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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...

FIRST EVER CUSTOM STANLEY SW 101 LOW ANGLE BLOCK PLANE
FIRST EVER CUSTOM STANLEY SW 101 LOW ANGLE BLOCK PLANE $150.00 (6 Bids)
Time Remaining: 9h 55m
Vintage Stanley 101 Block Plane Made in Canada Woodworking Carpentry Tool
Vintage Stanley 101 Block Plane Made in Canada Woodworking Carpentry Tool $18.11
Time Remaining: 1d 22h 34m
Buy It Now for only: $18.11
TOOL GROUP of 2 BLOCK PLANES 1 UNMARKED 2 STANLEY MINI 101
TOOL GROUP of 2 BLOCK PLANES 1 UNMARKED 2 STANLEY MINI  101 $10.95
Time Remaining: 5d 10h 29m
Buy It Now for only: $10.95
Antique Stanley Mini Block THUMB Plane No 101 vtg woodworking wood cast Tool
Antique Stanley Mini Block THUMB Plane No 101 vtg woodworking wood cast Tool $14.99
Time Remaining: 7d 8h 35m
MILLERS FALLS BLOCK PLANE STANLEY NO 101 WITH HOME MADE SQURREL TAIL HANDLE
MILLERS FALLS BLOCK PLANE STANLEY NO 101 WITH HOME MADE SQURREL TAIL HANDLE $22.95
Time Remaining: 9d 1h 39m
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Very Rare Early Stanley USA No101 1 2 Block Plane
Very Rare Early Stanley USA No101 1 2 Block Plane $356.29
Time Remaining: 9d 7h 56m
Buy It Now for only: $356.29
NEW STANLEY 12 101 SMALL BLOCK WOOD PLANE TRIMMING TOOL 3 1 2 6504625 SALE
NEW STANLEY 12 101 SMALL BLOCK WOOD PLANE TRIMMING TOOL 3 1 2 6504625 SALE $8.99
Time Remaining: 13d 3h 50m
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Stanley block plane vintage A 101
Stanley block plane vintage        A 101 $14.00
Time Remaining: 13d 6h 49m
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Mini Block PlaneNo 12 101 Stanley Consumer Tools
Mini Block PlaneNo 12 101 Stanley Consumer Tools $10.34
Time Remaining: 17d 5h 31m
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Vintage Stanley H101P Mini Block Plane
Vintage Stanley H101P Mini Block Plane $10.00
Time Remaining: 17d 23h 25m
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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.