Still under construction March 2023
Called a ‘Veneer Flattener‘ throughout MARPLES history, the first reference to this is found in 1897, when it is described as Item # 1115 ‘London-pattern Veneering Hammer‘. There are no illustrations, but I hazard that this was an Iron head for a shaft to be fitted.
The Wooden Veneer Flattener appears in 1909 as Item # 3907 [and this item number endured until the very end of production and with exactly the same illustration!] where it can be found listed under ‘Upholsterers’ Tools'[?] , and this tool was produced until February 1962 [listed at 6/6d each.] The photos below show a great example and the catalogue reference is from 1928.