As is typical with purchases from eBay, you never quite know what you are going to get. I tried to bid on one that didn't look too ratty. Not too much rust or too many worm holes.
This one has a worn out sole. The bit on an English plane that normally would be boxed is practically worn off in the front.
|The sharp part of the profile on this plane's sole is worn away.|
|Nasty tear out on the sole itself!|
|One can see the profile on the sole from the back.|
|Here is another view of the swirling grain near the sole.|
|Here you can see the blade is tapered. Curiously, it is full width the whole way back.|
|This construction method for the mortise looks simpler to construct.|
|The side strip that is glued on is one wall of the blade's mortise.|
|Another view of the sole including the inserted blade.|
|Here is a view of the blade cavity with the blade removed.|
|The plane's escapement.|
|The fence looks sprung.|
In any case, here is a construction method of a plane that could perhaps be relevant today in the view of a more entry-level plane, or perhaps a tool one would buy for a single use.
I look forward to trying this plane out to see if it will still cut a moulding. If so, it might be worth rehabbing and fixing the sole.
In any case, I might try and build one using principles seen on this plane to see if I can come up with a plane that is easy to build.