This is an antique molding plane by S.E. Farrand of Newark, NJ, in good used condition and is complete with a round blade. Beautifully patinated and with the makers mark clearly stamped on one end. Make a nice display piece and could probably be still used if sharpened.
Decorative moldings have been used by architects, designers, and builders for millennia to bring visual interest to creations ranging from massive stone temples to small pieces of furniture. Modern woodworkers can create them with routers, but as the hand-tool revival continues to build momentum, we’ve seen a massive renewed interest in traditional molding planes, which can turn any board edge into a decorative surface in minutes with minimal setup.