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NORRIS A27 Bullnose Plane

NORRIS A27 Bullnose Plane

10th August 2015

A fine example of the NORRIS A27 bullnose plane from a private collection.This gunmetal model was a cut above other bullnose planes with its adjusting mechanism, wedge tightening screw and steel sole.Four inches long and available in widths of 1, 1.1/8 and 1.1/4 inches. Ebony wedges were available at a…

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Rare Brass Framed Hand Drill

Rare Brass Framed Hand Drill

10th July 2015

A wonderful quality brass framed hand drill with ebony handles.This recent find, although unnamed, is of exceptional quality and the first we have seen with a figure of eight frame shape. Every part is finished to a very high standard with detail indicating that no time or expense was spared…

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Rare Moseley Matchstick Plane

Rare Moseley Matchstick Plane

8th June 2015

A very rare matchstick plane by John Moseley of London.This beechwood example has a recessed steel sole with an integral adjustable blade at the rear.The matchstick cutters are housed in a brass block which, in turn, is held captive in the plane stock by a wooden wedge.Unlike other matchstick planes…

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English Mitre Planes

English Mitre Planes

3rd May 2015

A group of four English dovetailed mitre planes, from a private collection.Compared to wooden planes, metal planes were rare right up until the mid 19th century.English mitre planes are typically quite plain, of parallel sided box construction. The toe and heel of the sole extends and is ‘dovetailed’ to the…

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Architectural Moulding Planes by Gleave

Architectural Moulding Planes by Gleave

8th March 2015

A wonderful set of 39 moulding planes by Joseph Gleave & Son of Manchester. Gleave began making planes in 1832 and continued up until 1926 by which time the business had grown into a large tool dealership. The business still exists in Manchester today as ‘industrial supplies specialists’.Many of the…

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Woodcarving – Royal Coat of Arms

Woodcarving – Royal Coat of Arms

28th January 2015

This wonderful carving of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s coat of arms is by a very talented member of our local woodcarving group. 24 inches by 18 inches, carved in lime and mounted on walnut, the detail and finish is testament to the skill of George Robertshaw who continues…

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STANLEY No 1 Plane

STANLEY No 1 Plane

12th December 2014

A very nice example of the STANLEY No 1 plane, the smallest of the Stanley bench planes and much sought after.Introduced in 1869 and available through to 1943 this little smoothing plane is only 5.1/2 inches long with a 1.1/4 inch blade iron.Although a practical plane the majority of those…

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Very Rare SPIERS Plane

Very Rare SPIERS Plane

3rd November 2014

A dovetailed steel badger plane by Stewart Spiers of Ayr – rare just doesn’t cover it!Stewart Spiers was born in 1820 and began his working life as a cabinetmaker like his father. It is believed that he started making planes in the 1840s and soon earned a reputation for quality.It…

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Rare OWEN Moulding Plane

Rare OWEN Moulding Plane

18th October 2014

An 18th century moulding plane by Owen, or is that Orven?Despite the ongoing efforts of a number of highly capable interested parties, little is known about Owen although enough planes have been discovered with this mark to make it safe to assume that he was a professional maker.The mark is…

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Stanley 97 Plane

Stanley 97 Plane

13th September 2014

A special purpose edge or chisel plane from Stanley USA. Aimed at piano makers and cabinet makers for working into the corners and tight spaces where the use of other planes would be impractical or impossible.The Stanley 97 plane was offered from 1905 – 1944, is 10 inches long and…

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