Rosewood Infill HENLEY OPTICAL No. 2 Tail Handle Smooth Plane dated 1981 - 80124U - AS OF MAY 13

$ 2,500.00
  • Rosewood Infill HENLEY OPTICAL No. 2 Tail Handle Smooth Plane dated 1981 - 80124U

Rosewood Infill HENLEY OPTICAL No. 2 Tail Handle Smooth Plane dated 1981 - 80124U - AS OF MAY 13

$ 2,500.00
Item #: 80124U

Tail handle grip to allow use on side. 6 3/4 inches long. 27 degree bed angle. 1 3/4 inch iron. NORRIS type adjuster. 4 lbs. 11 oz. The ONLY known example! The HENLEY OPTICAL Co. Henley-On-Thames, Oxon in England later known as THE HENLEY PLANE Co. worked ca. 1976-81. They made extremely high quality planes to exacting tolerances. Their planes are characterized by thick brass sides with heavy, solid steel infill covered by rosewood.
We have acquired 10 Henley planes, formerly of a prominent Athens, Ga. collection.
Of the ten planes, eight are heretofore unknown to exist. We believe the Georgia collector commissioned these planes or simply bought the Henley prototypes. Henley is known to have kept one of each of their planes for posterity and some of these are marked with a number 2. The planes are mechanically 100% with zero wear but have light discolorations all over. Every single plane except the smoother is a bevel up design with a razor slit for a mouth. You will never see finer. All have silky smooth Norris-type adjusters.

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Tail handle grip to allow use on side. 6 3/4 inches long. 27 degree bed angle. 1 3/4 inch iron. NORRIS type adjuster. 4 lbs. 11 oz. The ONLY known example! The HENLEY OPTICAL Co. Henley-On-Thames, Oxon in England later known as THE HENLEY PLANE Co. worked ca. 1976-81. They made extremely high quality planes to exacting tolerances. Their planes are characterized by thick brass sides with heavy, solid steel infill covered by rosewood.
We have acquired 10 Henley planes, formerly of a prominent Athens, Ga. collection.
Of the ten planes, eight are heretofore unknown to exist. We believe the Georgia collector commissioned these planes or simply bought the Henley prototypes. Henley is known to have kept one of each of their planes for posterity and some of these are marked with a number 2. The planes are mechanically 100% with zero wear but have light discolorations all over. Every single plane except the smoother is a bevel up design with a razor slit for a mouth. You will never see finer. All have silky smooth Norris-type adjusters.