Well, I think so anyway. :-).
We went garage sale-ing this morning. At one stop I spied a plastic
bucket with some plane ends sticking out of it. I went and looked.
There were two old jointer planes, but the quality was such that if I
said Monkey Ward made them I'd be exaggerating their quality.
But buried under them was an old Stanley #4. A little light rust, but
no pitting. I don't have a #4. I nonchalantly picked it up and asked
what they wanted for it. It's very difficult to keep a straight face
when the answer comes back "fifty cents?". I didn't have the heart to
try to beat them down to .25 :-).
So I get it home and start checking it out. It's a type 9 manufactured
around 1902-1907. Has two patent dates on the frame casting, no frog
But here it gets strange. The lever cap says "Stanley R & L Bedrock" on
three lines, which indicates an early Bedrock. Now the frog obviously
isn't a Bedrock. But somehow I don't think anyone was trying to make me
think it was more valuable by swapping lever caps :-). And the bedrocks
did come out in 1910 or thereabouts. So my best guess is that someone
way back needed a new lever cap and put one from a Bedrock on this
BTW, the blade says "Pat Apr 19, 92" on it. I'd guess it to be the
So while the collectors would sneer at it, I've got a hundred year old
#4 in good condition for 50 cents.
I'm happy :-).
Where ARE those Iraqi WMDs?