This huge ogee is very rare with
less than 200 known examples remaining from this provincial
The town of Lewes is about one hour's drive
south of me and is steeped in history.
The town of Lewes from the Castle. (Image
The Holt family were wood turners and occupied a
tenement in the High Street, now No.12, just scraping a living.
I have mentioned Thomas and John Holt before, and I believe John
was Thomas' son as he operated during 1776-1812.
Tiny streets of Lewes.
Lewes was a thriving seaport back in the 18th
century and it is highly likely the father and son were kept in
business making shipwright's tools and later moulding planes for
building the high class houses and furniture in nearby Hastings
to the East and Brighton to the West.
In lovely condition for 250 years old this huge
ogee sports a stonkin' iron which simply needs a quick tickle to
get it cutting again.
This 250 year
old moulding plane is in
stunningly beautiful condition.
Fine crisp lines with virtually no damage.