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Jointer Plane

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T4944
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1805 - 1815


The elaborate carving on this oak plane suggests that it probably originates from the Baltic region. It is dated 1810 and the paper label on its side, visible in photo image number 3, states that the plane was bought in Egypt in 1855 and was subsequently given to the purchaser's grandson, John Henry Leech in 1877. The plane is particularly heavy for its length, weighing over 5 kilogrammes (11½lbs) and measuring 72 cms (28¼ inches).Jointer planes were used to smooth the surface and edge of long planks of wood in order to ensure a clean, almost invisible joint between them.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Material(s):Oak wood
Place of Origin:Netherlands / Holland or Baltic

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Height:17.5 cm
Width:72 cm
Depth:10 cm