I was asked by a fellow friend as to what this was used for, and it had me baffled, well it turns out it was made between 1880-1900 a French skirt lifter, used for holding skirts up when playing tennis or cycling, who knew that
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As a tool dealer and collector over the years I have been offered many tools some of value others not so much, This is a plane that I have just been offered, never seen one like it before, nicely dovetailed sole and  just look at the detail in that handle, could this be a rare plane? Must admit it has made me smile for hours on end, when I told the lady who sent me a photo that the handle was an old toilet roll holder she laughed too. must admit it does have character and art written all over
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  This is a fantastic home made little plane that would be used to cut a V groove on a piece of timber, it measures 8″ long by 1 5/8″ wide, it has been formed in 2 pieces and glued together the iron is a SJ Addis V jointing tool number 39 that has been removed from its original probably boxwood handle, the tang has been formed into a mushroom shape to prevent injury I would say, The wedge is so nice and cut so that it has a V at the underside to sit into the iron V shape,
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This is my Henley Optical Mitre Plane, one of only 150 planes ever made, they were all stamped with a number, this one being number 21, made in Henley on Thames Oxon. this plane is in original box and paperwork dated 1976. I thought it would be a good idea to see if we can find the whereabouts of the other 149 planes, I do believe number 1 was kept by the Henley Optical company? so if you are a lucky owner of one of these planes it would be great if you could let us know where you are
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Here’s a sash moulding plane that I sold to a customer of mine Joe McNamara, Joe has kindly sent a photo of the mould that it cuts, its great to see these planes back in use after so many years left in tool boxes and chests, thanks Joe
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