I found a Bell & Fisher Whitehaven 1/8" Boxed Side Bead at our newest local Antique dealer. I had never heard of this maker, so I did some looking up when I got home. I found it in "British Planemakers from 1700 3rd Edition" This was a partnership with James Bell, who is listed in 1816, and someone named Fisher, listed in 1820 only as Ironmongers and copper merchants. Then I noticed the VR beside the description. This is "Very Rare- probably less than 50 examples known".
So how in the heck does such a rare tool wind up in Regina? Especially when Whitehaven is in Cumbria up near the Isle of Man. That's a long way from where most planemakers were found (Glasgow, London, York, Bristol, etc.) and a heck of a long way from here.
I was pleased with an early plane in pretty good condition and a nice small size. Now it has something extra special going for it.