I've chosen the bed as a starting point because it has many easily identifiable markings, and it probably wasn't replaced that often.
The best approach is to use the flowchart to date your plane, and then visit the Plane Type Study and Plane Feature Timeline to verify the type. (Does anyone want to take pictures of parts that are hard to describe?
The japanning is about 98% or so and looks to be original. A super nice example that will be the highlight of any Stanley plane or antique tool collection. The other is a rare Ohio 01 and the ad for the Ohio Tool Co. 1 size smooth plane will be found on the appropriate page. A super nice example that will be the highlight of any Stanley plane or tool collection. This Stanley # 2 smooth plane Stanley Rule & Level Co. They were meant to compete with the line of planes known as Auto Sets that Sargent was putting onto the market.
I believe this plane has been carefully lapped as there is no rust or pitting on the body or sole. The sides are full thickness and about equal side to side. The lever cap has no pitting or rust and is very nice. The rosewood handle and knob are nice with original finish. offered this type # 2 size plane between 1955 & 1961. The owner did put his initials on both side rails as an identifier. Stanley introduced this line of metal bodied planes after buying out the Gage Tool Co of Vineland NJ in about 1919.
Leonard Bailey designed what has become the standard plane configuration that's still in use to this day.
He was the undisputed champion of the plane slugfest that errupted in the decades after the Civil War.