A four inch Ward Coffin Smoother.
I was on eBay and found this little plane and had to have it. It is just over four inches long.
I have never seen one so small. I have seen them around six inches. It was in fine shape and a breeze to clean up and refurbish. All I had to do was flatten the back of the iron, square it up a bit and sharpen it. The body was in wonderful shape, no checks or cracks. The original finish was almost all there. It only had a bit of paint and glue on it.
The only little bit of information I can find on the maker was vague. I believe David Ward from Sheffield England made the little guy. I can find some evidence of him making joinery planes before 1840. My question is, is this a salesman’s sample?
A short video. Enjoy. All questions and comments are welcome.