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Forum topic by Dan posted 01-10-2011 04:26 AM 2169 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-10-2011 04:26 AM

I recently won another auction for box of misc planes. I love these auctions because you never know what you are going to get. This box had a old Craftsman block plane and a couple Stanley Jack Planes.

One of the Stanley Jack planes I got still has a lot of the Stanley decal left on it. I don’t see these decals show up often on the old planes.

My question is what kind of difference does this make in the value? I buy the old planes to restore but I want to be real careful with this tote if the decal adds value. If its a few bucks then no big deal but if it doubles the value or something I would like to know.

I am also considering keeping the plane to restore and removing the tote and selling that alone on ebay. I would think that would have some demand to it alone. Maybe?

I just thought I would run it by you guys and see what you think.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#1 posted 01-10-2011 04:36 AM

The decals do add value. Especially if the tote is undamaged. Depends
on the age of course. I don’t know if the decal adds a lot of value, but
to some collectors it will. Not a lot for a #5 I wouldn’t think. Decal colors
may matter.

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#2 posted 01-10-2011 04:48 AM

The tote is in great shape. No cracks, no deep scratches, not broken at all. That is part of the reason I am considering selling the tote and keeping the rest.

I was just so surprised when I got the plane because I have over a dozen Stanley planes and this is the only one that had the decal on it. I did read that the decals started appearing in the 1920s.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#3 posted 01-10-2011 05:01 AM

Totes with decals add tremendous value to the plane. If you sold it on eBay you would probably get $20 – $30.00 for the tote alone.

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#4 posted 01-10-2011 02:12 PM

Still waiting for mom in law to hand over her dad’s 604 Bedrock, she had me go over it some years ago
tune, sharpen etc.. it still had it’s tote decal so..I gave it a very light coat of shelac to make sure it’d still be there ..she’s 88 now and said when she didn’t need it anymore


-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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#5 posted 01-10-2011 04:27 PM

Collectors value everything from the day it was purchased. Depending on the condition determines the value of an item. You might want to check this site for some answers to your questions, the guy has a contact e mail.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#6 posted 01-10-2011 08:49 PM

Definitely keep the decal. Those were used on the late type 13s to the early type 15s….circa ~ 1928 to 1932.

I’ve got a Bailey 5-1/4 type 13 from 1928 with a nice decal…. one of my favorites:

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