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Number 148 7/8 inch Match Plane

ST190157 Number 148 7/8 inch Match Plane A very clean example that was probably used once. The larger blade is sweetheart marked. The smaller blade is never marked. Neither blade looks like it was ever honed. The nickel is about 99%. These will work stock from about 5/8" up to 1 1/8". A wonderful clean example of a really handy tool. Fine- SOLD



Number 78 Fillester Plane Number 78 Fillester Plane

ST190164 Number 78 Fillester Plane A nice clean as found Sweetheart marked 78 from the 1920s. It has about 97% original japanning and rates a strong G++ $65





Number 20 Square Number 20 Square

ST190171 Number 20 Square An honest as found example of the classic Stanley square in the less common 12" size. It is sweetheart marked. The blade has a light patina. The rosewood has much original lacquer but shows considerable tool box wear as well. There is as sliver missing from the rosewood on the right side. A great user. G+ $45



Number 100 Squirrel Tail Block Plane Number 100 Squirrel Tail Block Plane

ST190174 Number 100 Squirrel Tail Block Plane These little block planes are really handy just to knock the edges off of boards or other light work. This one is as found and needs a light cleaning. It is sweetheart marked. Should clean to G++ SOLD





Number 77 Combination Mortise and Marking Gauge

ST190177 Number 77 Combination Mortise and Marking Gauge The classic Stanley rosewood gauge that marks motises on one side and is a marking gauge on the other. This one is not heavily used, but it is covered with tool box rash. I graded it low because of that. As a user it will be great. Good $29




Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane

ST190123 Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane A nearly unused Stanley 4 from the late 1940s. This plane was probably used once. It has the tell-tale white paint residue on the sole that hints at this. The wood is stained hardwood. There is a chip in the finish on the front knob and the top of the blade and the sides of the plane have very light suface rust. It it is, it stiill easily rates Fine- SOLD



Number 2101A Bell System 12 inch Brace Number 2101A Bell System 12 inch Brace

ST190137 Number 2101A Bell System 12 inch Brace A very clean and little used example of the famous Stanley brace that was once carried by the linemen of the Bell System. This one clearly didn't get taken out of the tool kit too often. It retains about 97% of its original nickel and has only minimal tool box marks. All of the nickel loss is in one spot. A very clean example for the discerning craftsperson. Fine- SOLD



Number 39 3/8 inch Dado Plane

ST190141 Number 39 3/8 inch Dado Plane This is an early example with the cast-iron knobs. It comes from the lot of shipwright's tools, all of which were 1900-1910 vintage. This plane is missing the left nicker and one of the two screws that would have held it. otherwise it is nice as found condition. I have taken off about $60 for the missing nicker, so it is a bargain. G+ $79



Number 99 Side Rabbet Number 99 Side Rabbet

ST190148 Number 99 Side Rabbet An as found left handed Stanely side rabbet. The No. 99 is indistinctly cast into the body, as if the sand wasn't properly packed around the pattern. There is some pitting on the right side which impacts the grading, but this is a nice user example. G+ $59




Number 99 Side Rabbet Number 99 Side Rabbet

ST190154 Number 99 Side Rabbet A somewhat scruffy looking as found example that is missing much of its nickel and has a dark patina on the bare metal surfaces. It has a full original iron and will make a great user for a gift price. Good $45




Number 55 Combination Plane Number 55 Combination Plane Number 55 Combination Plane Number 55 Combination Plane

ST190115 Number 55 Combination Plane A good clean Stanley 55 in the hinged wooden box. Most of these planes in the hinged wooden box were made for the British market and are marked 55E, but this one is not one of those. It is a sweetheart marked plane. It shows ome honest nickel wear on the skate but is still a very clean plane that should satisfy a collector or a discerning user. G++ $595



Number 5 Bailey Jack Plane Number 5 Bailey Jack Plane

ST181287 Number 5 Bailey Jack Plane An attractive Stanley 5 of about 1900 with a pleasing medium patina. This plane is from a good collection and the collector has labeled it Type 6, which I have not looked up but it sounds right. The wood is quite nice with pronounced figure. The number 12 is stamped into the base of the tote, probably the inventory number in a commercial shop. The 1892 patent date blade has about 85% remaining. It has not been ground convex for proper use as a jack plane. A nice example for the discerning user. G++ $109


Number 25 6" Bevel

ST181298 Number 25 6" Bevel A sweetheart marked example that is used but cared for. The finish on the wood has some normal wear but the wood is crisp as is the brass trim. The blade doesn't retain any bluing, I am not sure if they were blued in this period, but has a pleasing light patina. A very nice example for a user or collector. G++ $36



Number 42 Saw Set

ST1812103 Number 42 Saw Set A pristine example in probably unused condition. Fine+ $49






Number 8C Bailey Jointer

ST1812111 Number 8C Bailey Jointer A nice honest Stanley 8C from the 1920s. The sweetheart marked iron has about 85% remaining. The bare metal surfaces have a pleasing medium-dark patina. The japanning is better than 95%. The only flaw is some marks on the top of the blade, as was bent prying something open and then flattened with a hammer. This is a nice plane that will make a great user. G++ $229



Number 66 Rosewood Marking Gauge

ST181270 Number 66 Rosewood Marking Gauge This is a very lightly used example with a crisp brass inlay in the head and the brass wear plate around the pin. There is a small dent in the edge of the head where it was dropped, which kept it from getting an extra plus on the grading. G+ $59




Number 45 Combination Plane Number 45 Combination Plane Number 45 Combination Plane

ST181243 Number 45 Combination Plane This is a clean Stanley 45 that is in a finger jointed box that looks very similar to the original Stanley box, but is actually better made. It has a bit thicker sides and the lid is less fragile. Also the corners have been rounded. There is slight wear on the fence. The label is mostly gone from the blade box. It does not have the instruction sheet, but it does have the screwdriver. A great user for a modest price. Fine- $219


Number 98/99 Side Rabbets Number 98/99 Side Rabbets

ST181216 Number 98/99 Side Rabbets A harlequin pair of Stanley side rabbets with the desirable depth stop feature. I don't personally find that the depth stop makes much difference, but customers always seem to want it. These planes are in similar condition. The 99 has the V trademark and the 98 has the export blade that is must marked Made in USA. Both have near full blades but show honest wear to the nickel. A nice working pair. G+ $169


Number 7C Bailey Jointer Number 7C Bailey Jointer

ST181152 Number 7C Bailey Jointer A little used and as found example from th e1930s that needs a light cleaning. It has a full original iron, about 97% japanning, good original finish on the rosewood, and good nickel on the lever cap. It should clean up to at least G++ $169




Number 190 Rabbet Plane Number 190 Rabbet Plane

ST181083 Number 190 Rabbet Plane A very lightly used example from the 1950s in its original box. Fine $85






Number 5 1/2C Bailey Jack Plane Number 5 1/2C Bailey Jack Plane

ST181091 Number 5 1/2C Bailey Jack Plane A Stanely 5 1/2C with from about 1910 with th e3 patent dates on the bed and a full original iron. The plane has a pleasing medium patina overall. There is quite a bit of japanning loss and there is some white paint on the tote which led me to give it the low grading. Untouched condition, I wouldn't do anything but wax it and use it. G+ $129



No. 90 Marking Gauge

ST181096 No. 90 Marking Gauge A very clean example in the later style without any decoration in the casting. Fine $39






Number 65 Marking Gauge

ST181055 Number 65 Marking Gauge This is an early Number 65 that is only marked with the patent date. It is in wonderful as found condition, showing very little wear. It would rate fine but for a chip in the stem where it was dropped a long time ago. Still a lovely as found example. G+ $39




Number 4C Bailey Smoothing Plane Number 4C Bailey Smoothing Plane

ST180941 Number 4C Bailey Smoothing Plane A nice honest sweetheart marked Stanley smoothing plane from the 1920s. The bare metail parts have a pleasing medium patina. Most of the nickel is gone from the lever cap, but it still has the orange paint around Stanley. There is some heavy pitting on the upper half of the blade, on the right side. It doesn't hurt anything, but it certainly led me to downgrade the condition and lower the price. If you want a good pre-War Stanley to use, this is a bargain. G+ SOLD


Number 36 1/2L Caliper Rule Number 36 1/2L Caliper Rule

ST180972 Number 36 1/2L Caliper Rule An apparently unused Stanley caliper rule, that is crisp with most of the original lacquer on the brass. There is one tiny chip on the edge between 3 1/2" and 3 3/4" that gave it the minus. Thus rule is really superb. Fine- $39




Number 2101A 8"  Yankee Brace

MI180958 Number 2101A 8" Yankee Brace This is the classic brace that everone wants. Somebody has ground the "Bell System" mark off of the frame. The nickel is better than 90%. The handle and head show tool box rash. A good working brace. G+ $89




Number 984 Ratcheting Bit Holder

ST180960 Number 984 Ratcheting Corner Brace This tool is for getting into corners or right up against the wall. The head has a flat on one side to be flush against the wall. The head and grip are rosewood. The metal is in nice condition. The head has some tool box rash. G+ $85




Number 241 Hinges

ST180938 Number 241 Hinges A new in the box pair of sweetheart marked hinges. They are 3" by 3" when open and come with the brass screws. They are brass-plated steel. Where do you find new in the box door hinges from the 1920s? Fine $45




Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane

ST180844 Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane A war time made plane with the bakelite adjuster and no nickel on the lever cap, but it still has nice pre-war quality rosewood for the tote and knob. Also the blade is not dated. These things tell me that it was probably made early in the war. THe blade has full original length but it does need a light grind and sharpening. The corners of the sole have been relieved, a practice that some of the old timers embraced. The plane has an even medium patina and is in really crisp untouched condition. Once cleaned it will probably rate better than G++ $89


Number 20 Victor Compass Plane Number 20 Victor Compass Plane Number 20 Victor Compass Plane Number 20 Victor Compass Plane

ST180850 Number 20 Victor Compass Plane A very clean Stanley compass plane with the original box. The nickel plating has some light freckling and there is some light staining on the blade, which is why I added the minus. The box is not great, but it isn't a total wreck either. For the connoisseur. Fine- $299




Number 21 Combination Square

ST180722 Number 21 Combination Square A 12" Stanely combination square. I am not great at dating these, but this one has the patent on the blade and looks pre-war to me. It could use a good cleaning and will make a great user. G+ $22





Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane

ST180726 Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane A Sweetheart marked Stanley 4 with a near full original iron. The wood is rosewood, but looks to be post-war wood. In short, not a purist's plane, but a great user and priced right. G+ $85





Number 2 Trammel Points

ST18071 Number 2 Trammel Points A pair of number 2 trammel points that are sweetheart marked. One of them has light pitting on the point making the markings hard to read. The keepers are carefully make replacments. The wood is clearly old mut not original. The trammels are untouched with a pleasing patina. A great user pair at a user price. G+ $69



Number 606 Bedrock Fore Plane

ST180533 Number 606 Bedrock Fore Plane A dark as found sweetheart marked Bedrock fore plane. The lever cap is marked Stanley not Bedrock, but certainly matches teh patina of the plane. The plane is dark and as found, needing a good cleaning. It has about 90% of the iron remaining, and even has some of the original decal on the tote. A great user for a modest price. Should easily clean to G+ $159



Number 610 Hand Drill

ST180549 Number 610 Hand Drill A super clean Stanley 100 plus hand drill. They don't get any nicer than this. Just give it a few drops of oil and start using it. Fine+ $59





Number 7 Stanley Jointer Number 7 Stanley Jointer Number 7 Stanley Jointer

ST180460 Number 7 Stanley Jointer This is a brand new in the box Stanley 7 that is marked Made in Can. the blade and the bed. The label on the box has the Stanley Roxton Pond info and spells out Made in Canada. The box also has a couple of labels that imply it was military owned. On the side is a label for the Royal Canadian Air Force supply depot, with a date of Nov 57. That is probably when it was recieved and is a believable date for when it would have been made. The end of the box has a label with the date Feb. '71, which is probably when they sold it off as surplus. It remains unused. There is some dried grease on the sides and a bit on the bed that could be cleaned off, but you could not improve upon this plane. It has the heavier casting of the 1950s planes. I hardly ever seen Canadian marked Stanleys. I guess that there would be no reason to ship them south. Fine+ $295


Number 38 3/8" Dado Plane

ST180357 Number 38 3/8" Dado Plane A nice honest example that has a medium patina overall. The right side has some very fine pitting on the upper rear that was probably cleaned off a long time ago as it is under the overall patina. A nice honest example. G+ $129




Number 72 Double Marking Gauge

ST180332 Number 72 Double Marking Gauge A very clean twin stem Stanley beech marking gauge. The pins are as tall as new and the fence shows just minor wear. There is a small hang hole drilled in the rear. A nice clean example. G++ $59





Number 45 Combination Plane Number 45 Combination Plane Number 45 Combination Plane

ST160280 Number 45 Combination Plane A super clean Stanley 45 from the 1950s in the original box. The nickel on this plane shines like new and I could find no evidence of any nickel loss. The only thing that I could find were a few very small marks in the finish on the rosewood. It has the origal instructions, the original envelope with extra spurs, and the original screwdriver. The one bad thing is that a fool has stropped the top of each blade with a power strop. Not just the bevel, the entire top. These should be redone properly with oil stones before you use them. A few of the blades have tiny spot of rust, but nothing that won't come right off. The box is intact but is not nearly as nice as the plane. These few little things keep this plane from being another $100. It is that good. For the connoisseur. Fine $359


Number A5 Bailey Jack Plane Number A5 Bailey Jack Plane

ST171217 Number A5 Bailey Jack Plane A scarce Stanely aluminum jack plane. The body on this plane is much better than I normally see and is quite crisp. The wood is good as well. The lever cap has some peeling nickel and a tiny chip in the edge, as noted with the arrow. An idiot has wire brushed the top of the sweet heart blade. The front brass handle lug is also polished. If you are a serious collector, you can always swat the iron. What are people thinking when they do things like this? The important part, the body, is about as good as I have seen. The adjustment knob also retains its nickel plating. G+ $145


Number 67 Universal Shave

ST171015 Number 67 Universal Shave A very clean sweetheart marked example with particularly nice figure in the rosewood handles. This is the style with reverse threads on one side so that the handle doesn't work loose when you use it, as was the case on the early ones. In the original box that is in nice condition with normal wear but no blown out corners. Fine+ $195



Number 53 1/2 Architect Number 53 1/2 Architect

ST170921 Number 53 1/2 Architect's Rule A scarce Stanley boxwood architect's 4 fold 24" rule. It is as found and as expected it is much darker on the outside than the inside. It is a used but cared for rule, and not heavily used. There is still traces of lacquer on the brass on the inside. The first of this model that I have had. G+ $89




#102 Block Plane

ST170450 #102 Block Plane A very clean as found exmaple from the 1930s - 50s. Fine- $35






Number 38 Pocket Level

ST170427 Number 38 Pocket Level A bright orange Stanley cast iron 6" level. These were used by to level oil burners in old oil burning heating apparatus such as a furnace. It would rate fine but the nickel plating is a bit freckled. G++ $35





Number 95 Butt Gauge

ST170264 Number 95 Butt Gauge Judging from the complete lack of wear on the cutters on this tool, I don't think that it was ever used, but it has some nickel loss and some rust spots from poor storage. It is in the original box, which is in decent condition. There is rust on the tip of one of the slitters, but that will polish off and this will be a great user. G+ $49



Number 299 Trimming Knife

ST1610120 Number 299 Trimming Knife A Stanley box knife in the original box. The box lists a slew of uses, but opening boxes is actually not on the list. I can still hear blades in the handle. The box is from the 1950s and is in nice condition. The tool is painted red and the red has some light wear and the initials F J scratched in. G+ $45



Number 148 Match Plane

ST161071 Number 148 Match Plane A 7/8" Stanley going and coming tongue and groove plane. The nickel shows honest wear and is around 70%. The blade has the sweetheart logo. A very handy user tool. G+ $95





Number 101 1/2 Bullnose Block Plane Number 101 1/2 Bullnose Block Plane Number 101 1/2 Bullnose Block Plane

ST160396 Number 101 1/2 Bullnose Block Plane A scarce Stanley 101 1/2 with the football shaped logo. This plane has been used and is probably missing more than half of its original japanning. The sides and sole have been cleaned a bit by a collector and lack patina. I have seen quite a few of these faked, but genuine ones like this really are hard to find. G+ $299



Number 93 Butt & Rabbet Gauge

ST160167 Number 93 Butt & Rabbet Gauge A particularly nice as found tool with only light wear to the nickel on the fence. Marked with the sweetheart logo and the gothic script on the body. Rates a strong G++ $45





Number 278 Combination Fillester and Bullnose

ST151114 Number 278 Combination Fillester and Bullnose This scarce Stanley plane retains about 20% of the original japanning but is in nice original condition. It has been cleaned by a collector. This is an early example with the 1916 patent date on the blade. A good honest example for a reasonable price. G+ $199




Number 12 Scraper

ST150870 Number 12 Scraper A good honest as found example. The blade is unmarked and is worn down a bit but has plenty of life left in it. Needs a good cleaning but will be a great user. Should clean to at least G+ $79





Book:  Boxwood & Ivory - Stanley Traditional Rules 1855...

ST150250 Book: Boxwood & Ivory - Stanley Traditional Rules 1855... The seminal work on the rule of the Stanley Rule and Level Company, written by Philip Stanley and published in 1984. Printed in the US. 188 pages and hardcover. This is a new copy and even the dust jacket is still pristine. New $79




Traut

ST141142 Traut's 1871 Patent Bevel A 10" cast iron bevel with walnut panels. Not marked but made by Stanley and quite scarce. Its been cleaned up by a collector, but not a bad job. It is not a pristine tool and it looks very good now for the condition that it is in, which is about average. I have seen these sell for up to $400 but our consignor told me to get it sold. G+ $145



Number 85 Scraper Plane Number 85 Scraper Plane

140936 Number 85 Scraper Plane A nice example that needs only a light cleaning. The hold down screw is sweetheart marked. There is a split in the hande at the front of the base, that is tight and is not an issue. Otherwise without complaint and a lovely example that should clean to better than G+ $439




Blades for Number 1 Plane in Box

ST130368 Blades for Number 1 Plane in Box A box of 3 new old stock blades in the original box. The box once held 6 blades according to the label. It is a steel reinforced corner box and the blades have the later Stanley logo. I am not sure when the are from but probably the 1940s or 50s. Untouched condition with some old dry grease on the blades, which would likely pass for mint if this grease is cleaned off. The box shows wear and rates G+. Fine $125




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