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Stanley No. 4 C Smooth Plane


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Manufactured: 1898 to 1961
Length: 9 inches
Blade Width: 2 inches
Construction: Cast iron, rosewood handle & knob
Finish: Japanned
Features: Corrugated sole
Uses: General purpose bench plane
Average Dealer Price: $25 to $75
Average eBay Price: $15 to $45

Other Notes: Sweetheart versions (1920-1935) often reach higher prices, but not always


Updated: 15th February, 2006

Stanley No. 4 C Smooth Planes on eBay right now...

18514 Vintage USA Shelton No 9 Smooth Wood Plane Stanley No 4 Size
18514 Vintage USA Shelton No 9 Smooth Wood Plane  Stanley No 4 Size $47.99
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VINTAGE STANLEY No S4 STEEL BASE w FROG 1925 thru EARLY 1930s
VINTAGE STANLEY No S4 STEEL BASE w FROG 1925 thru EARLY 1930s $31.76 (3 Bids)
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Stanley Block Plane Lot Low Angle 60 1 2 knuckle joint 18 110 118 9 1 4
Stanley Block Plane Lot Low Angle 60 1 2  knuckle joint 18  110 118  9 1 4 $75.00
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vtg Stanley sweetheart narrow blade No4 5 Plane Blade unusual size 2 wide
vtg Stanley sweetheart narrow blade No4  5 Plane Blade unusual size 2 wide $44.99
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vtg Stanley bailey narrow lock cap for No4 5 Plane unusual size 2 wide
vtg Stanley bailey narrow lock cap for No4  5 Plane unusual size 2 wide $44.99
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Stanley Lever Screw No 3 4 5 Plane Screw 12 005 12 025 New Plane Iron
Stanley Lever Screw No 3  4 5 Plane Screw 12 005 12 025 New Plane Iron $5.99
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Bailey Stanley Plane No 4
Bailey Stanley Plane No 4 $62.00 (21 Bids)
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Stanley Bailey No 4 Smooth Bottom Plane 9 1 4 long 5 1 4 tall Made in USA
Stanley Bailey No 4 Smooth Bottom Plane 9 1 4 long 5 1 4 tall Made in USA $59.51
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VINTAGE STANLEY BAILEY NO 4 WOOD PLANE TOOL SMOOTH BOTTOM SOLID
VINTAGE STANLEY BAILEY NO 4 WOOD PLANE TOOL SMOOTH BOTTOM SOLID $19.99
Time Remaining: 2h 32m
VINTAGE STANLEY SWEETHEART NO 3 PLANE IRON AND BLADE CAP 1 3 4
VINTAGE STANLEY SWEETHEART NO 3 PLANE IRON AND BLADE CAP 1 3 4 $16.00
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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.