Trial 1

Special Edition Trial 1 Box Set

Founded in 1840, the year of Queen Victoria’s marriage to Prince Albert and run by successive sons of the same family ever since, Joseph Marples Ltd celebrate 180 continuous years of Sheffield toolmaking with this magnificent limited edition numbered boxed set of joiners tools.

The company may only be 180 years old, but by the time it was formed the family had already been making joiners tools for nearly 100 years, spanning almost the entire Georgian, Regency, Victorian, Edwardian and now Elizabethan eras.

Limited to 100 individually numbered sets, the tools are made from the very beautiful (and expensive) Santos Rosewood (also known as Bolivian Rosewood/Pau Ferro), solid brass and blued steel. All the items in the set have been made, from cutting the planks to final polishing of the wood, by one person, Tony Marples.

The set is presented in a hinged, Beech wooden box with CNC machined foam inserts and includes:

  • Brass faced screwslide stem combination gauge
  • 9″ double brass faced try square
  • 10″ double brass faced mitre square
  • Brass bound 9” adjustable bevel
  • Single bevelled marking knife
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