I bought an old tool chest at an auction recentlay and after going through my
new booty, needed some more information on a plane in it. In the chest were
various Stanley tools ranging from a 9 1/2 to a #4, bevel square, etc. Good
stuff, but nothing to get robbed over. There was a wooden bottomed plane that
I would like some more info if anyone can help out. It's stamped on the front
Sargent VBM No. 8415. The plane is 15x 2 3/4. The cap iron has a nice design
on it although this particuliar plane is in rough shape rust-wise. Its a neat
plane and I would just like some info on the VBM's (reputation in WWing and
possible value if any.) Thanks for any help.
Sargent was a major competitor to stanley, as was Millers Falls. VBM
stands for Very Best Made. What you have is a transitional Jack plane.
If the throat isn't chipped out and the rest of the plane can be fixed
up you've got a fairly common user. How people feel about transitional
planes is a religous question adn the answers can vary widely. It
sounds like you don't do much WWing, if not a plane probably isn't of
much use to you. If you sell antiques, put it on the shelf. You can
check eBay to see what they've been going for, the condition of the wood
and metal parts is critical. I'd expect to pay about $10-$15 for one.
To be priced any higher it would have to be very pretty and undamaged,
with lots of blade left. I hope that helps.
Dave in Fairfax
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That style of plane is known as a "transitional" and "VBM" stands for
"Very Best Made". I don't know the Sargent numbering system but it
sounds like you've got the Sargent version of the Stanley #27-1/2
(wide jack plane). If that's the case, the cutting iron should be
2-1/4" or 2-3/8". I highly doubt you've got a collector's piece but
it may turn out to be a decent user. Sharpen the iron, wax the sole,
and put it to use.
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