A Mathieson of Edinburgh handled adjustable screwstem plough plane.

If I had a hammer! Huge array of vintage tools in timed auction

A FASCINATING collection of vintage tools is being showcased in a special online timed auction from Lichfield.

Richard Winterton Auctioneers is running the sale until Sunday, March 14 and you can browse the catalogue and bid online here.

The huge array of hundreds of individual items is catalogued across 109 lots and includes tools for shipwrights, carpenters, coopers and all manner of practical applications for woodworking.

There are saws, axes, hatchets, adzes, hammers, planes, chisels, twybills, mallets, braces, calking tools, gouges, boring tools, screwdrivers, drawknives, marking and mortice gauges and braces, dating back to the 19th century and beyond.

Top: A vintage cross-cut saw. Bottom: A 19th century French cooper's cochoir with a 7½ ins edge.
Top: A vintage cross-cut saw. Bottom: A 19th century French cooper’s cochoir with a 7½ ins edge.

Lot 854 includes an 18th century Isaac 9½ ins felling axe; Lot 855 contains six ancient iron axe heads possibly Roman and Bronze Age plus a flint axe head.

The sale includes a huge array of axes.

There are also many quality tools ready to start work again immediately such as chisels, saws, hammers and screwdrivers.

Carpentry tools, grooving planes and vintage handtools.
Carpentry tools, grooving planes and vintage handtools.

Many of the specialist tools were specifically made for a particular job by the craftsperson carrying out the task.

Years ago, an apprentice would often make their own tools as part of their training and learning process.

This collection also includes dozens of commercially made vintage tools, crafted to a very high standard.

Top: A Preston No. 311 bull-nosed plane with a Granby bull nosed plane. Bottom: 10 specialist hammers.
Top: A Preston No. 311 bull-nosed plane with a Granby bull nosed plane. Bottom: 10 specialist hammers.

Whether made by an apprentice or a toolmaking company, the breadth and quality of the collection is stunning.

The sale starts to close from midday on Sunday, March 14. Browse and bid online here.

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