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Number 25 8 inch Bevel

ST17127 Number 25 8 inch Bevel A nice clean example with retains the original bluing on the blade and has about 90% of the lacquer remaining on the rosewood and brass. G++ $36





Number 2101A 10" Brace

ST171211 Number 2101A 10" Brace A bright clean example of this highly sought after model. This pattern is often referred to as the Bell System brace because it was the standard brace of the Bell System (American phone company for our overseas customers) for many years, but this example was privately owned and was not a Bell System owned brace. It has light wear and still shines like new. The oil has gummed up in the ratched but I dripped in some oil and it is loosening up. This was a high-end brace. The head and the handle are black composition material, not wood. G++ $98


Number 98 Marking Gauge

ST171214 Number 98 Marking Gauge A dual-stem gauge with a pin at one end of a stem and a marking wheel at the other. This one is painted black rather than nickled which is how they were made during WW2. Nice honest as found condition. G+ Sold




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 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane

ST171119 Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane A very attractive Stanley smoothing plane with a near full original sweetheart marked iron. The plane has an even medium patina overall and retains most of the original japanning and lacquer finish on the rosewood. Pre-War number 4s this nice are getting to be few and far between. G++ Sold




Number 605C Bedrock Jack Plane Number 605C Bedrock Jack Plane

ST171125 Number 605C Bedrock Jack Plane An early 20th Century Bedrock jack plane. This big down on this plane is that the japanning is about half gone. The sides of the plane, and other exposed metal surfaces, have a dark patina. The sole is much cleaner, having been protected by itself. The rosewood has nice figure and retains most of its original finish. A great user plane for a modest price for a Bedrock. G+ $129



Number 39 3/4" Dado Plane Number 39 3/4" Dado Plane Number 39 3/4" Dado Plane

ST171136 Number 39 3/4" Dado Plane A sweetheart marked example, as found in the original box. There is some newspaper in the box, used to pack the plane, that is dated 1946. It is a page from the Boston Herald. That tells you the last time that the plane was touched. It needs a light cleaning but retains nearly all of the original bright japanning. There are some minor chips on the cutting edge, the telltale sign that a plane was not owned by a craftsperson. The box shows wear but is still pretty good. One corner has come loose but it is not torn out. Another connoisseur's piece. Fine $169


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 8C Bailey Jointer

ST17111 Number 8C Bailey Jointer A little used Stanley jointer from the early 1930s. It has a pre-kidney lever cap with the orange paint around Stanley. The iron is the post-sweetheart mark and is a full iron. The plane has a dark smooth patina overall. The nickel on the lever cap has thinned and is more than half gone, leaving a pleasing patinat behind. This is an attractive example that will make a great user. Stanley 8s have gotten really hard to find in recent years. G+ $219


Number 3 Bailey Smoothing Plane Number 3 Bailey Smoothing Plane

ST17119 Number 3 Bailey Smoothing Plane A very attractive Stanley 3 that was carefully cleaned by a sophistcated collector. It has a lovely medium patina under a waxed surface. The blade retains about 60% of its original length. The rosewood is nice and the front knob has some great figure. Retains better than 95% original bright japanning. There is some rust staining on the sole. Made in 1910 or within a few years after that. G+ $95



Stanley Bailey #5 Jack Plane

ST171069 Stanley Bailey #5 Jack Plane A little used Stanley lack plane with a full original iron that still has the factory straight across grind. Thiese little used jack planes never have a proper curved edge because they were invariably bought by home owners. This plane was made either in the late 1930s or maybe just after the war. It still has nice pre-war rosewood. It also has the thick casting of this period that users often prefer. There is a patch of dried glue on the knob that needs to be carefully chipped off without ruining the finish. The body has been lightly gone over by an idiot with a wire wheel. It doesn't really hurt anything but I took off $20 and downgraded the condition for this fool's action. The sides and sole have that lightly frosted look that it leaves. G+ $95


Number 62 1/2 Carpenters Folding Rule Number 62 1/2 Carpenters Folding Rule

ST170945 Number 62 1/2 Carpenters Folding Rule This is a scarce rule in amazing condition. It is crisp and untouched, wiith sharp brass trim and a pleasing light patina on the boxwood. This is the first example of this rule that I have ever had, and I have handled hundreds of Number 62 rules. This one was well cared for and barely used. Fine- $119




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




Number 39 Dado Plane Number 39 Dado Plane

ST170927 Number 39 Dado Plane A sweetheart marked 3/8" Stanley dado in nice as found condition, but missing the right side nicker and its screws and has does not have the proper thumbscrew holding the depth stop. If you feel like looking for them, or fabricating them, it is a bargain. It should clean to better than G++ $75




Number 59 Dowel Jig

ST17098 Number 59 Dowel Jig A very clean and complete example in the original box. This one has 6 guides, which includes the 3/16" guide. I am not sure if the later ones came with this guide or if it was added separately. The 1950s box has one torn corner and shows some wear, but is still pretty good. The instruction sheet is not in the box. Fine $49



Number 92 Cabinetmakers Rabbet Plane

ST170820 Number 92 Cabinetmakers Rabbet Plane A little used and as found Stanley 92 with 98% of the original nickel and a about full iron. The blade is marked England and I assume that the plane is English make as well. A great user, probably from the 1950s or 60s. G++ $79




Number 100 Carpenter

ST170549 Number 100 Carpenter's Square A sweetheart marked tapered steel square that will make a great user. It is as found and has a dark patina and some light pitting overall. It is still perfectly legible and was a high-end square when it was new. Good $29




Cheese Board Cheese Board

MI170544 Cheese Board A commemorative cheese board made for the 150th anniversary of Stanley, 1843 - 1993. It is marked on the back as "Made by Stanley Tools Pittsfield VT Plant." Made from maple and very lightly used. G++ $26

Number 20 Compass Plane

ST170473 Number 20 Compass Plane A V trademark example from the 1910s. It has a good deal of honest nickel loss on both sides but is a nice honest example for a user. G+ $159





Number 15-032 Saw Set

SA170485 Number 15-032 Saw Set A new in the box saw set that is probably from the 1970s. It is made in Canada. I don't recall seeing that before. It looks like a Handyman but it is not marked that way. Fine+ $35





#102 Block Plane

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






Number 6C Fore Plane

ST170457 Number 6C Fore Plane A 6C Fore Plane from about 1910 that is in as found condition, but with a pleasing patina and a full original iron. It has a few paint drops on it but it should clean up very nicely. I think that it is a steal. I have too many 6s now so they are priced to blow out. G+ $119




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 65 Boxwood Marking Gauge

ST170433 Number 65 Boxwood Marking Gauge A crisp and little used example of the postwar style 65 that has the triangular stem. For reasons that I can't explain, The head is currently reversed. A very clean example for a discerning user. Fine- $49





6C Stanley Fore Plane

ST170389 6C Stanley Fore Plane A somewhat dark and dirty 6C that will still make a great user. The tote has been refiinished but has very attractive rosewood. The front knob has some cracks in the base. I believe that this plane was made in the early 1920s just before the sweetheart logo was adopted. A bargain for a user. G+ $109




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 12 Scraper Plane Number 12 Scraper Plane

ST170161 Number 12 Scraper Plane This scraper has an original Stanley toothing iron installed in it now. These irons are pretty scarce. It is sweetheart marked and is the 28 TPI verson. It has been sharpened at the opposite end as a scraper so that it could be used for scraping and toothing. The tool has a pleasing medium patina and about 90% of the original japanning. It is as found. The blade is probably original to the plane but there is no way to prove that. There is some tool box rash on the rosewood handle, but otherwise I woudl be tempted to add another plus to the condition on this one. G+ $119


Number 113 Compass Plane

ST170174 Number 113 Compass Plane A nice honeset as found example of a Stanley 113 in the early style with the side wheel depth adjuster. It has some spots of relatively fresh looking surface rust on the sole that need cleaning, but the sole is mostly bright and the rest of the plane has a pleasing patina. G+ $169




Number 112 Scraper Plane

ST170151 Number 112 Scraper Plane A Stanley scraper plane with the original Stanley marked blade adn about 97% of the original japanning. The brass is crisp and untouched and the bare metal surfaces have a pleasing medium patina. It has been nicely cleaned by a collector. The rosewood retains its original finish and has no damage, but it does have the owner's inititials marked on the tote and the knob. A nice example. G++ $199



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 18 1/4 Block Plane

ST160649 Number 18 1/4 Block Plane A nice as found example with a medium-dark patina on the bare metal surfaces. The sole does have some light pitting that won't hurt a thing but could be lapped out if it bothers you. A great user. G+ $45





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+ $349



Catalog:  Stanley Tools

ST160235 Catalog: Stanley Tools A 55 page pocket catalog, copywrite 1927. The cover is detached because the staples tore through, and a little soiled. The remainder is quite clean and still stapled securely. For 89 years old and meant to be a disposable item, it has done pretty well. G+ $39




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++ $75





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+ $245




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





Number 92 Butt & Rabbet Gauge

ST150543 Number 92 Butt & Rabbet Gauge This is a very early example of this tool, and is marked "STANLEY, Pat Pen'g". There is an old chip out of the head near the thumbscrew. Otherwise it is in nice as found condition. G+ $79





Yankee No. 31A Sprital Ratchet Screw Driver

ST150466 Yankee No. 31A Sprital Ratchet Screw Driver A large Yankee screwdriver in the original box with the original three bits. The top is the metal reinforced version but the bottom has been taped at the corners. A nice clean tool that has seen very little use. G++ $49




Number 81 Scraper Plane

ST150460 Number 81 Scraper Plane A nice as found example with 95% plus of the original nickel remaining and a good rosewood sole. The blade has the etching of a Disston number 7 saw right in the middle of it, clearly having been carefully made from an old Disston saw. I am sure that this blade will work great, but we do sell replacement blades for this tool made by Ron Hock. One of my personal favorite Stanley designs. G+ $75



Number 59-200 1 1/4 pound Hatchet

ST150365 Number 59-200 1 1/4 pound Hatchet This hatchet has a worn sticker on it that reads "Jobmaster Axe". One can also make out "Made in USA" on the worn sticker. I would call this a hatchet but you could call it a hand axe. It is marked on the handle 1 1/4 pound, which seems to be the head weight. It is as found and not all that old. I would guess 1970s but you might know better. Certainly a good user that is still US made, i.e. quality. G++ $45


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 $99




Number 3 Trammel Points

ST141215 Number 3 Trammel Points A crisp pair of Stanley Trammels on the original beam. There is some very minor surface rust on one of the points, which is why I gave it the minus. They are probably unused with the original factory grind on the points. Fine- $139




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+ $159



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+ $445




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 $145




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