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Stanley also offered these H series planes in the 4 1/2 size. With a replacement cutter and different but proper handle this unusual plane would easily rate as fine. Not to big, and not too small, a bit heavier than the 5, and a bit wider. This plane has been tastefully cleaned and is in very nice condition. This super condition plane dates from 1910-1912 and does not conform exactly to the type study but i seriously doubt it has been changed out. The finish is great the wood is great the cutter is nice. Tuned up and properly sharpened it will be a great user at a fraction of the cost of a new plane by one of the current makers. They are a testament to American workmanship and quality.
They were advertised as being "designed for fine Cabinet Work where extreme accuracy is required." The distinguishing feature of this plane that sets it apart from the others, other than its overall length, is its very short toe section.
Stanley in 1843, originally a bolt and door hardware manufacturing company located in New Britain, Connecticut.
The Stanley Rule and Level Company was founded in 1857 by Henry Stanley in New Britain, Connecticut.
For those trained in an English tradition, it is a common, useful tool for gradual beveling of leather, especially around the turnins and caps.
While a Scharfix or Brockman type paring machine is useful, you would have to do a lot of sanding if you want a long, gradual bevel found on English fine bindings, and for reducing thickness in the spine area.
Prices seen span a long period of time and may not reflect current values. On some pieces you will see no price, or a price range, with or without an explanation. It looks to have been used once and put up on a shelf. It has not been cleaned or otherwise fiddled with in any way. Rosewood handle and knob look great with near 100% of the original finishes. Good throat, nice full length later cutter, beautiful Rosewood handle w/ decal. It meets the criteria to be a Type 12 dating it from the 1920's or so. The handle looks like an early and well done replacement. Many of the 4 square line of tools were basically the same quality as the regular line, just marked differently. The main differences are the toe and stippled lever cap are marked Stanley. Nice enough for the collection or put it back to use. This Stanley # 5 1/4 with its black painted handle and knob is a type 18 from just after WWII . This plane was lightly cleaned and is ready to be put to work. Nice enough for the collection, but also good enough to be a great user! They were first introduced in 1902 and production ended in 1924. Little or no rust or pitting, just a nice even 100 year patina. It is in nice original condition showing just minor signs of wear that come with careful use.