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#1 posted 04-20-2016 10:14 PM

All the low knobs from Stanley were rosewood, so if yours is any other material, it’s not original. Any black painted hardwood or other material knob would have been a tall style. My guess is that it was oil based paint and the oil, combined with age, darkened the rosewood to nearly black.

I’ve had a few knobs and totes that went almost black with a coat of BLO or Danish oil. After those experiences, I usually just sand and wax the rosewood and don’t add any finish in order to preserve the color. If you sand it off, you should be able to quickly get through the darkened layer down to fresh wood.

The iron is interesting. The top of the logo is identical to the arched Stanley Rule & Level logo, but I’ve never seen one stamped with the patent dates in place of the lower part of the logo. With the top part being what it is, I’d say you are still period correct for a type 11.

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