18th Century Compass Plane, France, oak body with pistol-grip handle, marked "JBS" on both sides, a highly detailed carved fish decorates the wedge, lg. 10 in.
Literature: Codes & Symbols of European Tools, p. 87.
Note: Images of fish and/or fish bones were depicted on many early Compagnon tools and used to symbolize Christianity.
Provenance: The property of Laurent Adamowicz.
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