A question(s)….how many of you have prattled on and on endlessly to your spouse about vintage tools? Have you elicited multiple eye rolls, yawns and a general lack of interest on the subject? And lastly, are you wasting your time doing it? If the answer to the first two questions is “no…” then pull up your big boy panties and start boring the crap out of your mate, ’cause you’re not trying hard enough. If you answered “yes” to the last question then repent….because YOU’RE WRONG!
Take today for instance…we decided to go for a drive and ended up at my new favorite antiques shop, a rambling olde timey ex-general store about 45mins from home. Of course I have my spidey sense turned on looking for old tools…she is looking at dainty teacups and porcelain cat ornaments. I find a nice old antique rosewood and brass sliding bevel…”Hey this is nice!”. Mmmhmmmm…
On we trudge, me breezing past glass display cases while she pauses to browse. On my way back she draws my attention to the display case. “Look…”Jesus Marion Joseph (at least that’s what it sounded like when I was a kid)! A Stanley No.141 Plow Plane in all it’s rosewood and nickel plated glory…after several minutes of ooh-ing and ahh-ing and asking the sales lady the price, my wife gave me the green light…the rest is history.
Here are a few more pics:The Stanley No.141 Plow Plane was produced from 1887-1918. The cutters are missing, but it is in remarkable condition for it’s age. Thanks to my wonderful wife Kimmy for spotting this gem. Oh yeah…here’s the bevel I found:Kind of unremarkable next to Kimmy’s find.
Long story short, prattle on….