Stanley/Bailey No. 5

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Forum topic by needshave posted 03-05-2013 06:28 PM 821 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-05-2013 06:28 PM

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I’m in a antique/junk store looking at a No 5 Bailey Hand plane. Some surface rust, but light. Cap says Stanley. Wood handle and knob appear to be original finish. What’s it worth. They are asking 35.00.

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#1 posted 03-05-2013 06:31 PM

Any pics?


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#2 posted 03-05-2013 06:35 PM

I see #5’s on ebay for around this price. However, they usually go for more. I usually buy good Stanley users on Ebay that are in reasonably good shape but I’m in no way a collector or expert.

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#3 posted 03-05-2013 07:11 PM

Is there black japanning on the plane body, or is it painted blue or maroon? The last two are an indicator of a more recent vintage and is a lower quality tool.

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#4 posted 03-05-2013 07:15 PM


There is black japanning on the plane body. I don’t think the knob and tote will need refinished. The cap appears to be chrome maybe nickle. but some surface rust that can be taken care of.

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#5 posted 03-05-2013 07:37 PM

If you can get him to $25 it would be a good deal IMO. $35 is fair but its probably gonna need a bit of work.

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#6 posted 03-05-2013 07:49 PM

does the knob and tote appear to be rosewood, or painted? If its rosewood then $35 is fair. Not cheap but fair. If its painted, take chrisstef advice.

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#7 posted 03-05-2013 07:57 PM

The knob and tote are not painted. The wood is in very good original condition, and I doubt that it would need refinished. I don’t see any cracks.

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