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A modern manufacturer makes a very nice copy of the plane, but it could never fool anyone as being original since his is made of the usual bronze alloy and the knob and tote are not rosewood.
The plane has been reproduced and can fool the novice very easily.
The cause of this is because the washers were not used along with the screws, which means that the sole had to be drilled in order for the screws to seat.
This damage is very easy to recognize - flip the plane over and look for two screws staring back at you. You'll cringe in horror the first time you ever see it.
He was the undisputed champion of the plane slugfest that errupted in the decades after the Civil War.
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