Edward Preston were in operation during the 19 thC and then up to about 1932, when they were taken over by Rabone and Co. for their and Rules and Hampton (who later became Record) hived off the tools. The name then disappeared, but some of their tools were excellent, very original design and still command good prices.
A long monograph was published just this year on the subject of Preston Spokeshaves by Joseph Stanus in the USA.
Iron Spokeshaves and Related Tools Manufactured by Edward Preston & Sons – Joseph Stankus
I believe that it is a self-published book, but it’s obtainable from bookshops.
Also, information here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Preston_%26_Sons
Your shave was probably being used before the First World War……
The spokeshave is a Preston No. 1374 which was made between 1900 and 1932.
BTW – I am the author of the book that was mentioned in one of the previous posts.
The paperback edition of the book is discounted on the US Amazon site. I do not know why, but it is currently less than half price.
I received my copy of Joe’s book on Preston shaves from Amazon today and–WOW!–what a great piece of work. This is certain to be THE standard reference to the bewildering array of Preston spoke shaves, sash shaves,quirk routers, stringing routers etc. If any of you guys have even the slightest interest in these tools you should order a copy NOW before the book goes out of print.
Thanks for the Amazon tip , Joe! You’ve done a great job.
Thank you for the kind words. As part of my research, I have identified 158 unique Preston shaves and have acquired 140 of these. Most of the unique shaves that I have are illustrated in the book. I have added several to my collection since the publication of the book. Only one significant variation has been discovered in the last year. The new variation is a No. 1392 with green cellulose paint.
I published the book through Ingram Spark, which allows small orders. As such, I do not think the book will go out of print; however, I think it may be harder to order as Amazon may not continue to stock copies of the book. The Amazon UK site indicates that the paperback edition currently ships in 1 to 2 months. I assume that this means Amazon orders a copy from Ingram Spark when someone purchases a copy. I would not be surprised to see this occur on other Amazon sites.
For those who are not comfortable with a long shipping estimate from Amazon, you can send me a private message and I can have a book printed and sent directly to you. Ingram Spark has printing facilities in UK, USA, and Australia. The estimated printing time varies daily. I should be able to query Ingram Spark to get an estimate.
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