Antique tools or are they just old tools?

Today I went onto my favorite web forum The Antique and Vintage Tool Forum, subdivision Infill Plane collectors. As usual, there was a question from a newbie on whether or not he should restore the damaged infill in a plane that he had just purchased. To my mind, the question is, are you capable of restoring the plane back to a reasonable condition. The plane below, a 13 1/2″ Spiers of Ayr, was in a sad condition when I purchased it. A week in the shop and it was completely restored to spiffy.

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My answer to the guy asking the question would be if you can go ahead if you can’t leave well alone.

If you were to buy a similar plane to the one above from a modern infill plane maker it would cost around $1800.00 USD or more. This Spiers (the pinnacle of plane making) can be bought for $300.00, Where is the antique value in that. It is just an old tool.

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