Norris Planes On eBay


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Norris A5 Smoothing Plane

For most people, collecting Norris planes can be an onerous task, as almost all of the ones you'll find will set you back quite a few dollars. When I was a young man I would spend countless hours looking through antique and secondhand shops, markets and trade papers looking for anything by Norris, Spiers, Mathieson and other infill makers. Infill planes were my particular passion. In the distant past it was possible, depending on where you lived, to pick up a bargain here and there because the seller did not know the real worth of the tools they were offering. Even though they were beautiful, infill planes were sometimes sold for less than their equivalent Stanley cousins — simply because a lot of them had no blade adjustment mechanism. Those days, for the most part, are long gone.

With the advent of the internet came the antique tool dealer websites. Initially these were already existing bricks-and-mortar businesses who thought it would be a good idea to have some form of online presence. Most of them offered the same range of planes and other hand tools that they were already selling in their shops and market stalls, and the prices they asked for their tools reflected this. Later on, eBay and other auction sites began popping up everywhere and, essentially, changed all the rules when it came to selling tools. It soon became apparent that the range of planes available to the collector was vast — many more than they could ever hope to own. However, it was also apparent that the prices offered varied quite considerably as well, depending on the condition, the rarity and, in the case of auction sites, the will of bidders.

Norris A5 Smoothing Plane

Because of its global reach, and fast-growing popularity, eBay soon became a dominant force — but it was not without its problems. Handplanes which, in the real world, should have sold for hundreds — even thousands of dollars — sometimes sold for considerably less. This was due simply because sellers had started their auctions low and without reserves, while many buyers were not aware of the brands and manufacturers they were bidding on.

In sharp contrast to this, many cheaper handplanes sold for many times their value because two or more buyers found themselves in a 'bidding war' and didn't know when to stop. The price of the plane rose because neither party wanted to lose out on winning it. This is why it is important to have a cutoff, or exit strategy, for the planes you are bidding on. When the bidding reaches that cutoff price, walk away and leave it to other bidders.

While many dealers may disagree, its probably safe to say that eBay rules the waves as far as setting prices for everything, including hand planes. While a (very) rough guide to the monetary value of Norris planes can be found here, it's important to realise that it is, after all, a guide and that there are always exceptions to the rule. Having said that, below is a selection of Norris planes that are available right now on eBay. These are offered from a variety of different sellers, including myself on occasion.

Stanley Sweetheart No 62 Low Angle Extra thick Steel Norris type Jack Plane New
Stanley Sweetheart No 62 Low Angle Extra thick Steel Norris type Jack Plane New $236.40
Time Remaining: 6h 12m
Buy It Now for only: $236.40
Early Norris No4 Rosewood Infill Smoothing Plane
Early Norris No4 Rosewood Infill Smoothing Plane $526.54
Time Remaining: 19h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $526.54
1 1 2 Norris No18 Patent Metal Rosewood Infill Shoulder Plane
1 1 2 Norris No18 Patent Metal Rosewood Infill Shoulder Plane $695.03
Time Remaining: 19h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $695.03
NORRIS No27 Steel Soled Gunmetal Bull Nose Plane With Rosewood Wedge
NORRIS No27 Steel Soled Gunmetal Bull Nose Plane With Rosewood Wedge $975.85
Time Remaining: 19h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $975.85
VINTAGE COFFIN PLANE WITH BEECH INFILL MARKED NORRIS LONDON
VINTAGE COFFIN PLANE WITH BEECH INFILL MARKED NORRIS LONDON $169.90 (16 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 4h 7m
V RARE NORRIS LONDON No 23 GUNMETAL EBONY SHOULDER PLANE
V RARE NORRIS LONDON No 23 GUNMETAL  EBONY SHOULDER PLANE $1,088.18
Time Remaining: 2d 3h 1m
Buy It Now for only: $1,088.18
NORRIS A1 DOVETAILED PANEL PLANE 1913 ADJUSTER
NORRIS A1 DOVETAILED PANEL PLANE 1913 ADJUSTER $1,404.10
Time Remaining: 2d 3h 3m
Buy It Now for only: $1,404.10
NORRIS LONDON No 4 DOVETAILED SMOOTHING PLANE ROSEWOOD
NORRIS LONDON No 4 DOVETAILED SMOOTHING PLANE ROSEWOOD $680.99
Time Remaining: 2d 3h 10m
Buy It Now for only: $680.99
NORRIS LONDON No 25 BULLNOSE PLANE ROSEWOOD
NORRIS LONDON No 25 BULLNOSE PLANE ROSEWOOD $231.68
Time Remaining: 2d 3h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $231.68
RARE EARLY NORRIS LONDON A50 SMOOTHING PLANE TYPE 1
RARE EARLY NORRIS LONDON A50 SMOOTHING PLANE TYPE 1 $821.40
Time Remaining: 2d 3h 13m
Buy It Now for only: $821.40
NORRIS LONDON No 25 BULLNOSE PLANE
NORRIS LONDON No 25 BULLNOSE PLANE $252.74
Time Remaining: 2d 3h 22m
Buy It Now for only: $252.74
VERY RARE EARLIEST NORRIS LONDON A1 13 1 2 PANEL PLANE
VERY RARE EARLIEST NORRIS LONDON A1 13 1 2 PANEL PLANE $1,684.92
Time Remaining: 2d 3h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $1,684.92
Norris London Iron and Rosewood Smoothing Plane
Norris London Iron and Rosewood Smoothing Plane $1,370.00
Time Remaining: 2d 17h 58m
Buy It Now for only: $1,370.00
NORRIS NoA5 Pre War Rosewood Infill Smoothing Plane
NORRIS NoA5 Pre War Rosewood Infill Smoothing Plane $975.85
Time Remaining: 4d 12h
Buy It Now for only: $975.85
Very Rare Early NORRIS No31 Gunmetal Thumb Plane
Very Rare Early NORRIS No31 Gunmetal Thumb Plane $4,064.87
Time Remaining: 4d 12h
Buy It Now for only: $4,064.87
Low Angle Jack Plane 14 Inch Iron Cherry Wood Handle Knob Norris Adjustment Tool
Low Angle Jack Plane 14 Inch Iron Cherry Wood Handle Knob Norris Adjustment Tool $209.12
Time Remaining: 5d 15h 56m
Buy It Now for only: $209.12
Rare Ward Steel Bull Nose Plane Made By Norris
Rare Ward Steel Bull Nose Plane Made By Norris $259.76
Time Remaining: 7d 7h 47m
Buy It Now for only: $259.76
NORRIS ADJUSTABLE INFILL PANEL PLANE 17 1 2 X 2 7 8 A 1 LONDON
NORRIS ADJUSTABLE INFILL PANEL PLANE 17 1 2 X 2 7 8 A 1 LONDON $1,000.00
Time Remaining: 7d 19h 51m
Very Rare 16 1 2 NORRIS A1 Panel Plane
Very Rare 16 1 2 NORRIS A1 Panel Plane $4,205.28
Time Remaining: 8d 18h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $4,205.28
NORRIS 20E Steel Soled Gunmetal Shoulder Plane With Ebony Infill
NORRIS 20E Steel Soled Gunmetal Shoulder Plane With Ebony Infill $1,397.08
Time Remaining: 8d 18h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $1,397.08
Exceptionally Rare Early Malleable Iron NORRIS No31 Thumb Plane
Exceptionally Rare Early Malleable Iron NORRIS No31 Thumb Plane $4,907.33
Time Remaining: 8d 18h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $4,907.33
Perfect NORRIS No30E Gunmetal Chariot Plane
Perfect NORRIS No30E Gunmetal Chariot Plane $9,821.68
Time Remaining: 8d 18h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $9,821.68
NORRIS LONDON 2 1 8 BLADE
NORRIS LONDON 2 1 8 BLADE $119.35
Time Remaining: 8d 23h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $119.35
RARE NORRIS LONDON No 28 CHARIOT PLANE
RARE NORRIS LONDON No 28 CHARIOT PLANE $1,544.51
Time Remaining: 10d 11h 14m
Buy It Now for only: $1,544.51
Norris London 1 1 2 steel dovetailed shoulder wood plane w rosewood infill
Norris London 1 1 2 steel dovetailed shoulder wood plane w rosewood infill $600.00
Time Remaining: 11d 10h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $600.00
NORRIS BUCK No 18 SHOULDER PLANE
NORRIS BUCK No 18 SHOULDER PLANE $329.96
Time Remaining: 11d 14h 12m
Buy It Now for only: $329.96
Norris type infill plane brass and steel lever cap screw new reproduction
Norris type infill plane brass and steel lever cap screw new reproduction $10.95
Time Remaining: 11d 17h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $10.95
Norris type infill adjustment mechanism for smoothing jack or joiner planes
Norris type infill adjustment mechanism for smoothing jack or joiner planes $55.00
Time Remaining: 11d 17h 36m
Buy It Now for only: $55.00
Norris 1 1 4 Shoulder Rabbet Plane Rosewood Infill Wedge Full Norris Iron
Norris 1 1 4 Shoulder Rabbet Plane Rosewood Infill Wedge Full Norris Iron $545.00
Time Remaining: 11d 17h 47m
Buy It Now for only: $545.00
Norris No 17 Rosewood Infill Smoothing Plane Gunmetal Body Annealed Sole
Norris No 17 Rosewood Infill Smoothing Plane Gunmetal Body Annealed Sole $2,250.00
Time Remaining: 11d 17h 50m
Buy It Now for only: $2,250.00
NORRIS LONDON A5 SMOOTHING PLANE
NORRIS LONDON A5 SMOOTHING PLANE $358.05
Time Remaining: 12d 14h 48m
Buy It Now for only: $358.05
BUCK Thumb Chariot Plane Made By Norris
BUCK Thumb Chariot Plane Made By Norris $1,958.72
Time Remaining: 13d 14h 53m
Buy It Now for only: $1,958.72
NORRIS A71 Patent Adjustable Beech Jack Plane
NORRIS A71 Patent Adjustable Beech Jack Plane $554.62
Time Remaining: 13d 14h 53m
Buy It Now for only: $554.62
Stunning NORRIS No30E Gunmetal Chariot Plane
Stunning NORRIS No30E Gunmetal Chariot Plane $8,038.47
Time Remaining: 13d 14h 53m
Buy It Now for only: $8,038.47
NORRIS A71 Patent Adjustable Beech Jack Plane
NORRIS A71 Patent Adjustable Beech Jack Plane $540.58
Time Remaining: 14d 19h 14m
Buy It Now for only: $540.58
Rare Norris NoA4 Infill Smoothing Plane
Rare Norris NoA4 Infill Smoothing Plane $1,017.97
Time Remaining: 14d 19h 14m
Buy It Now for only: $1,017.97
Norris type brass and steel dovetail infill smoothing plane kit 2 1 4
Norris type brass and steel dovetail infill smoothing plane kit 2 1 4 $160.95
Time Remaining: 14d 19h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $160.95
Norris type steel dovetail infill smoothing plane kit 2 1 4
Norris type steel dovetail infill smoothing plane kit 2 1 4 $130.95
Time Remaining: 14d 19h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $130.95
Norris type steel dovetail infill smoothing plane kit 2 3 8
Norris type steel dovetail infill smoothing plane kit 2 3 8 $130.95
Time Remaining: 14d 19h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $130.95
Norris type brass and steel dovetail infill smoothing plane kit 2 3 8
Norris type brass and steel dovetail infill smoothing plane kit 2 3 8 $160.95
Time Remaining: 14d 19h 45m
Buy It Now for only: $160.95