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Infill & Other British Metal Planes

British Metal Planes, commonly referred to as infill planes, represent the pinnacle of refinement in cabinetmaking planes. These planes came into vogue during a time when industrialization allowed products of remarkable precision to be made for a wide market, but at the same time fine hand work was still being done. Infill planes proliferated in the second half of the nineteenth century. While production lingered on until the early 1950s in a few isolated cases, The Great War really sounded the death knell for this type of tool. Today, these tools are avidly sought by both users and collectors. Their elegant lines and unequaled performance stimulating interest in both groups. When perusing the planes in this section, it must be remembered that the very nature of these planes meant that production would be relatively small. Today, the supply of good examples is very limited. We do sell quite a few Norris and Spiers planes, but it must be borne in mind that these planes are far too scarce to maintain a constant stock of good planes at a reasonable price. Planes by lesser known makers, while often of similar quality, are typically much easier to acquire, simply due to their lessor fame.

In our New Tools Section you will find a complete selection of parallel irons for infill planes custom made for us by Ron Hock.

A Discussion of Infill Planes

Explanation of Our Condition Grading System

Frequently Asked Vintage Tool Questions

A Price, London

BM141270 A Price, London A 1" gunmetal bullnose with steel sole. This plane has been buffed bright in the best tradition of the British tool buffers. The steel sole was not touched and the plane has a good mouth, so it will be a good user. The color will come back with time. The mark is only on the blade. Arthur Price as the last of the metal plane makers, having taken over from Geoge Miller. There are a few dings in the front but otherwise this plane's big fault is just that it was polished. Priced to reflect that and a steal for a user wanting a quality infill bullnose. Good Sold

Preston Patent

BM141236 Preston Patent A clean and well cared for Preston bullnose plane with a removable front for use as a chisel plane. Retains about 35% of the original Preston iron. Other than normal nickel wear, this plane is without fault. G+ $165

H. Slater, Meredith St., Clerkenwell, London H. Slater, Meredith St., Clerkenwell, London

BM141258 H. Slater, Meredith St., Clerkenwell, London A 1 1/2" shoulder plane with about 70% of an I & H Sorby iron remaining. The rosewood infill is paticularly nice for a Slater and has a good French polish finish remaining. The sides and sole of the plane are bright, with no patina, having been cleaned past the point that I like to see. It is still a crisp plane that will make a great user and will take on some patina again with time. G++ Sold

Edward Preston & Sons

BM141158 Edward Preston & Sons A 1" Preston patent shoulder plane. This plane is in very nicely cared for used condtion. The iron is a new iron by Ray Iles. The little decorative plate that covers the front has nickel loss, as most do. A great user that is priced well below what one with the original iron in similar condition would cost. These are great users. G+ Sold

J.H. (John Holland) J.H. (John Holland)

BM141028 J.H. (John Holland) This is a 1 1/2" wide gunmetal shoulder plane that was made for the trade, that is to be marked by a retailer. Thus it is unmarked on the front, but both the blade and the body under the wedge, are marked J. H., which is how Holland often marked planes that he was not markng with his maker's mark. Whenever I recognize an unmarked plane to be by Holland, I immediately look for the J.H. mark hidden away. Perhaps I shouldn't be letting the secret out! Another less attractive feature of Holland's work is that he oriented the wood used for his wedges in such a way that they chip easily on the finial, and most are chipped. This one is chipped, but much less so than many that I have seen. It retains about 35% of the original Ibbottson iron. Untouched, with nice patina on the gunmetal. The wood could use a cleaning with wax to bring out the color of the rosewood. The plane retains its original tight mouth that Holland was known for. A great user or collector's piece. G+ $385

E. Preston & Sons E. Preston & Sons

BM141017 E. Preston & Sons This is the larger size Preston patented double side rebate plane in nice, little used, condition. The top side would rate higher, but the sole has some light nickel loss. A very nice example all the same. G+ $299

A. Mathieson & Son, Glasgow

BM140954 A. Mathieson & Son, Glasgow A standard 3/4" rebate, the infill plane that I personally use more than any other. This is a great user. It has about 60% of a replaced iron, and the wedge is replaced. It has a nice tight mouth and will be a great user. It has been cleaned, but not in a way that hurts it as a user. Priced to be a real bargain Good Sold


BM140975 Unmarked This is an oversized and very heavy gunmetal chariot plane that will make a fantastic user. The sole is 4 1/2" by 2 1/8". It fits my hand great. The infill looks to be mahogany. It has a nice tight mouth. G+ $369

Spiers, Ayr Spiers, Ayr

BM140915 Spiers, Ayr A truly superb Spiers mitre plane of the wedged style. This is an earlier plane with the small Spiers mark and without a toe in the rear. The infill is very dark rosewood. The blade is the original snecked Ward & Payne iron, numbered to the plane. The plane is 10 1/4" long and 2 3/4" wide, and weighs about 5 pounds. One of the best mitre planes that we have handled. Connoisseur grade all the way. Fine- Sold

Holland, London Holland, London Holland, London

BM140924 Holland, London A 10" long, 2 1/2" wide dovetailed mitre plane. Mitre planes, and any dovetailed planes, but Holland, are very scarce. I don't know why, but I have seen very few Holland mitre planes. This plane has a snecked Ward & Payne iron that I believe to be original to it. The plane has scattered pitting, most severly on the left side, but present in spots overall. The rosewood is relatively light in color with some figured grain on the wedge. The plane has been sensitively cleaned by a collector. This is a scarce and desriable piece, in decent but not greast condition, for the serious Holland collector. Of course it would be a great user, but I would like this plane to go to somebody who appreciates is rarity. Good Sold

W. Thackerey, Armsley, Yorks. W. Thackerey, Armsley, Yorks.

BM140939 W. Thackerey, Armsley, Yorks. This is a 15 1/2" cast iron panel plane. It is only marked Thackerey on the cap iron, but Thackerey often only marked this way. I am not familiar enough with his work to say for sure if this plane is by Thackerey or not. It has mahogany fill and a very shapely form. The iron surfaces have been cleaned with an abrhasive. The sole and sides have been lightly lapped. It will look a lot better when this gets some patina again. I really like the form of this plane and it will make a great user as well. Good Sold

Norris, London, A71, Patent Adjustable

BM140846 Norris, London, A71, Patent Adjustable A 17" Norris wooden bodied jack plane. These wooden bodied Norris planes were always a bit antithetical to what Norris was known for, and did not sell well. They do have the same patent adjuster that all of the pre-war adjustable planes share. This plane has been fitted with one of our Hock replacement irons and has been properly ground for use in a jack plane. The body is well patinated and covered with light tool box rash. From a working shop and a great user. G+ Sold

Mathieson, Glasgow Mathieson, Glasgow Mathieson, Glasgow

BM140831 Mathieson, Glasgow A 13 1/2" panel plane that would have been made for Mathieson by Norris. The metal work is in nice condition and this will be a great user. The woodwork looks OK, but on close inspection you will see that the top 1/4" of the front bun is replaced, typically to remove severe hammering. There is also a patch in the toe, where damage is very unusual, and I can not explain this. The rear looks OK, although the front and rear have been refinished to match. The iron is a replacement, but a proper one by Ward and Payne and is a great fit, giving the plane a tight mouth, as it should have. This is the chance to buy what is essentially a Norris #1 panel plane, and a great user, for a very modest price. G+ Sold

Buck, 242 Tottenham Ct. Rd

BM140835 Buck, 242 Tottenham Ct. Rd A 15 1/2" Norris #1 panel plane, that was made for the retailer Buck, and bears the Buck mark. The sides and sole have been carefully cleaned but have scattered light pitting. Nothing that will matter as a user. The blade is a proper period replacement by Ward & Payne, presumably put in during the planes original working life. It is a perfect fit, preserving the plane's tight mouth. About 40% remains on this blade. The lever cap is uncleaned and retains some original lacquer as well as being patinated. The front bun has been sheared off and glued back, which is not that uncommon these Norris panel planes, as this was a weak point. The woodwork is nice and this period repair doesn't bother me. The wood does have an overcloat of some more recent finish. A nicer user plane at a an easy to live with price point for what is a genuine Norris plane. G+ Sold

Unmarked Unmarked

BM140810 Unmarked A gunmetal chariot plane with a rosewood wedge. I am confidence that this plane was made by Miller, but Miller for some reason only signed a fraction of this work. He always used Marples irons and this one retains the original iron, which shows wear but is still above the back of the wedge. It has been lightly polished and at some point but a nice patina is slowly returning. Th e sole is 1 7/8" by 3 3/4". A great user or collector's piece. G+ $495

Buck, 242 Tottenham Ct Rd Buck, 242 Tottenham Ct Rd

BM140814 Buck, 242 Tottenham Ct Rd An unhandled coffin smoothing plane, really a Norris #4 made for Buck to retail. This is the larger size with a 2 1/4" wide blade. The blade is a tapered iron that doesn't belong with this plane and gives it wider mouth gap than it should have. One of our custom made Hock irons should be fitted. The lever cap has been hand polished, which for a user is no bid deal. The wood is also good for a user. The rear fill looks untouched except perhaps for being waxed. The front fill has had a chunk knocked off and glued back on, then refinished with a darker finish to obscure the repair. The body has been "cleaned" with a wire brush, leaving that orange peel surface. This process tends to round the forward edge of the mouth, which causes this type of plane to perform no better than a Bailey style plane. I recommend in this case to lap the sole to restore the crisp mouth which allows an infill plane to be used with a very tight mouth, thus minimizing tear out. If you do all of this, you will get a fantastic user plane, made by Norris, for about half the price that it would bring without any issues. G+ Sold

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

BM14059 Unmarked This is a crisp gunmetal shoulder plane, almost certainly made by Holland, but not marked. The infill is ebony and has his trademark peaked front fill. The plane is not polished and has a nice even patina and a good tight mouth. The 1 1/4" wide blade has about 70% remaining. The blade tang has some heavy rust, which will not impact use. There is also some rust on the working area of the blade. It looks to me like this will not be an issue, but it will have to be addressed. This caused me to lower the grading a notch and make it cheap. A good user or a collector's grade plane. G+ Sold

T (Thackeray)

BM140339 T (Thackeray) This is a noticably heavy 3/4" cast-iron rebate plane. It is just under 9 inches long and the infill is ebony. It is marked only with a capital T, which is how Thackeray marked his shoulder and rebate planes. It is in lovely as found condition, with about 60% of what I believe to be the original iron remaining. I would have gone a grade higher but for some minor dings in the wood along the top. This plane has a tight mouth and will be a fantastic user at a modest price compated to a comparable example by one of the top-tier makers. G++ $229

Holland, Maker, London Holland, Maker, London Holland, Maker, London

BM140378 Holland, Maker, London This is an important early Holland smoothing plane from an important London collection. This plane is in the mid-19th Century London pattern style, and has an earlier style bridge than is typical for Holland. The wedge is battered but looks original, and has the snecked sides that Slater was known for. I have long thought that Holland originated this style. The blade and cap iron are much earlier from the plane, but look like they have been with it for a long time. They are round topped and by James Cam. The rear rosewood infill is in nice condition but the front fill was changed, in the original period of use, to a horn shape reminiscent of a Continental plane. The rear casting is cracked from being hit with a hammer to adjust the plane. Despite its flaws, this is a good usable plane and the earliest Holland plane that I can recall seeing. For the Holland scholar. Good $395

Edward Preston & Sons

BM140325 Edward Preston & Sons A very clean Preston bullnose with about 70% of the original iron remaining. There are a few small spots on the sides that kept it from rating fine. G++ $179

J. Buck, London

BM140329 J. Buck, London A 1 1/16" wide iron bullnose plane that was probably made by Holland. It retains about 30% of the original Ward iron. The of the rosewood wedge has a chip knocked out of it, a flaw often seen on Holland planes. The plane has been lightly cleaned overall with something like steel wool. Not an appropriate thing to do, but in this case the plane is OK and a bit of handling will erase any evidence of this encounter. A nice little plane but not quite good enough for a discnerning collector. Hence the low price. G+ $185

Norris, London Norris, London

BM140165 Norris, London A 1 1/2" wide dovetailed steel #22 shoulder plane. The 22 available as a cast plane or for a higher price as a dovetailed plane. This example has a near full original numbered and Norris marked iron. It is a later example, probably from between the wars, and is marked 22 on the front. The wood is untouched but the sides and sole are very clean and may have been lapped. The rear is untouched and shows the patina that the rest of the plane should have had. A great user and modestly priced. G+ $499

Melhuish, London (Spiers) Melhuish, London (Spiers)

BM13121 Melhuish, London (Spiers) A very scarce Spiers made gunemtal shoulder plane. This is marked for the London retailer, Melhuish, but is a Spiers 1 1/2" wide gunmetal shoulder plane. Spiers gunmetal shoulder planes are very scarce by any measure. The dovetailed variety typically sell for much more, but the cast type, like this one, are in my experience even more scarce. This plane has better than 90% remaining of the original Ibbottson iron. The mark on the iron is interesting, in that I have never noticed this mark before. It reads, "Thos Ibbotson & Co., Makers Sheffield". The wood is highly figured rosewood. There is one check in the top of the fill, which is the result of using a piece with so much figure. The mouth is very tight, as you would want. The plane has been polished overall. Not buffed, but polished such that it will need to be handled a lot to rebuild the patina. An exciting find for the advanced collector. G++ $1545

Badger, London

BM13081 Badger, London A scarce gunmetal bullnose plane by Badger. Badger planes were usually only marked on the iron, so when the iron is used up, the mark is gone. This plane still has the original Badger marked W&P iron with about 5/16" remaining. It is a 1 1/16" wide plane. The rosewood wedge is still in nice condition and still seats properly so that the side profile of the plane is maintained. Badger was veyr particular to have a certain look from the side. His planes are very sculptural. I have even had one smoother that was filled with highly figured birch. The srike button on this plane is of a proper type, but has recently been added. It is as new, and below it, the plane shows evidence of repeated strikes. The gunmetal retains a light patina, but has been lightly polished. the sides have some tool box rasp. The sole is good and it still has a nice tight mouth. Overall this is quite respectible example of a quite scarce plane. Good $329

Norris, London Norris, London

BM130623 Norris, London This is a scarce and highly sought after Norris A7 in 1" width. It has a full original numbered iron, and most of the original finish on the rosewood. There is some light and medium light pitting on the right side. The sole and left side are without issue. This is really a nice example and will make a great user or collector's piece. I have seen similar examples bring twice as much money, but not in this economy. G+ $2595

Spiers, Ayr Spiers, Ayr

BM1305105 Spiers, Ayr A scarce Spiers 9/16" rebate with about 80% of the original Ward & Payne iron remaining. One of the best that I have seen, especially in this size. The mouth is as tight as a good Norris. Fine Sold


BM130458 Unmarked A relatively early dovetailed wrought iron rebate plane. This is the unusual style where the wedge is cut into one piece of infill, rather than being as wide as the infill. That must have been much harder to do, and is quite unusual. I have seen a few Robert Towell planes with this feature, but I don't know for sure who made this plane. I presume that it is London made and first half of the 19th Century. The Ward iron retains about 35-40%. The wedge is a little battered on the lower edge of the finial. It has a nice tight mouth and would be a great user that was probably once making fine London quality furniture. 9" long and just over 3/4" wide. G+ $249

Edward Preston

BM1303111 Edward Preston A very clean 1 1/8" wide Preton patent adjustable bullnose retaining about all of the original bright nickel and 60% of the original blade. Connoisseur Grade. Fine $175

Spiers, Ayr

BM13031 Spiers, Ayr A dovetailed Spiers 1 1/8" wide shoulder plane with about 20% of the original numbered iron remaining. The iron is unmarked and the plane has the block letters mark. As found with some small dots of white paint splattering. Clean and rust free, this is a nice honest plane that is conservatively rated G+ $385

Unmarked Unmarked

BM121139 Unmarked This is a gunmetal, steel soled, smoothing plane, that I believe may be an early Norris. It has the early style Norris hold down screw and the lever cap is consistent with a Norris style. I don't have an early Norris smoother of this model at hand to compare the side profile. The plane originally was an unhandled smoother with ebony infill. Sombody has added an aluminum handle. The work was superbly well done, but is clearly not what a collector wants to see. The front bun is somewhat flat on top and may have been flattened at some point, or it may have been made this way. The sides retain about 50% original lacquer, although they are covered with light tool box rash. The sole has been cleaned and retains light pitting. As a user, this plane will be superb. It has a good tight mouth and a great feel. However, the modification has had a dramatic impact on the asking price. G+ $595

Norris, London Norris, London Norris, London

BM120914 Norris, London A gunmetal with steel sole bullnose plane with a rosewood wedge and about half of the original snecked iron, numbered to the plane but not marked. The sole is clean with a tight mouth, as it was made. The body has been lightly cleaned by a collector, but not all buffed up by any means. The wood is untouched with nice surface and nice grain. The gunmetal surface has some very light tool box rash. A nice honest example that is not too good to use, but good enough to fit in a quality collection. It is the 1 1/8" wide model. G+ $845

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BM1112224 Benj. Slater, London A very rare Benjamin Slater shoulder plane. Henry Slater of course went on to become one of the most successful planemakers of all time, but his father's planes are very rare. You can see the form of a Henry Slater shoulder plane in this one, but it is not the same. The wedge has the whale tail shape associated with Miller. The plane has had a hard live. The mouth is chipped up, and screw has been run up through the sole to reinforce a hairline crack on one side. There are also some hairlines in the rear where it has been struck to adjust it. Still, it is a usable plane, and clearly the owner was trying to keep it going. An important documentary piece. G- $275

Infill Plane

BM1112225 Edward Preston An as found Preston patent 1 1/8" bullnose with about half the original iron remaining and about 60% of the original nickel. A used but well cared for example that will serve you well. G+ $179

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BM111236 Spiers, Ayr A very scarce Spiers 3/4" combination bullnose and rebate plane in honest original condition. Both mouths are super tight, as tight as I have seen on any Spiers. The iron is full and numbered to the plane, as is the wedge. The wedge fits in both slots and I am not sure if these always came with two irons or not. Most of them that have two irons and wedges are faked up, but I have seen at least one that I think was right. The body has a pleasing light patina with some very light pitting, mainly on the left side. This plane is out of my collection and is one of the nicest, and totally honest, examples that I have seen of this very hard to find plane. G+ 575

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BM110918 Norris, London A 1 1/4" #7 Norris shoulder plane with about 90% of the original numbered iron remaining. Nice untouched condition with a nice tight Norris mouth. A very strong G+ $575

Infill Plane

BM110851 Unmarked An iron bullnose plane 1 1/8" wide. I would say that this is a Norris casting. The body absulotely looks to be Norris, but it is user finished. I see this from time to time and I think that somehow Norris castings were entering the market. The wedge is of an unrefined style typical of a craftsman maker. The iron is by Ward and is about 60 or 70%. Nice untouched patina. G++ Sold

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BM110732 Spiers, Ayr A 1 1/4" Spiers shoulder plane with 90% of a Spiers marked snecked iron, but not the original iron for this plane The plane is numbered 6 and this iron is 11. The iron is marked "Stewart Spiers, Cast Steel, Ayr, Scotland." The plane is marked 23 on the front. Nobody is quite sure what these numbers that are found on later Spiers planes mean. They do not seem to be model numbers. It has been speculated that they could have signifiied which bench hand made the plane. Also marked "Dovetailed" on the front. The side of the wedge is marked with the Stewart Spiers mark. I have never seen that mark on a wedge before. Overall this is a very clean example with some intriguing features. G++ $375

Infill Plane

BM110283 Mathieson An iron bullnose plane marked by Mathieson, but clearly made for them, as many of their planes were, but Norris of London. The back is even marked with the distinctive "Patent Metal" mark of Norris. The plane retains 80% of its original numbered iron. It is 1 1/8" wide. Mathieson marked bullnose planes are quite scarce, but yet if this plane were marked by Norris it would actually sell for even more. It has been light cleaned by a misguided dealer, but the plane is rust free and no real harm was done, the patina was just a bit rubbed. It will blend back in within a few years. Really quite a nice example. G+ $475

Infill Plane

BM11013 T. Gardner, Maker, Bristol A rare 1 1/4" skew mouth shoulder plane that was clearly made by H. Slater, but retailed by T. Gardner, a wooden plane maker. Retains about 30% of the original iron. Cleaned overall so that the metal has no patina. The wedge is an old replacement that was made oversized to make the plane easier to hold. It really fits the hand well and would be a great user like this. The first skew mouthed Slater made plane that I have ever seen. Good $459

Infill Plane

BM101213 Unmarked A classic "London Pattern" smoothing plane for about 1850-1870. I have seen a number of planes with this same casting, but I am not sure if it is craftsman finished or professionally done. The quality of the work certainly could be professional. I have seen one example that was by Badger, but I don't feel confident to attribute all of them to him. The blade on this plane looks to me to be a proper period replacment. The cap iron is W&P and I think that it is original to the plane. Nice clean original condition. G++ Sold

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BM100838 Unmarked This is an unusual rhino horn gunmetal shoulder plane. It certainly looks professionally made, but I have not one seen before. The fill is rosewood and has its original finish. There is some slight chipping from the very tip of the horn. Very lightly polished. The blade is marked Marples and is about 70%. The steel sole has some very light rust that will clean right off. From an imporant Glasgow collection. A very special plane for the connoisseur. G+ $599

Infill Plane

BM100611 Buck, Tottenham Ct Rd., Patent Metal A Norris made 1" wide iron bullnose marked by Buck. Has a nearly full replacement iron. The wedge is a bit battered, but this will be a great user. It has a nice tight original Norris mouth. A steal for a user wanting to own a genuine Norris. Good $189

Infill Plane

BM100548 Unmarked A small gunmetal chariot plane. The sole measures 3 1/4" by 1 1/4". Nicely patinated. From a good collection, and totally untampered with. G+ Sold

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BM100555 Spiers, Ayr This is a rare original model Spiers panel plane in very genuine condition. The handle spur is shortened, but a long time ago and it is well blended in. There is a patch on the front but where a stike button has been removed. That is the only evidence of any recent activity. Frankly, I would put a strike button back. The dovetailed body has no pitting and is very nice. The blade is an old replacement that fits fine. The unpolished lever cap is engraved with the original owner's name with some of the nicest engraving that I have ever seen on a tool. A rare and important plane for the advanced collector. Good $1495

Infill Plane

BM100451 Unmarked Gunmetal Chariot A darling little London chariot plane, 3 3/8" long by 1 3/8" wide. This plane is not signed but I have seen a similar example that was signed by Badger. The wedge is wonderfully patinated boxwood. It has been hand polished some time ago, and now has a light patina. There are a series of dings in the sole where an idiot seems to have used it to tap on something. Other than that, it is all just honest wear. From a good London collection. Good $295

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BM100260 Norris, London A 1 1/4" wide number 20 shoulder plane in nice, lightly cleaned, condition. The iron has about 70% remaining. It looks original but the plane is not a numbered example so I can't tell for sure. Marked "Unbreakable" on the back, which is how Norris marked their cast iron models. I must admit that I have not seen a broken one, but I would not count on it. A nice example for a user or collector. G+ Sold

Infill Plane

BM100135 Goddard, London A bronze bullnose plane that is uncleaned with a patina that is wonderful with the nice glow of a well cared for gunmetal tool. It has a steel sole. The blade, which I am confident is original, retains about 45%. The name is marked on the side and does not jump out at you, but when you see it, it is clearly legible. It definitely does not appear to be an owner's mark. I have no information on this maker or retailer. The plane has light tool box rash but the patina is so nice that you don't really notice. A rare and interesting piece. G+ $595

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BM91174 J.Buck, London This is a cast iron shoulder plane made by John Holland but marked by the retailer, J. Buck. The blade is marked with the J.H. as was commonly used by Holland on his blades. This is a small size shoulder plane, and sits lower than most. The width is 1 3/16". The iron is in nice condition with a nice light patina. The rosewood has some light tool box rash and looks a bit dull. I think that some wax would really brighten it up. The blade has about 50% remaining. G+ $289

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BM91052 Mathieson, Glasgow This is a rare and interesting plane. It is the first pattern Spiers 13 1/2" panel plane. It is marked, only on the wood, Mathieson, Glasgow, but it is clearly a Spiers plane. I guarantee that the mark is right and is not the spurious Mathieson mark that is so commonly seen these days. The top 3/8" of the bun and the top of the tote are replaced, but properly done, in the way that museums favor today, where it is an accurate likeness, but the repair is obvious to all but auctioneers. The blade is a parallel Mathieson iron that fits well, but is totally the wrong iron for the plane. The original iron would have been a tapered iron at this time. A rare and important plane despite its condition limitations. Good $799

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BM91034 Norris, London A Norris number 51 adjustable smoothing plane with about 70-80% of the original Norris marked iron remaining. This plane has most of the bright lacquer left on the hold down screw and a very pleasant light patina overall. This is another very nice example from that wonderful Norris collection that we have been selling. There are two minor faults. Really one. There are several obtrusive owner's marks on the top of the front bun. Not really a fault but it is a but much. The tote has a glued crack in the front part, that is not the tote itself, but the closed part that goes in front of the hand. This is a common flaw, in just this place, but I don't know why. The original paint is about 80%. Most of the examples that I see turning up in this country are repainted. This is a really nice honest example at what I think is a moderate price. G++ $745

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BM9108 Spiers, Ayr A scarce Spiers combination rebate plane. The metal surfaces on this plane have been cleaned more than I would like, and it idoes not have a patina, but otherwise the condition is not too bad with no damage to the delicate mouths. The only real complaint is that the wedge is a bit battered. The iron is the original numbered Ward iron and is about 60% remaining. I am not convinced that these came with 2 irons and wedges. Any that I have seen that way were, upon careful inspection, seen to be faked up. A nice honest example. Good $545

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BM9068 Norris, London This is a clean and well cared for Norris #50 coffin smoother. This is the cast iron equivalent of an A5, and will perform just as well for a more modest investment. This plane has a good original iron, most of the bright original lacquer on the lever cap, and nice lightly patinated iron parts. In short, a very nice example of a pre-War adjustable Norris for the discerning user. G++ $845

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BM9051 R. Fairclough, 12 Byrom St. This is a 1" wide iron bullnose plane with a very distinctive London made form. Fairclough was a wooden plane maker and would not have made this plane, but I am not sure who did. The detailing on this plane, such as the chamfering, is superb, and it really speaks to me. About 40% of what I think is the original W&P iron remains. Nice as found color. Highly recommended. G+ $179

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BM90159 Unmarked This plane is one of those times when a tool collector becomes a sleuth. The plane is not marked, but is too well made to likely be a craftsman made plane. It is dovetailed, and the dovetailing is done as a first class maker would do it. You don't see craftman made planes that are dovetailed very often, and they are never dovetailed this well. The plane is beautifully made mitre plane, but with an unusual form. The front bun looks like a Norris front bun of the period. The period, I peg as 1893-1898 because the blade, which looks original to the plane, bears the mark of Ryan, Euston Rd. which would date to this period. The bridge looks like a London mitre plane bridge by a maker like Smith or Gabriel. Since these are earlier makers, it even occurred to me that this was an earlier plane that has been refilled later. It looks too undisturbed to give that theory credence. I just don't know but I would not be surprised to hear that this plane was a special order from a major maker like Norris. Ryan was a dealer for Norris. Whatever the story, this is a fantastic mitre plane in wonderful as found condition. G++ Sold

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BM71232 Unmarked This is a London made gunmetal chariot plane measuring 1.5 by 3.5 inches. This plane was probably made by Lyons of London, but it is not marked. It is untouched with a great patina overall. The ebony wedge has a chip in the lower corner of the cupid's bow, but is otherwise OK. The blade is worn pretty short, and the back of the plane is heavily dented, from years of use. I like this plane a lot. It is a nice honest chariot, and finding them unpolished is hard. Good $299

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BM71114 Norris, London This is a nice clean original 2 1/8" wide iron for a post-War A5 smoothing plane. There is one inch left on this iron. It is as found and needs nothing. This will greatly enhance the value of a plane missing the proper iron. G+ Sold

Hock Parallel Irons for Infill Planes
We have a full selection of Hock irons custom made to our specifications in standard and A2 steel. These are all listed in the new tools section. Hock Blades

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