“I got a bunch of old planes from a the bloke who I got that active respirator from.”
” he only wanted a few dollars,.. did you want to take a look at them ?” – My Dad said.
We went down to dad’s shed and he had three planes in a plastic bag.
” Can I try the handle – do you want to keep this one ?”
” Sure – if you can use it – why not have this one… I’ll keep the other two., you should be able to clean it up. – he said”
We searched through the pieces in a bag and dragged out the ones that looked like they fitted. I brought them home on the weekend and slightly been looking at them. It turns out to be a slightly rusty but probably still useable Record Plough Plane, circa 1934, made in England and I’ve never used one before. There are some pieces missing, but
The question is:-
1934 – it means its old, very old, pre-WWII – and apparently a collectors item – worth a lot more than even my dad paid for it. Maybe over 100 times what he paid for it. So — should I keep it as a tool, as was my original intention, or sell it on e-Bay as a collectors item ? Should i keep it till it is 100 years old and then try to sell it on eBay in 2034 ?
I may do neither – I’ve seen British TV shows where heritage buildings are restored and preserved, but always with an idea that the original parts, preserved are still obviously the original. So as a tool – i could use it and wear the original blades out. I could find new screws to replace the missing ones – making sure they are a different colour or head shape perhaps ? It was made to be used or collected — that is the question. And if collected – restored and collected ? and if used restored and used for another generation ?
I think this may be the beginning of a new journey.