They are used to hold a chisel stationary so that the woodworker can thin or shape boards of wood.
Until planes were mass produced, many carpenters made their planes themselves, bought blades from blacksmiths, and carved decorations or initials into the plane. In addition, collectors may want to watch for these details as well: There are numerous styles of vintage saws that may be of interest to collectors.
Some of the collection dates back to the early 1700's and includes Cooper's and Shipwright's tools.
In addition to collecting and restoring old American made woodworking machinery, I've also been collecting and antique woodworking tools.
This web site is devoted to providing information and resources to those interested in woodworking, old woodworking tools and vintage woodworking machinery.