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Number 95 Edge Trimming Block Plane

ST140656 Number 95 Edge Trimming Block Plane A crisp as found example in the original box. It has the post-Sweetheart blade logo. The blade retains the original factory grind. The box has some wear, but it has no torn corners and retains a full label. Needs a light cleaning but should clean to better than Fine Sold




Number 6 Bailey Fore Plane

ST140661 Number 6 Bailey Fore Plane This is a barely used Stanley fore plane. It has the scarce blade logo with the patent number on the blade. There is some spattered white paint on it, but the japanning is about 97% or better and it should clean up to better than G++ $159




Number 24 Shelley Pat. Square

ST140663 Number 24 Shelley's Pat. Square This is an early example of the square and bevel combination square and is marked "Stanley Rule & Level Co., Pat. April 5, 1864". As found condition with a dark patina on the blade. The mark was never strong and is hard to read. The brass thumbscrew wings are bent a little from being overtightened. The square is 6" by 9". This is not a pristine tool but is a nice example that you could use or collect. G+ $119


Number 444 Dovetail Plane Number 444 Dovetail Plane Number 444 Dovetail Plane

ST140668 Number 444 Dovetail Plane The Stanley 444 is a scarce plane, but lately I have seen a handful on the market because of a large collection being dispersed. This plane did not come from that collection, and is the best one that I have seen. I believe that this one came from an important Maryland collection, part of which was sold at auction not too many years ago, where our consignor bought it. It is the best one that I have seen. I fondled this plane a few times over the years when it was in the Maryland collector's hands, and always was impressed. It retains 99+% of the original nickel, and is totally complete, including the screwdriver, the instructions, and both samples, and clean labels on the box. This plane sold for over $2000 at auction, in a stronger economy. It is my belief, that when you buy this quality, if your collection is ever sold at auction, this is the grade of tool that will generate the high prices that raise eyebrows. The tools that you have to make excuses for had better be really rare or they are not a good investment, at any price. That is why we focus on selling carefully vetted tools that you don't have to make excuses for. Fine $1465


Number 7 Bailiey Jointer

ST140673 Number 7 Bailey Jointer A nice, honest, V trademark number 7 from the teens with particularly attractive rosewood. Not all G+ tools are created equal. This is a very nice G+ Sold





Marsh Picture Framer

ST140625 Marsh Picture Framer's Vice This is a pre-Stanley March vice of the type that became the Number 400 when Stanley bought out Marsh. I put it in this category to avoid confusion, although it is technically not a Stanley. This is a must own tool for anyone making frames. Cast iron work of this quality just isn't available today, especially not from Rockford Illionois. This one is in as found condition and needs a light cleaning, after which it will easily rate better than G+ Sold


Number 67 Universal Spoke Shave

ST140630 Number 67 Universal Spoke Shave This tool is complete in the original box, and appears unused. The blade has the original factory grind and has never been honed. I would call the nickel 100% but there is a tiny. .01% flake in the nickel on the flat sole. The box shows some wear, with only one corner still intact. The label is nice and the box corners can be repaired to make a very nice box with a super tool. The tool coudl not be improved upon, as close to mint as a tool of this age can possibly come. Fine Sold


Number 8C Bailey Jointer Plane

ST140633 Number 8C Bailey Jointer Plane This is a later production Stanley Corrugated #8 with the slightly heavier feel to it, in as found condition. It needs a light cleaning but should clean to better than G+ $175





Number 64 1/2 Marking Gauge

ST140635 Number 64 1/2 Marking Gauge This is an unused Stanley marking gauge from the 1920s, with the sweetheart logo. As found , it needs a light cleaning but is as crisp as new but for one small ding in the stem, that looks very recent and would probably sweat out. Fine Sold




Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane

ST140637 Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane This is a 1930s Stanley smoothing plane in the original box. The plane is as found and needs a light cleaning. The wood is superb, with great figure and color. There is a blotch of gold paint on the tote that needs to be carefully scraped off to not damage the original finish, which is totally intact. The box has the sweetheart logo, which was used until the labels ran out. The box has been taped and is pretty bad, but the plane is well worth the price on its own. Should clean to a strong Fine $125


Number 4 Scrub Plane

ST140642 Number 40 Scrub Plane This isa nice clean Stanley 40 from the 1930s. There is some damage to the finish on the knob, and it has a hang hole drilled in front, otherwise it would have rated higher. A great user. G+ $95





Number 5 Bailey Jack Plane

ST14065 Number 5 Bailey Jack Plane This is a 1950s Stanley with rosewood tote and knob, in dirty as found condition. It will make a great user, just as it sits, but I think that you will want to spend some time cleaning it up. G++ Sold





Number 5 1/4 Bailey Jack Plane

ST140611 Number 5 1/4 Bailey Jack Plane This is a very clean 1930s example with nice rosewood. the upper surface of the blade had some light surface rust on it, which has been cleaned off and left a bit of a frosted surface. This plane would otherwise rate slightly higher, as it is quite a nice one. G+ Sold




Number 45 Combination Plane

ST140623 Number 45 Combination Plane This is a very clean and little used Stanley 45, complete in the original box. It has the original instructions, although they are coming apart a bit. The screwdriver looks to me like it was put with the plane later by a collector. It is too worn for this plane. The box is quite tatty, but it has kept the plane in bright clean condition. A perfect example for a user who wants a really nice 45 but doesn't want to pay extra for a crisp box. Fine- Sold


Number 100 BIt Set

MI140564 Number 100 Bit Set This is a full set of 13 Russell Jennings bits in the original Stanley roll. Three of the bits have some plaster residue on them where they were clearly used to drill into drywall. The other 10 look unused. The three that were used on plaster are still pretty sharp, so they could not have been used more than one time. The bits are bright and clean and could pass for new if you wipe off that plaster residue. Fine+ $189


Number 2 Bailey Smoothing Plane Number 2 Bailey Smoothing Plane

ST140550 Number 2 Bailey Smoothing Plane A lovley as found Stanley 2 of about 1900. It has a full original iron with the 1892 patent date logo. The entire plane has an attractive medium patina. The wood still has all of the original varnish, with no marks on it, and the japanning is about 99%+. The only minor faults that I can see are some minor damage to the screw slot that holds the lever cap (which could be improved by judiciously tapping the high spots with a metalworking hammer.) and the patina on the sole is lighter with some spottiness (really not an issue at all). This is a connoisseur example for the person who has been waiting for a special number 2. It came from a collector who collected with a very careful eye. Fine- $329


Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane

ST140561 Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane A sweetheart marked Stanley #4 smoothing plane in untouched condition. It has a nice medium patina. The wood has some light tool box rash but is overall nice. This one will be easy to clean and should end up better than G+ Sold




Number 923 Brace

ST140566 Number 923 Brace This is a very clean Stanley 10" brace that I would have rated Fine but for some light tool box rash on rosewood handle. The original sticker on the head is worn, but still present. At this point I might condone removing it since it is no longer legible. G++ Sold




Number 18 Knucke Joint Block Plane

ST140388 Number 18 Knucke Joint Block Plane This is a nicely cared for Sweetheart marked plane that is as found, and has seen some use. The nickel is about 75%. A great user plane at a reasonable price. G+ $68





Number 9 1/4 Block Plane

ST140390 Number 9 1/4 Block Plane This is a late production US made 9 1/4, I am guessing from the 1970s. It is in crisp condition but it has some scattered surface staining on the bare surfaces. The box is tatty. For a tool that is not all that old, I thought that it should be graded a bit more harshly, which is why I only rated it G+ $48



Number 98 / 99 Side Rabbet Planes

ST140350 Number 98 / 99 Side Rabbet Planes This is a matched pair of Stanley side rabbets The 99 has more nickel left than the 98 but they both have about the same amout of the original irons left. These are the pre-depth stop models. They are as found and will make great users at a very modest price. G+ $139




Number 50 Combination Plane

ST140383 Number 50 Combination Plane This is a clean Number 50 in the original box, albeit a heavily taped up original box. It also has all of the original blades, 7 plow, 7 bead, and one T&G, but the lid to the blade box is missing. The plane retains about 98% of the original nickel, except on the bottoms of the depth stops, which have some light rust. Overall a superior example that will make a great user. G++ $169



Number 20 Compass Plane

ST140311 Number 20 Compass Plane A nice clean example with about 70% bright nickel remaining and about 50% of the original iron with the circa 1905-1910 logo. A used but well cared for example that rates a strong G+ Sold





Number 110 Block Plane

ST140324 Number 110 Block Plane This is a very clean example in the original box. The thumb nut that locks the blade has lost some of its japanning, but probably just from poor adhesion, not from use. Otherwise it would rate Fine. The box is pretty rough. It is a 1950s era plane. G++ $49




Number 6 Bailey Fore Plane

ST140238 Number 6 Bailey Fore Plane A little used sweetheart marked Stanley 6 from the 1920s with a near full original iron. this plane has a medium to dark smooth patina on the bare metal surfaces and 97% or so original japanning. The finish on the tote and knob show a bit of wear. I was really torn about the condition rating. In the end, I graded down, as I always do, but it is a very strong G+ and I would presonally be thrilled to own this plane. G+ $169


Number 93 Cabinetmaker

ST140170 Number 93 Cabinetmaker's Rabbet Plane This is a bright clean English made Stanley shouler plane that has seen very little use. It has all of it is bright nickel but I graded it down because it has some scrattered light tool box marks. Not all that old, perhaps 1970s or so. G++ $109




Number 90 Bullnose Plane

ST140138 Number 90 Bullnose Plane A nice as found example with better than 95% of the original nickel remaining. The blade is about 80% or better remaining. A good US made example, probably from the 1950s. Could use some light cleaning. G+ $95




604 Bedrock Smoothing Plane 604 Bedrock Smoothing Plane

ST140129 604 Bedrock Smoothing Plane This is a flat-sided Bedrock smoother for the user on a budget. It has a stained hardwood rear tote and the front knob has a chip at the base. The whole plane has been terribly overcleaned and the sole and sides have been lapped. There are hairline cracks at both sides of the mouth. These are old and stable, and I wouldn't worry about them. If you want a good user Bedrock for a song, this is it. Good $99


Number 220 Block Plane

ST131232 Number 220 Block Plane A crisp and hardly used example in the original box. The box is tatty but the plane is very nice and untouched. From the 50s or perhaps 60s. G++ $55





Catalog Reprint:  Stanley Tools Catalogue Number 120

ST131214 Catalog Reprint: Stanley Tools Catalogue Number 120 A pristine copy of the hardbound catalog reprint of the Stanley Sweetheart catalog from 1923. Produced by my friend Roger Smith, this is the single best Stanley catalog reprint ever done. Pristine condition. Fine+ $20




Number 81 Scraper

ST131222 Number 81 Scraper A classic Stanley rosewood soled scraper. Retains about 85% of the original nickel. The blade is a period replacement, marked E. C. Atkins, Silver Steel. These are very useful tools. G+ $68





Number 610 Egg Beater Hand Drill

ST131226 Number 610 Egg Beater Hand Drill Marked "100 Plus", which I guess was a mark from around the Stanley Centennial period in the 1950s. A nice small hand drill. I can say enough how useful these small hand drills are in the cabinet shop. Nothing else gives you the same amount of control for fine work. G+ $45




Number 112 Scraper Plane

ST1310121 Number 112 Scraper Plane A nice as found example with good medium dark patina, except on the sole, which has a blotch patina. The blade is not marked but looks original. Should clean to better than G+ $189





H1220B Hand Drill

ST131096 H1220B Hand Drill A very clean Stanley egg-beater drill in the original box. 7 original bits remain in the head, and all look new. I suspect that the missing bit was last the only time that this drill was ever used. There are to spots where the finish is abraided on the side of the head, which is what cost it a fine rating. A nice example and a handy tool. G++ $40



Number 69 Hand Beader Number 69 Hand Beader

ST131011 Number 69 Hand Beader A lovely as found example that shows only light honest wear. The nickel is thinning on the sides and the sole. It was never thck to begin with. The wood is bright and clean with its original finish. It retains all 6 original blades. (Technically, it came with 7 blades, but the 7th was a blank with which you could cut your own profiles.) As nice an example as I have seen in some time and priced at the low end of boo value. G++ $385


Shipwright

ST130957 Shipwright's Bevel A double bladed rosewood and brass trimmed bevel with brass blades. I don't remember the number of this tool off hand, but most of them are unmarked and this one is no exception. As found with a nice patina. It just needs to be waxed with a soft cloth and it migh even rate a bit better than G+ $79




Number 923 Ratcheting Brace

ST130961 Number 923 Ratcheting Brace A bright and clean Stanley 10" brace. A later example with black plastic instead of rosewood, but just as good a user as the pre-War example. Fine- $85





Yankee Ratchet 30A

ST130871 Yankee Ratchet 30A A very clean example in the original box with the original bit envelope, with the three bits. The label says that North Brothers is a division of Stanley Tools. The box is only about Good or maybe G+, but the tool is Fine- $69




Number 94 Cabinetmaker

ST130842 Number 94 Cabinetmaker's Rabbet Plane A scarce #94 that is used but not abused. Missing the majority of its nickel, and the medallion that plugs the front casting. The blade retains a bit more than 50% of its original length. A great user without having to pay a collector's price. Good Sold




Number 60 Spokeshave Number 60 Spokeshave

ST13085 Number 60 Spokeshave This is an early example of the famous Stanley double spokesave. It is not marked Stanley, only "Patent, June 19, 1866. It is as found and retains about 1/2 of the original finish. There is a crack, that I can't explain, on the sole. It doesn't impact its use in any way. I will point it out in a photo since it is hard to describe. Good $35



Number 9 1/2 Block Plane

ST130573 Number 9 1/2 Block Plane An early 20th Century example with the half moon logo on the blade. Used but well cared for, with about half of the nickel worn off of the lever cap. A nice working example. G+ $69





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

ST130463 Number 55 Combination Plane A nearly unused, sweetheart marked example, complete in the original box. There are two small spots of nickel loss on the top of the handle strap, but this plane is otherwise pristine. The box shows some normal wear but has no torn corners. This is the model that has the left and right bevel cutters. The label on the number 2 cutter box has some silverfish damage, as can be seen in the photo. It also has the original baby hurwood screwdriver. There is a set of period instructions with it, but these are copywrite 1940 and they might be later than the plane. I suspect that a collector put them in the box. It would be hard to improve upon this plane. Fine $785


Number 945 Brace

ST130391 Number 945 Brace An 8" brace in lightly used condition, but the ebonized finish is peeling off the hardwood head and the handle, thus detracting from the appearance. Still a great user and modestly priced. G+ Sold





Number 90 Bullnose Plane

ST130352 Number 90 Bullnose Plane A V-trademark (1910s) example with about 90% or what is probably the original blade. A good sound plane, but the nickel is coming off. It looks like the nickel didn't adhere well when it was made and has more peeled off than worn off. It has about 40-50% of the original nickel left, but it is blotchy and would not appeal to a collector. Thus the user price for an early US made example of this most desirable of Stanley planes. G+ $98


Number 65 Nuckle Joint Block Plane

ST130355 Number 65 Knuckle Joint Block Plane A 1930s example in nice as found condition. It shows signs of moderate use but no abuse and should make a great user plane. About 90% of the nickel remains on the lever cap with just normal wear. A nice honest example. G+ $79




Number 8 Bailey Jointer - Prelateral

ST130360 Number 8 Bailey Jointer - Prelateral A nice as found Stanley jointer with 80-90% original japanning and a nice medium-dark patina. The original blade is well worn but still has 3/4" left to the hole. This is a wonderful honest example of a 19th Century Stanley jointer. Clearly a usable plane, but I would expect a collector to jump on this one. Reduced: G+ $245



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 $195


Stanley Number 140 Rabbetting Block Plane

ST130331 Stanley Number 140 Rabbetting Block Plane This is a scarce type 1 example with the lever adustment for depth and the 1894 patent date on the side. It is found and a bit dirty. The japanning is dull, but with wax should brighten up. The nickel is about 80% or better. The bare metal surfaces look like they were probably cleaned with fine steel wool at some point. Not pristine, but a nice honest example. Good $189



Number 9 1/2 Block Plane

ST130271 Number 9 1/2 Block Plane A crisp, clean example from the late 50s or 60s with the original hang tag from a "Orgill Bros. & Co," The blade looks to me like it has been honed, but is still the original factory grind. The bare metal surfaces have been cleaned, but respectfully done. Fine- $75




Number 79 SIde Rabbet Plane

ST13025 Number 79 SIde Rabbet Plane A sweetheart marked example that has seen honest use, but no abuse. About half of the original nickel remains. A classic Stanley design that is really a must own tool. G+ $89





Number 90 Bullnose & 92 Shoulder  Plane

130173 Number 90 Bullnose & 92 Shoulder Plane Both planes are neatly marked on the top and the bottom, "City School". They are English made examples with full original irons. They appear to have seen little use and have 99%+ original bright nickel. Probably 1950s vintage, the finish is better than on the later ones. Sadly, on close inspection I found two tiny hairline cracks on the 92 where it had been dropped. I don't think that it will affects its use in any way, but if you drop it again that might be the last straw. Sold as a pair, but I am putting very little value on the 92.. Fine- $149




Stanley & Fray Marked Brace

ST130143 Stanley & Fray Marked Brace This is a 14" ratchet brace that has the Stanley sweetheart logo on the chuck and is marked "FRAY No. 149" on the frame. I can't find a reference to this brace in the Walter's book. It is in honest, as found condition, with about 30% nickel remaining. A very rare piece for the escoteric Stanley collector. Our consignor has authorized me to cut the price on this brace dramatically! G+ Reduce from $245 to Sold



S18 Steel Block Plane

ST121124 S18 Steel Block Plane A bright and clean as found Stanley steel knuckle-joint block plane with some normal light scattered staining on the sides and sole. The nickel is bright like new, and the black paint (these were painted, not japanned) is about 99%. This is a scarce plane and this is a very nice honest example. G++ $159




Number 77 Combination Marking and Morticnig Gauge

ST14068 Number 77 Combination Marking and Morticing Gauge This is an older example with only the patent date marked on the fence, no Stanley mark. This is typical of 19th Century examples. The brass shoe is missing that goes under the thumbscrew. You'll have to make something up. Just a strip of brass bent up at each end works fine. I have seen it done many times. The morticing pins are ready to use, the marking pin is worn out. Nice rosewood with a bit of sapwood on the head. Free to the first person who oders it along with another Stanley tool. Good Sold


Number 5 1/4C Bailey Small Jack Plane

ST121126 Number 5 1/4C Bailey Small Jack Plane A nice 1930s Stanley corrugated jack plane with particularly nice grain in the rear tote. This plane has been properly cleaned by a collector and is an example worthy of a serious collector or a connoisseur user. G++ $259




Book:  Boxwood and Ivory, Stanley Traditional Rules

ST12063 Book: Boxwood and Ivory, Stanley Traditional Rules This is Philip Stanley's book on Stanley rules, which is the accepted standard reference on the subject. The book is about fine, but the dust jacket is a bit tatty,so I gave it an overal rating of G++ $59





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

ST120617 Number 98/99 Side Rabbets A pair with the depth stops. Both of them have significant wear to the nickel and are in somewhat dark as found condition. They came together but the 99 has a Sweetheart marked blade and he 98 has a "Made in USA" blade. A great user pair in the desirable depth stop version. G+ $175




Rosewood Marking/Morticing Gauge

ST120525 Number 171 Rosewood Marking/Morticing Gauge The same as a number 77 gauge, but it has the patent cast brass shoe for working curves. This option cost a whopping $1.50 extra in 1923, which would explain why we see so few with this feature. This one is quite a bit older than 1923, and is marked Stanley in the big block letters on the head. Untouched condition for a user or collector. Nice tall points. G+ $85








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ST110459 Number 94 Cabinetmaker's Rabbet Plane This is as good as it gets with these. It retains about 97% of its original bright nickel. The blade looks to be full, and has the logo with the 1897 and 1900 patents. The nickel is superb on the left side but has some wear and bubbling on the left side. The term wear is probably a misnomer, as the plane has seen little if any use and the lost nickel is the result of poor adhesion. This is the connoisseur's example of this scarce plane. Fine- $445





Antique Stanley Tool

ST100640 Number 93 Cabinetmaker's Rabbet Plane This is the early style with the cast iron adjustment, with 100% original bright nickel. This is as close to mint as it is possible for a 100 year old tool to be. This must be as find an example as exists in the world of this early style 93. For the true connoisseur. Fine+ $345



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ST90520 Stanley Tools 1927 S50 Catalog This is a small 55 page booklet style catalog. I am not an expert on these but I don't recall seeing this one before. It is marked on the back "Copyright 1927 S50" and has the sweetheart logo. The original owner put his name and the date on the cover with a pencil. Nice original condition. Fine- $99



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