George Darby is
possibly the earliest recorded maker from Birmingham and may well have been in
business prior to 1750.
This complex moulder has a possibly unique feature
of intermittent lignum boxing.
None of my fellow collecting friends could remember
seeing this feature on a moulding plane before, but I can't help but think I
have come across it somewhere in the past.
It's interesting to note that the iron and wedge on
this plane are marked with number 8. In roman numerals on the iron, and in red
ink on the wedge. This leads one to wonder if this complex moulder was made as
one of a large batch.
It would be interesting to try and find out what
the mould was for. The blade is set at common pitch which leads me to think this
was an architectural joinery plane for use on softwoods.