Lot 267 – In our September 2021 auction is a vintage Whatco brass bodied plane with Norris style adjuster and a Onions & Co iron which looks to be original to the plane. There is little known about these scarce planes but having this iron may shed some light on it.
From the Birmingham directories
1888-1900 Onions & Co. saw, gimlet & file manufacturers. etc. Deritend works, Floodgate St.
1888-1897 Onions Joseph, saw manufacturer &c. see Onions & Co
Onions and Co disappear between 1905 and 1908. Joseph disappeared and presumably left the co. & or died between 1897 and 1899.
Could this be the maker? And could this be the same plane that the GTL factory modelled their version on? Est: £30-40