Mathieson Mitre plane Planes

Mathieson mitre plane

Here are some pics of a beautiful plane I picked up yesterday. A Mathieson mitre plane in fine condition. It has the original Mathieson snecked iron and a mouth that is so tight you can barely see light when the blade is in. A stunning plane for any collector, especially one who collects this maker. if you are interested in buying this plane, please get in touch at Sensible offers only please.
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I haven’t popped any of the woodwork on this plane, and don’t intend doing so, particularly, but a reader of the blog, Paul Blanche, sent me a picture of the likely construction of the front bun, (below).
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Norris Planes

A rare Norris No.6G, or homebrew?

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This plane turned up in a recent job lot I bought. I assumed it to be a very nice No.6 plane from Norris with considerable weight to it. However, the jury is still out, as I’m having trouble locating reference for one that has exactly the same characteristics, especially with a gunmetal body?

** First Update** My first thought before I checked out pics of a No.6 was that it was a No.17, but a very knowledgeable dealer tells me the no.17 was always coffin-sided. Can anyone help me out with confirming the i.d of this plane please? It has a regular Norris stamp on the gunmetal lever cap.

**Second Update** This may even be a plane made by the previous owner, whom I have found out used to be a toolmaker. Could it be that he has created such a wonderful plane and added the Norris cap? The build quality is absolutely amazing and the woodwork French polished. After consulting several very well-known dealers, two have said it’s probably made by Norris as a ‘special’ and one thinks the owner made it himself.
The lack of a screw under the handle makes me wonder, but also the edges to the metalwork are just so crisp. It doesn’t ‘feel’ like a Norris in the hand, it feels better, to be honest!