The original 1909 Edward Preston Catalogue is relatively hard to find but do come up for sale from time to time, as do other original tool catalogues. However this 1909 version has been reprinted and is a regular addition to most tool collectors bookcases. Edward Preston was founded in 1825 and was one of England’s most successful tool makers producing many styles of planes produced by Record tools amongst others. Earlier makers mark used – Edwrd Preston later the full name and the inclusion of & sons ltd.
This later reprint was further enhanced by a carefully researched study of the Preston firm by Mark Rees who also wrote many books on the subject of antique tools along with his wife Jane who has continued onto other publications.
Whilst I appreciate most tool collectors will already own or know of this book it’s worth mentioning to those new to collecting that these tool catalogues help with many tools that may lack branding or to identify whether said tools are complete, their names and uses.
The reprint is an inexpensive reprint book and used copy’s are often available but worthwhile owning if you intend to gain knowledge on this maker.