Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Handy Book a Must-Have for Stanley Collectors

Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

Handy Book a Must-Have for Stanley Collectors

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Handy Book a Must-Have for Stanley Collectors by Paul Van Pernis The Stanley Little Big Book: A Comprehensive Pocket Price Guide for Planes by Clarence Blanchard (Pownal, Maine: Antique & Collectible Tools Inc., 2006) 230 pages $14.99.

This just published little book is a must-have for Stanley plane collectors! It's the first in what Clarence Blanchard promises will be an ongoing series of pocket price guides for Stanley tools. The author intends to print one book a year. This first book covers Stanley planes and next year's book will be the remainder of collectible Stanley tools. In the third year, Blanchard will focus on Stanley planes again with new information and updated prices.

The book lists all of the types of planes made by Stanley over the years. In addition, he includes planes made by Leonard Bailey, both before and after his years with Stanley, as well as the Gage, Siegley, and the Seldon Bailey Defiance planes. The first section of the book is an excellent assessment of the current Stanley market and provides sound advice for both the novice and seasoned collector regarding type studies, condition, and the keys to value. The information about each type of plane with its accompanying photograph is a great help in identifying and typing Stanley planes. While the book doesn't contain all of the various Stanley type studies that have been done, the author does include information regarding major changes for a specific plane. …

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