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|EXTREMELY RARE 17th century complex cabinet moulder by FRANCIS PURDEW who is recognised as the very first British planemaker and was working in London from 1687 - 1713 before Robert Wooding. This example is in pretty good shape for such an early plane. It is a highly complex wee mould and displays all the characteristics of Francis Purdew such as the double chamfer at the end of the curved shoulder, distinctive round wedge and the round stamp to the front side of the plane. The iron is undoubtedly original but it is not marked with an maker. The round stamp to the front is easily visible but the lettering is not which is pretty normal for these planes. There are a couple of small cracks to the front end otherwise it is in pretty good condition for its age.
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