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Number 60 Dual Spokeshave

ST19112 Number 60 Dual Spokeshave A nice as found example that is sweetheart marked (1920s) It needs a light cleaning but should clean to at least G++ SOLD





Number 386 Jointer Fence

ST19116 Number 386 Jointer Fence If you have been looking for one of these most handy tool to use, and don't want to pay a premium for a super example, here is your chance. This one has nickel loss and some spots of rust. It is fine to use as is, or clean up, but it doesn't look wonderful. G+ SOLD




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


Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane

ST191118 Number 4 Bailey Smoothing Plane A superb pre-war Stanley smoothing plane in the original box. The box has the sweetheart label but the plane is a bit older than that, more mid-1930s. The blade has the original grind and has not been honed. I don't think that the plane was ever used, not even to plane a door. The owner has cut a tiny notch on each side of the blade and the chip breaker. I can only guess that this was done to make the plane identifiable among others. It does not detract in any way. It has been a long time since I had a 4 this nice. Still about half the price of a knock off that won't be nearly as nice. Fine SOLD


Number 66 Rosewood Marking Gauge

ST191124 Number 66 Rosewood Marking Gauge An oval head rosewood marking gauge with the patented cast brass piece to allow the head to be reversed and used on curved surfaces. It is marked STANLEY in the early style and has the patent date but no model number. It is as found and needs a light cleaning but should clean to better than its current G+ $79



Number 113 Compass Plane Number 113 Compass Plane

ST1910111 Number 113 Compass Plane This is a lightly used Stanley 113 with the 1892 patent date logo blade. It has about 95% of the original japanning. It needs a light cleaning but it should clean to G++ $159





Number 9 1/2 Block Plane Number 9 1/2 Block Plane

ST1910114 Number 9 1/2 Block Plane A typical as found Stanley block plane, probably from the 1950s or 60s. This sone of those classic tools that everyone should have, which is why they are so common. This one is as found but is fine to use as it is. G+ $45




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


Number 92 Butt Gauge

ST191082 Number 92 Butt Gauge An as found example that has seen plenty of use but no abuse and will make a great user. It is unmarked, as the early ones were. These are really handy tools. I tried to price this one really reasonably since it really is not in the crisp conditon that collectors pursue, but it will hopefully serve another craftsman as well as it did the last. G+ $59



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++ $89



Number 945 Ten Inch Brace

ST191073 Number 945 Ten Inch Brace This is a nice clean brace that would rate near Fine, but the ebonized finish on the hardwood head is deteriorating. I don't think that the brace has actually been used much. As such, it is a real bargain for a brace of this quality. G+ $45




Number 20 Compass Plane Number 20 Compass Plane

ST19109 Number 20 Compass Plane A nice as found Stanley compass plane with a very clean sole. There is a good deal of nickel loss overall and one spot on the left side of light pitting. For these reasons it couldn't rate higher but it is still quite a nice example. G+ $169




Small Vise Small Vise

ST190969 Small Vise A nice as found vise that clamps onto the side of a bench. The jaws are about 2 7/16" wide and it weighs a bit more than 3 pounds. I can't find a model number on it, just "Pat Pend". As these clamp on vises go, it is one of the heavier duty models and shows no signs of abuse. I am not sure of the date but it is certainly pre 1960. The maximum thickness of the bench upon which it can be clamped is 2 inches (50mm). G+ $45



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 $35





Number 8C Jointer Number 8C Jointer

ST190942 Number 8C Jointer An apparently unused Stanley 8C jointer from the 1950s. This plane has the original factor grind on the blade that has never been honed and shows no sign of use. The plane has a rosewood tote and knob. You won't find a better one. For the connoisseur. Fine+ $289




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 18 8 Inch Bevel Number 18 8 Inch Bevel

ST190256 Number 18 8 Inch Bevel A nice as found Stanley bevel. The blade is very clean. The stock has some extemely minor oxidation and most of the nickel is gone. This is a much nicer example than it sounds. G+ $42





Number 61 Rule Number 61 Rule

ST190193 Number 61 Rule A 24" four-fold boxwood carpenter's rule in crisp as found condition. The boxwood retains most of its original finish and has a pleasing medium color The two alignment pins on the face are missing, the side one is still present. These pins are often missing are really are not an issue. A very nice rule. G++ $38



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 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 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+ $22





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 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 36 1/2L Caliper Rule

ST190965 Number 36 1/2L Caliper Rule A 12" single-fold caliper rule. The boxwood is a bit dark and dirty and the brass was polished a long time ago. A usable example but not TBT quality. Free to the first person who orders them and spends $100 on old tools. Good $0




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 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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