Collecting 18th century ploughs is something
of a passion of mine and this is the first example I ever found.
The plane is marked Moodey, and is almost certainly by Thomas Moodey of
It is now thought that the earlier planes marked Moodey, Worcester, were by his
However, judging from the wedge shape of this example I would put it at around
1760, which would make it likely to be by Thomas.
It has a number of features common to the Birmingham school of plough makers.
The brass escutcheons on the arms are round as apposed to the usual diamond
pattern, and the small mould at the junction of the body to the skate is an ogee
rather than the normal thumb mould.
Another unique feature of the Birmingham school is that the wooden depth stop is
pierced by the stem, and a unique feature that I have never seen on any other
plough is that the wedge sits on top of the stem rather than the side.
This is also one of only two examples of 18th
century ploughs I have seen where the skate is screwed to the body as apposed to