Lancashire Life - - Antiques -

Ac­cord­ing to auc­tion­eers across the county – and in­deed, the coun­try

– prices for fur­ni­ture, an­tique or oth­er­wise, are some­what de­pressed. Not so cab­i­net­mak­ers’ tools, it seems. This ex­tremely rare Nor­ris A28 steel and gun­metal ‘Char­iot’ plane sold for £1,950 at Ley­land auc­tion­eers War­ren & Wig­nall. It cost 26 shillings new in 1928. Stamped ‘Nor­ris Lon­don’ with rose­wood wedge (an ebony wedge was an ex­tra shilling) it was num­bered ‘5’, prob­a­bly to iden­tify it to its owner. Thomas Nor­ris was mak­ing join­ers’ tools in Lam­beth, Sur­rey, by 1861. With his son Thomas James, he rose to be­come one of the coun­try’s most pres­ti­gious hand tool­mak­ers, his metal planes be­ing highly prized by both wood­work­ers and col­lec­tors.

A War­ren & Wig­nall ‘Char­iot’

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