Edward Preston’s tools are famous for their ornate design and this week’s antique is no slouch in the design department. This cast iron, flat bottom spokeshave is covered in Victorian scroll work.
This scroll work covers the top, the back, and the cap.
Probably the most unique part of this early metallic spokeshave is the depth adjustment mechanism. As shown below, it is attached to the cap and fits into a silhouetted recess in the blade. The cap is centered on the treaded mounting post with a tapered base wing nut. This acts as a spherical bearing to correct for any deviations in alignment.
Edward Preston & Sons began business in 1825 and continued through various mergers and sales (beginning in 1932) before finally becoming part of Record Tool Company which survives to this day.