Stanley Planes Type 7
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Planes made by Stanley 1893-1899.
Distinguishing Features (changes from previous type in bold)
- Most examples have the letter “S” cast into the frog, lever cap, and/or bed. This is likely the mark of the Sessions Foundry, who contracted with Stanley to produce their castings.
- Bailey’s name and patent dates eliminated from the brass adjustment nut and cap iron.
- Frog receiver has two shallow grooves, parallel to the plane’s sides, cast into it. The screw holes are located in the grooves.
- Rosewood knob is shaped like a hot air balloon.
- The back of the lever cap is recessed.
- Flat head screws now hold the frog in place.
- The number designation, cast into the toe (“No 4”, etc.), is now spaced farther apart; i.e. “No” is about 1″ from “4”, whereas the earlier models had the two right next to each other.
- “STANLEY” “PAT. AP’L 19, 92” (in two lines) stamped on the iron. The original type study doesn’t mention this, but some of these irons can be found with just *“STANLEY” and not the patent date.
- Lateral adjustment lever is a two-piece construction, with a circular disk replacing the straight portion at the point where it engages the slot in the iron. “7-24-88” is also stamped into the lever, with the rest of the dates, as before.
- The brass adjusting nut now has a left-hand thread.
All commentary comes from the original Stanley Bench Plane Type Study