Item R12 -  Stanley No. 66 Rosewood Marking Gage. 

For collectors of Stanley marking gauges (both of you) this example of the No. 66 is a tough one to find (and identify).  The most common variant—which is in Walter’s book) has an oval, plated, head and is made of rosewood, 8” long and has an adjustable point.  However the early history of  this gage shows that it was produced with square head from1859 to 1874.  The adjustable point was added in 1873, with the mustache fence plating and the brass shoe appearing in 1872.  This example has all three of these 1872/3 additions, plus square head.  It appears to have a combination of characteristics found only in No. 66 gages produced in 1873.  The condition of this gage is “dark” but clean andt the gradations on the stem are clean.  The 1872 patent date (for mustache and shoe) is clear.  On owner,  “A. J. Delano” lightly stamped his name on the stem.  There are some chatter marks on the top of the stem at its last 2 inches.  A little genealogical sleuthing found an “Arthur J. Delano” born in 1857 in Westport, MA(where the gauge was found).  He married Annie Ridley in 1880.  Arthur joined the Masons, and is listed in their roles as a “milkman.”  Annie Ridley Delano died in 1886, and no further record of the family was found.  This is an interesting tool, for both its scarcity of type and for a little of its history.  Good+


Price -  $55.00

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