Proper cleaning of bench planes can be pretty simple, or it can be pretty involved.
It is a sweetheart era and looks as though it was never used.
The Rosewood handle has been glued and looks pretty nice.
This example is near perfect and exhibits just some minor shelf tarnish from sitting too long.
The collector I got the current listings of planes from liked his tools looking nice.
This changed when BBC Radio 2 producer Paul Walters heard the single and played it on the popular Terry Wogan breakfast show.It looks to be a type 16 dating it from the 30's to just before WWII..The nice looking Rosewood handle and knob have nearly all their original finish.Tuned up and properly sharpened it will be a great user at a fraction of the cost of a new plane by one of the current makers.They are a testament to American workmanship and quality.The throat is perfect, the japanning is 95% or better.These Fore planes are good for those who do not want to push the larger #7 or #8 all day, and the reduced weight and length make a difference later in the day.A super nice example from an era becoming harder and harder to find nice examples from.Here is a nice type 14 Stanley Jack Plane dating from approx.Stanley also offered these H series planes in the 4 1/2 size.With a replacement cutter and different but proper handle this unusual plane would easily rate as fine.