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Molding Plane - Round
Notes-- This plane is clearly
marked with the
Joh Weiss
& Sohn
crest in ink, also a
dealer's crest. The blade is a 21
mm round, marked
Weiss Sohn over D.Flir F.
. The Second crest
over BUDAPEST is
probably a dealer's mark.
Dealer being a hardware store
or similar outlet. The plane is
also stamped
No 79 and 21
on the rear. The 21 mm is
the plane size and the No 79 is
the catalogue number as listed
in Joh Weiss & Sohn
catalogues of 1909 and 1925.
Compass Plane
Note - the maker's crest on this plane is faint and blurred,it appears to be WEISS & SOHN
in WIEN.
This crest was used in the mid to late 1800's. The design of the plane and the
wedge, also the shape and placement of the horn are all strong indications that this item was
made in this time period. The double iron blade is made up of the blade, cap iron and a long
screw to adjust the cap iron on the blade. The blade is stamped with the crest of Joseph
Herman who supplied Joh Weiss & Sohn with blades until about 1911. This Herman crest was
registered in November 1896, if these time periods are correct, the blade and the body are
probably not original matches.                                                          Purchased in Vienna Austria.
Notes- This plane has no
markings of any sort
other than the carvings. It
has been put in the John
Weiss & Sohn collection
because all indications
are that it was made by
this company. The wedge,
the style, the method of
construction and the
patented striker button
on the rear are all strong
An unusual point of this
plane is the front section
of the skate. It is only half
the length of the space
provided, starting just
ahead of the iron and
going forward half-way.
The carving has clearly been
done by the craftsman and not
a professional. It is attractive
but there are flaws. Christian
symbols, as the cross on this
plane, are often carved on older
wooden European carpenter
In the lower right photo the
scroll work shows a set of
RS/RJ , probably that
of the craftsman. Not being
familiar with this type of
lettering, it is difficult to say,
exactly, what the letters are.
One added point of this plane; it
does not have a Joh Weiss &
Sohn blade. The blade that is in
it is marked with a Cavalry
Plough Plane
Raising Plane (skewed, adjustable)
Royal Austrian Double
Eagle                         ----->
Herman ------>
Joh Weiss &
Sohn stamp --->
Joh Weiss& -->
Sohn crest
Notes- Although this tool
does not have the well
rounded corners, lighter
body, patented striker
button and wedge design
of later planes, it is well
marked as being made
by Joh Weiss&Sohn.
The steel facing on the
cutting edge of this iron
blade is very clear where
the two metals join.
Unlike later adjustable
planes, the l-shaped fence
is a single, complete piece
of wood.
The body of this
plane is clearly
marked with a Joh
Weiss&Sohn crest.
The blade is marked
with a Herman
crest over the Joh
Weiss&Sohn crest
stating that it was
made by the
Herman company
for Joh Weiss.
Indications are
that this plane
was probably
made between
1875 and 1900
The sword mark
could be that of
Franz Damisch,
Ybbsitz Austria,
who registered a
similar trade mark
in 1908.
Joh Weiss & Sohn
Special Note: Christian
Peglow of the web site
Hobel&Axt informed
me that the initials on
this plane spell MARIA
(mother of Jesus)