Standard Rule Co. No. 3 Plane c. 1883-1888 Only, Cute!

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  • Item Category: Tools
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Feb 20, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

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Here’s a very hard-to-find plane made by the Standard Rule Co. of Unionville Connecticut and offered for just
five short years, from 1883 to 1888. Although these planes are wonderful to look at and handle, and have a notable
“deluxe” quality about them, they were not commercially successful. Today, examples are very scarce to rare. Offered
at auction is the rare No. 3 size, with a 1-3/4” blade. At only eight inches long, this cute little plane is an inch shorter than
a Stanley No. 3, which, along with its oversized knurled brass lever cap and adjustment nuts gives it a stubby proportion
that makes it not only uniquely distinctive, but undeniably cute.

The design of this plane, including a unique blade saddle, depth adjustment, and “rocking” lateral adjustment, were
patented by Solon and Arthur Rust on October 30, 1883. The plane offered here is complete and in very good condition.
The heavily tapered blade is long and clean, and although many of the Standard Rule metallic planes are found with L.&I.J.
White blades (or others, such as D.R. Barton), this blade is stamped with the company’s massive three-line mark,
STANDARD RULE CO./ PATENTED OCT. 30, 1883/UNIONVILLE, CONN. As is usual, the stamp is very faint, and
only traces are visible,
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