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Unusual Decorative Shoulder Plane

Unusual Decorative Shoulder Plane

29th July 2021

An interesting and unusual cast iron shoulder plane.  No obvious makers marks but with floral decoration to the top sections.The unmarked adjustable blade has a hole which locates it onto the depth of cut adjuster.  Simple cap iron held in place by a brass cam.We have never seen one before…

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Early 18th Century ELLIS WRIGHT Moulding Plane

Early 18th Century ELLIS WRIGHT Moulding Plane

3rd January 2021

A nice example of one of the rarest English moulding planes.Ellis WRIGHT was apprenticed to Francis Purdew in 1706 and both men are probably best known for the similar maker's mark style found on their planes.Both marks were oval and Purdew planes were marked on the side of the stock…

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Worth Saving? 18th Century Cupids Bow Panel Plane

Worth Saving? 18th Century Cupids Bow Panel Plane

2nd November 2020

An interesting and early small panel plane.Found earlier this year buried in a box of other, later, moulding planes under a bench in deepest Lincolnshire.At first glance it looked as sorry as all the other wooden planes in the box. The woodworm beetle's offspring had enjoyed their feast, imagine how…

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SPIERS No.11 Gunmetal Adjustable Bullnose Plane

SPIERS No.11 Gunmetal Adjustable Bullnose Plane

31st August 2020

A rare adjustable No.11 bullnose or bull-nosed plane by Stewart SPIERS of Ayr.  SPIERS bullnose planes are rare anyway, the steel adjustable bullnose a little rarer and then we have the gunmetal with steel sole example.Offered late in the SPIERS manufacturing timeline, the adjustable plane came with a fully marked…

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Brass Infill Smoother Transformation

Brass Infill Smoother Transformation

18th August 2020

We recently sold a brass infill smoothing plane in need of some attention.  The wedge was missing, the iron short and we still don't understand how the rear infill ended up in the state you can see in the photos.Although many would have replaced the rear infill in rosewood, as…

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English Staircase Saw - Updated

English Staircase Saw - Updated

3rd June 2020

A wonderful example of an English staircase saw, from a private collection.Used to cut the sides of staircase housings or 'strings' that hold the risers and treads.Examples from Europe and the USA turn up reasonably frequently however those produced in the UK are rare and it is believed that most…

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Sheard, Binnington & Co Cabinet Makers Chest

Sheard, Binnington & Co Cabinet Makers Chest

30th March 2020

This wonderful chest came from the Binnington cabinet making family of SHEARD, BINNINGTON & CO, Doncaster, South Yorkshire.  Please see further down this blog for a brief history of the company.The 34" x 21" x 223/4" high dovetail construction lockable painted pine chest has a panelled lid and mahogany interior…

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Oversize Boxwood Rule by FENN

Oversize Boxwood Rule by FENN

22nd February 2020

An interesting 2 foot 2 fold boxwood rule by FENN of London.Originally makers of watch tools, the business was founded by Daniel Fenn in 1753.  During the second half of the 19th century FENN also sold a variety of high quality 'Gents' tools and their range include moulding planes, mitre…

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2 Wide Moulders - Big is Beautiful

2 Wide Moulders - Big is Beautiful

12th January 2020

We don't get our hands on many really wide moulding planes and then two come along within a couple of days of each other!One by Edward PRESTON of Birmingham, the other HIELDS of Nottingham, both maker's marks indicate they are from the second half of the 19th century.Probably cornice or…

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Moroccan Infill Smoothing Plane by David Winder

Moroccan Infill Smoothing Plane by David Winder

26th October 2019

An interesting recently produced infill smoothing plane by David Winder.Following a recent trip to Morocco David produced this wonderful adjustable infill smoother.The infill, 'bull horn' handle and tip of the lever cap screw are in Thuya burl, from the Thuya tree, a native Moroccan conifer.  Thuya burl, from the part…

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