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On this page are a series of pictures and information
about types of vintage & antique woodworking
tools and planes that I buy, sell and deal in. I will discuss
different types of tools we are seeking and provide some information about
The following pictures of vintage and antique woodworking planes present graphic
view of some of the subtle differences that occur in
antique tools that affect values and create a price range from a
few dollars to many thousands of dollars for a given antique tool or plane.
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.
Rarity & Demand
Condition, rarity, and desirability all
play a part in the value of antique tools. All of these
factors are intertwined. This first plane shown is known as a Victor
block plane. This plane dates from the late 1800's and is a popular
and desirable collectible plane for several different reasons. It was designed by Leonard Bailey and its value can run from a couple of hundred
dollars to about $1000 depending on condition, finish, and other
A Stanley #101 block plane
like those on the right, which is about the same size, somewhat
similar in appearance and can date from just about the same era to
right up to about 1980 have trouble getting to $40.
Whether you are looking to buy or attempting to sell
help. At our sister website
www.Patented-Antiques.com we have many quality antique tools and
listed that are currently for sale, and I am always looking for new
additions to add to those sale pages.
You can check prices of misc tools we
have sold in the sales archives or past
sales prices / Planes should you be looking for a value for your
planes or tools prior to selling them.
I am always looking to
refresh my stock of antique woodworking tools and planes. If you have antique
and planes you want to sell please contact me at
next photo shows an example of a desirable form of wooden molding plane. This plane exhibits the
proper characteristics that would lead one to believe that it is
an 18th century American plane dating from the mid to late 1700's.
The clues include the shape of the wedge, the heavy chamfers, yellow birch
as the wood, etc.
When properly marked with a documented and desirable maker's names like
Chelor or Nicholson an 18th century wooden molding plane like
this can bring
from several hundred to several thousand dollars in the antique tool marketplace.
The bad news here is that this example, even though
it is made of yellow birch, is in good condition, has a proper looking wedge, and the characteristic heavy
chamfers of a 18th century plane, is unmarked and thus worth about $20 or less if you can
find a buyer. I have seen the authors of the books on this type of plane selling unmarked examples for $10.00 and less
to move them along at antique tools show and auctions.
I sold my 20 best molding planes for approximately $10,000 a number of
years back, and have not had the opportunity to obtain many more as the
supply of rare wooden planes has pretty much dried up. Again, they
may all look the same to the casual observer, but when it comes time to
sell yours, you better know which is which. It is all in the details.
The antique tool market and the values for a given tool change
over time, often leaving a trail
of short-lived wildly
high prices and sharply spiked price swings in its wake
that some people never seem to figure out. Way back when, tool
collectors all wanted primitive
and hand forged tools, and some became quite expensive, bringing unheard of prices
for a while.
Stanley Bedrock Planes
Tastes changed and everybody wanted patented or manufactured tools and
planes, driving those prices to new highs while prices for those primitive
tools fell. Then folding
rules were hot, or plumb bobs, then marking gauges, levels, then wrenches,
and next year it will be ??? and so on.
In other words, the demand
for specific categories of antique tools ebbs and flows, and sometimes the
prices for specific groups go through
the roof, while other categories go right in the tank. It is a
science that does not take a degree in rocketry to figure out, just
a knowledge of the market, some insight, and a feel or sense for current market
trends to understand.
The plane pictured above on the left, a Stanley #340 furring plane and the #39 Dado Plane
on the right are prime examples of patented metallic specialty
planes offered by Stanley that continue to go up in value, slowly, but not much faster than
inflation. Both of these planes can still be had today for not much more,
or in some cases less than they bought 15-20 years
ago during the heyday of Stanley plane collecting.
There are examples of patented antique planes and other woodworking tools that
are not worth half of what was paid for them 20 years ago, and others that are bringing
10-20 times or more than what they used to back
It is all in the details, and knowing what is "hot" or
desirable now. The truth is, there is no telling what will be hot or
desirable next year. Or what something that sold for $500 last year
will sell for next year given the market and economy today.
The next pictures are some more examples of popular and desirable patented metallic planes
that we typically deal in and are always looking for.
Condition is crucial. On the right is a Stanley #604 Bedrock.
a later model and commonly referred to as a flat-top because of its
distinctive side rail design. These are considered the king of bench
planes and their appeal runs from the current day user to the advanced
collector for some of the rarer versions or model numbers of this Stanley Bedrock
series of planes.
Values can run from a low of $40 or so for a
broken up parts plane to $1000 or more for a choice example in a hard to
find size or # such as the # 602 Bedrock plane. Other desirable sixes are
the 605 1/4, and the 604 1/2. Again, it is all in the details.
When Bedrock planes were being produced between approx 1898 and 1940 they
cost only a quarter to a dollar more than the standard Stanley / Bailey
#2-8 size bench plane counterparts. Today Stanley Bedrocks # 602 -
608 are worth
double or more than their more common Stanley counterparts. The
differing values lie in the small details and the
condition. Factors which are vital to understand and consider when either
buying or selling old collectible or user tools.
The plane on the left is an early model Stanley #10 rabbet plane, and is a
variation that would add
considerably to its value over a later
version #10 or 10 1/2 rabbit plane. They are the size of a standard
#4 plane, but have the cut out sides to make them rabbit planes. Stanley is still making a version of this
England that sells for a bit more than $100.
The first model #10 plane's distinguishing feature is that the
front sole piece has the ability to move to adjust the throat opening for
different types of wood. There have been exhaustive type studies done
planes and their features, and this
research has created a knowledge base which has led to the ability to closely
determine the year of manufacture for various planes or other
woodworking tools. This knowledge has allowed for the precise dating of various tools
that to the untrained or uncaring eye all look the same. At times
these details can seem tedious and unimportant, but a planes value can be
greatly affected by these details.
Next is a compass or circular plane that was made by
Sargent Tool Co., thus
making it vastly more rare than its counterpart the Stanley #20 compass
plane. It is
rarer, and harder to find, but not worth all
that much more, and in fact until recently most sold for far less. This
is explained by demand. In this case, demand, not supply determines the
value. This is not always the case though, and sometimes
two planes that are nearly identical in appearance can command a price
difference that is 10-fold or more.
A case in point, in reverse. I have had folks offer
me Sears marked planes (Fulton, Dunlop) claiming they are far rarer because fewer were made,
or marked that way, and
they are, but if no one cares, and no one does, they are worth just a
fraction of the same plane made by and marked Stanley in today's market. FACT.
And finally, just above is what is considered a very rare Stanley rabbet plane. It is a Stanley 90A in the original box.
One time about 15 years ago now, in one auction, on one day, a 90A in the box sold for over 10K. I have this one listed for sale on my
page for under 6K for almost as long, and one out of the box for under 3K. Neither have sold. There are several morals or
stories that go with that fact, and the same stories or situations repeat
time after time in all categories. I will leave you with just one thought. Not all things
are worth what - - - - - - -.
The above planes and tools are an example of the
caliber, condition and quality of antique tools that I am primarily interested in
helping you sell.
If you have quality antique tools or
vintage planes similar to those that you see
on this page that you want to sell, please contact us at
providing me with as many details as possible.
To see examples of past sales and values for
I have previously sold visit the past sales archive pages from the right
To see examples of antique
or vintage tools
that I currently have for sale please go to our sister site
Larry & Carole