Shelton pre-production smoother?

Summer a few years back I bought a weird looking plane whilst on holidays in the Finger Lakes, NY. It doesn’t have many markings, which makes it one of the most challenging planes to identify. It is a No. 04 smoothing plane with an iron body, aluminum lever cap, hardwood handles. It is 9″ in length, and 2″ in width, and has “P4” marked on the body behind the frog.

shelton4P

It seems to be based on US Patent# 1,914,609, Filed Feb.19, 1932, received June 20, 1933.

shelton_plane

The patent shows a circular knurled knob, whereas this plane has the knob which is more of a curvilinear square. This knob has three characters, H, K, and 1 stamped on it.

shelton4Pknob

Both the plane body and the lever cap have “PAT PDG”. Actual planes made after the patent have lever caps made of steel.

shelton4Pppend

Advertisements

One thought on “Shelton pre-production smoother?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s