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Stanley No. 105 “Liberty Bell” Jack Plane


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Manufactured: 1877 to 1918
Length: 14 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: $60 to $310
Type 1: $100 to $450

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: 28th July, 2006

Stanley No. 105 "Liberty Bell" Jack Planes on eBay right now...

liberty bell stanley 105 plane body for parts or repair
liberty bell stanley 105 plane body for parts or repair $19.99
Time Remaining: 5d 10h 27m
Stanley 104105 Chip breakerONLY2 1 8Liberty Bell1892 1906 GD S112117
Stanley 104105 Chip breakerONLY2 1 8Liberty Bell1892 1906 GD S112117 $25.00
Time Remaining: 9d 6h 7m
Buy It Now for only: $25.00
Stanley 104105 2 piece ScrewONLY2 1 8Liberty Bell1892 1906 GD S112117
Stanley 104105 2 piece ScrewONLY2 1 8Liberty Bell1892 1906 GD S112117 $17.50
Time Remaining: 9d 6h 38m
Buy It Now for only: $17.50
Stanley 104105 Frog Adjusting LeverONLYLiberty Bell1892 1906 GD S112117
Stanley 104105 Frog Adjusting LeverONLYLiberty Bell1892 1906 GD S112117 $19.50
Time Remaining: 10d 5h 5m
Buy It Now for only: $19.50


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.