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Stanley No. 101 Block Plane


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Manufactured: 1877 to 1962
Length: 3-1/2 inches
Blade Width: 1 inch
Construction: Cast iron
Finish: Japanned
Features: Compact size
Uses: For model making and miniature work
Average Dealer Price: $10 to $50
Average eBay Price: $12 to $40

Other Notes: Often mistakenly referred to on eBay and other auction sites as a "salesman's model" or sample, but is a plane in its own right. Sweetheart versions (1920-1935) sometimes reach slightly higher prices


Updated: 29th July, 2006

Stanley No. 101 Block Planes on eBay right now...

TOOL GROUP of 2 BLOCK PLANES 1 UNMARKED 2 STANLEY MINI 101
TOOL GROUP of 2 BLOCK PLANES 1 UNMARKED 2 STANLEY MINI  101 $16.00
Time Remaining: 15h 49m
Buy It Now for only: $16.00
Vintage Stanley 60 1 2 Low Angle Block 12 101 Woodworking Planes Lot 2 Tools
Vintage Stanley 60 1 2 Low Angle Block  12 101 Woodworking Planes Lot 2 Tools $24.99 (2 Bids)
Time Remaining: 1d 8h 54m
Mini Block PlaneNo 12 101 Stanley Consumer Tools
Mini Block PlaneNo 12 101 Stanley Consumer Tools $10.59
Time Remaining: 2d 8h 55m
Buy It Now for only: $10.59
Mini Block PlaneNo 12 101 Stanley Consumer Tools 3PK
Mini Block PlaneNo 12 101 Stanley Consumer Tools 3PK $24.43
Time Remaining: 3d 13h 16m
Buy It Now for only: $24.43
Vintage Stanley 12 101 Small Metal Block Plane Hobbiest
Vintage Stanley 12 101 Small Metal Block Plane Hobbiest $8.00
Time Remaining: 4d 1h 27m
Buy It Now for only: $8.00
Stanley Rule Level Co no101 Block Plane
Stanley Rule  Level Co no101 Block Plane $12.00 (1 Bid)
Time Remaining: 5d 9h 58m
SMALL ALUMINUM BLOCK PLANE SIMILAR TO STANLEY NO 101
SMALL ALUMINUM BLOCK PLANE  SIMILAR TO STANLEY NO 101 $12.95
Time Remaining: 8d 7m
Buy It Now for only: $12.95
Antique WWI era 1910 1919 Stanley No 101 1 2 Bullnose Block Plane
Antique WWI era 1910 1919 Stanley No 101 1 2 Bullnose Block Plane $300.00
Time Remaining: 15d 4h 9m
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Original Cutting iron for Stanley No 100 or 101 Block Plane mjdtoolparts
Original Cutting iron for Stanley No 100 or 101 Block Plane mjdtoolparts $14.50
Time Remaining: 19d 22h 44m
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Early Stanley No101 1 2 Bull Nose Block Plane c1880s Good+ Condition LQQK
Early Stanley No101 1 2 Bull Nose Block Plane c1880s Good+ Condition LQQK $350.00
Time Remaining: 22d 14h 51m
Buy It Now for only: $350.00


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.