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Name that plane #1: can anyone identify my plane?

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Blog entry by Jerry Dye posted 08-01-2014 05:40 PM 989 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have a jointer plane (21” long) that has a very unfamiliar logo stamped into the blade and etched into both sides of the casting. The logo consists of what appears to be a globe with a sunburst at the top and the word ” Zenith” inside. Below the globe are the letters “WWH.CO”.
Any information will be appreciated.

-- jerryd



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JayT

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#1 posted 08-01-2014 05:47 PM

Here is on bit I found.

“Zenith planes were made for Marshall Wells, a large Midwest distributer out of Duluth Minn. by Sargent. They were only made for about 15 years in the 20’s / 30’s. “

Could it be MWH.Co. for Marshall Wells, instead of WWH?

With this logo?

Please post some pics of yours, we’d love to see it.

-- "The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money." Alexis de Tocqueville, 1835

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Jerry Dye

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#2 posted 08-01-2014 06:05 PM

You are correct! The side that I looked at was not as clear as the side that I needed to finish rubbing at. Thanks so much. I need to do some more cleaning and then the plane goes to my grandson.

-- jerryd

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Don W

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#3 posted 08-01-2014 06:15 PM

I’ve got a small reference here http://www.timetestedtools.com/other-plane-brands.html

All references I have found they were made by Sargent. I believe all the metal planes were Shaw patents (or at least that’s all I’ve seen). The transitionals were the normal Sargent line with the logo on the cutter like JayT posted.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Deycart

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#4 posted 08-01-2014 07:17 PM

I picked up a Zenith 14 about a year ago. Very interesting frog. Same logo on the sides and blade.

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vbraddy17

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#5 posted 08-01-2014 07:45 PM

They also made some that were not Shaw’s patent. I had a 24 that I recently got rid of. If it is a Shaw’s patent, it can pretty collectible. Either way, it’s a solid jointer.

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Don W

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#6 posted 08-01-2014 08:08 PM



They also made some that were not Shaw s patent. I had a 24 that I recently got rid of. If it is a Shaw s patent, it can pretty collectible. Either way, it s a solid jointer.

- vbraddy17

A 24 would be a Shaw patent.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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