In 5 short years I’ve had, or have had, in my possession a Stanley #45 and #46, 2 #50s (One made in England, one USA), Record #405, #050a, #044 and #043, a Rapier #3. Some people call the larger ones “boat anchors” and say they’re not fit for use.
Oh, and just recently a Lewin Universal and a #55... And yet other, equally knowledgable and experienced woodworkers, use them all the time.
Stanley founded a door-hardware company in New Britain, Connecticut.
In 1857, Henry Stanley, Frederick's cousin, launched the Stanley Rule and Level Company, which acquired Leonard Bailey & Co. Bailey held numerous patents on such mainstay tools as planes, which Stanley Rule and Level augmented with mitre boxes, rulers, hand drills, hammers, and, of course, its lines of wood and iron levels. While the Stanley name eventually became associated with everything from toolboxes to hinges to garage-door openers, it is perhaps best known as a plane manufacturer.
Stanley entered that market in 1869, and by 1900 it was the dominant player, often buying out competitors. All Stanley tools were numbered; Stanley’s metal bench planes were first numbered based on size—the No.1 was 5 ½ inches long while the No. Many of the company’s planes and tools became standard for every woodworker’s tool kit, including the No.
The tail and the wood knob are original, and in very nice condition.
They are plentiful, low cost and can be made into a magnificent tool with a little time and effort.
These planes are well documented, it is easy to find the age and changes made thru their production history at sites like Patricks Blood & Gore and Hyperkitten has an excellent plane dating flowchart on his website if you are curious about a Stanley plane you have.
Suitable for the shelf or will be a great user after being tuned and sharpened / honed. Stanley introduced the 9 1/2 block plane in 1872 and made the Type 1 for just 2 years before making major changes to the design. A hard to find block plane that is nice enough for the collection or will make a great user. The collector identified this as a Stanley #15 1/2 but I am not sure if that is right given the way the throat adjuster is set up in reverse of Stanley's idea. I have been told it is more likely a type 9 with some swapped parts.
You are buying the handle only for 0 and the plane from above for .00. The knob looks oversize in this pic, but i believe it is proper. This good looking plane dates from between 18 according to the type study I have looked at.