Gardner & Murdock, Green St., Boston (1825-1841) were successful makers of unusual planes. Most that I have seen are either of exotic woods, unusual forms or both.
This is an ebony, possibly Gaboon ebony, single iron block plane. The blade is set at 40 degrees, a slightly lower angle than usual for such a plane. Not quite a mitre plane but not quite a smooth plane.
The angle and the single iron, along with the ebony, fits the bill for the product Gardner & Murdock produced. Although I have no proof of this, I have always suspected that they made planes to order, either for their own customers or as a sub-contractor to other Boston area planemakers.
9 inches long, 1 1/8" wide, 1 5/8" iron set at 40 degrees. The mouth is very tight at 3/8", as befits such a plane. The breast measures 7/8" in height. The sides are straight, thus I feel safe naming this as a strike block plane.
I picked this up so many years ago that I can't remember just when. It was from an antique show in Massachusetts and that's all I can say. This live oak, shipwright made smooth plane has been one of my favorites for form and function. It's as found, dusted but no other cleansing has been done to it. It sits in a place of honor on a shelf.
While picking various local thrifts, I came across this partial spinning wheel that quite literally jumped into my basket. The seller thought it was dated 1884. On getting home and dusting the stamps, I discovered it was dated 1834. Martin Donnelly came up with more information:
LEICHT, JOHANN SIMON Salem, North Carolina b.1780 d.1861 Location: Salem, North Carolina, North Carolina Source: Spinning Wheel Sleuth - Maker List No. 7 (SWS7) Tool Types: Spinning Wheels - Horizontal, bobbin/flyer, treadle [flax wheels], spindle wheel [great or wool wheel]. Comments: Salem, North CarolinaWorking Dates: b.1780 d.1861Spinning Wheels - Horizontal, bobbin/flyer, treadle [flax wheels], spindle wheel [great or wool wheel]. - Horizontal, bobbin/flyer, treadle [flax wheels], spindle wheel [great or wool wheel].Imprint: "I. LEICHT, 1816, 1829"Information Source: Source: Historical reference.Reference(s): ?Notes on Spinning Wheels,? Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association (B).
Although missing parts, the wheel is in surprisingly good condition. It needs a good surface cleansing and that's about it. You never know what you'll find amongst the brick-a-brack. PS this is the work area of my little apartment. Please ignore the mess.
yet more images of the uncleaned assembly, as found
There are 50 folio size plates in the Clara Roth Chip Carving folder. I could do a print job at original size through a custom printer but that would end up retailing for an arm and two legs.
The options are to split each plate in half (not in reality, in Photoshop) and use a two page spread. But, many of the images span the middle of each plate. Detail is what this folio is all about. Therefore, my decision is to, as much as possible, add an image per page, with each project arranged page by page for continuity. This will bring the book, at an 8.5 x 11 format to nearly 500 pages. But, the retail will be under $25.
These are raw scan images. The separated images have undergone initial contrast/brightness adjustment preparatory to converting to white background grayscale.