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Notes--- here is a compass plane which appears to have been made
individually by hand, rather than in a production line, possibly by the
craftsman who was to use it. The cutting edge is made up of two pieces, a chip
breaker and a blade. Both pieces are clearly marked
Robt Sorby. The Sorby
family have been involved in the making of cutting edges in Sheffield England
since the early 1800's. The only markings on the plane itself, are the letters
IAH branded on the toe. Any information you might have as to the location
and date made would be appreciated.             Purchased in Gratz Austria.
Smooth Plane
Notes--- the only markings on this
plane are a
10 and 12 on the toe. The
shape and set of the horn and the
carved design of the front and throat
are very similar to planes made by  Joh
Weiss & Sohn from the mid to late
1800's. It is definitely of
German/Austrian design.
There are two marks on the iron. The first
is a Maltese cross in a six pointed star
which is the mark of
Carl Baier in
Wuppertal, Germany. They were the
makers of iron/steel blades. The second
mark, a
Crown over AR belongs to A
Rattsiefert & Co. Remscheid.
The steel plating on the face of this iron is
very distinct. Due to the lack of wear on
this blade it is assumed that it is a
Smoothig Plane (French)
Notes- there are no markings on this
plane but the blade is marked with
a Peugeot Freres crest which is
The blade does not appear to be a
replacement so it is assumed that
this is a Peugeot Freres plane.
The lion appears as Peugeot's trademark in 1858, designed by Justin Blazer, a
Montbeliard gold engraver. The lion symbolized "durability, suppleness and
quickness of steel. The lion also stood for the speed and aggressiveness of the Peugeot
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