astragal bead was made by one of the earliest
British planemaker, John Davenport of London. Bound
as an apprentice to William Reynolds in1693,
Davenport became free in 1704.
surprising that there are so few examples of
Davenports work, as he took at least 10 apprentices
with 6 of them becoming plane makers themselves.
shy of 11" in length, this is possibly the longest
named moulding plane I have seen to date.
to see the original setting out lines left by the
maker on the heel and toe.
This indicates that a
mother plane was not available to make the profile.
A feature of a lot of these very early moulding
Davenport's in particular, is that the wedge tends to
lean at an angle.
This pushes the iron towards the
outer edge of the plane.