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

ST170231 Number 45 Combination Plane A Stanley 45 that has seen little use and it quite complete. It even still has the stepped wooden piece that came in the box and somehow held the plane in place. This piece is very uncommon as they were discarded by most owners. The the screwdriver and instructions are all that are missing. It even has the original envelope with spare nickers. I rated it low because it was not stored well and there is light surface rust on the arms and a few spots on the plane where the nickel was applied thinly. The bos ix also very shabby. Having said that, this plane will clean up beaufifully and I think is nearly the equal of one cost $100 more. It is my intention that this should be a bargain. G+ $229


Number 207 Bench Stops

ST170234 Number 207 Bench Stops This is a box of new Stanley bench stops. It once contained 6, but now there are 4 in the box. They were sold in pairs and clearly a pair was sold. Two are still in the wrapping and two are unwrapped but the wrapping is still in the box. There is some light white powdering surface corrosion on the plating. It looks like it should easily clean off so that they will rate Sold



Number 5 1/4 Jack Plane

ST170242 Number 5 1/4 Jack Plane A lovely sweetheart marked Stanley junior jack plane with a pleasing light patina and about 98% of the original bright japanning. It has a full original iron. These planes were used in schools and they are not often found this nice. G++ $129




Number 400 Picture Framers Vise

ST17021 Number 400 Picture Framers Vise A crisp and little used example that needs only a very light cleaning. This is one of the most useful Stanley tools in my shop. The top tilts to allow you to drive nails into a joint, although I don't normally use that feature. G++ Sold




Number 98/99 Side Rabbet Planes Number 98/99 Side Rabbet Planes

ST17026 Number 98/99 Side Rabbet Planes A matching pair of early Stanley side rabbets in a purpose built dovetailed mahogany box. Both planes are owner's marked on the knobs by "J. Sills". Nice as found condition with near full orginal irons. G++ $165




Number 190 Rabbet Plane Number 190 Rabbet Plane

ST17027 Number 190 Rabbet Plane This is an absolutely new in the box example. The box is much nicer than normal as well, with a superb label and no torn out corners. There is one small surface tear on the rear of the box. The hold down screw for the blade is not plated, which makes me think that this plane may be WW2 production. The plane is really as new, which is something that don't normally like to say. For the connoisseur. Fine+ Sold


Number 605 1/2C Bedrock Jumbo Jack Plane

ST170211 Number 605 1/2C Bedrock Jumbo Jack Plane A scarce corrugated variation of the Stanley Bedrock jumbo jack plane in nice condition with an even medium patina. It has been properly cleaned with wax by a collector. It is a sweetheart marked plane with a full original iron. The tote has a striking bit of grain in it. The lever cap only says Stanley, but I believe that it is original to this plane. G++ $299



Number 84 Carpenters Rule Number 84 Carpenters Rule

ST170223 Number 84 Carpenters Rule A four fold 24" boxwood rule that is crisp but a little bit dirty on the outside. This is a pre sweetheart rule. G+ Sold





Number 112 Scraper Plane

ST170225 Number 112 Scraper Plane A crisp and wonderful example, one of the best that I have had. It has a pleasing light patina, a full original marked blade, and looks like it was just pulled out of an old tool chest. This is the condition that I go for, connoisseur grade. Fine- Sold




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 61 Marking Gauge

ST170164 Number 61 Marking Gauge A crisp and probably unused example. This tool has an even medium-dark patina, but it is as crisp as new and was probably sitting on a shelf and never used. Fine $38





Number 9 1/4 Block Plane

ST170167 Number 9 1/4 Block Plane A good honest example from the 1950s that has not seen a lot of use. I has a bit of white paint on the end of the lever cap but it should clean to better than its current G+ $59





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 5 Bailey Jack Plane

ST170177 Number 5 Bailey Jack Plane A Sweetheart (1920s) Stanley jack plane that looks like it was cleaned overall with steel wool. I want to be clear that this plane is not TBT quality, but it will make a fine user for somebody on a budget. Jack planes are not precision tools and this one will work just as well as a crisp Bedrock. It has good rosewood and that is worth what I want for the plane. Good Sold



Number 7C Bailey Jointer

ST170189 Number 7C Bailey Jointer A crisp as found Stanley corrugated jointer with aobut 98% of the original japaning and about 90% of the original V trademark iron. It could use a light cleaning but this is a particularly nice example. G++ Sold




Number 605 Bedrock Jack Plane

ST170196 Number 605 Bedrock Jack Plane A clean as found sweethart marked example with a pleasing even patina. There is a tight crack in the base of the tote, which looked very fresh, and which I presonally glued to make sure that it didn't get damaged before it was glued, since it pulled together perfectly as it was. These totes break from using the plane without the lug screw being tightened. The totes always get loose in the winter when it is dry and you must make sure that they are not loose when you use the plane or you can break the tote. The lever cap only says Stanley on it and may be from a Bailey plane. Priced to be a bargain for a user. G+ $Sold


Number 18 8" Bevel

ST170139 Number 18 8" Bevel A good user grade example that has a dark blade with some light surace rust. The stock is dark and devoid of nickel on one side and clean and nice on the other. These are really handy and this one you can use for carpentry work without worrying about it. G+ Sold




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 225 12" Double Bevel

ST17011 Number 225 12" Double Bevel A scarce Stanley sweetheart marked double bevel with a boxwood stock. The boxwood has a lovely light patina. The tool is in superb untouched condition and rates a very strong G++ Sold





Number 80 Ram

ST170121 Number 80 Ram's Horn Scraper A bright and clean Stanley 80 that is sweetheart marked, although the blade has the later non-sweetheart mark. Probalby a 1930s transition piece. It is way too clean to be on its second blade. Fine- Sold





Number 5 1/2 Jumbo Jack Plane

ST161211 Number 5 1/2 Jumbo Jack Plane A clean and little used example from the 1950s. The front knob has the darker finish of the 1950s but the tote has a lighter finish that shows off the grain in the rosewood. The tote may be off of a pre-war plane. The plane is crisp with a nice full blade. G++ Sold




Number 18 Knuckle Joint Block Plane

ST161148 Number 18 Knuckle Joint Block Plane A very clean as found Stanley #18 block plane from the 30s. It has the thick and translucent finish of that period and a bright nickeled lever cap. I gave it the minus because somebody has lightly scratched "WMG" on the side. It is in no way obtrusive. This is a great example. Fine- $69




Number 3C Bailey Smoothing Plane

ST161166 Number 3C Bailey Smoothing Plane A quite nice example that has been properly cleaned of a Stanley 3C of about 1902-1905. It has about 75% remaining of the 1892 patent date blade. The bare metal surfaces have a nice even medium patina and the tote has most of its original finish, albeit with some tool box rash. This is a nice one for somebody who appreciates the quality of old Stanley tools over the copies made today and sold for many times more money. G+ Sold


Number 90 Bullnose Plane

ST161128 Number 90 Bullnose Plane A bright clean Stanley 90 with about 97% of the original nickel remaining. There are tiny spots of corrosion where the nickel is gone. It has a full original iron. Probably a 1950s plane. G++ Sold





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 603C Bedrock Smoothing Plane

ST161064 Number 603C Bedrock Smoothing Plane A good original Stanley Bedrock smoothing plane of about 1900, give or take a bit. It has about 70% of the 1892 patent date blade remaining. A collector has very lightly, and properly, cleaned the sides and sole so that they have a light patina. The lever cap is untouched and has a medium-dark patina. The wood is nice, with its original finish. The color of the rosewood in the rear is rather light and this might be from sun induced fading or it might have just been a lightly colored piece of wood. The japanning is about 97%. A nice honest example. G+ $145


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 60 Double Spokeshave

ST160645 Number 60 Double Spokeshave A nice as found example. Both blades are full length, but both of them need to be reground before you hone it for use. G++ Sold





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 113 Compass Plane

ST16055 Number 113 Compass Plane An earlier style 113 with the side wheel depth adjustment. The nickel is still bright and mostly intact, which gives this tool a striking appearance. The japanning is also bright and glossy, with some tool box rash on the sides. The steel sole needs a light cleaning, mostly on the upper surface, the working surface being clean except for one small spot of light surface rust that will come right off. Rates a strong G+ $165


Number 921 8" Brace

ST160515 Number 921 8" Brace A good quality Stanley brace with genuine rosewood. The nickel is peeling around the chuck and it only retains about 60% of the nickel. A great user, but not the bright example with 99% nickel that most users love, which is why it is priced to sell. G+ Sold




Number 60 Double Spokeshave

ST160529 Number 60 Double Spokeshave A nice clean as found example with sweetheart marked irons. Some toolbox wear to the finish, but still a much better than average example with full length original irons. G++ $49





Number 59 Doweling Jig

ST160477 Number 59 Doweling Jig This 1950s example is truly as new in the box. It has the depth stop as well as the six guides. It also has the instructions, a store display piece, and a small brochure for the 77 doweling machine. The paperwork is a bit oil stained. You won't find a better one. The box is nice and rates near fine, but the tool really is Mint Sold



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



Ball Pein Hammer

ST160343 Ball Pein Hammer This hammer looks unused although the decal on the handle is deteriorated and almost gone. It is not marked but seems to be a 5 ounce head. I am not sure of the age, but it is US made and certainly not recent production. The decal looks like 1950s or 60s to me. Fine Sold




Number 5 1/4 Junior Jack Plane

ST1602112 Number 5 1/4 Junior Jack Plane A 1930s Stanley 5 1/4 in the original box. The box has two torn out corners but is a decent looking box. The plane is very clean with great wood and about 98% japanning. There are a few minor marks on the sole or I would have gone one notch higher on the condition. G++ $169




Number 49 Bit Gauge

ST160254 Number 49 Bit Gauge An apparently unused example in the original box. The box has the textured surface of the 1950s although the label is clearly a left over pre-War label. The original price of $1 is written on the bottom. Fine $43




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 6 Bailey Fore Plane

ST160193 Number 6 Bailey Fore Plane This is a nice as found Stanley 6 of about 1900. It has the older style tote that is a bit more flared out at the base. The tote was made from a particularly nice piece of Brazilian rosewood and has a nicer figure than most. The plane does need a light cleaning, but has a lovely medium dark patina and is a very attractive example. The blade has been ground with a curvature, which is appropriate for a fore plane, but there are two small nicks in the edge you will need to grind the bevel before you hone it. The japanning is more than half gone, and this is really what has held this plane down condition wise and price wise. It will make a great user for a very reasonable price. G+ $129


Number 20 Victor Compass Plane

ST160149 Number 20 Victor Compass Plane A nice honest as found Stanley compass plane with the 1892 patent date logo on the blade. There is some nickel loss, mainly on the left side, and a few stains on the sole, but this is a great user example that is not priced like a pristine example. G+ $179




Number 148 Match Plane

ST160110 Number 148 Match Plane A sweetheart marked example that is as found, and needs a light cleaning, but retains about all of the nickel and was clearly not used more than a few times. It comes with the original box, but the box is a wreck and I put no value on the box. A superb example Fine- $125




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+ $265




Number 20 Victor Compass Plane

ST150910 Number 20 Victor Compass Plane A japanned version of Stanley's classic compass plane. This plane has clean bare metal surfaces, and has probably seen very little use, but the japanning has significant tool box wear and is around 85%. A great user example for a reasonable price. G+ $175




Number 6C Stanley Fore Plane

ST150849 Number 6C Stanley Fore Plane A nicer user Stanley corrugated fore plane from the teens. It has the three patent dates on the bed which retains about 98% of its original japanning in nice condition. The bare metal surfaces have a pleasing medium patina. This would be a more expensive plane but for two things. The rear tote has much more tool box rash on it than it should for this plane, and was clearly taken from another plane. Also, the blade and cap iron have almost no patina, and are probably new old stock. The iron has the logo that was used before the V trademark, but I would think that this plane had a V trademark iron when new. So, these two minor things, which would bother a collector, make it a very affordable user for a plane in this nice condition. G+ $145


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+ $89





Number 90 Cabinetmaker

ST150872 Number 90 Cabinetmaker's Bullnose A nice as found plane that retains about 95% of the original nickel, but there is old dried grease, or something, discoloring it a bit. It retains about 25% of the original sweetheart marked iron. When the mark was struck on the iron it bounced so it has a double strike, which a collector might not like. A great user tool. G+ $79



Number 21 12 in. combination Square

ST150647 Number 21 12 in. combination Square A nice as found example from the 1930s. It has a few scattered stains but it should clean to about Fine- $55






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+ $85





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 lean tool that has seen very little use. G++ $55




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++ $49


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 12 Square

ST150263 Number 12 Square A 6" type 1 try square that has been nicely cleaned by a collector and retains about 90%+ of the original japanning. It is marked with the patent date but not marked Stanley, as is typical. There is a small kink in the lower edge of the blade around an inch out from the stock. It is usable as is but could probably be hammered out pretty easily. This early model is quite scarce in my experience. G+ $38


Number 65 Chamfer Shave

ST150227 Number 65 Chamfer Shave A nice as found example of the earliest style Stanley chamfer shave. The blade has the Stanley Rule & Level with the patent date in a circle, which is the first style marking for this tool and is nice to find. This tool is from Tom Lamond's personal collection. Tom was the leading authority on American spokeshaves and wrote the definitive reference on the subject. Nice smooth patina on the bare metal surfaces, like a sophisticated collector likes to see. G++ $145


Number 12 Scraper Number 12 Scraper

ST150132 Number 12 Scraper This is an early as found #12, with the sides curving in a bit at each end. It has a nice medium patina on the bare metal surfaces. You could clean it lightly but I really would not do much. Somebody has filed the Roman numberal 9 into one side. It will make a great user and we are selling it with a new Hock blade from our stock. G+ $95




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- $149




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+ $195



Number 116 Mitre Box

ST14105 Number 116 Mitre Box A barely used, if at all, example, in the original box from the 1950s. There are nicks in the paint on the wood, but from the parts moving around in the box, not from use. Still has the original instructions in the box. The box is taped and is a bit tatty. Fine- $50




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+ $485




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+ Sold


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+ Sold





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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