Stanley bench plane dating page
Some owners worked them so hard that they had to replace one or several parts.Some simply put the wrong bit in the wrong place, some customised their tools to suit their needs - the possibilities for change are endless.has probably gone through many hands and changing fortunes.
I've chosen the bed as a starting point because it has many easily identifiable markings, and it probably wasn't replaced that often.
But the best resource I’ve found for dating Stanley bench planes is hyperkitten.com,unfortunately not nearly as good for the Stanley scrub plane !!!
On Supertool I can find the reason why Stanley changed the casting but not when the thing happened !!! I would suggest contacting Patrick Leach directly and see if he knows, he’s usually pretty good about responding to requests.
You can find tools with parts on them that are 5-10 years older than the rest in some cases!
It confuses us now 100 or so years later, but for them it was par for the course.