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Wooden planes, historic prices

Wiley Horne--So. Calif.
Hi all,

The 'Decline of the Wooden Plane' subthread is about to scroll off the bottom. Ron Harper mentioned cost of wood vs. metal being a factor.

I looked up some historic wooden plane prices, which I take to be wholesale prices at the factory gate. Listed below are prices over time, for smooth/jack/fore/jointer, generally 16" for jack, 21-22" for fore plane, and 26-28" for jointer. The quotes below are for Premium planes, with double iron and lignum or ebony starts. Smooth planes unhandled; jacks with a stalk handle. I avoided razee handles, or English irons (usually 15 to 25 cents extra, when offered), and handled smooth planes.

I am curious how the Stanley Bailey prices compared with these, for roughly comparable years. In any event, here are the prices, from catalog reprints. In each set, the four prices are for smooth.....jack.......fore........jointer, double irons with starts:

Hermon Chapin, 1859 $0.90..........1.00..........1.40..........1.60
[Pre-Civil War]

Greenfield Tool Co. 1872 $1.00...........1.00.........1.60...........1.75
[Post-Civil War]

Sandusky Tool Co. 1877 $0.90...........1.25.........1.30...........1.60
[Post-Civil War]

Chapin-Stephens 1914 $0.90...........1.00.........1.70...........1.80
[Pre-WW1]

Sandusky Tool Co. 1925 $1.60............2.40........4.00...........4.40
[Post-WW1]

Note the sharp price increase after WW1 (Sandusky, 1925). This was Sandusky's last catalog. Chapin-Stephens went out of business 1928-29. Basically, in the United States, wooden planes were over as a commercial product after 1925 or so.

Feel free to correct any errors I may have made ;) . Again, it would be interesting to see comparable metal plane price data--Stanley or Stanley-alike.

Wiley

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