Old Sargent Planes #6: Sargent #409 with a Brass name plate.

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Blog entry by Don W posted 03-16-2014 03:03 PM 2330 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Fulton or Fulton Tool Company. Part 6 of Old Sargent Planes series Part 7: A type 1 #414 restored. »

I saw a posting on Ebay that looked like this:

Besides the upside down lever cap, something looked different. I thought the logo looked brass, so I contacted the seller. These Sargent planes with brass inserts were produced in limited runs sometime between 1927 and 1939. I put a max bid and won it for the exact max amount. How lucky is that? This is the first time I’ve seen one on eBay, and there were 3 at the same time, all different sellers. Talk about coincidence. A #407 had a starting bid of $270 (it did not sell) and a 414 that I lost the bid on. I wasn’t as aggressive on the 414, but glad I got the #409. It’ll fit in my collection well. The #414 had the brass inlay in the sole.

You’ll note some of the inserts were rectangular and some were oval.

Here are the #407 and #414 off ebay just for documentation.


And finally here is my #409

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#1 posted 03-16-2014 03:07 PM

Pretty nice looking plane Don.

Is that a stack of old plane boxes in the background of picture 2? Wow

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#2 posted 03-16-2014 03:20 PM

Very beautiful. Congratulations Don.

-- ~Tony

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#3 posted 03-16-2014 04:24 PM

Very cool!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 03-16-2014 10:31 PM

Nice looking plane, Don. As part of my addition, lately I’ve been looking at Sargent and Millers Falls planes. I’ve also looked at some Bedrocks, but they all seem out of my range. Is the 409 equivalent to Stanley No.4?

But, really, I’m commenting because I just have to know… Did the seller really think the cap iron went that way? Maybe he/she was just trying to stand out from the crowd? I dunno, seems an awfully silly thing to do, even if you don’t know jack about planes (jack or otherwise).

-- Hey, I'm usually right twice a day! Except where they use 24 hour clocks.

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#5 posted 03-16-2014 10:37 PM

He really did. When I asked for a picture of the back of the lever cap, I added “the piece that’s upside down” . He sent a message back asking what piece was upside down. To be honest, I wish I had just risked it and bought it. Without the additional pictures it probably would have gone for $15.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#6 posted 03-17-2014 01:55 AM

Don they are beautiful.
You are becoming force to be dealt with on the bay.
We might need to start a tread over here called ” I’m biding on this”
so we wont bid against each other.
Nice find mat she serve you well.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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