Peter McBride

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Follow this LINK to look at 6 different makers' with STEEL marked planes
A close look at some dovetailed infill planes marked Norris, Mathieson & Buck. 
Here is a representative selection of planes from my collection.
These Norris made infill planes are marked very boldly on the lever cap, and with STEEL on the front toe.
I think it's safe to say these are Norris made planes.
Apart from the very early and rare planes by Spiers, there are two distinct styles of Mathieson marked planes I own.
Firstly:-  Early planes with no mark on the metal or levercap, and marked Mathieson on the wood with the identical STEEL punch used on the Norris planes.
I believe these were also made by Norris. The punch deteriorated over time with cracks and chips, seen as missing bits in the punch's impression.
Secondly:- Later Mathieson planes, marked into the metal or the on the levercap, and with
the italic STEEL  on the front.
I believe these were the last of the Mathieson marked infill planes, and were Mathieson made.

Five Planes marked Norris with the same STEEL punch

Norris - #2 Smoother.

 The punch is still fresh. 

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Norris - #6 Smoother.

The punch looks very fresh still.

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Norris - #A6 Smoother.

There is a faint crack starting to appear in the top of the S

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Norris - #5 Smoother.

Note the top of the S

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Norris - Jointer Plane.

Here the S looks like the top of the letter has finally broken away from the punch.

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Two Mathieson planes marked STEEL with the same punch

Mathieson - Closed handle Smoother.
A  rarely seen plane. Only marked very faintly on the front bun with the genuine Mathieson mark. Very much in the Norris #5 style.
Marked with the same punch as the Panel Plane below. Note the top of the S 
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Mathieson - Panel Plane.

Another plane looking like a Norris plane, and marked Mathieson on the front bun only. Stamped with the same punch as the planes above.

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Two Buck and Two Mathieson planes marked STEEL with the same punch as the Norris planes above.

Buck - Panel Plane.
Note the top left on the "T", and the top of the "S" missing.
Compare it to the Norris jointer above.
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Buck - Skew Mouth Rebate

I can see enough of the stamp to be certain it was the same as the one above, and it's a typical Norris #8 plane.

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Note:- Not all Buck planes are Norris made, others including Spiers made for Buck.

The 5 planes below, it is pretty safe to assume, were made by Mathieson. 
All the planes of this type that I have, and have seen have the same italic
STEEL mark.

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Mathieson - Open Handled Smoother 02a.jpg (62483 bytes) 02.jpg (63471 bytes)
Mathieson - Jointer 03a.jpg (51777 bytes) 03.jpg (56889 bytes)
Mathieson - Open Handled Smoother 04a.jpg (73227 bytes) 04.jpg (42806 bytes)
Mathieson - Unhandled Smoother 05a.jpg (70921 bytes) 05.jpg (55441 bytes)

Unfortunately there were many tools fraudulently marked by a UK tool dealer, exploiting this lack of marks in the metal on Mathieson tools. A fake MATHIESON & SON, GLASGOW punch was stamped right where this Mathieson mark is usually seen in the wood.
See here how to recognise the Fake Mathieson Mark and compared to some Genuine Marks 

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