Although I try to restrict myself to collecting planes, sometimes something crops up that I just can't resist. I know very little about wooden braces, but when I spotted this on the net it just struck me as very early, and unusual. Firstly it has an iron chuck, as apposed to brass, which is the norm on later braces. Secondly the style of the brace itself seemed most unusual. As it turns out it was by a very early maker by the name of Ryley, who apparently worked in Birmingham. More learn ed experts than me have put a date of approximately between 1750-1760, and have said it may turn out to be the earliest button chuck brace to have surfaced so far.