The Brown 48th International Antique Tool Auction, by John G. Wells

Reproduction Thomas Falconer Coachmaker's Plow Plane

The 48th Brown Tool Auction was held at the Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Reading, Pennsylvania on April 2, 2016.  Prices realized in this article include a 13% buyer’s premium.  A 3% discount was available for cash or a good check.  The condition of the items was taken from the auction catalog and does not reflect […]

The Brown 47th International Antique Tool Auction by John G. Wells

Lee's Patent Chamfer Plane

By John G. Wells Brown 47th International Antique Tool Auction was held October 30-31st 2015, at Camp Hill, PA Prices realized in this article include a 13% buyer’s premium.  A 3% discount was available for cash or a good check.  The condition of all items was taken from the auction catalog and does not reflect […]

Variations on Stanley’s Corner Rounding Planes from The Model Shop

Stanley Table Joint Planes

Stanley introduced the #144 corner rounding plane in 1925.  They advertised these planes as “designed for rounding corners on wall board battens, casings, shelving, etc.”¹ The design patent, #68,402 for this plane was granted to Edmund Schade on October 6, 1925.  When doing tool research and looking at patents we’re usually looking at what are […]

2016 EAIA Annual Meeting, May 18th-21st at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

Trustee's House 980x550 pixels

The Early American Industries Association is pleased to announce that our 2016 Annual Meeting will be held May 18th thru May 21st at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill near Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Pleasant Hill is the site of a Shaker community that was active from 1805 to 1910.  A preservation effort was begun in 1961 […]

Justus Traut’s Bull-Nose Plane

Traut's Bull Nose Block Plane,980x550

Before I tell you about it, let’s put this bull-nose plane from the Stanley Model Shop in its proper historical context by delving a bit into 19th century industrial history.  In the second half of the 19th century the “inside contracting” system became very popular in American factories.  Under the “inside contracting” system, a company’s […]

Stanley Model Shop Beech and Rosewood Wood Bottom Planes

Model Shop Wood Bottom Planes with Rosewood Soles

Before we get back to the some more interesting planes from the Stanley Model Shop I thought you might want to know a bit more about the Model Shop.   Clarence Blanchard wrote an interesting article about the Model Shop in the 2000 Fall issue of The Fine Tool Journal, Volume 50, Number 2, pages […]

President’s Blog – Who, What, & Why EAIA

Paul Van Pernis at the Henry Ford Museum

I need to introduce myself.  My name is Paul Van Pernis and I’m the current President of The Early American Industries Association.  You’ve found our website and I thought you might like to know a bit more about EAIA.  Hopefully with some more information you might be persuaded to join us!  EAIA was founded in […]

The Ironmonger – The King of Hardware Trade Journals By Geoffrey Tweedale

The Ironmonger - The King of Hardware Trade Journals By Geoffrey Tweedale

Anyone who has picked up an old saw, plane, or knife soon looks for a trade mark or maker’s name. These can identify and sometimes date an artefact. But one often wants to know more about the history of the manufacturer or individual. Reference books and other published sources – such as newspapers and directories […]