Monday, November 21, 2011

18th Century Plow?

I won this plow on eBay a week ago. It arrived today. Check out the pics and tell me what you think.






This plane has several characteristics that I would expect to find on 18th century Pennsylvania planes. The wedge finial matches a Pennsylvania molder that I have. The zig-zag border with the initials is also a common feature of Pennsylvania planes. Yet another point is that the D. Fish is branded into the side. According to Tools: Working Wood in Eighteenth Century America, this was a common practice for Southeastern Pennsylvania woodworkers.

So, does anyone have any information about the ZW mark? Do any of you have a D Fish plane?

2 comments:

  1. Zach, looks interesting. Did you try it out yet? The blade in good shape? Hope you and the family have a nice Thanksgiving

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  2. Rick,

    I don't plan on using this one. It's in pretty rough shape and its pretty old. It would need a lot of repair to be useable and I don't have the stomach to do it. So this one will sit in my office, along with my few other 18th century tools.

    My best to you and yours this Thanksgiving.

    Zach

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