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Don W

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#1 posted 09-04-2012 06:17 PM

Joshuah, it really depends on what you’re looking for. I have put together some resources for dating planes; see the dating section here,

Even among different experts are differences of opinions, so who knows. You’ll see some differences in the links above. It seems to be the most consistent.

Except for the very small sizes, anything newer than type 7 will have “Bailey” cast in the sole. Earlier one didn’t. I’ve been collecting for a while, and studying the Stanley Bailey lines, and I still make mistakes. I can usually tell if its a Stanley/Bailey but often get fooled on the type.

If it has Stanley stamped its probably a 4 square or similar. Thats not a bad thing, some of the 4 square collectable as well.

They can all be good users, including the ones you have, so you’ll need to be more specific for exactly what your looking for, then plan some wiggle room.

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