planes

Unfortunately, it looks like a fair number of the tools have been lost.  There were no chisels in the box and only one small Henry Disston and Sons backsaw with a round handle.  There are the usual marking tools, including a pair of really nice bevel gauges.  The metal planes are all in really great shape, with only very minor surface rust on the castings.  They include a Stanley 5 1/2C, a Ohio Tool No 06 corrugated fore plane, a Stanley 10 rabbet bench plane and a Tower and Lyon 9" smoothing plane.  The smoothing plane on the left is lignum vitae, unfortunately the mouth is a little too wide to use as a fine smoother. The wooden horned planes do have the wedges and irons, they are stored in the lower right side drawer.  There is a nice 9" I and IJ White draw knife, which goes with my 12" White knife.  In addition, there is a carriage makers router draw knife.

There was also a very small plane blade that has Japanese characters on it.  Does anyone have any idea how to identify the maker of the blade? I understand that some Japanese blades are quite old and potentially valuable.  Any insights would be much appreciated.

I couldn't be happier with my new find.  Given that so many of the original tools are gone, I will probably sell a few of the items to make my money back, so if you see anything you have to have, shoot me an email at