The nut has a right-hand thread

Bailey plane dating

And, to make matters worse, some of the examples have the standard features rosewood, brass of the previous type in conjunction with some of the features of this type. The forked lever the one that engages the hole in the lever cap is now a cheesy two-piece pressed steel piece of junk. This particular plane is missing the cap and iron and has a cracked in the metal base.

These are the war production planes, and all bets about what is and isn't proper on these examples, and those made in the years immediately following, are off. The rib the one the frog rides over is enlarged and arched.

You take your pick on a theory here. This is likely the mark of the Sessions Foundry, who contracted with Stanley to produce their castings. The lever cap have a rather coarsely machined surface.

The entire lever cap is entirely nickel plated, including the background of the notched rectangle. Another thing not mentioned in the type study is that on some examples the frogs have an orange over paint on them.

The rib theThese are the

Surveying by stanley appears cast into a date stamp hidden somewhere on. My observations tell me that any combination of the following features is possible for these planes. Again, it is all in the details. It the only bevel up Transitional I know of.

By relocating the circular hole toward the bottom of the cutter, the iron can be used right up to the slot, without sacrificing the advantage gained from the lateral adjustment lever. The early non-Stanley Bailey planes tend to be more rare and quite valuable.

This is a fairly rare and fairly collectable plane. Way back when, tool collectors all wanted primitive and hand forged tools, and some became quite expensive, bringing unheard of prices for a while. They may all look the same upon first glance or to the casual observer but that is not what antique collectible tools and their values are all about. Factors which are vital to understand and consider when either buying or selling old collectible or user tools.