I just bought this beautiful antique plough. Sadly I don’t have any information about it’s provenance; however, it’s almost identical to the one featured in Zaehnsdorf’s ‘The Art of Bookbinding’, it even has the same teardrop shaped brass plate under the wing-nut. The blade of the plough has an ‘N. J. Hill London’ makers-mark engraved on the underside, so I would guess that it’s at least 130 years old? It has a few worm holes but is otherwise in great condition, so is still a very useable tool. I do have a slight moral dilemma as I have an Olive and Oak laying press which has a single runner baton (rather than the two batons as featured in the engraving above) so to use the plough I would have to cut a slot in the base of the left cheek if I want to use this plough in anger.
Arthur Green, January 2019