Reviewed By: I.Ball
Category: Old Smoothing Planes
Plane Type: Smoothing
Model No: 2
This is a very early William Marples smoothing plane.
The plane doesn't have any markings on it to indicate a model number
and so far I haven't come across any literature to indicate a model
number for this reason we will reference this number as '2' until a time
comes where a model number is discovered.
The plane is fitted with a shaped hardwood rear handle and a bulbous front knob. It may be that one or both of these shown in the photographs are replacements. Once I see another example of this plane I will be able to confirm this further.
The plane lays on a fixed bed instead of the usual adjustable frog which most iron smoothing planes have. This may mean this plane was designed before or very near to the first Stanley iron planes which could give a date of 1850-1890's.
The plane bed is just an indication of the early manufactured date,
other indications include the shape of the handle with the long tote
(if original), the shape of the plane sides and the elaborate lever cap
design with an elaborate brass securing nut.
The plane is fitted with a William Marples blade, a William Marples cap iron and a bold lever cap. The lever cap is designed with a large shamrock symbol and the word 'Hibernia', both of which are the marks associated with William Marples.
The plane is finished with a black japanning.
There is a very similar Marples plane which I have labelled as the William Marples smoothing plane 1 The main difference being the lever cap design is different, the other plane has an elaborately designed lever cap which resembles a plant. When I purchased these two planes, the person I bought them from said they were the type 1 and type 2 planes.
Body: cast iron
Handle and Knob: hardwood
Plane finish: black
"Hibernia" (with the Shamrock symbol) - found on the lever cap face
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