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’