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Leonard Bailey produced the Victor line of planes after he left Stanley and struck out on his own. He produced this line of planes for approx 18 years beginning in 1875. The history of that endeavor and his interactions with Stanley during this period are documented in Roger Smiths books.
Leonard Bailey # 5 Size Vertical Post Jack Plane Here is another example of Leonard Bailey's early work before he began working for Stanley. It is a 12 inch long vertical post jack plane.
If Roger Smiths descriptions and information about known examples are right this plane also has some mixed / matched parts. The proper cutter is marked Moulson but is very short. The lever cap on this plane appears to be from an early, but later than proper plane as well. The handle looks good, but the horn looks to be shortened a bit from the norm. It may be a later replacement. The plane body is nice, and rust or pit free. Another rare and desirable plane!!
Good . . . . . $695.00
Leonard Bailey # 6 Size Vertical Post Fore Plane Here is another example of Leonard Bailey's early work before he sold out to and began working for Stanley. It is a 18 inch long # 6 size vertical post fore plane. It is the nicest of the batch
The wood on this one is nice and looks proper. The proper cutter is marked Moulson. The lever cap on this plane appears to be correct. The plane body is nice, and rust or pit free. The nut is marked properly, but the knurling is different and less rounded than on the others. All in all a very nice example. Another rare and desirable plane!!
Good . . . . . $995.00
Leonard Bailey # 8 Size Vertical Post Jointer Plane Here is a very nice example of the largest size vertical post plane Leonard Bailey produced before he sold out to, and began working for Stanley. It is a 23 inch long # 8 size vertical post jointer plane. It is the nicest of the batch. It has never been fiddled with or needed it. All original.
The wood on this one is super nice and proper. The proper long cutter is marked Moulson. The lever cap on this plane is correct with no spring. The plane body is nice, and rust or pit free. The one apology is the previous owner pin pricked his initials in the side rail as shown. The nut is marked properly, and the knurling is very nice. A rare and desirable plane!!
Fine . . . . . $2250.00
Leonard Bailey #6 1/2 Victor Fore Plane This early Bailey Victor plane is in Good + condition. Victor planes were produced from 1875 thru 1888 during the period after Leonard Bailey had left Stanley's employ and before he went back to work for them. This nice looking plane has not been fiddled with or over cleaned. There is no rust or pitting on the body and sole. The throat is good. No cracks, chips or other damage. The adjuster works properly. Typical losses to the nickel plating. A nice example that will be the highlight of any patented plane or antique tool collection.
Good + . . . . . $475.00
# 1 1/4 Tailed Victor Block Plane by Leonard Bailey & Co. The Victor #1 1/4 had a cast iron tail piece / handle. The Victor #1 & #2 had flat sides, adjustable throats and the cutter adjustment. The sides were flat & excelsior style. These block planes could be had in different finishes as the 1 3/4 or the 2 3/4. The bodies are drilled to accept a rear handle which would change it to a 1 1/4 w/ rear handle or 1 1/2 with handle and nickel trim. The same would apply to the 7" Victor planes where a #2 becomes a 2 1/4 or 2 1/2. with a tail piece Walters dates all of them as 1875 thru 1888, the period when Leonard Bailey had left Stanley and struck out on his own. If you find that confusing, it is, and you need a copy of Walters book, a type study, and some reprints of old catalogs to sort it all out.
The cutter has lots of life left and the adjuster performs as it should. Note how good the cutter logo is. The paint on the plane is 90% or better and original. There is no rust or pitting to speak of. The rear handle looks great but has been declared a recast by some experts. The collector did not think so when he bought it, and paid dearly for it.
Fine . . . . . $2750.00
Good . . . . . $495.00
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