Offered is this scarce Roxton Pond Tool Co. Plow Plane, cr. 1875, believed to have been made by Dalpe the well respected Roxton Pond, Quebec plane maker. The plane is stamped on the toe "ROXTON POND TOOL COMPANY". The cutter is 8" long by 3/8" wide and is stamped Baldwin Tool Co. Baldwin was manufacturing tools during the same period that Roxton Tool Co. was making planes & Baldwin sold their tools to many other companies.
The screw stems, wood nuts and washers are in good condition and work smoothly. Both screw stems have some minor chipping on the threads (see photos) at the extreme opposite ends which does not effect their operation or tightening. The metal depth gage recesses into the bed of the plane body and is raised & lowered by the brass thumb screw. With the exception of a minor age related check in one wood nut there are no cracks, checks, stains, repairs or missing parts. All parts appear to be original and the wood is either beech or fruitwood and has a very nice original finish. The body of the plane is 10" long, the fence is 11" long and the screw stems have 7" long threads.
ROXTON POND HISTORY Roxton Pond is a town where artisans crafted the largest quantity of tools produced in Quebec and maybe in Canada. Tools were manufactured in that town for over a century and the names of Sem Dalpe and A. Monty are well known to all tool collectors. We may even say that this village has been, during a period of time, manufacturing more tools than any other place in Canada.
In 1885, when the Citizens requested a separation of the parish of Ste-Prudentienne to form the village of Ste-Prudentienne, among the first four petitioners, 3 are tool manufacturers: Sem Dalpe, S.F. Willard and Phillipe Nicol. The village was then separated from the parish and the first mayor was Sem Dalpe.
It is said that in 1865, Sem Dalpe had bought, for the sum of 1300 $, the furniture factory specializing in the production of wooden planes. Sem Dalpe, began making his planes in 1865. He learned his trade by working for E. Carter, plane manufacturer, in Troy, New York He operated his factory until his death in 1895. He published a catalogue of his tools, and the 1889 version is well known to tool collectors.
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