Friday, 30 November 2012
David Stanley General Auction
Another visit to David Stanley's enjoyable auction. There were the usual familiar faces and a good selection of tools.
I keep being tempted by lovely old tool boxes, and this was a particularly fine example.
The general auctions are mainly for tools not considered worthy of the international sales, although this very rare Norris 11 mitre plane was included and sold for £5,800 + commission!
Here's my little haul! Three Spiers smoothers including a very early one, two Norris smoothers, one Mathieson smoother, two shoulder planes and a steel soled brass Norris bull nose Most need some attention which is work I really enjoy, you just have to pick the right ones at the right price to make it profitable.
My favourite is this Mathieson smoother dating from around 1900, it has a fine undamaged handle with elegant spur and the original Mathieson parallel iron, giving a very tight mouth.
I will probably start tinkering with these tomorrow, I just can't resist!