Dating old stanley planes
The best approach is to use the flowchart to date your plane, and then visit the Plane Type Study and Plane Feature Timeline to verify the type. (Does anyone want to take pictures of parts that are hard to describe?
Send them to me and I'll add them to the flowchart...) If you find errors or discrepancies, Patrick's Plane Type Study is the final authority.
It includes links to Patrick Leach's original Plane Type Study and the Plane Feature Timeline.
The information in this Web page is derived from a type study done by Roger Smith, in his book "Patented Transitional & Metallic Planes in America." Patrick Leach reformatted the type study and added comments based on his experience with Stanley planes.
I converted the type study to hypertext and added the plane dating flowchart and feature timeline.
Stan Faullin helped by providing some of the pictures used in the Plane Dating Flowchart, and Steve Turner provided the Post Script version of the flowchart.
I am guessing that this is a plane that was made in England. Leach(at)Good luck, and let us know how you make out.
I have just scrolled throught Patrick Leach's Blood and Gore, and nothing really matches, but it seems closer to a 220 or 203. The front knob which appears to be black plastic was originally brass.
This approach doesn't guarantee that you'll date your plane correctly, as the flowchart can be thrown off by some hybrids.The flowchart starts by asking questions about the cast iron bed of your plane.I've chosen the bed as a starting point because it has many easily identifiable markings, and it probably wasn't replaced that often.Another telltale sign of the defiance plane is the flat sided reddish tote.That lateral adjuster on a Stanley made Handyman series plane.
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has probably gone through many hands and changing fortunes.