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Number 60 Spokeshave

ST200146 Number 60 Spokeshave A nice as found example of the classic Stanley double spokeshave, with flat sole and a concave sole sides. It has sweetheart marked irons. The japanning is about 95%. The bare metal surfaces have a pleasing medium patina. G++ SOLD

Number 152 Spokeshave

ST200151 Number 152 Spokeshave This is a clean as found example of this scarce Stanley shave with a sweetheart marked iron. The 152 is similar to the 151, but much less common. The difference is the shape of the handles. They do the same thing. G++ SOLD

Number 25 10" Bevel Square

ST200159 Number 25 10" Bevel Square A barely used example with all of the bluing on the blade and most of the lacquer on the rosewood stock and brass trim. Fine SOLD

Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane

ST200166 Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane A particularly attractive Stanley Number 4 from about 1905. It has the two 1902 patent dates in the bed but not the 1910 date. It slso does not have the frog adjustment screw. The japanning is great, the wood is nice, and the bare metal surfaces have a pleasing patina. The blade has a V trademark, which is a bit later than this plane, but was probably changed in the original period of use as the patina matches the plane. The chip breaker does look like somebody started an attempt to clean it, but luckily he was a lazy and gave up before touching the rest of the plane. A nice pre-War Stanley. These are getting really hard to find. G++ $119

Nicholson Patent Plumb & Level Nicholson Patent Plumb & Level Nicholson Patent Plumb & Level

ST200130 Nicholson Patent Plumb & Level A scarce Nicholson patent cast iron level. The brass plated has been hand polished and is missing one screw. It is otherwise quite untouched. It is hard to grade how much japanning is left, but a guess is around 50%. It will certainly look better when it is waxed. The overall length is about 19 1/4". For the user or collector who wants a scarce level but doens't to pay a lot for it. G+ $89

Number 386 Jointer Fence Number 386 Jointer Fence

ST200133 Number 386 Jointer Fence This is a must own tool for every shop. They are just so handy, both for squaring edges, and for cutting edges at accurate angles. I have worked on a few projects that I couldn't have done without mine. This one is as found and a bit dark, but it is just fine to use as is or clean up a bit. SOLD

Number 59 Doweling Jig

ST200138 Number 59 Doweling Jig A classic Stanley doweling jig with all 6 original guides. This is a later one that came with a bit stop, and that is not present. The box is very Tatty. It has the original instructions, a well as the instructions for the doweling machine. The tool itself rates Fine $49

Number 603 Bedrock Smoothing Plane Number 603 Bedrock Smoothing Plane

ST20019 Number 603 Bedrock Smoothing Plane A lovely as found example from the 1930s. It has the scarce blade logo that has the patent number under the logo. The only fault that I have with this plane is that the varnish on the tote has deteriorated and is covered with craquelure. I don't know why, but planes from this period were susceptible to this. A very nice example. Fine- $189

Number 1 Plumb Bob

ST191223 Number 1 Plumb Bob An early example, it is only marked with the 1874 patent date. Lovely untouched condition with a rich patina and old string on the reel that is probably from when it was new. I don't know if these came with the string or not. A particularly nice honest example. G++ $119

Number 400 Miter Clamp

ST191228 Number 400 Miter Clamp A classic Stanley cast iron miter clamp. A super handy tool if you do any picture framing work. It tilts to allow you to nail the sides of joints. This one is blue, which is 1960s. It is as it came from a shop and is a bit dirty but should clean to at least Fine- $99

Victory Blade

ST191170 Victory Blade A new in the box Stanley 2" Victory blade. The Victory blades are made with the same quality steel as a Bailey blade, but they were sold during the war and do not have as finely ground a surface. Fine SOLD

Victory Blades

ST191171 Victory Blades This a lot of two new old stock Victory blades in 1 3/4" size, for a Number 3 or 5 1/4 plane. One has it is original wrapper and one does not but neither has ever been used. Fine $49

Number 911 Brace 6 Inch

ST191133 Number 911 Brace 6 Inch A scarce 6 inch size example of one of Stanely's less common braces. The 911 has a patented mechanism for switching the ratchet direction, which I think is really slick. The patend dates are marked on top of the mechanism. The nickel is still bright, but only about 80% remains. The rosewood is nice wtihout extensive tool box rash like is often seen. A nice honest example in a very hard to find size. G+ $119

Number 50 Combination Plane Number 50 Combination Plane Number 50 Combination Plane

ST191158 Number 50 Combination Plane This is an early Stanley 50 that is japanned and has the Sep. 11, 1883 patent date cast into the fence. It has the same double knurled thumbscrews as were used on the Miller's Patent planes. Lovely as found condition, but sadly I didn't get the blades with it. G++ $179

Number 20 Compass Plane Number 20 Compass Plane

ST191112 Number 20 Compass Plane A pristine Stanley compass plane in the original box. The plane looks unused, but if you look at the blade closely, it has the original factory grind, and it has never been honed, but there are a couple of small nicks. Clearly somebody who didn't know what they were doing tried to do something with it once. It is as new. This is one that was made around 1940, when the war was already causing nickel shortages even though the US was not in the war. It is black. I believe that this plane was discontinued when the US entered the war. The box has a sweetheart label, which is correct because they had pleny of these labels left through the 30s. The blade is of course the post-sweetheart mark. The box lid is in wonderful condition. There is one torn corner on the box base. I don't see how you could improve on this one. Fine $265

NOS 2 3/8 inch Blade

ST1910102 NOS 2 3/8 inch Blade This is a new old stock 2 3/8" blade that is still in the factory wrapper. I am not sure when they stopped wrapping the blades this way but it is certainly pre-1960. It has plastic around it to protect it. It really could be called mint but as you all know I can't bring myself to use this term after seing how it is abused elsewhere. Fine+ $59

Number 3 Bailey Smoothing Plane Number 3 Bailey Smoothing Plane

ST191078 Number 3 Bailey Smoothing Plane A turn of the century Stanley 3 that is in lovely untouched condition. If you share my love of a rich patina, you will love this plane. The bare metal surfaces have a rich medium-dark patina. The brass has a rich patina. The rosewood retains its original polished finish and has lovely color, although there is something spilled on the left side. The blade has the 1892 patent date logo and is about 80% remaining. You will probably want to carefully clean the plane. I would use the rubbing compound technique highlighted in our FAQs, along with a soft rag and wax. It looks great as it is, but it will look even better when properly cleaned. This is for the connoisseur who loves great surface. If you don't care about great surface, I wouldn't suggest this one. G+ $119

Nicholson Patent Level Nicholson Patent Level Nicholson Patent Level

ST191086 Nicholson Patent Level A Wm. T. Nicholson patent cast-iron level that is also marked by Stanley, who bought out Nicholson and continued to offer the levels. I am not sure if Stanley conintued production or just sold off the stock. This level is 19 3/8" long and I believe that the May 1st, 1860 patent is for the slot on the bottom that allows you to read it when placed upside down. It has a lovely patina on the iron and on the brass trim. The japanning is worn, but certainly more than half remains. A nice honest example for a discerning collector or user. G+ $159

Number 5C Jack Plane Number 5C Jack Plane

ST191060 Number 5C Jack Plane A little used Stanley corrugated jack plane from the 1950s in nice as found condtiion. The nickel is thinning a bit on the lever cap and there is some light corrosion on the left side where it was sitting in a box. The blade looks to me like it has the original factory grind and the plane may be unused. It will need to be properly ground as a jack plane. Look for our video on doing this. G++ SOLD

Number 49 Depth Gauge

ST19106 Number 49 Depth Gauge A pristine and probably unused example. It comes with the bottom of the original box, but that has no real value. Fine SOLD

Number 148 7/8" Match Plane

ST190963 Number 148 7/8" Match Plane A nice as found example with the earlier cast iron thumbscrews. Works stock from 3/4" to 1". G++ $109

Number 200 Cutter and Chisel Grinder

ST190823 Number 200 Cutter and Chisel Grinder An barely used example of the classic Stanley sharpening jig in the original box. It is the early box that is from around 1920. Fine $95

Number 384 Level

ST190819 Number 384 Level A 9" aluminum torpedo level with three vials, plumb, level, & 45 degrees. Relatively late but still US made. Fine $15

Number 18 8" Bevel

ST19078 Number 18 8" Bevel The classic Stanley cast-iron body bevel in used but nicely cared for condition. The majority of nickel is gone, but it has a pleasing appearance. G+ $36

Number 53 1/2 Architects Rule Number 53 1/2 Architects Rule

ME190321 Number 53 1/2 Architects Rule A sweetheart marked example in lovely as found condition. The inside is very clean and rates Fine. The outside shows some normal light wear and rates G++ $99

Number 38 1/2 Pocket Level

ST19033 Number 38 1/2 Pocket Level A nice sweetheart marked example that has probably been very lightly cleaned by a collector. G+ $36

Number 10 or10 1/2 Blade

ST190316 Number 10 or 10 1/2 Blade This is an original iron for a Stanely rabbet plane like a 10, 10 1/4, or 10 1/2. It has just shy of 1/2" remaining and has the 1892 patent date logo. G+ $35

Number 20 Square Number 20 Square

ST190171 Number 20 Square An honest as found example of the classic Stanley square in the less common 12" size. It is sweetheart marked. The blade has a light patina. The rosewood has much original lacquer but shows considerable tool box wear as well. There is as sliver missing from the rosewood on the right side. A great user. G+ $45

Number 99 Side Rabbet Number 99 Side Rabbet

ST190148 Number 99 Side Rabbet An as found left handed Stanely side rabbet. The No. 99 is indistinctly cast into the body, as if the sand wasn't properly packed around the pattern. There is some pitting on the right side which impacts the grading, but this is a nice user example. G+ $59

Number 42 Saw Set

ST1812103 Number 42 Saw Set A pristine example in probably unused condition. Fine+ $49

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 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 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+ SOLD

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 92 Brass Butt Gauge

ST200128 Number 92 Brass Butt Gauge This is a shabby example of this desirable gauge. The body has been "cleaned" with a wire brush. The plate at the end which has the cutters needs to be fabricated. It is there, but the cutters are broken off. Free to the first person who spends $190 on old tools and orders it. Good SOLD

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+ SOLD

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 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+ 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+ $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 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

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