Before Ikea and other such furniture, hand-made furniture was all that was available. A good carpenter always kept a set of quality wooden planes. Frequently, they would be decorated with hand-carving to show the workmanship of the cabinet maker. This plane is one of those highly treasured pieces designed to show the carver’s skill. We believe that this plane is from northern Europe, possibly either Germany or Norway, based on the construction and decorations. It is solid wood, except for the blade. Most likely the wood is maple or beech which has been stained and varnished for a wonderful finish and appearance. It measures 9 ¾ inches long, is 1 ¾ inches wide, and including the handle is 5 inches tall. The handle is inset into the body of the plane with a skillfully done sliding dovetail. The plane iron is old but might be a replacement piece. The wedge that holds the blade in place is chipped and might be an early replacement. The sides of the plane and top are beautifully carved by a master carver. The left side has decorative elements along with the incised date "1824". The design on the right side matches the left and has the initials “OMNS”. This combination of 4 letters suggest that the piece might be Norwegian. On top of the plane, behind the handle there is a decorative carved heart. Some insect holes are in the wood, but they are now inactive. This is a wonderful piece of folk-art from an earlier and simpler time when hand-craftsmanship was prized. It displays beautifully and will be a great addition to any collection of fine antique tools.
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