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THE ELUSIVE STANLEY / LEONARD BAILEY TYPE 3 Hand plane

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Crack in the handle been has repaired sometime in the last 140ish years. Light cleaning and light sanding to remove rust. A coat of bees wax as well. WHAT A FIND. One of the rarest Stanley / Leonard Bailey planes you will see.

Many folks find it confusing about whether Stanley or Bailey made these planes. The answer is, both made them. Leonard Bailey, while working in happening Boston, Massachusetts during the 1850's and 1860's, came upon the fundamental design of planes with which we are all familiar.

Stanley produced a very short-lived frog design during the early 1870's

This design has a frog that is about 1/2 the length of the normal frog, and is nearly identical to the design that Leonard Bailey was producing when he got pissed off at Stanley and decided to come up with a new line of bench planes, his Victor line. Stanley, realizing the genius of Leonard Bailey, may have thought that his new design would prove to be a threat to the conventional design and then decided to mimic his.

General wear and tear for a plane of its age. Pitting here and there. Still a bit of the Japanning left, small nick in the blade.

Iron length = 16.1cm
Body length is 22cm

Thumb adjuster reads "BAILEY PATENT AUG 31 1858 AUG 6 1867"

Chip breaker reads "L.BAILEY DEC 24 1867"

The Bailey-made stuff, from Boston, is very scarce and highly prized by collectors. SERIOUS BIDDERS / COLLECTORS PLEASE.

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