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Warren in Lancaster, PA
The Williamsburg people decided not to use double iron planes based on "archeological evidence". They found about five plane irons in the soil around the shop, all uncut irons. These irons were probably used as single irons (or as double irons with loose cap irons).

Given that the shop was open for several decades under several masters and ending around 1776, it is likely that single irons were used for a good portion of the history of the shop, and that double irons might have been used only at the end.

About a dozen years ago, after reading the archeological evidence, I suggested that after they got their new double irons they just threw the old irons out the window. Having used my own shop for 32 years now, I know that tools that are no longer used have a way of getting lost in the shavings.

At Annapolis, capital of Maryland and just up the Chesapeake Bay from Williamsburg, famous cabinetmaker John Shaw was importing and selling double iron planes in 1774. I think the target date for the Williamsburg shop is 1775.

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