The routers pictured below are from the 1938 catalog and are believed to have
been made by Record Tools for Marples. The routers carried the stock numbers M 71
and M 71 1/2. In 1959 Marples dropped the M 71 1/2. Many of their tools were
sold in the United States by the Woodcraft Supply Co.
Marples Open Throat Router
No. M 71 Open throat router
Marples Closed-Throat Router
No. M 71 1/2 Closed-throat router
William Marples & Sons was started in Sheffield, England in 1829 by William
Marples Jr. He died in 1877 at the age of 68. The Marples trademark or
logo was called the Shamrock brand.
The Marples Co. is still going strong.
In 1962, William Marples & Sons was sold to William Ridgeway & Co. and C. D.
Hampton, known as Record Tools.