Stanley plane dating chart
The earliest planes were identified by a size number cast into the bed.
Later models were stamped with the manufacturer’s name and model number near the sole on what would be the left cheek of the plane as it is viewed from the rear.
Hi, I have bought a few Stanley bench planes, often on ebay, and seem to be able to figure out pretty well how to date them using the flow chart everyone uses for Stanley's. All I can tell from the Blood and Gore site is that they added a depth adjustment lever in 1925 and the handles had fish scales around 1910.
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The tools were produced from 1923 to 1935, but were sold until the stock ran out.
The Foursquare planes were three block planes, a smooth plane the same size as a regular no 4, a household jack plane the same size as a 5-1/4. The block planes had no throat adjustment, and the smooth planes had no frog adjustment screws.
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...The firm offered a line of Bailey-type bench planes that competed model for model with those of Stanley—with one major exception. For those familiar with Stanley numbering, it may be difficult to visualize a plane on the basis of this number, so a conversion chart is provided below.