Very Nice. Are you saying the iron was made by Edward Preston, or is that name on the wooden body or handle? I have a similar one that has "Baldwin Tool Co." stamped on the iron and another name, presumably the owner's, crudely stamped into the block of wood in 6 places. I thought back then woodworkers bought the iron but made the body themselves. Is that true? If so, does anyone known when the iron manufacturers started providing the body?
over the last few days, I have become an expert on wooden planes (lol).
I found the name stamped on the iron first, and asked for info from a UK woodworking forum, They came up with the links to the internet info.
My plane was made sometime between 1889 and 1909, decided by the fact preston became preston and sons in 1889 (which mine is so stamped) and the 1909 tool catalogue doesnt list it. It is in the 1901 catalogue.
Its impossible to narrow it down further, as the wooden planes had no serial numbers.
Edward Preston and sons was a very big company, making dozens of types of tools, mostly with their own steel bodies and blades.
Once I had cleaned the plane body of the worst of the old laquer and white paint spots (I can hear all the purists weeping in their beer now), I found the company name stamped into the front face of the plane body.
If your plane was from between the wars, so many companies went under and merged that its possible yours is from the block maker as he has most of the pieces, and a blade bought from another company.