Large fillister with nicker
and lignum vitae boxing. It also has an astounding skew iron
by James Cam, <1781.
Identifying this plane took a bit of "Sherlock" work to
ascertain the maker but after some forensic analysis of the
mark, it was established that this gem was by Thomas Darbey. The
addition of lignum vitae boxing tends to confirm this, as it is
a feature mostly found in planes by Birmingham makers.
Thomas Darbey, Birmingham, 1767-1785.
Long shot showing lignum vitae
Gorgeous lignum vitae wear blocks.
The "DARBEY" mark is the ghost hidden under "H.JONES", an old
and very annoying owner!
It is easily identified because stamps with a "top hat" are
I love the heel on this plane!