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That elusive WB mark again

The enigmatic WB!

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John Caraffi has  been wondering about this plane for a while. It has an embossed WB stamp on the upper toe. He has read of other reports of a WB stamp from Phillip Proudfoot and in the David Russell collection, and the general appearance of the plane resembles those photographed for the collection,although the stamp is quite different.

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The plane body,wedge and iron appear original. The wedge,toe and heel are all stamped once with incuse letter B. The lower toe is stamped incuse style W.L.B. .

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The iron is marked WELDON (1774-1788 bpm3).


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Confusingly it's length is a very short 9 1/4 inches with heavily rounded chamfers.The thick round wedge suggests an earlier date more like that of the iron,similarly the pronounced 1/4 " dropped shoulder from a noticeable fillet which passes over the fairly small gouge cuts. Dating contradictions abound.

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Has anyone come across this WB stamp before? There is no mention of it in BPM or of the Bottle family referred to by Proudfoot, Walker, and Russell.



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