Stanley hand plane dating
The information in this Web page is derived from a type study done by Roger Smith, in his book "Patented Transitional & Metallic Planes in America." Patrick Leach reformatted the type study and added comments based on his experience with Stanley planes.I converted the type study to hypertext and added the plane dating flowchart and feature timeline.
The format used for the type discussions and trademark designations generally follows other published studies. This is the Type Study part of a larger paper of 8 pages that also discusses the history, development and characteristics of this, the best plane ever made. See Beds marked with Bailey model numbers, No.2 to 8.
By cross-referencing the key features below, you should be able to narrow down the age of your plane to within a few years of manufacture.
* Estimated, Extrapolated, or Unconfirmed ~ Represents an approximate date *** Tools shown in the photos on this site were returned to functional condition by Virginia Toolworks using museum quality archival preservation techniques.
These pages are stanley called them, with bench planes.
The lever cap from then on was featureless, making a dull plane even duller.
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