The rarest of block planes?

So you’re a block plane  aficionado as well? Here is a list of some of the rarest which fall into the “collector” category. Hard to know what the value is on some of them. Here are some value indicators from Jim Bode Tools:

  • Bailey Defiance No.B (100% japanning) – $3000
  • Bailey Defiance No.B (60% japanning) – $525
  • Victor No. 1 1/4 block plane – $730
  • Victor No. 000 – $351
  • Bailey Little Victor – $341
  • Metallic Plane Co. EXCELSIOR – $481
  • Birmingham No.102 – $201

And also some from Antiques of a Mechanical Nature:

  • Victor 12 1/2 – $650
  • Victor 12 – $695
  • Victor 0 1/2 – $395
  • Stanley Type 2 No. 110 – $395

Bailey Tool Company: Defiance Planes

  • B, D, E, F block planes
defiance_AB

Fig.1: Defiance B/D block plane

defiance_EF

Fig.2: Defiance E/F block plane

Victor Planes (Leonard Bailey)

  • Block planes: 0, 0-1/2, 00, 000, 1, 1-1/4, 1-1/2, 1-3/4, 2, 2-1/4, 2-1/2, 2-3/4
  • Pocket block planes: 12, 12-1/4, 12-1/2
  • ‘Little Victor’ block plane: 50, 50-1/2, 51, 51-1/2, 52
BP_victor

Fig.3: Bailey “Victor” block planes

Ohio block planes

  • 9-5/8, 15-5/8, 9-3/4, 15-1/2, 16, 17

Preston block planes

  • 1343, 118, 1120, 1110, 1220, 1339, 1356, 1360

Sargent planes

  • Type 1: 106, 107, 206, 207, 316, 317, 1316, 1317, 4306, 4307, 5306, 5307
  • 316, 317, 1316, 1317
Sargent_type1306

Fig 4: Sargent type 1 – 306/307

Birmingham Plane Co. (1885-1900)

  • Iron block plane: 3-1/4″, 4″, 5-3/8″
  • Adjustable iron block plane: 5-5/16″, 7″

Metallic Plane Co.

  • 6, 6-1/2″, 7, 8, 9

Boston Metallic Plane Co.

  • Iron block plane: 6-7/8″, 8 -7/8″

Knapp Iron block plane: 7″

Meriden Malleable Iron Co. (1883-1888)

  • Adjustable iron block plane 5-15/16″
  • Novelty toy size iron block 4-11/16″

Meriden Planes (Otis Smith)

  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Chaplins

  • #0, #1/2, #1  block plane
  • Model Maker’s block planes (#0, #1/2, #1)

Standard Rule Co. (1883-1888)

  • Iron block planes: 102, 103, 110, 120
BPStanley_iron

Fig 5: Stanley “iron” block planes

Spiers

  • Iron block plane 5″, adjustable iron block plane 6 1/2″

Fig 6: A pair of Spiers block planes (http://www.antiquewoodworkingtools.co.uk)

Companies like the “Birmingham Plane Co.” were in business for only 15 years, so it’s not surprising that their planes are rare. Knobs and lever caps are often quite ornate in older planes (pre-1900), as in the case of the Victor planes.

victor_ornate

Fig 7: A knob from a Victor block plane.

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