This is a very early moulding plane by John Davenport of London.
Up until the middle of the 17th century, most wooden planes were made by the craftsmen who used them, but after the fire of London, in 1666, there was a need for commercial plane makers. John Davenport was one of the first, starting his apprenticeship in 1693. This plane is made of beech, as are nearly all British moulding planes.
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