This is the apple badger plane from the auction a week ago. I noticed a detail that passed me by the first time or two around. Along with the rabbet on the leading cutting edge, there is a rabbet on the opposite side of the plane.
Huh? No nicker there, just a rabbet. I have no clue why either. I can only imagine there was some sort of fenced jig the plane was made to ride in? It's one of those puzzling old wooden planes that makes tool collecting worth every moment and every penny.
Recently I attended a small local auction, one of those affairs that usually features hummels, aunty's oil paintings and old french fries. Not this time.
I scored two fruit boxes of 50 molding planes, four fore and jointer planes which includes a Gage model and an apple badger plane and a manuscript memoir of the Civil War experiences of an unknown soldier written forty years after the end of the war. WE are very happy,
The molding planes include about a dozen by E. Hatch, a three star maker. One S. Pomeroy birch pillaster plane, a Lexington militiaman who marched to the 1775 alarm. The plane is not in the greatest of condition, but who cares? A nice D. Clark, unrecorded maker but assumed to be first quarter, 19th C New England. a possible mother plane, a variety of complex molding planes, and a few simple molding planes. The breakdown for all the planes came to $5 per plane.
The civil war manuscript was a bit of a bidding war but I prevailed by simply staring down the other bidder with a fiendish glare. 24 pages of neatly handwritten memories of a Worcester militaman which I will, over time, transcribe in full, post in serialized installments in a variety of places and then in all liklihood publish once I have more information on the where, who, when and what.
Last year I picked up a few Massachusetts Bay Colony 18th C manuscripts at this same auction house. You never know what will pop up next to those horrible hummels.
Till next, Gary
PS: yes, that's an old Raleigh Sport ten speed that carried me from NYC to Nova Scotia that I am loathe to give up even though I haven't been on it in decades. And yes that's an Ulmia workbench that I am not loathe to give up and will be parting with in the very near future because it does nothing more than hold up boxes of wooden planes.