Stanley 55 plane dating
In my experience most any type as long as they were made before late 1950s will do just fine.
- Contact me I don’t know why I love metal ploughs and combination planes, but I do.On the flipside, I would not buy a NOS in the original box plane for a user, let the collectors fight over those.There is a lot of talk about individual types of these planes being better than others (particularly type 11). 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 $200 and the plane from above for $95.00. 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. 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.
One of the keys to Stanley’s success was to continually put tantalizing new products in front of consumers, whether they needed them or not. The company also made six aluminum models, which have the letter “A” before their model numbers. 80 scrapper (used to give wood a glass-like surface) and the classic No.
It is in very nice overall condition and still sports well over 85% of the original japanning.
The tail and the wood knob are original, and in very nice condition.
Most prices seen reflect actual sale results from this website. Over the years they made a number of modifications to the design, and there is a well done and very detailed type study that has been done on these planes. I would bet it was made by a competitor who used this set-up as a way around the Stanley patent. I did not carefully check that, but it sounds right.
Prices seen span a long period of time and may not reflect current values. On some pieces you will see no price, or a price range, with or without an explanation. The one apology is the very small chip at the throat. The distinguishing features are the solid cap, style of the adjustable front and body shape. That would make it far rarer than a typical Stanley, which is a pretty hard to find plane in its own right. A prior owner did carve his initials into the side rail as seen in the pics.
There is also a lot written about restoring them and tuning; videos you can buy too.