Melhuish, London (Spiers) A very scarce Spiers made gunmetal shoulder plane. This is marked for the London retailer, Melhuish, but is a Spiers 1 1/2″ wide gunmetal shoulder plane. Spiers gunmetal shoulder planes are very scarce by any measure. The dovetailed variety typically sell for much more, but the cast type, like this one, are in my experience even more scarce. This plane has better than 90% remaining of the original Ibbottson iron. The mark on the iron is interesting, in that I have never noticed this mark before. It reads, “Thos Ibbotson & Co., Makers Sheffield”. The wood is highly figured rosewood. There is one check in the top of the fill, which is the result of using a piece with so much figure. The mouth is very tight, as you would want. The plane has been polished overall. Not buffed, but polished such that it will need to be handled a lot to rebuild the patina. An exciting find for the advanced collector. G++ $1495
Too bad these planes are consigned to cabinet drawers for the rest of their existence instead of being used for what they were intended.