Chrome plated #110?

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12-18-2012 10:41 PM

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I got a call the other day from a friend to tell me about another plane he had found. He goes to a lot of auctions and buys box lots of anything cheap and resells it on E-bay. This time it was about a chrome plated #110 IN THE BOX! (he really emphasized that it was in the box). He told me the box was red and blue. I never saw a Stanley box that was red and blue and had certainly never heard of a chrome plated #110. I finally got to see it today and while it is everything he said it is, it’s no Stanley. It’s made in Japan. It’s marked “Japan” on the iron and “110” on the body and under the cap iron. The body has been chromed and painted blue where not plated. Cap iron and knob are red. Even the sole is plated but was not ground very flat before plating.
I’m not sure of how old it is but it was originally sold by the W.T. Grant Company for a whopping $.99. My guess is that it’s from the late 40’s or 50’s. I’m tempted to buy it just because it’s old and I’ve never seen one and it’s a bit of a novelty. Anybody have any info or thoughts about it’s value? Why can’t I find Stanleys, or Winchesters, or something rare like this? Oh well, it’s still fun to look!!! Here’s some pictures.

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