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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

Patent Appl Patent Appl

BM181147 Patent Appl'd This is really interesting adjustable bullnose plane. It is somewhat similar to a Preston patent bullnose. My guess is that it is American but I don't know for sure. The front comes off to form a chisel plane. The blade is 7/8" wide. It is beautifully made but unsigned. Both sides are marked "Patent Appl'd". It osuld rate fine but an idiot has gone over it with a wire wheel and it has that frosty surface that this leaves. A rare plane that shoujld interest a collector or a user. G++ $145

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

BM181128 Unmarked A superb gunmetal bullnose plane that was made by Badger of London but is not signed. Much of Badger's work is not signed, and some signed pieces are in fact spuriously signed. I do have an identical plane in my own collection that is signed so I am very confident in this attribution. This plane is a very high quality tool with a steel sole and a very tight mouth. The gunmetal is untouched with a rich patina. About half of what is presumably the original iron remains. The plane has very heavy chamfering that is characteristic of Badger. The rosewood wedge retains is original French polish and has nice color. Really a superior London made gunmetal bullnose for the connoisseur. G++ $269

W. Greenslade, Bristol W. Greenslade, Bristol W. Greenslade, Bristol W. Greenslade, Bristol W. Greenslade, Bristol

BM181084 W. Greenslade, Bristol This is a very scarce skew mouth 1 1/2" wide shoulder plane that was made by Henry Slater for W. Greenslade. The plane is marked in a most unusual way. The Greenslade mark is struck just above the escapement on both sides of the plane. This is totally unique in my experience. An idiot has polished the entire plane. The iron is unmarked but appears original. It has about 80% remaining. The plane will make a user or with its rarity should suit a collector. G+ SOLD


BM181073 Unmarked A 2 1/4" wide parallel iron that is .165" thick. This irons looks like it is post-war and is probably made from really good steel. There is staining and old dried tape residue on the upper cutting surface. It should clean off to at least G++ $35

I & H Sorby

BM181049 I & H Sorby A very clean 2 1/4" wide parallel iron that mics to .186 inch. 1 13/16" remains to the hole. The original surface on this blade is fantastic, with the original glazed bottom and oil finished top. There is slight deformation of the top edge which is why I downgraded it. This is a particularly nice blade if you have a use for it and it is by a high-quality maker. G++ $39

Revilo Long Life

BM181051 Revilo Long Life This is a high-speed steel blade, presumably from the 1950s. It is 2 1/4" wide and mics to .200 inch. It has 1 3/16" left to the hole. Sheffield tool steel from the 1950s is pretty much as good as you will ever encounter. It is discolored with old dried grease but would clean to bright if you want. G++ $29


BM181054 Unmarked A 2 3/16" wide parallel iron that mics out at .167 inch. The upper part that was not protected by a cap iron is pitted, the working end is very clean. It looks like a 1950s iron to me, which means that it will be great steel, but I am not sure. Of course I will refund your purchase if the steel isn't good. It has 2 7/16" to the hole, which is more than most English irons started with. G+ $25

W. Marples & Sons

BM181056 W. Marples & Sons A 2 1/4" wide parallel iron that mics out at .188 inch. There is 2 1/8" left to the hole. It looks like it was cleaned with steel wool on the top but the lower part is very clean and will make a great user. G+ $39

Buck, Tot. Court Rd. Buck, Tot. Court Rd. Buck, Tot. Court Rd. Buck, Tot. Court Rd. Buck, Tot. Court Rd. Buck, Tot. Court Rd. Buck, Tot. Court Rd.

BM181058 Buck, Tot. Court Rd. A scarce #16 Norris smoothing plane with cupid's bow bridge, made for the retailer Buck and so signed. When I got this plane it had no blade. I have put in a Mathieson iron that is an excellent fit, along with a proper unmarked cap iron. (Ironic as I am selling off my blade collection since I swore that I would never buy another plane that needed a blade. This one is so special that I made an exception.) This would be the end of the story , except that an idiot has cut off the bottom of the wedge to use it with a thin blade. So now about 3/4" of the bottom of the wedge is missing, which of course means that it won't work properly. If you buy the plane, I will furnish photos of an unmolsted wedge. You will need to graft a piece onto the bottom of this wedge. It is the earlier style Norris wedge with the rounded finial. There is an old crack in the casting that runs from the front hole to the top of the plane. The plane is so scarce that you have to look past this. Cupid's bow bridge Norris planes of any model are as scarce as hen's teeth. This is really a decent plane all in all. WIth the wedge fixed it will be a usable plane. G+ $399

Spear & Jackson

BM181034 Spear & Jackson A 182 thousandths of an inch thick 3 1/4" wide parallel iron. It has been honed but it seems to have the original factory grind and has about 2 3/16" to the hole. Very clean original condition. Fine $49

W. Marples & Sons, Hibernia

BM181035 W. Marples & Sons, Hibernia A very clean 2 1/2" wide parallel iron that measures 151 thousandths thick. It has 13/16" left to the hole. There is a bend in this blade above the steel in the softer part. It needs to be fiddled a bit to flatten it, but with a vise that shouldn't be too hard to do and it is a high quality iron in a hard to find thinner thickness. G+ $15

Robt Sorby

BM181037 Robt Sorby A 174 thousandths of an inch thick, 2 3/16" wide parallel iron. Used but in very nice original condition. 1 1/16" remains to the hole. G++ $27

(Norris, London)

BM180978 (Norris, London) This is a genuine Norris 2 1/8" cap iron from an adjustable plane such as an A5. The cap-irons are critical on these planes since the adjuster works off of the cap iron. This one has been lightly touched overall by an idiot with a wire wheel. These are hard to come by, much more so than the blades. G+ $85

Norris, London Norris, London Norris, London Norris, London

BM18103 Norris, London A rare early A17 smoothing plane, with only the 1913 patent date. Because of the limited production, duding the First World War, most adjustable Norris planes incorporate both the 1913 and 1922 patents. 1913 only patent planes certainly do show up, but this is the first A17 that I have seen with only the one patent. It also has the original early Norris marked blade. This is the second style of Norris marked blade, but many collectors call it the first type because the true first type is so rare that its existence is not widely known. When I got this plane, somebody had added a bit of finish over the original finish, which was not attractive. I gave it to John Porritt and he removed this added finish and restored the original finish so that it once again looks like a nicely cared for original plane. The steel sole has also been lightly lapped to smooth off some oxidation. I have actually been using this plane for about 2 years, but it is so rare that I realize that can't continue, and so I am now offering if for sale. Cearly this plane is for the advanced Norris collector. G+ $4995

Hearnshaw Bros

BM180922 Hearnshaw Bros A 2" wide parallel iron micing out 189 thousandths of an inch. 2 1/4" remains to the hole and it looks to me like the primary bevel is the original factory grind. Very clean as found condition. Fine $45


BM180939 Mawhood A 2 1/4" wide parallel iron that mics at 153 thousandths of an inch. Very clean condition with no deformation to the upper edge. There is 1 7/16" of useable blade left to the hole. G++ $39

W. Marples

BM180886 W. Marples A 2 1/4" wide parallel iron with 1 3/4" left to the hole. There is light mushrooming to the top edge. It mics out at 190 thousandths of an inch thick. Strangely, the maker's mark has been defaced. Perhaps it was a second. I've never seen this done before. G++ $45

Norris, London Norris, London Norris, London Norris, London

BM180815 Norris, London This is a particularly nice Norris #14 smoothing plane. It just has a lovely untouched patina with some original lacquer remaining on the bronze. The rosewood has no damage and most of its original finish. I would say that more than half of the 14s that I have seen have had the front bun broken off and then screwed back on. If you drop the plane, it is likely that it would break off, with the way that the grain runs and how hight it sits. There is 1 1/2" remaining on the orignal numbered Ward & Payne iron. It is a 2 inch iron. Most Norris smoothing planes will be 2 1/8" or 2 1/4". This has the flared side lever cap which I believe dates it to the 1890s or perhaps slightly into the 1900s. This is based on years of observation but is hard to proove. The bad news on this plane is that there is rust staining and some very light pitting on the sole. The sole is still crisp and is fine for a user. As 14s go, this is one of the best ones that I have handled. This plane is a consignment from a very fine collection. G+ $695

Robt. Sorby, Sheffield

BM180739 Robt. Sorby, Sheffield This is a full parallel iron that mics out at 156 thousandths of an inch. It has the original factory grind and has only been honed. This is a 2 1/4" iron, and is 2 1/4" wide at the top, however, it has been ground on the sides to fit it into a plane, and is about 1/32" shy of 2 1/4" wide at the cutting edge. It should make a great iron if it fits your plane and I priced it to reflect being slightly modified. Fine- $35

Unmarrked Unmarrked Unmarrked

BM180462 Unmarked A truly wonderful little chariot plane. The sole measures 3 3/8" long by 1 1/2" wide and the blade is 1 1/16. It has a fine mouth consistent with the kind of fine work that you would need a tiny plane like this for. The wood is rosewood, including the bed. It looks to me like it was made by one of the obscure mid-19th Century London makers like Badger or Lyons. The surface has a very fine pitting overall but the plane has been nicely cleaned and it really doesn't detract. There are some dings in the top rear of the wedge were a user setting the wedge missed the back and hit the top of the wedge. None the less, this is really a special plane. The form is wonderful, the size is unusual, and the original quality is quite high, consistent with London made products. G+ $285

Richard Ibbottson

BM180433 Richard Ibbottson A 2 1/2" parallel iron that mics out at 172 thousandths of an inch. 2 1/2" left to the hole. The entire upper half is overcleaned but could be recolored if it bothers you. G+ $49

Norris, London Norris, London Norris, London

BM180375 Norris, London A 14 1/2" post-war panel plane. This plane, which was formerly in the famous David Russel collection, is quite unusual for a post-war plane in that it has an attractive rosewood infill. The Norris factory closed in 1941 and after the war production resumed under license by a company in Croydon that had made aircraft instruments during the war. Their planes typically had stained beech infill. I presume that this is why David Russel had found it interesting. The plane is in nice condition except for one chip on the front right corner of the bun, and another dent on the bun. It has a correct full iron that I have installed. The iron in the plane was not in as good a condition as the plane. This iron is more appropriate for the plane, which is in wonderful condition. G++ $895

I. Sorby

BM180381 I. Sorby A nice clean 2 1/2" parallel iron with 1 3/16" left to the hole. This iron is 3/16" thick, and measured more accurately it is 0.183". G++ $59

Infill Plane Infill Plane

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+ Our consignor wants this sold and the price has now been greatly reduced. $459

Buck, Tot. Court Rd. Buck, Tot. Court Rd.

BM17012 Buck, Tot. Court Rd. An unusual chariot plane that I believe to have been made by Norris. The plane is marked by Buck on the bridge and on the iron. What makes this a rare form is that it has a small piece of rosewood in the front. I have one like this in my own collection, and I don't recall seeing any others. The wedge on this plane has a cupid's bow at the bottom and is somewhat more rounded than the one that I have, making me think that this is an earlier plane. It has a lovely rich patina and is very much an unmolested plane. The only reason that I did not grade it higher is that there are some small dings on the bridge, incurred when tap out the wedge. This plane is a gem that I highly recommend. G+ Our consignor has just reduced this piece to $795 from $995

Norris, London

BM180122 Norris, London A 2 1/8" iron from a Post-War Norris A5 smoothing plane. This is a clean iron with 1 9/16" remaining to the hole. Mics out at .154 inch. Fine- $75

Norris, London Norris, London Norris, London Norris, London

BM171020 Norris, London An absolutely superb, untouched, Number 5 smoothing plane. The steel sides and sole have a pleasing patina nad have never been "cleaned" since they left the factory. About 80% remains on the original numbered Norris iron. The lever cap retains much of the original lacquer. The woodwork retains most of its original lacquer, with only minor scattered marks in the finish. This plane was made around 1925 - 1930. It has as strike button on the front bun, probably ebony, that was most likely put on by the original owner. The mouth is very tight, making it suitable for the very finest work. Number 5s are very scarce and this is the best one that I have seen. Fine $2395

Norris, London Norris, London Norris, London Norris, London

BM170933 Norris, London A very scarce later model Number 2 smoothing plane. This plane has the model number on the lever cap, but also still has fitting numbers, a practice that was dropped not long after the model numbers appeared, and tells us that this plane was made some time not long off of 1930. The number 2 is by far the most common Norris smoothing plane, but once the adjustable planes appeared, sales of the non-adjustable planes dropped off precipitously. This plane was of course made at the height of Norris' adjustable plane business, and this is really something of an anachronism. The sides and sole of this plane are in lovely untouiched condition with a light patina. The lever cap retains about 85% of its original lacquer. The rosewood is lovely with no damage. The varnish finish shows normal wear and light scratches, mainly on the sides were it's typically seen. The plane is numbered "1" and the blade is numbered "7" and the cap iron has no number. They are certainly proper, but must be assumed to be replacements. The mouth is very tight with this blade, similar to a number 17 fitting. It will be great for highly figured wood but is too tight for general purpose smoothing. Unlike the rest of the plane, the blade has been cleaned and has some stains near the top, as seen in the photos. It is a 2 1/4" wide iron. Overall this is a superb example that only lacks having matching numbers to make it the best example you could hope to find. G++ $1295

W. Marples & Sons, Sheffield W. Marples & Sons, Sheffield W. Marples & Sons, Sheffield W. Marples & Sons, Sheffield

BM17084 W. Marples & Sons, Sheffield This is a large size malleable iron chariot plane that just fits the hand wonderfully and would be a great user. It was made by Henry Slater, who made all of the Marples marked infill planes, just as Henry Slater planes always have Marples irons. This plane has its original iron, which looks to be near full original length. It has never been cleaned and has a nice patains with some original lacquer remaining on the bridge. The rosewood wedge retains its beautifual Fench polished finish. The blade is 1 1/2" wide and the plane is 1 7/8" wide while the sole is four inches long. This plane is a distinct cut about your typical chariot plane and certainly one of the nicer planes that Slater made. Fine- $695

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

BM170416 Unmarked A dovetailed rebate plane with a 13/16" wide Mathieson marked iron with about 40% remaining.. This plane is nicely made to a professional standard, but I think that it is probably craftsman made. It is in nice as found condition and will make a great working plane for much less than a signed plane would cost. G+ $165

E. Preston & Sons E. Preston & Sons

BM170385 E. Preston & Sons This is the large size Preston double side rebate. This plane is in nice well cared for condition and would rate much higher if it had more nickel. Because quite a bit of the nickel is worn off I kept the condition grading down. It is a very nice honest example with near full original numbered irons. G+ $239

Norris, London Norris, London Norris, London Norris, London

BM170235 Norris, London A very nice Norris #25 bullnose plane. This plane pre-dates the marking of model numbers on the front of the plane, but when you remove the wedge it is marked 8/25, where 8 is the fitting number of this plane. I don't recall ever seeing one done this way before. It has a Norris marked snecked iron that is about 70% remaining. There is some rust staining on the blade that is only visible when you remove the wedgie. This is overall an exceptional example with a tight mouth and very crisp condition. It has been lightly cleaned by an expert and still retains some light patina. G++ $595

Buck, Tot. Court Rd. Buck, Tot. Court Rd.

BM17012 Buck, Tot. Court Rd. An unusual chariot plane that I believe to have been made by Norris. The plane is marked by Buck on the bridge and on the iron. What makes this a rare form is that it has a small piece of rosewood in the front. I have one like this in my own collection, and I don't recall seeing any others. The wedge on this plane has a cupid's bow at the bottom and is somewhat more rounded than the one that I have, making me think that this is an earlier plane. It has a lovely rich patina and is very much an unmolested plane. The only reason that I did not grade it higher is that there are some small dings on the bridge, incurred when tap out the wedge. This plane is a gem that I highly recommend. G+ $995

Norris, London Norris, London Norris, London Norris, London Norris, London

BM161143 Norris, London A rare skew-mouth Norris #7 shoulder plane in the original box. The box is tatty and would be a good candidate for restoration. The plane is great it has a full original iron numbered to the plane. The metalwork of the plane is very clean and untouched. The woodwork as well has its original finish and is very untouched. The sides of the wedge are missing the finish, probably because the wedge was fitting tight. John Porritt could restore this finish, but it is not very noticeable and I wouldn't bother. There are a few tiny chips on the wedge where it was hit accidentally when knocking it out, as noted by the arrow in our photo. It would be very hard to improve upon this plane, expecially considering that it is a skew mouth example. I have seen only a handfull of skew Norris shoulder planes over the years, I don't remember exacly but no more than 5 in 30 years. Fine- $1895

Spiers, Ayr Spiers, Ayr

BM151226 Spiers, Ayr A 1 1/4" wide Spiers dovetailed shoulder plane with about 70% of the original Ward iron remaining. The mouth is very tight like a Norris. A nice honest example that does not appear to have been cleaned. G+ $339

Unmarked Unmarked

BM151126 Unmarked A small gunmetal bullnose that would have original come in a Holtzapfel tool roll. I am not sure who made these for Holtzapfel, but I am not aware of any maker signed planes of this form. My guess would be Badger. It has a W&P iron that looks original and is about 80%. The sole is 7/8" wide and 3" long. Never polished and with a lovely original patina. J. R. Hill has engraved his name on the left side. G+ $345

Norris, London Norris, London

BM151062 Norris, London A Norris #27R gunmetal bullnose plane with a rosewood wedge. This plane retains about 85% of the original numbered iron, which is unmarked, not uncommon for an earlier example like this one. Some idiot has touched a wire wheel to part of this plane. The sole has been touched, which has caused slight raising of the metal at the mouth, and one small spot on the top was touched before the idiot saw how a wire wheel affects gunmetal.. I would true the sole on a diamond plate. The spot on the top just has that orange peel texture that a wire wheel leaves. I would polish this out with emory paper and then let it repatinated naturally. It will make a great user at a really bargain price. G+ $395


BM150834 Unmarked This is a 1" wide gunmetal bullnose with an overside wedge that makes the plane very comfortable to use. It has a nice tight mouth and about 35% of an Ibbotson iron remaining. It has been polished bright by an idiot, but it will still make a great user and is priced right. Good $129

Mathieson, Glasgow Mathieson, Glasgow Mathieson, Glasgow Mathieson, Glasgow Mathieson, Glasgow

BM150255 Mathieson, Glasgow A rare and important first pattern Mathieson panel plane. These early Mathieson infill planes are still a bit of a mystery to collectors. It is know that later Mathieson outsourced production, primarily to Norris, but little is know about these planes. Literally only a handful are known. They even made a mitre plane version that had an adjustable mouth, the only British mitre plane with this feature that I am aware of. This plane has been in my collection and before that was in an important Scottish collection. It is 13 5/8" long and weighs just over 8 pounds. The attention to detail on these planes extends to even shaping the top of the iron to match the rounded shape of the bun. They ae true masterworks. This plane has a lovely even patina on the body. There is an old and clearly stable hariline crack eminating from one of the screw holes and running to the top of the casting. The maker's mark was struck a bit unevenly and is faint on the top. When I got it, the hole for the strike button had been plugged with filler and dark spray had been used to obscure the primitive work. John Porritt, master restorer, cleaned off this obscuring spray, removed the filler in the hole, and installed a new strike button made from yew. He then repaired the finish to match the finish in the rear. If you are not familiar with John's work, it is so good that you usually can't spot it. I often see his work being sold without any mention. This tool is a must own piece for the advanced infill collector. For the connoisseur. G+ $3995

Edward Preston Edward Preston

BM150325 Edward Preston A 1 1/8" wide decorative bullnose plane with about 40 - 50% of the original nickel remaining and about half of the blade left. Nice untouched condition. G+ $139


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

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+ $489

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 $345

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+ $159

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++ $1295

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 $299

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

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+ $799

Infill Plane Infill Plane

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- $195

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+ $259

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 $299

Infill Plane Infill Plane Infill Plane

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 $1195

Infill Plane Infill Plane

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+ $249

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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 $699

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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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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 $289

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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