Steers Patent Brattleboro Tool No 303 wood plane w/ rosewood sole repainted For Sale
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Steers Patent Brattleboro Tool No 303 wood plane w/ rosewood sole repainted:
You are offerding on one Steers Patent Brattleboro Tool Company No 303 wood plane as pictured.
It is marked "STEERS PATENT PAT SEPT 11 1883" and "303" on the iron.
Overall length of the body NOT including the tail under the rear handle is about 8-5/16", and the iron is not quite 1-3/4" in width.
Steer's patent is number 284,919, made by William Steers of Quebec, Canada. It covers the rosewood strips in the sole, as well as the unique cutter adjustment.
The body has been repainted. A nice deep black color, but way too glossy to match the original japanning. The repainting is a bit splotchy in areas, and I would guess someone tried to put the plane back together before the paint was completely dry.
The upper corner of the frog is broken off, best seen against the blue background in the 5th picture.
Condition is otherwise good to excellent, depending on where you are looking. A previous owner has done quite a bit of restoration on this plane. The bottom and sides are bright and shiny, with some faint pitting on the right side only, plus a little bit in two areas on the ribs on the sole. The front knob and rear handle no patina or anything close to rust or pitting. The front knob (beaded) and rear handle have been nicely refinished, or are reproductions. They are so nice I can't tell for sure. The iron has quite a bit of pitting on both sides. The cap has some pitting on the underside that can be seen through the repainting. Except as noted, thereare no cracks or chips or chunks missing from any of the castings, and everything operates properly.
SHIPPING: 4 pounds when boxed, insurance is included. No International shipping. (but see below if you are in Canada).
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