* Estimated, Extrapolated, or Unconfirmed ~ Represents an approximate date *** Tools shown in the photos on this site were returned to functional condition by Virginia Toolworks using museum quality archival preservation techniques.
Sharpened and tuned for use, every tool is fully tested and adjusted until perfect.
Antique Stanley tools are often sought after for their aesthetic value.
Handles were made of beautiful woods such as Brazilian rosewood, chosen for its durability, and the metal surfaces were often highly detailed.
The Best Things has numerous Stanley tools for sale.
Some were showered with attention by their former owners, others suffered the worst possible abuse.There are detailed type studies available, usually starting with type 1 for the first model then going up with every little or major change.Four categories seem sufficient to describe and roughly date a plane: Pre-lateral for any plane that has no side adjusting mechanism for the cutter, low knob, SW model or tall knob (SW stands for Stanley Works but is usually called Sweetheart) and late models for WW2 vintage and later.Block Planes from the Author’s Collection " data-medium-file="https://virginiatoolworks.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/block-plane-collection-3-11.jpg? Using existing reference material from the previous type studies, I poured over old catalogs, advertisements, the planes themselves, and anything else I could get my hands on.w=240&h=180" data-large-file="https://virginiatoolworks.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/block-plane-collection-3-11.jpg? w=630" class=" wp-image-554 " title="Block Plane Collection" src="https://virginiatoolworks.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/block-plane-collection-3-11.jpg? 18/19 series of block planes, there doesn’t appear to be much information on the nos. Frustrated at this, I began a quest two or three years ago to identify the major changes in the design and production of Stanley’s premium block planes, with a focus on the no. Rather than try to create a formal type study, I decided to focus more on the practical goal of simply establishing criteria for dating the planes within the narrowest possible time frame.