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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 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. 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

Stewart Spiers

BM170937 Stewart Spiers An original Stewart Spiers script logo 2" parallel iron. Thsi blade has no fitting number. It is 7 3/8" overall with 2 1/4" to the hole. It is very clean and nice everywhere except for the top of the blade on the marked side, above the cap iron. This is typical of where blades corrode since they are exposed here. It could certainly be improved on with a proper cleaning. There is some moderate mushrooming to the top of the iron from being adjusted without properly loosing the lever cap first. G+ $99

Spiers, Ayr Spiers, Ayr Spiers, Ayr Spiers, Ayr

BM170917 Spiers, Ayr A very scarce Spiers gunmetal bullnose plane in lovely as found condition. On the rare occassion that I have seen these planes, they have generally been buffed up and ruined. This one is just as it came from an old tool chest. It retains about 70 - 80% of the original numbered Ward & Payne iron. The rosewood wedge is also numbered to the plane. A great find for the advanced Spiers collector. G++ $999

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 $895 from $995

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

Edward Preston & Sons Edward Preston & Sons

BM170534 Edward Preston & Sons A very clean and little used example of the large Preston side rebate plane that would be priced much higher, but the thumbscrew that locks the handle in place has been replaced with an Allen head set screw. It doesn't impact its functionality, but it kills its collector's value, making it a bargain for a user. Fine- $179

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

BM17055 Norris, London A very clean and hardly used Norris #7 shoulder plane in the scarce 1 1/2" wide size. It retains the full original numbered and Norris marked iron. It is also marked #7, which tells us that it was made after about 1920. The wood retains about 98% of the original finish and the metal is crisp. This one is for the connoisseur. Fine $699

Edward Preston Edward Preston

BM170478 Edward Preston A removable nose Preston bullnose. The removable nose allows you to use it as a chisel plane. It retains about 40% of the original 1 1/8" wide blade. Most if the nickel is worn off, with it only some remaining in protected areas and a bit on the sole. These make great users and I have priced this one right at what I paid for it because I have ended up with too many of them in stock. G+ Sold

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

F. Willey, Leeds F. Willey, Leeds F. Willey, Leeds

BM170168 F. Willey, Leeds A 15 1/2" panel plane that is of an unusual style and is signed by a maker of wooden planes. Willey worked in Leeds in the last quarter of the 19th Century. It is signed on the lever cap. I have seen this style lever cap before on unsigned planes, making me wonder if Willey was making metal more planes that we realized. The beech infill is beautifully shaped in a way that seems very futuristic to me. The cast iron body has a pleasing patina and no issues. The infill has been cleaned a bit, but only slightly more than I would have liked. The lever cap was polished. The blade and cap iron are pitted on the top and I suspect may be replaced because the plane is in much better condition. I could probably find a clean replacement in my supply if that was desired. One screw on the side, holding the front infill, was replaced a long time ago with a brass screw. This is the only signed example of a metal plane signed by Willey that I know of, and I believe that it was probably made in his shop, as the style is too distinctive to have just been bought in. It is very well made and I think very attractive, if unorthodox in style. G+ $495

Unmarked Unmarked Unmarked

BM170132 Unmarked This is an unusual low angle mitre plane, the blade being set at a significantly lower angle than usual. It is marked E. Lewtas and the collector who previously owned it said that Mr. Lewtas was a cabinetmaker in Poulton, Lancashire. The plane has is cast and has an iron bridge with a cupid's bow top. Strangely, the top suface of the bridge is heavily pitted while the rest of the plane is entirely rust free. The wedge, and the overall look of the plane, implies an early to mid-19th Century date. There is a chip out of the upper edge of the right side, a very minor chip on the front top edge, and 3 hairlines on the sides that go down about 1/3 of the heigh of the plane. The sole is perfect with a nice crisp mouth. The round topped iron is by I. Sorby. It is cut for double iron, but it fits the plane perfectly and may well be original since with craftsman made planes they would not be as particular about things like that. This plane will make a fantastic user. If you have always wanted a mitre plane but didn't want to pay the high prices that they usually bring, this is a great opportunity. Good $245

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

Norris, London

BM160263 Norris, London A 2 1/8" wide iron from a post-war "Norris" plane. It has 3/4" remaining and will make a great original iron if you have one of these planes lacking the correct Norris maked iron. This iron is not for use in a pre-war, i.e. real Norris plane. G+ $49.00

A Mathieson, Glasgow A Mathieson, Glasgow

BM160278 A Mathieson, Glasgow A rare and desirable Norris made 1" skew rebate. Norris made very few skewed rebates. During this period, Norris was the supplier of infill planes to Mathieson. This is the first Mathieson marked skewed rebate that I have seen. Retains about 90%+ of the original Mathieson marked iron. The parts are not numbered, which is consistent with other Norris marked examples that I have seen. It makes sense since these planes are so rare that they were not maded in batches and there was no need to number parts. The woodwork on this plane rates about G+, and would rate higher but it looks like the top of the plane was rubbed a bit with steel wool. The right side of the plane shows evidence of having been "cleaned" by an idiot with a wire wheel. The mouth is super tight, as you would expect on a Norris made plane. There is a patch of fresh looking rust towards the rear on the sole, and some evidence of light pitting in this same area. The right person could raise the condition of this plane by erasing the evidence of its passing through the hands of a fool, but as it sits I rate it G+ $695

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+ $359

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 woudl 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 runte this out with emory paper and then let it repatinated naturally. It will make a great user at a really bargain price. G+ $495

Unmarked Unmarked

BM150952 Unmarked A superb side rebate plane, with a gunmetal frame, Cuban mahogany body, and boxwood wedge. I have seen a few of these planes and I believe that they were probably professionally made in London. The quality is absolutey top notch, "London Made" quality. This one is from an old London collection and is in lovely untouched condition, like it was just lifted from a tool box. The gunmetal has a lovely patina, as does the boxwood wedge. The mahogany has that lovely color and figure that only the very best mahogany has. This is a connoisseur's plane all the way. G++ $429


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

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

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+ $4895

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

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 Sold

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


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

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


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

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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+ $565

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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

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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 $1395

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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

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

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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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