Wednesday, 22 August 2012
I combined my visit to Cheltenham with picking up this plane I had bought on E Bay. It is made by Spiers and is from their later period probably in the 1920's which was at a time they were producing cheaper planes to try and compete with Stanley. This one however is still dovetailed in construction with the only concession to cost cutting being the Mahogany handles in lieu of rosewood. It is 15 1/2" long with a 2 1/2" wide blade.
It is in fine condition and looks as if it has had very little use.
The original blade was a good length and is correctly stamped as is the chip breaker. There are also matching numbers on all parts.
This is the stamp on the lever cap, which is of the later design.
the front bun is stamped Spiers Ayr 25 and the metal toe is also stamped 'dovetailed'
The handle is a fine elegant shape and is unusually undamaged.
The mouth opening is incredibly fine, this plane will work very well!