Item WP11 - Unmarked Ship Builder’s Smooth Plane.
This fairly slim smooth plane appears to
be made of live oak or of a similar dense hard wood. The hardness, density, and
grain pattern speaks of mesquite, which was favored by New England makers of
caulking mallets. The plane body is almost 8 inches long, with a 2 ¼” width at
the shoulders. It has a perfect wedge of the same wood as the body. The double
blade is marked by the Humphreysville Mfg. Co. of Seymour, Conn. It is 1 9/16”
wide, and is clean and long. The wood, the shape, and the double blade, marked
by a U.S. maker all speak of a New England origin, and was probably made by a
ship carpenter. The only apology is a little chipping to the wood at the back
of the mouth, which is of no real concern. Fine
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