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Photo Blog: Early 20th Century Norris Lever Caps


Photo Blog: Early 20th Century Norris Lever Caps 1
Download a hi-res version of the above image here

A few weeks ago I did a photo blog of Stanley Bedrock lever caps. I happened to be working on a blog about Bedrock planes and it was a natural extension. But the photo was downloaded a lot and it occurred to be I could do the same thing with Norris planes. So here goes.

From the left: an early pre-WWI stamp. Then comes an A16 - probably around WWI. Note the A16 stamping on the front bun. The logo is expanded from early one to include "Patent Adjustable," but it is still stamped in. Then comes a wartime A51 with a cast-in logo. The next plane, a 50G, has a cast lever cap that is not as pronounced as the A51's. The 50G is a cast plane, but a nice one, bronze with a steel sole. Finally at the right edge of the frame, is a 1920's A6. The logo looks stamped, a big deep stamping. The A6 is a parallel sided version of the A5 - a closed handled coffin shaped smoother that was Norris's most popular plane. (It's not in the picture because mine is in my toolbox at work.). Both planes have Brazilian Rosewood infill, and work equally well.

The pictures in this blog are in medium resolution. If you like the pictures, feel free to click on the links to download pretty high res versions (for up to about a 14" printed picture) for your own use. The pictures also might make a nice screen saver or the like.

Response to these images has been great! If you have the urge for a larger print of any of the pictures in the photo blog series, the source material I have can be used to print even larger images - up to 36" - than the download file size. If there is sufficient interest, I thought I would print limited editions of 3 per size (36", 24", and 20"), signed, on archival paper, ready for framing. Large prints of tools might go really well in an office or business settings. I certainly would find tools are more interesting to look at than yet another picture of a the New York skyline (not that it isn't lovely). Large archival prints are expensive to make and ship, but if you are interested, please drop me a line.

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09/11/2022 Willy Bemis
09/11/2022 Michael O’Brien
Thanks Joel. I enjoy these tool articles and your sending out the high res versions of the lever caps.
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