Stanley #48 Tongue and Groove Plane - How old is it and is it worth $25

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Forum topic by Pimzedd posted 01-28-2013 11:45 PM 1366 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-28-2013 11:45 PM

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I went to an auction West of Fort Worth, Texas last week. During the auction this plane came up.

I got the high bid at $25.

Three questions.

How old is this plane? I think it is a Type 1 from the 1880’s or 1890’s.

What is it worth?

Finally do I recondition it if I am going to keep it? Recondition it if I am going to resell it? Or do I just clean the dirt off? What will affect the value?

I have put up a blog about it at which has a several more detailed photos and the results of my research on the plane.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#1 posted 01-28-2013 11:57 PM

They’re a fun plane to use. If I recall correctly, I bought a Union T&G plane very similar to yours for a little more (maybe $35). Granted, mine has more of the original nickel plating and less rust, so that may be the difference.

If you plan on using it, you’ll find overwhelming support here for restoring it. If you plan to resell it to a collector, don’t touch a thing. They love patina for some reason.

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#2 posted 01-29-2013 01:14 AM

I can’t speak to its age, but if everything works the way it should its definitely worth $25. I have one and I use it from time to time for tongue and groove work and its very good for that. Of course, if you’re not doing much T & G work in that size, its an ornament and you could probably sell it for $50

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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