I am not a tool collector yet I am amassing a tool collection. I won’t mention the “users” sitting in the shop collecting dust. I do clean them from time to time and contemplate which upcoming project will require that particular odd molding plane.
Not collectibles, users.
This one is a collectible. I could have happily lived without it. I bought it from an antiques dealer in Stellenbosch, South Africa. The dealer was very friendly. She gave me a book on South African furniture and the run of the shop. I was standing there admiring the tool, politely, when my wife came up and encouraged me to buy it. Then the dealer offered me a substantial discount because she knew I liked it.
Trapped, I took the only way out and bought it. That being said, I don’t regret buying it. I just wish I had a say in it. It is a very interesting tool.
I believe it is shop built and not a commercial product. It has no makers marks but it does have all the appropriate layout lines:
The profile is interesting. They thinned it and rounded it before installing the mortise:
Blade is interesting, too. Marked Sheffield 865. Is it a stock piece made by Sheffield or just made from another tool?
I found this tool in a shop south near Bear, Delaware. With neither my wife nor a substantial discount in sight, I passed.