Dating vintage stanley tools


Slowly the collecting focus has grown from wanting one of everything Stanley ever made to wanting specific items.

With increased prices, Stanley collecting has changed. Worn japanning (paint finish) and some rust and paint spots. Note the handles are not damaged, making this tool worth the full value of a good rating. This grade is for tools that have been taken care of and stored properly. Polished surfaces clean and bright or with uniform patina.

Stanley Rule & Level began making rules and other tools in 1857.

From day one, Stanley tools were of top quality and certainly the prize of any tradesman.

Since the early 1970s, Stanley tool collecting and tool collecting of all kinds has exploded.

Many books, articles and guides have been published, and today a tremendous amount of information is available.

Some plane parts were frequently replaced by their owners, or are easily separated from the plane, such as irons, cap irons, knobs and totes, and lever caps.

In the United States, the words “tools and hardware” and “Stanley” are almost synonymous.

The company began modestly in 1843, when Frederick T.

The art of fretsawing and marquetry cutting: a complete guide for amateurs and professionals, containing full and practical instructions for producing and making up marquetry inlays and every description of fretwork ... At this era --1900-1903 -- of Stickley's operations, his designer, Lamont Warner (1876-1970), lays out the "heavy" versions of the initial Stickley turn toward the quarter-sawn white-oak furniture with the exposed tenons, tenons-and-keys, corbels, and so forth, that distinctively mark his "signature" products for the rest of his activity as a furniture manufacturer. In a few short years, another designer, Harvey Ellis, softens these designs by scaling them down, and adds flourishes like inlay and curved components In February 1905, Gustav Stickley publishes an extensive catalog -- an 128-page "Cabinet Work from the Craftsman Workshops, or "Catalogue D", with either newly designed pieces, or modified pieces of earlier designs.

80 pages Click here for a pdf of the booklet written by Sargent and images of the furniture designed by Lamont Warner.

The flowchart starts by asking questions about the cast iron bed of your plane.

I've chosen the bed as a starting point because it has many easily identifiable markings, and it probably wasn't replaced that often.

In both its format and its contents, Catalogue D is a definite departure, indicative of a major revison of company policy.

As his chief biographer, David Cathers, notes, Stickley's earlier catalogs and promotional booklets have a more pedestrain flavor: -- bound in stout brown paper covers, Gothic typefonts, and Morrisian decorative borders that echo William Morris's designs.

Stanley founded a door-hardware company in New Britain, Connecticut.

In 1857, Henry Stanley, Frederick's cousin, launched the Stanley Rule and Level Company, which acquired Leonard Bailey & Co. Bailey held numerous patents on such mainstay tools as planes, which Stanley Rule and Level augmented with mitre boxes, rulers, hand drills, hammers, and, of course, its lines of wood and iron levels. While the Stanley name eventually became associated with everything from toolboxes to hinges to garage-door openers, it is perhaps best known as a plane manufacturer.

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