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#1 posted 01-13-2019 02:31 PM

Kontdust, sounds like some good finds. To clarify the Stanley-Bailey confusion, a bit of Stanley Rule & Level Co. history… Leonard Bailey designed and patented the movable frog, two piece iron, chip breaker, and depth adjustment in 1858 & 1867. He made planes for a brief period in the late 1860s until Stanley bought his patents and then Stanley started making Bailey “pattern” planes. It wasn’t until 1902 that Stanley put Bailey’s name on the toe of those planes. Interesting that Stanley’s Bailey pattern planes never had the name “Stanley” on the plane bed. Just on the iron, later lever caps and on the lateral lever. What you have does not indicate mixed parts, it is correct as produced by Stanley. The Stanley name on the lever cap was begun in about 1925.
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