Stanley Planes Type 4

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Planes made by Stanley 1874-1884.

Distinguishing Features (changes from previous type in bold)

  • Stupid frog design abandoned, with the old-style re-introduced.
  • The frog receiver is now a broad, rectangular area, with an arched rear (the portion nearest the tote). It is machined flat.
  • Many examples have a foundry number (“73”, “71”) cast into the bed, between the frog receiver and the tote.
  • Flat head screws now hold the frog in place.
  • 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.
  • “STANLEY RULE” (in an arc) “& LEVEL Co.” is now stamped on the iron. The cap iron still has the logo of Type 1 stamped into it.
  • The brass adjusting nut in now recessed, with the patent “BAILEY’S PATENT” “AUG. 31, 1858, AUG. 6, 1867” stamped inside.
  • The back of the lever cap is recessed.

All commentary comes from the original Stanley Bench Plane Type Study