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Antique Swedish Wood Plane 1900s Erik Anton Berg

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Antique wood plane from approx the 1900's.
Ideal for decoration.
The tree is beautifully aged and has great patina.

Brand: "Erik Anton Berg, Eskilstuna Garanti"

Could be used as a book end.

24 x 5 x 4,5 cm /
Heavy for size

Erik Anton Berg planes are among the most prized by knowledgable woodworkers. They are no longer made, and therefore all one can get are second-hand vintage pieces.

Mr Berg was born in Sweden in the town of Eskilstuna well-known for the manufacture
of knives and hand tools. As a young boy he was practising at the Heljestrand and
Johan Engström knife-factories. Only 23 years old Mr Berg started his own to forge
and manu-facture razors. He rented a place in one of the Rademacher forges which
today is a museum where you can see how it started. The story says that he borrowed
500 SEK to start the activity but after that he only used his own capital. However
the most important for his success was his professional skill and his spirit. To
underline how small and modest circumstances were in the beginning it can be
mentioned that the wife of Mr Berg took part in the manufacture by stoning she edges
of the razors right in her kitchen.
However the activity grew very fast and soon he had to move to larger premiers on
the opposite side of the street. The success for the products was based on his use
of a very high quality plain carbon steel in combination with the hardening
He also knew that the forging was of great importance for the quality of the
finished product. Therefore Mr Berg very soon established good contacts with the
leading experts of steel, forging and heat-treatment. For example can men-tioned
that melted lead was used for heating the tools for hardening which gives a very
uniform temperature and which also was carefully controlled. Mr Berg was also a
pioneer about quality control including testing of the raw material, testing of the
hardness of the products after hardening and testing of the finished products. The
result of this was a very high and uniform quality of the finished products which
was the main reason for fast growing sales, of the products in Sweden and in many
other countries.
In 1889 he bought a site for a new factory building and later on he had to enlarge
the site and the factory in several steps. International knowledge of the products
was also spread by the world-exhibitions e. g. in Chicago and Paris and also in
Stockholm 1897.
The manufacturing program was enlarged in several steps. In 1896 was the manufacture
of carpenters tools started and in 1898 were pliers added to the program.
Other new added products were garden tools 1914, shears for sheet-metal 1924, bolt
cutters 1924 and finally butcher- and kitchen-knives in 1933.
In 1901 the company was transformed to a public company, E. A. Berg Manufacturing
Company Limited totally owned by the family. In 1903 Mr Berg died only 47 years old.

Antique Swedish Wood Plane 1900s Erik Anton Berg


  • Vintage item from 1900 - 1909
  • Materials: tree, iron
  • Ships worldwide from Denmark
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