VARVILL Wooden Compass Plane - GP PRESTON *SOLD*
A good smaller sized beechwood compass smoothing plane by VARVILL of York.
Marked 'VARVILL & SONS LTD EBOR WORKS YORK' with the Bishops Mitre trade mark on the toe with 'WARRANTED' on the top of the stock.
Also stamped 'GP PRESTON TOOL MERCHANT SHEFFIELD'.
This compass plane comes with excellent provenance in that it belonged to Henry Binnington, the head of manufacturing, workshops and craftsmen at the Sheard, Binnington & Co cabinet making factory in Doncaster. The plane is stamped 'H.BINNINGTON' on the toe, heel and side of the wedge.
Please see our blog - https://www.oldhandtools.co.uk/blog/sheard-binnington-co-chest - for a brief history of Sheard, Binnington & Co.
Fitted with a near full length 13/4 inch HEARNSHAW BROTHERS John Bull blade iron with matching cap iron.
There is also a 'T' stamped behind the wedge mortice, believed to be the identifying mark of the individual plane hand or maker.
A few minor surface knocks and scratches.
71/8 inches overall length.