|Forum topic by oldwolf||posted 04-25-2010 06:11 PM||8141 views||0 times favorited||9 replies|
04-25-2010 06:11 PM
Once again I’m looking for a little help from my fellow lumberjocks,
Yesterday at a new/used/antique store, (its a cool and interesting place) I picked up a huge wooden joiner plane 24” long, in pretty good shape, There is no markings on the plane body, but there is on the blade and cap iron, The cap iron is stamped “Butcher” and the blade is stamped “W Butcher” with a crown below and then “Warranted Steel”
Doing some research online this morning I found W butcher is supposed to be a William Butcher who had a hand in making tool steel blades from 1830 – 1870, and that’s pretty cool, but as near as I can find his blades are stamped the same but instead of a crown, there is an arrow and a Maltese Cross. I can find no reference to the crown, though I know that’s related to manufacture in England.
Does anyone have any ideas about the difference in the markings? Could there be another W Butcher? so far my research says there was only the one…
this is mostly out of curiosity, I pretty standard clean old plane blades up with a wire wheel brush to remove all the tarnish, I’m not a collector, I’m a user and removing all the oxidation make things better users. But I always try to research before I do that so I don’t feel like I’m doing undue damage to something that may be historically significant or something like that.
So any help that can be offered in identifying the marks would be way cool. Thanks
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