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   Unusual 18th Century Rebate Plane by Richard Arnold 1 of 2  

When the 3rd addition of British Plane Makers was published the maker of this unusual plane was still something of a mystery.

S. Tomkinson mark was presumed to be from the Birmingham area due to the unusual form of the stamp, but we now know that the true identity of this maker is Samuel Tomkinson of London.

We have record of him working in 1767 at Northton Street. Tomkinson appears to have been a bit of a maverick as a lot of his planes that have been found are of unconventional design. Case in point this very large rebate plane. The length is just over 15".

The rear hand grip has an almost continental style to it.

Here is a picture of the plane next to a standard moulding plane by the same maker to show the size and scale. The maker would have needed a blank measuring about 2 1/2 x 4 1/2" to make this plane.


 
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