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Stanley No. 9-1/2 Block Plane


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Manufactured: 1872 to 1981
Length: 6 inches
Blade Width: 1-5/8 inches
Construction: Cast iron
Finish: Japanned
Features: Adjustable throat
Uses: general purpose block plane
Average Dealer Price: $15 to $35
Average eBay Price: $12 to $60
Type 1: $300 to $650
Type 2: $150 to $350
Type 3: $100 to $200
Type 4: $100 to $150
Type 5 to 12: $35 to $85
Type 13 to 17: $25 to $75

Other Notes: There were three later types which were identical to a #15 (only shorter) and two later types that were identical to #16, but with a different finish. Sweetheart versions (1920-1935) often reach higher prices


Updated: 12th March, 2006

Stanley No. 9-1/2 Block Planes on eBay right now...

Stanley Block Plane 9 1 2 9 1 4 18 19 65 120 118 220 Blade 1 5 8
Stanley Block Plane 9 1 2 9 1 4 18 19 65 120 118 220 Blade 1 5 8 $15.95
Time Remaining: 1h 49m
Buy It Now for only: $15.95
Stanley Block Plane No 9 1 4 9 1 2 15 16 17 220 Lever Cap Screw Parts
Stanley Block Plane No 9 1 4 9 1 2 15 16 17 220 Lever Cap Screw Parts $5.49
Time Remaining: 1h 50m
Buy It Now for only: $5.49
VINTAGE STANLEY No 9 1 2 WOOD WORKING BLOCK PLANE
VINTAGE STANLEY No 9 1 2  WOOD WORKING BLOCK PLANE $9.99
Time Remaining: 12h 34m
VINTAGE STANLEY BLOCK PLANE 9 1 2
VINTAGE STANLEY BLOCK PLANE  9 1 2 $30.00
Time Remaining: 1d 1h 57m
Vintage 1880 Stanley 9 1 2 Family Block Plane Type 4 or 5 Adjustable Throat
Vintage 1880 Stanley 9 1 2 Family Block Plane Type 4 or 5 Adjustable Throat $49.00
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 51m
Buy It Now for only: $49.00
Stanley No 9 1 2 Block Plane
Stanley No 9 1 2 Block Plane $14.49 (3 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 2h 55m
Wards Master block plane same as Stanley 9 1 2
Wards Master block plane same as Stanley 9 1 2 $15.00
Time Remaining: 1d 4h 35m
Stanley 12 138 Bailey No9 1 2 Block Plane L
Stanley 12 138 Bailey No9 1 2 Block Plane L $83.16
Time Remaining: 1d 17h 56m
Buy It Now for only: $83.16
Stanley Block Plane No 9 1 2 15 16 17 18 19 Lateral Adjustment 3P
Stanley Block Plane No 9 1 2 15 16 17 18 19 Lateral Adjustment 3P $14.39
Time Remaining: 1d 23h 6m
Buy It Now for only: $14.39
Vintage Record Block Plane Similar to Stanley 9 1 2
Vintage Record Block Plane Similar to Stanley 9 1 2 $14.50 (5 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 23h 25m


Sources: While many of the dealers prices for Stanley planes are largely set by John Walters’ book “Antique & Collectible Stanley Tools” it appears that eBay, while acknowledging the Walters guide somewhat, tends to march to it’s own beat and sets its own prices. For that reason - and the fact that eBay’s reach and customer base is huge - I’ve decided to include a separate eBay average price here. Other sources include: “The Antique Tool Collector’s Guide To Value” by Ronald S. Barlow, “Antique & Collectible Stanley Tools” by John Walter, “The Stanley Plane” by Alvin Sellens, “Patrick’s Blood & Gore” by Patrick Leach, various auctions and sales of collectable tools and my own compilations of prices realized, observations and notes over the past 20+ years.