Item WP8 - W. Copeland**** (Plymouth Co, MA) Screw Lock Slide Arm Plow Plane
Copeland is cited in AWP IV as having worked as a ship carpenter on the North
River, in Plymouth County, Mass from 1799 – 1832, having worked on at least 14
ships in that time. He is credited with having been the master carpenter
responsible for building the 337 ton ship, Heroine, in 1815. As a plane
maker his planes are rated as “extremely rare – 10 to 50 examples thought to
exist. The few that are known include one having a beech body with round
chamfers, and a relieved Sleeper style wedge, that is dated to between 1790 and
1820. Copeland made planes under the mark on this plane only until about 1815.
This is a beech unhandled plow plane with sliding arms, screw locked, and arm
supports mortised into the fence. The skate is riveted to the body in the old
style. The body is 10 inches long and has round chamfers. The wedge finial is
sheared, but what remains is relieved and probably had a Sleeper style finial.
I can find no other record of a W. Copeland plow plane (certainly one is not
listed in the late Don Rosebrook’s wooden plow plane book. Except for the shorn
wedge finial this plane is excellent condition, with original wooden thumb
screws and a wooden tomb stone depth stop that works easily. This is a little
chipping around the outside of the body mortises for the fence, but this is
expected. For a rare plane that is more than 200 years old, it is in Good+
condition and will clean up nicely.
Price - $220.00
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