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I am looking for some information on this wood planer. I have tried numerous searches, but still do not have an idea of what era this comes. May someone please assist me? Thank you!
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Vintage wood hand plane ....

From the 1890's, Sheffield, England was a a town where steel blades and other cutlery were made by several steel makers. The body itself could have been made in England also, but no way to tell. Here's a similar blade:

Read about "Industrial Sheffield, here:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Sheffield

https://picclick.co.uk/Vintage-Warra...283480328.html

Others here:
https://images.search.yahoo.com/sear...g&action=close

Check these out:
http://www.toolbazaar.co.uk/shop/old....html?page=all


Finally, there are sources here to help identify vintage planes:
https://antiques.lovetoknow.com/Iden...ue_Wood_Planes

The answer to your question will only be as detailed and specific as the question is detailed and specific. Good questions also include a sketch or a photo that illustrates your issue. (:< D)

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My Dad had a plane just like that. he called it a Jack Plane.
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Asked if there were any stamps on the wooden part of the plane, then deleted the contents of the message to look for info on the iron first to see if the body and iron were made by same company. Couldn't find a single thing out on the iron. Not even registration of the company name, so gave up to let someone more knowledgeable of wooden plane history answer the question.

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The makers name would be stamped into the toe (front), because it is never stricken with a hammer there. to adjust you strike the button on the top front, or the rear to retract the blade. to deepen the cut, you strike the blade directly. If you find no makers mark...there is a good chance the plane body was made by a craftsman for his own use using an iron he had.

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adjustment is as stated above. the front striking knob is missing. Someone didnt know how to adjust this and has hammered the top of the blade.

Again, as mercer said, if theres no name stamped into the wood then its almost certainly a home made body.
i tend to think that it is because of how high the blade is to the handle. I have a couple of these from around the 1900's and they are all seated much lower.
Its fantastic steel, whatever you do dont throw it away, many people will pay for the blade and chip breaker alone.
There is a Sylvester street in sheffield. possibly where this was made but i cant find any mention of that company directly.

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Thank you for the responses. I could not find a stamp on the toe. I tried to research the company and wonder if there was a mistake when the company stamped the iron. The wording says "Silvester Sheffield & Co." Warentee (or -ed) Casting. Would it be beneficial to contact the company itself to ask about the iron?
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Here is a picture of the toe and the way the iron is set up.
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Those jack planes are very common.I suspect most are used as ornaments these days or are feeding woodworm.They are capable of doing good work and the Sheffield cast steel can take and hold a good edge.Striking buttons were never universal,so it hasn't lost one,it probably never had one.To adjust the cut one taps the end of the iron to increase the thickness of the shaving and a tap on the heel with a mallet will loosen the wedge.An occasional wipe with linseed oil will make the plane slide more easily,but use moderation.
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