The M130 was priced at 6/-  each until March 1940.  Shortly after that time the plane was dropped from the line because of the war and was only re-introduced around April 1952 priced at 15/6d.

In 1961 it is priced at 19/6d and in April 1962 it is sold for 20/6d.  Soon thereafter MARPLES was acquired by RECORD Tools and the M130 was subsequently not manufactured so as to not compete with the RECORD 130 Block Plane. By March 1964 it is not listed in the Price Lists.  It is doubtful whether, like other MARPLES Block Planes which were taken over by RECORD and continued in production,  that there was ever an MA130 (Which is what RECORD would have named it).

What follows is an attempt to put into some semblance of order the 'M130' Block Plane in a cronological sequence according to manufacture date.   Under these Type headings I will list any perceptible changes that I have found to have occurred from the previous Type.  But these results could change if more contradictory evidence is found either from you, the readers, or my future plane acquisitions.  I will try to categorise the study according to the following points:  Paint; Body; Lever Cap; Cutting Iron; Wheel; Knob; Box and Labels.

Body:  As seen above the body casting and marks appear to be unchanged from a Type 1, although at this time, I do not have a Type 1 for direct comparison.  The body measures 51mm wide and 203mm long. As seen on the right, a previous owner has cleaned off  the front mouth slope, but the rear mouth slope seen above right is how it would have looked.


Lever Cap and Wheel : Remain unchanged from Type 1 and are painted Black

Body:  The base casting seems to have now been changed since the Type 3, in that now although still at 51mm wide it appears to be shorter at only 199mm (cf 203mm).  BUT this shortcoming may be due to a more aggressive grinding at each end of the plane.  The internal dimensions seem to be exactly the same as Type 3., but the casting  now shows to have additional raised castings each side of the front knob.....M     130

The first to identify this planes' number.

Type 3:


Paint;Body ; Cap ;  Are all unchanged from Type 2.

Wheel: This wheel has now been re-cast, and now has 29 castellations  [shown on the right in photo below], but still has a total diameter of 37mm  although it has a deeper casting at the perimeter, as seen.

                                                   Number M130 Plane Study

Knob:  May now have been made from a 'hardwood' and thinly varnished


Blade:  Still shows the BM3 markings


Box and Labels: Top label shows the circular label with '& SONS' shown

Lever Cap:  Was painted Red all over, back and front

The metal on the base of the casting that runs down the middle section between the blade supports is quite noticeably thicker than the 2 strips that run along the sides. It seems to be level with the top of the mouth slopes. [right here]





Note here the different changes that occurred in the raised wording between Type 2/3 on the left  and the  Type 4 on the right

The first evidence that an M130 Double-end Block Plane had been introduced into the MARPLES plane lineup was in the December 1934 mini catalogue wherein a new line of metal planes was listed---Marples "M" Planes.

However there was no illustration and buyers had to wait until the March 1936 mini catalogue to see what the M130 was all about.   Hardly a good method of introduction !  But there must surely have been other advertisments to introduce the line and they would have been more complete.

The illustration below, from 3/36 is the only illustration ever used throughout the life of the M130 despite physical changes that occurred.  Thrifty.

Body: MARPLES was cast raised up in front of the wooden knob and SHEFFIELD appears similarly behind the knob.  Down the middle, between the blade supports, was raised cast the 3leaf clover emblem and ENGLAND.  The unpainted cross rods were screwed into the body from the right hand side.

Wheel:  Was painted black all over and had 12 large castellations.

Box and Labels:  Unknown at present.

Box and Labels:  Unknown at present.

This would therefore mean that the wheel did not have to be unscrewed as much from the cap in order to relieve the exerted pressure on the cutting iron.   This helps to prevent stripping of the wheel threads towards the end of the threads, as has been seen on so many STANLEY block plane Lever Cap Wheel threads before.   Because the end threads bore the brunt of the downward pressure exerted by the Lever Cap.

Cutting Iron:  Was probably stamped with a BM4 marking, like Type 2, but I cannot confirm this presently.

Knob: Has now become a shapeless varnished Mahogany offering.

Box and Labels:   Unknown at present

 Type 1:


Paint:  As with the other Block Planes the M130 was first introduced with a Black base and a Red Lever Cap. [But I do not rule out that the Cap may have been Black for a short while]. The rear and front edges and the outer sides were not painted. The mouth slopes were machined out after the paint process and now show no paint.

Cap:  Is still painted Black all over but now has a small Multi-coloured water transfer on the palm rest. This unique transfer (only showing MARPLES, not MARPLES & Sons) should also be found on previous Types, but due to wear may well be missing

Wheel: The wheel adjuster is still the same as Type 3 [with 29 small castellations) but in this Type the 'nose' of the wheel may be much longer than previously.

Type 4:

My only example is in the original box and this is marked at 19/6d.  Upon this evidence we can suppose that the Type 4 is dated around 1960/1961

Paint:  The Red body paint seems closer to scarlet than crimson. The mouth slopes appear to have been machined clean at the factory.



Knob:  Was fixed to the base by a 'hanger bolt' and had more shape to it that a Type 2 front knob

Type 2:


Paint:  The colour scheme is now reversed and there is a Red base with a Black Cap. Since MARPLES changed the colour scheme around 1944-5, and the M130 was not available between 1940-1952,  we can assume that the Type 2 plane came after 1952.

The example that I have is a dark Cherry Red. [I have seen this same colour on bench planes and spokeshaves.] Boths ends of the plane were not painted, but the mouth slopes and cross pieces are painted.

Knob:  Shows the same as Type 2.


Cutting Iron:

The Cutter is still the same dimensions as previous Types, but it now is stamped with a BM3 marking.

Cutting Iron:  Has a BM4 marking and is 41mm x 115mm.