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Stanley No. 17 Block Plane

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Manufactured: 1888 to 1942
Length: 7 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: $20 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

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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.