Stanley No 5, Type 19

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Forum topic by Rmckee47 posted 03-13-2013 06:04 PM 1208 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-13-2013 06:04 PM

I use vintage bench planes mainly Stanley Bedrocks from the teens or twenties bought on ebay in good used condition. Today I received a Stanley #5 that was quite a surprise. It’s a later model than I expected, Type 19 which were manufactured from the late ‘40’s through the 1961. The surprise was that it’s brand new. In the box, in the Stanley tissue paper new and unused.

So the question is whether to tune it up and use it as planned, or whether a post war Bailey #5 is collectable enough that it should be kept in new condition.

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#1 posted 03-13-2013 08:09 PM

That’s a tough question. Some collectors will always put value on a plane that is in mint, unused condition. I think what I would do is list it back on eBay, playing up exactly what it is… a brand new, unused, Type 19, with a fairly high starting bid. If you don’t get any takers, keep it and use it. As long as you take good care of it, you can always try to sell it later as in “nearly-new condition.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-13-2013 09:24 PM

I agree with Charlie.

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

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#3 posted 03-13-2013 10:01 PM

Ditto, but my research shows that collectible hand tools are increasing in value at fairly steady rate and better than the market. Even with this last bump they still retained their value. If you’re a young guy you may want to consider just putting a little descant in the box and putting it on a shelf and forgetting about it until you want to retire and your 40$ may be worth 100 or so. And you have to think that the more planes that trade hands and get used the more the population of planes shrinks from damage, lost boxes, fire, and flood just to name a few. There have been post from more than one jock on here about how their tools were damaged.

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