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Stanley No. 104 “Liberty Bell” Smooth Plane

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Manufactured: 1877 to 1918
Length: 9 inches
Blade Width: 2-1/8 inches
Construction: Steel, rosewood handle & knob
Finish: Japanned
Features: Pressed steel construction
Uses: General purpose bench plane
Average Dealer Price: $50 to $350
Average eBay Price: $40 to $315
Type 1: $100 to $460

Other Notes: Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The lever cap is cast with a Liberty Bell and the number "76".

Updated: 29th July, 2006

Stanley No. 104 "Liberty Bell" Smooth Planes on eBay right now...

No items at this moment

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.