Spiers plane dating
Like the Norris the plane now incorporates a raised infill around the bridge area, (this is known as a horn).This infill supports a thumb screw which is used to apply pressure to the blade.Most prices seen reflect actual sale results from this website.Prices seen span a long time and may not reflect current values. On other pieces you will see no price, or a price range, with or without an explanation.Stewart moved his work premises round the corner to 12 Garden Street in around 1850 and later, by 1858, had moved to premises at 11 River Street, where the firm stayed until around the time of Stewart's death in 1899, before its removal to 2–4 River Terrace at the end of Auld Brig.Unlike Alexander Mathieson & Sons, the firm of Spiers remained small.
The pictures below show a small number of Spiers planes I made recently using a variety of infils - Rosewood, Ebony and Boxwood.This is in fact my favourite of all the shoulder planes.I gave into temptation to add a Norris type adjuster, since adjusters are most sought after.The Garden Street leaflet published in the 1850s shows a wide array of infill planes available: panel, rebate (single and double iron), mitre (with snecked iron), smoothing and joining planes, some with wedged cutters and others with lever and cap.Later in the century bull-nose rebates planes were developed by Spiers, and shoulder, chariot and thumb planes were also added to the range.
There are minor spots of pitting but this plane still looks great and could easily be brought to a fine condition with a bit of careful lapping and cleaning.