Actually, the plane is stationary. You bring the wood (barrel staves) to it. I've seen a couple of them in use at Williamsburg and Mystic Seaport.
Steve: All those purpose-dedicated drawknives and shaves are really interesting, too. Great wall-hangers as-is, or you could clean and sharpen them and put them back to work. Made any barrels or kegs lately?
Quite a collection of scorps and shaves there! I know a few folks who'd trade treasured body parts for a collection like that.
The plane is really interesting. It might well be one of a very few like that remaining, I can't imagine there were very many transitional coopering planes made with a metal body and wood sole. There are quite a few all woodies floating around but this is certainly one for the archives! Does it have any makers marks on it?