When the 3rd addition of
British Plane Makers was published the maker of this unusual plane was still
something of a mystery.
S. Tomkinson mark was presumed to be from the Birmingham area due to
the unusual form of the stamp, but we now know that the true identity of this
maker is Samuel Tomkinson of London.
We have record of him working in 1767 at Northton Street. Tomkinson appears to
have been a bit of a maverick as a lot of his planes that have been found are of
unconventional design. Case in point this very large rebate plane. The length is
just over 15".
The rear hand grip has an almost continental style to it.
Here is a picture of the plane next to a standard moulding plane by the same
maker to show the size and scale. The maker would have needed a blank measuring
about 2 1/2 x 4 1/2" to make this plane.