I will post a photo later. I just got it and it is soaking in citric acid solution. The only ID that I can find on the base is "Pat Applied For" and "No. 5" . The bevel side of the blade has an "H" stamped into it. The rectangular steel piece that is attached to the other side of the blade is stamped "Gage Self Setting Plane".
I haven't been able to find anything that looks like a type study for these. Does anyone have more detailed information on these planes?
I believe the first iron Gage planes made by Stanley had the No.5 size designation. Shortly after that, the size designation was changed to No.G5, probably to differentiate the Gage planes from the Baileys.
My 1920 'Stanley Tools Catalogue No34' says that the Gage Company has 'recently been acquired.' The planes listed in that catalog all have the 'G' size designation, both iron and wood bodied series.
The Gage planes do not appear in my 1937 No34 catalog.
I'm pretty sure that the Gage Co. never did make the iron planes, only the transitionals. When Stanley bought the Gage Co., along with the patents, they started making the iron base planes with the Gage auto-set features. So, basically, any all iron Gage plane was manufactured by Stanley. And, since your plane is a No.5, as opposed to a No.G5, I would say that it is an early type, probably a type 1.
Stanley purchased Gage around 1910 and by the 1920 No.34 catalog they were listing the Gage planes with the Gx size designation, so your plane was most probably manufactured between 1910 and 1920.
Looks like a real nice example and should make a good user. Pick up a spare iron for it if you see one, they are not easy to find.
When I started to sharpen the blade, I noticed that something was out of square. After checking my technique, etc., It appeared as if the former owner had the auto set block out of square and sharpened the blade to try to compensate?? It was weird because the bevel line appeared to be square but there was a blunt edge on the left side (left as in the photo). The only way I can describe it is - the cutting edge was tapered right to left. Thicker and dull on the left and sharp on the right
There may have been a valid reason for setting this plane up this way, but I am at a loss to explain it.
I contacted Virginia Toolworks after I found that they had a type study for these planes. They provided a step-by- step set of instructions for setting up the autoset mechanism. They also verified that I have a Type 1 plane.
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