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Image of an Austrian router, lavishly decorated, made from elm, 11 inches wide, 18th century.(previously in the David Russell collection). A near identical example can be seen in the Tiroler Volkskunstmuseum in Innsbruck, Austria. To date I know of no other examples that have been recorded/published.
 
 
Early French plane of brazed  iron construction, decoration to toe and old oak wedge. W.L.Goodman and J.M. Greber both suggest these forms of planes date back to the 16th century. Similar planes can be seen in the 'Le Secq des Tournelles Museum' in Rouen, France. See pages 158 -162 in my book for details of similar metal planes.
 
 
 
Two images of an 18th century Dutch 'voorloper' which is the equivalent of the English 'jack' plane. This very rare plane is dated 1790 and is typical of other Dutch planes of the period, with carved detailing to the main beech body and wedge and to the walnut handle. A 'voorloper' from the 18th century is particularly rare as planes of this form were used frequently in workshops and as a result of this they wore out relatively quickly compared to other planes which received more infrequent use. This one has seen much wear and tear and includes a bolted repair to a crack at the front of the main body. The makers marks, usually found struck into the toe end of the plane have long since disappeared through wear but this plane would have been made by one of the Amsterdam or Rotterdam plane makers of that era. More can be found out about  Dutch planes in the excellent book - Four Centuries of Dutch planes and planemakers, by Gerrit van der Sterre.
 
For many years this plane was part of the W J Shepherd collection of Treen.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





A small, 5 3/4 inches long, Dutch 'gerfschaaf' plane. It is made from boxwood, the iron and wedge are not original though. This plane is probably late 18th/early 19th century. I have seen dated 18th century examples that have similar scroll/shaped carvings to the rear of the stock. The plane has an excellent patina, having never been cleaned.
 
 
An 18th century French 'rainette', a combination of a saw set and race knife. These unusual tools were unique to French carpenters. This example came from the Luigi Nessi collection and others can be seen in the Le Secq des Tournelles Museum in Rouen.
 
 
 
 
A 13 1/2 inch long boxwood handled turnscrew by Marples & Son. A mass produced tool, not normally of interest, but this one has been transformed by the idiosyncratic carving of a previous owner.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 





A rare pair of 18th century German
'bogenzirkel' compasses. A similar pair are illustrated on page 63 in
"Das Werkzeug des zimmermanns" by Schadwinkel, Heine and Gerner. This example, 24 inches overall, has punch-work decoration to the arms and has an unusual spring mechanism.
 
















A smoothing plane, decorated and dated 1741, from the Alsace region with a typical tote front handle. This plane has survived with a rich patina.
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