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has probably gone through many hands and changing fortunes.Some were showered with attention by their former owners, others suffered the worst possible abuse.There are detailed type studies available, usually starting with type 1 for the first model then going up with every little or major change.Four categories seem sufficient to describe and roughly date a plane: Pre-lateral for any plane that has no side adjusting mechanism for the cutter, low knob, SW model or tall knob (SW stands for Stanley Works but is usually called Sweetheart) and late models for WW2 vintage and later.Unfortunately, many plane types share the same bed markings, so other features are also used in dating.Some plane parts were frequently replaced by their owners, or are easily separated from the plane, such as irons, cap irons, knobs and totes, and lever caps. w=300&h=225 300w, https://virginiatoolworks.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/stanley-131-plane.jpg? w=600&h=450 600w, https://virginiatoolworks.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/stanley-131-plane.jpg?
Included here are all of the web sites to help date, or otherwise known as typing or type studies for vintage hand planes.
I've converted some of the plane dating information found in Patrick Leach's Plane Type Study into an easy-to-use hypertext flowchart.