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The descriptive terminology used by planemaker’s and collectors can be somewhat confusing to the beginner. For example there was never any real standardization of the various parts of a plane as such, but the names tended to follow the same general pattern.


Stanley No. 129 “Liberty Bell” Fore Plane


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Manufactured: 1877 to 1918
Length: 20 inches
Blade Width: 2-3/8 inches
Construction: Cast iron frame, beech bottom & handles
Finish: Japanned frame, lacquered wood parts
Features: Wooden bottom
Uses: General purpose bench plane
Average Dealer Price: $15 to $60
Average eBay Price: $15 to $65
Type 1: $50 to $150

Other Notes: Part of the "Liberty Bell" series of planes, celebrating 100 years of independence.


Updated: 2nd May, 2006

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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.