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Forum topic by Fraxinus posted 09-18-2016 05:22 AM 704 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2016 05:22 AM

I got a matched pair of Casey & Co. 1/2” tongue and groove wooden planes on eBay a couple weeks ago. Took the wedge out of the tongue plane and found this:

It says Burt Babcock, Mar 9, 1900, written in pencil.

Pretty neat. My understanding is that these planes were made sometime between the 1830s and 1850s, so Mr. Babcock probably didn’t buy them new. I wonder how many people have owned these two little guys.

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#1 posted 09-18-2016 12:19 PM

Sometimes the history is the best part.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 09-18-2016 02:04 PM

That’s very cool,it kinda give those planes a voice from the past.
Have you considered signing your name.


-- Aj

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#3 posted 09-18-2016 02:47 PM

Very neat!

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#4 posted 09-18-2016 03:50 PM

That’s neat with the name, some of my molding planes have multiple owner initials stamped in them. You sit there and look at them and understand we really don’t “own” these things, we just hold on to them until the next person gets them.

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#5 posted 09-18-2016 04:23 PM

Yes the history is my favorite part. And I totally agree with the Colonel.

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#6 posted 09-18-2016 05:51 PM

Aj, I probably will write my name and the date. Maybe someone 116 years from now will see it and smile. I’ve got other old tools with owner initials in them, and I’ve seen others with the full name, but I’ve never seen one with a date. Really brings it to life.

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