This appears to be an early example of Stanley's first lateral plane. The body is not marked with a model number, and the lateral lever is stamped, “Stanley” but the stamp is situated near the bottom of the lever, and there are no patent dates stamped thereon. All else is as the usual type 4. The plane has its original graceful tote, but there is a tightly repaired crack near its base. The rosewood knob has a beaded base and the Bailey marks are on the cap iron and in the brass blade adjustment knob. The clean blade has the older arched J logo and a good inch of room left. There are some nicks on the edge that need honing. The japanning in the bed is spotty at the rear, but complete elsewhere. “C. S. Curtis” stamped his name on the cap iron and each side, low on the cheeks. This may have been Charles S. Curtis, born in Massachusetts in 1846, and living in Sharon, Mass where he worked for many years as a house carpenter. The plane is Good+ and in a scarce type.
Price - $75.00