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

ST181145 Number 5 1/2C Bailey Jack Plane An attractive 5 1/2C from the 1930s, with a full original iron and rosewood that still has nearly all of the orignal finish. There is no wear to the finish, but there are a few scratches. The japanning is about 99%. The lever cap still has the orange paint but the nickel is freckling, which is typical. The bear metal surfaces have a pleasing medium patina. A nice example for a discnering user. G++ SOLD


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 608 Bedrock Jointer Number 608 Bedrock Jointer Number 608 Bedrock Jointer

ST181114 Number 608 Bedrock Jointer This isa relatively crisp early Bedrock with a near full original iron and a pleasing medium patina. It doesn't rate higher because it has quite a bit of japanning losses, perhaps has much as 50%. The plane is as found and I would just wax it. If you want it a bit lighter, you would clean it with some red rubbing compound and a rag, but I personally like this natural patina. The wood is very nice with most of its original finish. There is one rough spot on the front knob, but it is not easily noticed. These early 608 planes are not easy to find. G+ $249


Number 65 Marking Gauge

ST181124 Number 65 Marking Gauge A later example that is made from maple and has the model number as 47-065. It looks about unused and is a quality US made Stanley. Fine $49





Number 2101A 10" Brace Number 2101A 10" Brace

ST181134 Number 2101A 10" Brace This is the classic brace North Brothers Yankee that everyone wants. It is not marked Stanley and I am not sure if it pre-dates the Stanley buyout or not. This one was sold on the open market and is not a former Bell System brace. It has most of its nickel and is in nice honest condition. The top of the composition head has roughness that looks to be me like it was melted, perhaps somebody was playing around with a soldering iron. It doesn't hurt anything, but this is not attractive. G+ $85



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 16 Mitre Square

ST181099 Number 16 Mitre Square This is the original style with mahogany stocks inlet into a cast iron body. The body is crisp with nice patina. The mahogany has much original finish. The 10" blade has a bright and blotchy surface because an idiot has hit it with a wire wheel. I am sure that it will tone down with handling. G+ $45




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

ST181061 Number 5 1/2 Bailey Jumbo Jack Plane This is quite an exceptional early Stanley 5 1/2. The 5 1/2 model was introduced by Stanley in 1898. This plane has the two 1902 patent dates in the bed, but does not have the frog adjustment screw. It has a full original 1892 logo iron. The rosewood has most of its original finish, and the japanning is also excellent, perhaps 97%. I don't recall having another early 5 1/2 that was so nice. Fine- $179



Number 5C Bailey Jack Plane Number 5C Bailey Jack Plane

ST181064 Number 5C Bailey Jack Plane This is a good user 5C. The parts are not all original to the plane. The nice rosewood is pre-war. The blade is 1960s, and the rest is late 40s or 50s. Not a big deal, but not a plane for a purist. It is an oustanding deal for a user. The pre-War wood on this plane is worth $50 alone. G+ $75




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+ $99


Number 77 Combination Marking & Morticing Gauge

ST181020 Number 77 Combination Marking & Morticing Gauge A classic Stanley Rosewood gauge that has tall pins which show minimal use. The fence also shows no real signs of use and the brass wear plate still has its lacquer finish. The gauge does have considerable tool box rash which pulled the rating down on this little used tool. A great user. G+ $45




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 98 Twin-Stem Gauge

ST180980 Number 98 Twin-Stem Gauge This is the Stanley gauge that has pins at one end and marking wheels at the other, so you can use it on either side. If you want only a marking gauge, you slide one step all the way back, or use it as a morticing gauge with both stems out. This is a V Trademark example from the 1910s. G+ $49




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 4C Bailey Smoothing Plane Number 4C Bailey Smoothing Plane

ST180947 Number 4C Bailey Smoothing Plane A sweetheart marked Stanley smoothing plane with corrugated sole, from the 1920s. It has nice wood and an attractive medium patina overall. The iron is near full. A nice pre-War plane that rates a strong G+ $119




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 59 Dowling Jig

ST180970 Number 59 Doweling Jig A very clean example in the original box with the original instructions and a pamphlet for the 77 doweling machine. The box is OK but not great. Fine $55





Number 71 Twin Stemmed Marking Gauge

ST180915 Number 71 Twin Stemmed Marking Gauge A crisp and little used sweetheart marked example. It has a medium patina. If you look closely the brass is still crisp and patinated. The brass wear strips on the head still have a bit of finish left on them. G++ $75




Number 90 Bullnose Plane

ST180924 Number 90 Bullnose Plane This is a new in the box Stanley 90 that was made in the Sheffield England plant, which is now closed. The box is dated 4 Dec 1998. The plane is bright like new and the box is very clean. Fine+ $89





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 110 Block Plane

ST180868 Number 110 Block Plane On first examination this plane looks new in the box, but on careful examination the blade edge reveals that it has been used a bit. Painted with blue color that Stanley used in the 1960s. A superb example. Fine $29




Number 18 Knuckle Joint Block Plane Number 18 Knuckle Joint Block Plane

ST180839 Number 18 Knuckle Joint Block Plane A good user plane that has been lightly cleaned with an abrasive. There are two spots of corrosion showing through the nickel on the lever cap. Overall this is a nice sweetheart marked plane, although it is not quite up to the standards of a discerning collector. It has the remains of the original box, although they are tatty and essentially worthless. G+ $59



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 289 Skew Fillester - Body Only

ST180813 Number 289 Skew Fillester - Body Only If you have dropped your 289 and need a new body, here is your chance. This is a good body, with most of the original japanning remaining in bright condition. The bare metal surfaces on the right side have light rust. The sole and left side are clean. Odd. The knickers are still installed and they are worth the money alone. G+ $45



Number 110 Block Plane

ST180833 Number 110 Block Plane This is a very clean as found English made Stanley block plane. This plane feels heavier to me than the American counterpart and should make a great economy user block plane. Fine $18





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 12 Cabinet Scraper Number 12 Cabinet Scraper

ST180716 Number 12 Cabinet Scraper A crisp as found example with attractively figured rosewood and a full original Stanley marked blade. The japanning is bright and clean. There is some light staining on the sole. A nice example for a collector or a user. G++ $109




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




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




#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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