I've posted a few pictures of a hand plane a friend dropped off a couple
days ago, on alt.binaries.pictures.woodworking, under this same subject
line. I don't know if I'll be able to make it actually work, but I'm going
to give it a shot. It's a metal body with a lever cap, on a wooden bed. The
blade has a Marshal Wells logo. Can anybody tell me anything about it?
Metal top with a wooden body means it's what's called a "transitional
plane", for no good reason. Many people beleive transitionals have
all the bad points of both metal body and wood body planes, with none
of the good points of either :-)
Marshall Wells was a large hardware store. Around the turn of the
century-before-last (i.e. 1900) it was common for large hardware
stores to have private-brand tools. Marshall Wells seems to have
mostly had their planes made by Sargent. I dunno if there's a
Sargent dating page anywhere, but if there is you could probably
date your plane thru that. Otherwise, a likely guess would be
a date around WW1.
John is right about Sargent. I've found a plane just like yours last
year and asked about it on the Oldtools List. I got good info and even
some copies of old Sargent catalogs. Here are illustrations of your
plane from 1894, 1910 and 1922.
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