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#1 posted 01-13-2019 09:28 PM

Thanks for the clarification. I had known some of that history but not all. The Bailey I have may well be original with the unmarked lever cap. All the parts look to be about the same age but I haven’t found any Stanley name stamped on any of the parts. However, I haven’t had it all apart to look at it deeply. It doesn’t look to be used hard. The sole looks nice and straight and I can’t see any cracks in the throat or body of the plane. Much of Japanning is still present as well. I will clean it up carefully and it may become a good plane.

The Fulton appears much the same. Other than the nameless body it looks like it was cast in the same factory. The only way I knew it might be something else was the tote had a Fulton Decal on it and there were no markings other than made in the USA. Someone put a Stanley lever cap on it at some point. Again this unit has seen very little use and may very well become one of my user planes.

Sure spites me I didn’t get that Bailey #7 as well but just didn’t have my hand up quick enough to be the one to make the pick. That’s how sales go though and you can’t win them all especially when they have tables upon tables of stuff and you are back and forth between 2 auctioneers.

This guy went to garage sales, estate sales and was a registered buyer on US government auctions. The problem was that he never sold anything. Most of the tools like wrenches, sockets screw driver etc were off brand stuff. Not craftsman, snapon and the like. There were a few of those but not many. It took 3 auctioneers from 9 AM working 3- 4 solid hours with no breaks to get everything sold. The family took out what they needed then the auctioneer went in with his guys. They hauled 18 loads to the scrap yard and I forget how many dumpster loads of trash. This guy was a packrat to beat any packrat. This was what was left to sell after they sold off over 15 rental units (rental war style) all packed full of stuff. If it was government issue old analog electronic gear he probably had it, much of it with US Army or NASA ID tags. Of course with all the digital stuff other than collector status much of this was useless to most people. They did get a lot of it sold but not all. Some stuff just had no value and went into the dumpster or to thrift stores.

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