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|More on the study of the actual maker of infill planes stamped STEEL on the base.|
page illustrates twelve Infill planes with six Makers' Marks.
Norris, Mathieson, Preston, Buck, Carrick & Craig and Spiers
All have been stamped STEEL, STEEL or STEEL.
Eleven are stamped on the base at the front, and a Spiers Bull Nose is stamped on the heel.
The divisions on the rule are mm.
|Many Norris and Mathieson planes are marked with the same STEEL punch, and I believe those are all made by Norris.|
|I can follow the deterioration of the punch through the changes in the design of Norris planes over time.|
|Here is another Norris made plane. Note that not all Buck planes were by Norris. Spiers also supplied them without marking them STEEL.|
Mathieson planes made by Norris that I have, are all unmarked on the
lever, and marked Mathieson on the infill.
Some notable exceptions to this era of Mathieson planes made by Norris are the unhandled smoothers, mitre planes and some of the rebate planes which were Spiers made. Those by Spiers are not stamped STEEL like this panel plane below.
Unfortunately there were many tools fraudulently marked by a UK tool dealer right where this Mathieson mark is usually seen. See here how to recognise the Fake Mathieson Mark and compared to some Genuine Marks
|The italic STEEL mark, with the Mathieson marked lever appears to be later production in the early 1900s, made by Mathieson, and is seen throughout the range of planes.|
following 3 planes all carry a matching STEEL mark, 2 Mathieson &
Son, Glasgow, and a Carrick & Craig also from Glasgow.
Interesting to me is that the Buck (above) and the three below are very, very similar in many details of their construction.
Very much in the Norris Style.
|Mathieson & Son, Glasgow|
|Carrick & Craig, Glasgow.|
|This mark on another Carrick & Craig, Glasgow plane is similar to the Norris - Mathieson mark. Although very faint, it measures 0.5mm shorter, so was made with a different punch|
maker of the two following planes marked by Preston is still a mystery. I
think its unlikely to be Preston themselves. They are
similar but with some distinctive differences in their making. The first
plane has a STEEL mark, with serifs, and is similar to the Mathieson
marked planes above, but 1.0mm
The lever cap casting is similar to Spiers in some ways, but the shape and definition of the boss under the screw is most like those on Holland, London planes. The rear infill on these two Preston marked planes is one piece, as opposed to the 2 piece infill by Spiers. The lever screw head is parallel sided and coarsely knurled in the Norris style, and has a square profile thread.
Preston plane has a much smaller STEEL mark than any other I've seen.
It also has a smaller dia. normal profile thread on the lever screw which has a Spiers type curved fine knurling, a heavier walled and slightly longer body than the plane above. It also has a single piece rear infill.
|Spiers cast steel plane.|
|The 12 planes featured in the study|
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