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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



Norris, London Norris, London

BM15072 Norris, London A #7 Norris dovetailed steel shoulder plane in the less common 1 1/2" width. This is an earlier example with an iron that is only snecked on one side. The iron is its full original length and is numbered to the plane. The metal has been cleaned, but is in good condition with a great original Norris mouth, i.e. very tight. The bad news is that the finish on the infill has been removed, as if to refinish it, but was never put back on. The wedge has its original finish and is nice. I can only speculate that somebody inteneded to refinish it for some reason, but never followed through. Our friend John Porritt, master restorer, could redo the finish so that it will pass for original. That is what I would recommend doing, since this otherwise a great plane, but I like for you to see it how it as is first. Because of the finish issue, it rates G+ $585


Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

BM150633 Unmarked This is a particularly attractive iron smoothing plane. The infill is figured yew wood, and has that rich patina for which yew is so reknown. Despite yew being a wood associated with chairmakers and cabinetmakers, but not planemakers, I believe this plane to be professionally made. The wedge style is similar to early Slater planes and some by Miller. The front infill is reminiscent of some early Slater planes that I have seen. The blade and cap iron are by Marples and look original. In my experience both Slater and Miller used Marples irons exclusively. There is some normal damage to the wedge from being knocked in and out. The rest of the plane rates higher but for the wedge I went down to G+ Sold


Norris, London Norris, London Norris, London

BM150570 Norris, London A 1" wide #27 gunmetal bullnose with steel sole. This is a later model where it is marked 27 on the nose. It is also the more scarce version with a rosewood wedge. It retains about 60% of the original Norris marked and numbered iron. The wedge has a few small chips, probably from being struck with a metal hammer. As found with a dull patina. G+ $745



Dent, London Dent, London Dent, London Dent, London

BM150546 Dent, London A rare and interesting 13" panel plane. I know nothing about this mark but it is listed as "appearing on metal planes" and "an ironmonger's mark" in Goodman's book. I am doubting that this is an ironmonger's mark and rather suspect that Dent was an obscure maker. I have not seen this mark on other types of tools and the planes are quite unique in style. The body on this plane is nice condition with a nice light patina. The infill is mahogany. The tote spur has been reshaped and the the blade and cap iron are replacements by Marples. I really like this plane and think that it belongs in a good collection, but it would also make a good user. G+ Sold


E. Preston E. Preston

BM150551 E. Preston A clean and attractive example of the ever popular Preston patent adjustable bullnose plane with about 80% of the original blade remaining. The nickel shows some wear on the sides but bot on the rest of the plane it is still quite bright. 1 1/8" wide and with a super tight mouth, these planes make great users in the cabinetmaker's shop. G++ $159



Buck Buck Buck Buck

BM15054 Buck A particularly nice as found gunmetal shoulder plane, made by George Miller, but marked by the London retailer, Buck. This is a 1 1/2" wide gunmetal shoulder plane with ebony infill and a steel sole. The mouth is super tight, as one expects from an unmolester Miller plane. Needless to say it is a heavy plane, well over 3 pounds. The blade is nearly full, and based on the patina line has been with the plane a long time, but it is a replacement. A piece of mahongany veneer has been glued to the bottom of the wedge to compensate for this blade being slightly thinner than the orignal. The gunmetal has a pleasing uncleaned patina. The steel sole is clean with just some very modest freckling, and the wood retains most of its finish. This is the first Miller that I have had that was marked by Buck and is really wonderful example. British dealers love to ruin gunmetal planes by polishing them, so to find one that is absolutely untouched is a special find. G++ $565


Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

BM150447 Unmarked This is a mid-19th Century panel plane. It is not marked, but is professionally made, possibly by Badger. It has a great look to it. The length is about 13 inches. The mouth is very tight and in fact it may be too tight to use it. The wedge is probably a very well made replacement, so I am guessing that the W&P iron and cap iron may also be replacements. The iron may need to lose a few thousanths to work properly. The tote spur has been repaired. The work is to a very high standard and I did not notice this until just now as I was writing the description. I also did not notice tha tthe wedge was redone. It is very good work. The tote is made form figured applewood. The infill also has a lot of figure and is particularly attractive, although I an not sure if it is rosewood or some other exotic wood. (The use of figured woods is something that Badger is known to have done.) Despite the two repairs, I rate this plane very highly. Panel planes from this period are scarce and this is a particularly attractive and high-quality example. Despite its shortcomings, I really like this plane. G++ Sold


Mathieson, Glasgow Mathieson, Glasgow 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. I am also selling with this plane, a rare small sized smoothing plane which was found with this panel plane, and bears the same owner's mark, along with that original stamp for that owner's mark. The plane is dovetailed and could also be made by Mathieson, but it is not signed. The hold down screw is not inconsistent with some early Mathieson examples. The top of the iron is rounded to match the panel plane. This plane is only 5 7/8" long with a 1 5/8" wide blade. The condition is lovely, having been properly cleaned by a collector. A rare pair of planes for the connoisseur. G+ $5995


Mathieson Mathieson Mathieson

BM150389 Mathieson A Norris made chariot plane. It is marked "Patent Metal" on the back and stamped Mathieson on the front, but the stamp is very faint. Stamping it after it was made there would have been a high risk of damaging the plane if it was marked strongly. the left edge of the finial has been smoothed off, probably to smooth out a rough spot caused when knocking out the wedge. This plane has been cleaned, probably with very fine steel wool. It is from an important Glasgow collection. G+ Sold


R. Nelson, 122 Edgware Rd R. Nelson, 122 Edgware Rd R. Nelson, 122 Edgware Rd R. Nelson, 122 Edgware Rd

BM150321 R. Nelson, 122 Edgware Rd A medium sized mitre plane made by the legendary maker, Robert Towell, but marked for wooden plane maker Robert Nelson, also of London. The plane is 9 inches long with a 1 7/'8" iron that is unmarked. The iron fits perfectly and I can't tell if it is original to the plane or not. Rosewood infill and the tight mouth for which Towell was known. Weighs 3 pounds and it the right size for my hand. I am always interested to see planes made by known makers, but signed instead by dealers or other plane makers. This is the only Towell plane that I have seen marked by R. Nelson. A true London cabinetmaker's plane. G+ Sold


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





Book:  Through Much Tribulation, Stewart Spiers and ...

BM150249 Book: Through Much Tribulation, Stewart Spiers and ... This is the only book that goes into such detail about the life and work of Stewart Spiers. It was written by Nigel Lampert and is 128 pages long, paperback, and printed in Australia. This one is #232 of 1000 printed. We sold at least a hundred of them, but I don't know where they all disappeared to, because I don't see them on the market very often now. I believe that they were all signed by the author. This one is Fine except for the cover, which shows some very minor wear. It would be hard to read it without causing some wear. An important reference for anyone interested in this topic. G+ Sold


Norris, London Norris, London

BM150214 Norris, London A Norris #51 parallel sided adjustable smoothing plane with a 2 1/4" wide iron. This plane will perform as well as an A2 - A6, but since it was cast instead of dovetailed it is a bit cheaper plane. Functionally, this is a great plane, with a near full original iron and nice metal surfaces. The bad news is that the front bun has no finish on it. It looks like somebody planned to refinish it, stripping it and then giving up. It is the correct bun, as it has the original fitting numbered marked on it, which matches the fitting number on the lever cap. The finish on the handle is fine. The plane is priced dirt cheap because of this issue with the bun finish. G+ $599


Preston Patent

BM150230 Preston Patent A very clean as found Preston adjustable bullnose plane with about 99% of the original nickel and 80% of the original iron. A superior example for the connoisseur. Fine $169





Kerr Kerr

BM150125 Kerr A 3/4" rebate plane, measuring 8" overall. Kerr is believed to have made planes, but this plane looks to me like it was made by Robert Towell. The features are all stylistically evocative of Towell's work. It has a full iron by I. Sorby, punch brand, that is a later replacement, although probably replaced during the planes original working life. A great user plane or a very scarce example of this mark for a collector. G+ $289


Preston Patent

BM150130 Preston Patent A standard Preston patent adjustable bullnose with only about 10% of the original iron remaining and no nickel plating left. It appears to have been lightly cleaned with a wire wheel. A good user for the budget conscious woodworker. Good $89




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+ 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




Unmarked

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 $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+ Sold


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++ $1495


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


Unmareked

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




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




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- $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





Infill Plane Infill Plane Infill Plane

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+ $545



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+ $565



Infill Plane Infill Plane

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++ $369



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+ $459



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 $359



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 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 $1395



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



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+ $289



Infill Plane Infill Plane

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



Infill Plane Infill Plane

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



Infill Plane Infill Plane

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



Infill Plane

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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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

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