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

ST14103 Number 45 Combination Plane A pristine sweetheart marked Stanley 45 in the very scarce painted green wooden box. A similar box is more commonly seen with 55s. The plane is immaculate the fence looks like it has not rubbed on wood more than once or twice since the 1920s when it was made. It has the original hurwood screwdriver but the instructions are gone. I am including a copy of the Stanley Combination Plane book, which covers the use of the plane and its development. A connoisseur grade example. Fine $435


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 18 Carpenter

ST141011 Number 18 Carpenter's Rule A crisp and little used boxwood 24" folding rule with the sweetheart logo. This rule would rate higher but for a water stain near the hinge, on the same side as the Stanley name. A great user that will clean nicely. G+ Sold




Number 3 Bailey Smoothing Plane

ST141015 Number 3 Bailey Smoothing Plane A nice clean example with a pleasing medium patina. The sweetheart marked blade has a lighter patina and may be a replacement blade, although sometimes the patina is different on the blade simply because of it being steel rather than iron.. The plane has the 3 patent dates in the bed and a high knob, so it would have had a sweetheart iron. G++ $89



Bedrock Number 606C Fore Plane

ST140940 Bedrock Number 606C Fore Plane This is an early Bedrock with only #6 marked on the front. In the rear it is marked Pat'd Apr 2, 95. Under that date, it looks to me like a second date was removed with an end mill. This is under the original japanning, but it really intrigues me. Somebody who studies the nuances of Stanley more than I do can perhaps enlightend us. the plane has been cleaned by a collector and has about 80% of the original iron left. The japanning has some tool box nicks but is better than 90%. A nice honest example of an early Bedrock. G+ Sold


Number 220 Block Plane

ST140943 Number 220 Block Plane An unused plane in the original box with the steel reinforced sides. The original prce of $2.99 is marked on the lid. The edge of the blade has never been honed and appears to have never seen wood. Needs a very light cleaning but easily rates Fine Sold




Number 2C Bailey Smoothing Plane

ST140949 Number 2C Bailey Smoothing Plane This plane probably sat for many years on a shelf, but was not used. It has light surface rust on the upper part of the blade and the sides have a medium patina. The wood is perfect, with nice grain on the tote. The japanning is dirty but perfect. Corrugated 2s in this condition are rarely seen. This plane is a gem just waiting to be carefully cleaned. It dates to about 1930 and has the keyhole lever cap and the logo that replaced the sweetheart. Should easily clean to Fine- $389


Number 190 Rabbet Plane

ST140951 Number 190 Rabbet Plane An apparently unused example from the 1950s. Bright and clean. The box is a bit shabby, with part of the lable missing and scotch tape on some of the edges. Fine Sold





Number 93 Cabinetmaker

ST140957 Number 93 Cabinetmaker's Rabbet Plane A probably unused example, Made in England, but with some age on it, perhaps 1960s or early 70s. Fine $109






Number 95 Butt Gauge

ST140965 Number 95 Butt Gauge This is an apparently unused 1950s era Stanley butt gauge in the original box. The gauge would be fine but tthere is a bit of nickel loss and corrosion, all on one side where some moisture got to it. The box is a bit tatty and part of the bottom is missing. G++ $36




Number 60 Dowelling Jig

ST140968 Number 60 Dowelling Jig In the original box with all 9 of the guides. The box has lost its exterior paper, but is intact. It has the original instructions, but does not the bit stop that I think came with these. A great user for a modest price. G+ $46




Mitre Box

ST140914 Mitre Box This is a high quality pre-War Stanley mitre box, but I am really not sure which model it is. It does not have the holes in the base for rods that that hold the stops. Otherwise it looks like a 358. It has the original wooden base, with the uprights that hold crown molding in place. It also has the original Disston made saw, a 20" X 4" that is marked made for Stanley and came with this saw when it was new. There are three patent dates cast into the base, all 1904 dates. This is a high quality mitre box. The saw needs a very light filing, just a short stroke on each tooth. Superb quality for a moderate price. It could use a light cleaning, but really only a light one and it will rate at least G+ Sold


Number 45 Combination Plane

ST140922 Number 45 Combination Plane This is a remarkably complete 45 in the original box. These planes were original shipped with two pieces of wood, which held the plane in position in the box. This plane has both of those pieces, which are very scarce. It also has the original instructions, screwdriver, and the envelope with extra spurs. The worst news is that there is some light wear on the fence, including a sliver missing on the upper edge which kept me from going to a Fine- rating. The plane was clearly used, but carefully. The box is well work and pretty tatty. I would have priced it higher but for the state of the box. G++ $339


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+ $585




Number 1 Bailey Smoothing Plane Number 1 Bailey Smoothing Plane Number 1 Bailey Smoothing Plane

ST140854 Number 1 Bailey Smoothing Plane A 1920s Stanley #1 for the connoisseur. This is one of the nicest 1s that I have ever had. The wood retains its original finish and the original decal on the tote. It is in lovely untouched condition, except perhaps somebody has lightly rubbed on the mark on the blade to make it brighter. It is a sweetheart marked iron. The only, very minor, critisism that I can find is that there is some very minor roughness to edges of the screw slot that holds the lever cap. You can even see it so much as you can feel it with your finger. This is a #1 in the top 1% of all remaining examples. Fine- Sold


Number 5C Bailey Jack Plane

ST140859 Number 5C Bailey Jack Plane A post-war Stanley corrugated jack plane from the late 1950s. It still has rosewood for the tote and knob. This plane has been used very little and has a full original iron, but I rated it lower because the bare metal surfaces are patinated. It will be a great user at a modest price and should clean to better than G+ $69



Number 40 Scrub Plane

ST14082 Number 40 Scrub Plane This is the cleanest maple handled Stanley scrub plane that I recall seeing. The handles shine like boxwood. I gave it the negative because the owner engraved his name through the japanning on the lever cap. The blade has never been ground for use as a scrub plane and is still straight across like it left the factory. I see this all the time with jack planes, tha tthe owner's never properly set them up as jack planes. This is a connoisseur's plane. Fine- Sold


Number 113 Compass Plane Number 113 Compass Plane

ST140815 Number 113 Compass Plane A nice as found Stanley 113 plane with about 90% of the japanning left. The nickel is gone on half of the front knob, literally half It should clean up nicely and I would have rated it a notich higher but for the missing nickel on the front knob. G+ Sold




Number 9 1/2 Block Plane

ST140817 Number 9 1/2 Block Plane A barely used example from the 1950s in the orignal box. The box has no tears and shows only normal shelf wear. The plane is crisp but needs a light cleaning. Should clean to at least G++ Sold





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 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 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 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+ 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 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 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 blotchy patina. The blade is not marked but looks original. Should clean to better than G+ Sold





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++ Sold



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++ Sold


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+ Sold




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 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+ Sold





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 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 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 Sold



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- Sold




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




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





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+ Sold








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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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