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Let the games begin, starting with the bread and butter of Stanley, upon which they built an empire, the Bailey patent bench plane in its various configurations.
Leonard Bailey designed what has become the standard plane configuration that's still in use to this day.
Judging by the numbers still out there, these were very popular planes, so popular that many of Stanley's competitors decided to make their versions of wood bottom planes (makers such as Sargent, Union, Birmingham, Siegley, etc.).
When sold originally, they were at a price somewhat less than their iron counterparts making it possible for the average Joe Meatball of the day to afford a plane that came equipped with the Bailey patented features. Of course, the earliest versions of the planes, mainly the ones made by Leonard Bailey himself in Boston, are scarce and collectible.
There is no rust or pitting, just genuine patina on the body and sole. The lever cap has no pitting or rust and is very nice. The rosewood handle is nice and has a pretty nice partial original decal on it. Stanley introduced this line of metal bodied planes after buying out the Gage Tool Co of Vineland NJ in about 1919. Stanley woodworking planes were designed for use in a wide range of applications in many different trades besides those typically associated with woodworking or cabinetry.They produced specialty planes aimed at cabinet makers, patternmakers, butchers, electricians, and more to fill this need.The full range of Stanley's plane line will be found on this page.Many of these vintage and antique Stanley planes are suitable for both the advanced or beginning tradesmen and craftsmen for use today.
Stanley claimed that "Every Carpenter needs two or more wood planes in his kit, for rough outside work" and that "wood planes push easier." Thus, these planes were offered as an alternative to the metallic planes.