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Stanley No. 135 “Liberty Bell” Smooth Plane


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Manufactured: 1877 to 1918
Length: 10 inches
Blade Width: 2-1/8 inches
Construction: Cast iron frame, beech bottom, handle & knob
Finish: Japanned frame, lacquered wood parts
Features: Wood bottom
Uses: General purpose bench plane
Average Dealer Price: $15 to $60
Average eBay Price: $16 to $55
Type 1: $50 to $150

Other Notes: Part of the "Liberty Bell" series of planes, celebrating 100 years of independence.


Updated: 13th August, 2006

Stanley No. 135 "Liberty Bell" Smooth Planes on eBay right now...

VINTAGE ANTIQUE STANLEY NO 135 LIBERTY BELL TRANSITIONAL WOOD PLANE
VINTAGE ANTIQUE STANLEY NO 135 LIBERTY BELL TRANSITIONAL WOOD PLANE $39.00
Time Remaining: 24d 1h 35m
Buy It Now for only: $39.00


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.

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