Its been a while since I’ve written a restoration blog, so I figured I’d document this possible save. I’ve started finding a few pre-laterals and kind of like them. My “collector” status has risen to a new level so I don’t mind working on something that will be for history’s sake only.
I found this #5 in an antique shop. It wasn’t marked and I had a few other items so I asked the owner what he wanted. The conversation went something like this.
Me: What would you want for this fine specimen?
Dealer: oh, $10
Me: its in pretty rough shape, can I make you an offer?
Dealer: Sure, but I want $10 for it.
Me: Well, I’d be willing to go $5.
Dealer: No, I think its worth $10
Me: Well, I’ll set it back then, I’m not even sure I can get it apart, say nothing about actually salvaging any of it.
Me: headed back to the shelf.
Dealer: Oh, ok, since your buying this other stuff, I guess I’ll let it go for $5.
Now I really was ready to put it back. Its probably in worse shape than anything I’ve tried to restore. But its a prelateral. I haven’t taken the time to type it yet, but I’m thinking its a type 4.
So when I got home I had enough time to take a look at it. Its going to be a challenge, but it came apart easier than anticipated.
I soaked the cap with penetrating oil spray and pried it gently off. Oddly enough the lever cap screw into the frog turned right off, just a little more than finger tight.
I scratched out the frog screw slots with a variety of sharp points, got the largest screw driver that would fit and gave it a couple good “hard love” taps. With all my weight down on the screw driver, the screws actually popped and loosened and turn out.
A few love taps on the frog with the wood mallet, and here’s the results.
A bit of wire brushing and it looks like I can salvage everything except the washers. The iron will probably not sharpen up (but maybe), but it has the original type 3-5 logo. The chip breaker is a big question, it is pitted the worst, but I may have another with the same logo.
The base will have some pitting. It won’t be a clean, shiny, off the show room floor model. It will look like its a 200 year old miss used hand plane, but it will look like a Stanley Type 4 pre-lateral. It will be respectable in its own right.
I think the lever cap will come out clean. No pitting at all.
All brass will shine up like new.
Its all soaking in evapo-rust. My worry is the evapo-rust batch seems to have lost its luster, but I have some citric acid on its way, so it should be here by the time I have time to get back at it.
I also bought a $5 #5, with nothing from the mouth forward, but the tote was perfect. From the same dealer no less. Kismet no?
I think I can save the knob. Its got a few chips, but all around the original bead. I’m hoping I can sand it down and re-bead it.
More to come as it goes, and thanks for coming along.
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