The Davistown Museum
Center for the Study of Early Tools
Scattered throughout The Davistown Museum are tools by important manufacturers who are also the subject of
information files compiled by the museum. This is a listing of our holdings for:
Joseph Fuller

Status Location
Historic Maritime II (1720-1800): The Second Colonial Dominion & the Early Republic
Woodworking: Planes
31102T1 Double beading plane photo photo BDTM MHC-E
Wood (maple), 10" long, 1 3/16" wide cutting blade, signed "JO. FULLER PROVIDENCE".
This plane was made by Joseph Fuller of Providence, RI (Pollack 2001). It is one of the most important planes in the Museum collection and a
classic example of the 18th century florescence of planemakers in southern New England.
Historic Maritime III (1800-1840): Boomtown Years & the Dawn of the Industrial
Woodworking: Planes
72002T1 Molding plane LPC MHC-D
Wood (beech) with steel blade, 9 1/2" long, 1 7/16" wide, signed "JO FULLER PROVIDENCE" with the imprint "D-2", 1805 - 1808.
This is a fine example of a complex beading plane by one of colonial America's most important planemakers. DATM (Nelson 1999) lists
Fuller as working 1773 - 1808. Pollack (2001) notes "In later years when he adopted the standard 9 1/2 length, his chamfers became rounded
and the fluting disappeared. The wood he used evolved from yellow birch to beech with a few maple examples, and his wedge profiles became
relieved after his early period then rounded." This is a crisp clear example of one of his last planes.

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