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1863 ORDNANCE DEPARTMENT WOOD PLANE FOR ARTILLERY LIMBER CHEST:   Documented in the 1863 Ordnance Manual, these wood planes were listed in the Contents of the Limber Chest for Battery Wagon D, under the subheading of Carriage Maker’s Tools, and each cut a different shaped molding.  This plane is made of rock maple, measures 9 3/8” long, 3 ¼” wide and 1 ½” thick, and is stamped with the name of the contractor and inspector, and is branded as shown, “ORD DEPT 1863”.  In like new condition, with traces of heavy dried grease on the blade, this is relatively scarce Artillery related tool and a very interesting Ordnance Department collectable.  $175    



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