Stanley #4 type #1/#2!!!!

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Forum topic by David Smith posted 04-26-2012 03:25 PM 2392 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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David Smith

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04-26-2012 03:25 PM

For sale is my Stanley #4 which is a type #1 or #2. For how old this plane is, it is in very good condition. The only major problem with this plane is that the rear handle is cracked and it does have some paint on it. Besides that this is a functional plane. Hold old and what series this plane is, there is a #4 stamped into the bottom of the frog which is a dead give away. They only did it during type #1 and type #2.

Based on these same types of planes, I have seen them go as high as $600, because of the condition, i will let it go for $375 OBO.

Item Location: Youngstown, Ohio

Local Pick up: Yes

Buyer pays shipping and the small paypal fee.

If you would like to see additional pictures please let me know what you would like to see and I will have to take more pics.

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#1 posted 04-27-2012 02:27 AM

Hi David, nice old plane you have there. Unfortunately, it’s most certainly NOT a type 1, and in fact it may have parts from a type 3 or later plane, like the blade. Type 1’s and 2’s had a solid depth adjuster. And the arched “Stanley Rule” on the blade did not appear until type 3’s and later. The frog does seem to be a type 1 or 2 as you mention it has the number 4 cast into the underside. Perhaps if you showed some more pictures of the plane body around the front knob, and around the frog and tote area with the frog removed, we can help you identify the plane a bit better. But from what I see, you MAY have a plane put together with parts from various types here. Of course that DOES NOT necessarily mean that the plane is not all original. So potential buyers, please do not misinterpret what I’m saying here. Stanley, like many other tool companies of the era, often used up parts from one type or production run in conjunction with newer parts. For this reason, the “type studies” that are out there are not comprehensive and should be used as guidlines only! So it’s not always as easy as saying, this plane has such and such feature, so it must be a type 1 or type 2, or whatever.
What you do have is no doubt a very early Stanley plane, very collectable, and with a new tote, very useable.


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#2 posted 04-27-2012 11:42 AM

Thanks for your opinion. A little research on my own and based on a stanley hand plane dating flow chart, the plane for sale is a type #2. The source of my findings is form You said that type #1 and type #2 planes have a solid adjustment knob. According to some people that is true and according to others that is not true. Anyway, thanks for your comments and information. Based on what I have found and what you have found, it just sounds like it would be very hard to date this plane exactly.

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#3 posted 05-03-2012 01:54 PM

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