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Stanley No. 16 Block Plane


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Manufactured: 1888 to 1942
Length: 6 inches
Blade Width: 1-3/4 inches
Construction: Cast iron
Finish: Japanned, nickel plated trimmings
Features: Adjustable throat
Uses: General purpose block plane
Average Dealer Price: $25 to $75
Average eBay Price: $16 to $65
Type 8a: $100 to $300
Type 9: $75 to $150
Types 10 to 12: $50 to $100

Other Notes: Two later types are identical to a No. 15 except for the finish. Sweetheart versions (1920-1935) often reach higher prices, but not always.


Updated: 25th July, 2006

Stanley No. 16 Block Planes on eBay right now...

TWO BLOCK PLANES Stanley Model 220 Red Block Plane Craftsman Model 30 16
TWO BLOCK PLANES Stanley Model 220 Red Block Plane Craftsman Model 30 16 $29.00
Time Remaining: 4h 26m
Stanley Block Plane No 9 1 2 15 16 17 18 19 9 32 Front Knob
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Stanley Block Plane 9 1 2 15 16 17 18 19 60 60 1 2 65 5 16 Front knob
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Tool Stanley 13 16 88 899 Professional Combination Wrench Block End Open End
Tool Stanley 13 16 88 899 Professional Combination Wrench Block End Open End $9.00
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Nickel Plated Finger Rest Knob Stanley Bailey No 17 and No 16 Block Plane A334
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Plane Bottom Stanley No 16 Block Plane K523
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NOS STANLEY 103 BLOCK PLANE IRON VTG BLADE CUTTER RARE VERY OLD 1 5 16 WIDE USA
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Nickel Plated Finger Rest Knob Stanley Bailey No 17 and No 16 Block Plane J516
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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.