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Stanley No. 4-1/2 C Smooth Plane


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Manufactured: 1898 to 1961
Length: 10 inches
Blade Width: 2-3/8 inches
Construction: Cast iron, rosewood handle & knob
Finish: Japanned
Features: Corrugated sole
Uses: General purpose bench plane
Average Dealer Price: $50 to $200
Average eBay Price: $35 to $120

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


Updated: 15th February, 2006

Stanley No. 4-1/2 C Smooth Planes on eBay right now...

Pinnacle Replacement Plane Blade for Stanley Record 4 1 267
Pinnacle Replacement Plane Blade for Stanley Record 4 1 267 $59.99
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STANLEY SECURITY CECB179 66 4 1 2X4 1 2 26D Elecric Hinge
STANLEY SECURITY CECB179 66 4 1 2X4 1 2 26D Elecric Hinge $100.00
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VTG STANLEY BAILEY 4 1 2 CORRUGATED BOTTOM WOOD PLANE WOODWORKING HAND TOOL
VTG STANLEY BAILEY  4 1 2 CORRUGATED BOTTOM WOOD PLANE WOODWORKING HAND TOOL $44.95
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Stanley 850610 Safety Hasp Stainless Steel 4 1 2
Stanley 850610 Safety Hasp Stainless Steel 4 1 2 $11.99
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Stanley S420 014 2060 Spring Hinge 4 1 2 x 4 1 2 Bright Brass
Stanley S420 014 2060 Spring Hinge 4 1 2 x 4 1 2 Bright Brass $15.59
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Stanley Hardware RPFBB179 4 1 2 X 4 1 2 StandaRD Weight Ball Bearing Hinge in
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VINTAGE STANLEY PAT 2 8 98 4 1 2 INCH CABINETMAKERS SQUARE
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STANLEY No 4 1 2 Plane Carpentry woodworking Tool Made in England
STANLEY No 4 1 2 Plane  Carpentry woodworking Tool  Made in England $45.24 (8 Bids)
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STANLEY VIDMAR DRAWER DIVIDER PARTITION 13 3 8 W x 4 1 2 H LOT OF 15
STANLEY VIDMAR DRAWER DIVIDER PARTITION 13 3 8 W x 4 1 2 H LOT OF 15 $12.50
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Stanley no 4 1 2 smoothing plane
Stanley no 4 1 2 smoothing plane $75.55 (20 Bids)
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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.

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