Stanley Planes Type 2

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Planes made by Stanley 1869-1872.

Distinguishing Features (changes from previous type in bold

  • Most models have “BAILEY’S PATENT” “AUG. 31, 1858, AUG. 6, 1867” stamped into the brass adjusting nut.
  • Lever cap spring is now rectangular.
  • Earliest models of this type do not have Bailey’s name, nor Boston, on the brass adjusting nut.
  • Rosewood knob is shaped like a hot air balloon, and has a distinct bead turned into its base.
  • “L. BAILEY’S” “PATENT” “DEC. 24, 1867” is stamped on the top of the iron and cap iron.
  • The frog has a rounded back (the top of it where it faces the (tote)). It is held into place by screws with round heads.
  • The bottom casting’s receiver for the frog is shaped like the letter “I”.
  • The size of the plane (stock #, e.g. #4, #6, etc.) is incised into the underside of the frog and the lever cap. This isn’t listed in the book I reference, but every example of these early planes I’ve examined has it.


All commentary comes from the original Stanley Bench Plane Type Study