Item CP1 - Steer’s Patent (1883) No. 307 Jointer Plane. 

One of the jazzier patent metallic plane, the 1883 patent of Steers is best known for the composite sole that features dovetailed strips of rosewood alternating with iron ribs.  But despite the visual pizazz of this innovation the patent also has other interesting features.  One of these is a fine adjust feature of the size and position of the mouth opening.  This allows an easy initial setting for soft woods, that allows the angle of the blade edge to be altered for fine cutting of hard woods.  This example of the Steer’s plane is an early one, probably made sometime between the patent date of 1883 and the later time of 1887 when E. C. Jennings handled the manufacture and converted the blade adjustment mechanism to the common Bailey form.  The plane was likely made by the first manufacturer, the Brattleboro Manufacturing Co, in Vermont.  The only mark on the plane is on the long and clean blade, that is marked, “Steer’s Patent / April 11, 1883 / No. 307.”

 

The plane is 22 ” long, with a blade that is 2 5/8” wide.  It is the equivalent of the Stanley No. 7.  The rosewood tote and knob are original (with distinctive rods and nuts), and the original japanned finishes in the bed are better than 90%.  There are some small patches of very fine pitting on the side walls that an be brushed out.  All of the proper screws for the fine adjust system and frog base are present.  There is some wear to the rosewood sole strips at the toe and a couple of minor losses to the strips further back.  But all in all this is a nice used example of a very interesting plane.  Good+

   

   Price -  $300.00

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