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#1 posted 04-04-2015 02:03 AM

Your wife was nice to you. Clean up those tools, sharpen them and use them. Record was a quality English tool maker that was is business for decades. The Record spoke shave I have is a fine tool.
The chisels are a bit harder. The one in the foreground tapers in width. Maybe it is/was a carving tool. Is there any evidence that it has been sharpened on both faces? Also how thick is it? Either way sharpen it and use it.
To my eye it looks like the middle tool has a bevel peaking up over the handle of the chisel in the foreground. If that is correct then I would say that you have a mortise chisel of a style called “pig sticker”. Pig stickers are highly desirable and are ideal for pounding square holes in wood. I believe pig stickers are an English style but I own a French made one. “JNU Garantie” makes me think that it may be Swedish in origin. I have one bench chisel that is marked the same with what appears to be a crown above the letters/word. On the face side (non beveled side) it says, “1/2 – 12mm” over “Swedish Steel”. The handle on mine has the same pattern of grooves cut into it but the shape on mine is more refined as befitting a bench chisel rather than a solid barrel grip for pounding mortises.
On mine there is part of a decal that reads, “Nooitgedag & Zonen / No. 3060 / Gerfedschappen / IGLST” as best as I can read.
Your wife “did you good”. Reward her. Praise her. At flea markets four eyes searching beats two eyes every time.

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