Christopher Brightman emailed about an old plane.

I enclose photographs of a plane that I bought at auction. It is 9 3/4" long and 2 1/8" wide at the widest part. I was told that it was made in Lancashire.

It looks as if it was made by a skilled craftsman, rather than being made in a factory. I should have thought that it was a rebate plane, though one cabinet maker said that it was probably a mitre plane. There is no description of this plane in Salaman's Dictionary of Woodworking Tools.

Can you tell me anything about this plane, and when it is likely to have been made?


#1 Jane Rees 2016-12-14 16:55
This appears to be a craftsman-made variation of the Lancashire shoulder plane patented by George Edwin Bryant, patternmaker, and Edward James Witcombe, plane maker, of Bristol, in 1902 “ … to improve the performance of shoulder planes.” Why they are called Lancashire shoulder planes has not been established. There are at least two planes known, marked Bryant and Co. Bristol.

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