Six Old Planes #1: An old RED pair: Stanley No 80 and Stanley No 220

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Blog entry by Ocelot posted 05-15-2017 04:40 PM 3004 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I recently bought a box of 6 old planes.

My impression of these, without any confirmation from the seller, is that they have been together for a very long time. Amongst them were 2 RED Stanleys. A No 80 and No 220. I believe they were factory painted red, and were produced around 1900.

For me, the most interesting thing about these is that they seem to have stayed together for over 100 years.

The clamp screws have shoulders but the blade adjusting screw does not.

Both tools have “B” castings marks on most cast parts.

One part of the 220 has this date mark.

The 220 iron has this logo.

The levercap of the 220 is broken and I don’t have the other part. The part I have is marked with a number 361.

More photos of the other parts of the 220.

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#1 posted 05-15-2017 06:06 PM

It kind of looks like someone painted these as an identification thing … Most all early Stanley tools had black japanning on them … As far as I know any way. Might want to send a PM to Don Welch … He’s the guru of hand planes.
Great old finds … take your time in restoring them, they all look like users.
You don’t say where you found them garage sale? Estate sale? Great find any way.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#2 posted 05-15-2017 06:43 PM

Yep woodworkers look for these great deals. Looking for the follow up. I would have been looking right over your shoulder at that box lot.

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#3 posted 05-15-2017 07:37 PM

I’m still thinking it’s factory paint. It’s very well done. I think there is japanning under the paint.

This was an ebay buy.

The title was “antq wood planes” (no caps).

The seller posted one low-quality photo and the description was “antq cabinet makers wood planes”.

6 bidders but nobody was sure what we were bidding on – except me :-) Actually, I wasn’t entirely sure either.

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#4 posted 05-15-2017 08:08 PM

More photos of the 220 added.

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Don W

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#5 posted 05-15-2017 10:59 PM


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

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