Dating record hand planes

30-Oct-2016 13:44

Early W4 frogs had a single lower face frame, which changed to two frames from about mid 1955 onwards.

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All lever caps, irrespective of plane size, have single 5/32 inch (4 mm) marks on the reverse lower section.

Mid and late 2 inch frogs have the same features and probably came from an external supplier.

To date, all 2-3/8 inch frogs have the smaller (5/32" or 4mm.) marks and none have been found with “Q”.

Even then, some overlap in date ranges must be allowed for.

WW lever caps appear to be consistent throughout production, apart from a batch of both sizes with rounded lower edges, made between about mid 1954 to1957.

All lever caps, irrespective of plane size, have single 5/32 inch (4 mm) marks on the reverse lower section.Mid and late 2 inch frogs have the same features and probably came from an external supplier.To date, all 2-3/8 inch frogs have the smaller (5/32" or 4mm.) marks and none have been found with “Q”.Even then, some overlap in date ranges must be allowed for.WW lever caps appear to be consistent throughout production, apart from a batch of both sizes with rounded lower edges, made between about mid 1954 to1957.Later RW planes have been found to be rarer in the United Kingdom (see history) and fully RW specified planes will date from late1962 to the end of production, around mid 1965.