American STANLEY No.5 Jack Plane - War Production Type 17
A scarce war production type 17 American STANLEY No.5 jack plane.
Made between 1942 and 1945, the war production planes are a little different in that:
- they are heavier and have thicker sides
- some have hard rubber or (as with this example) steel adjusting nuts
- some (again as with this example) are also known to be without a frog adjusting screw
- the handle screws are of a single steel construction rather than the usual rod with brass nut, this is said to be because of the high demand for brass during the war years
The differences in fittings are thought to be the result of STANLEY using a combination of their existing available stock and newly produced items.
Marked 'MADE IN U.S.A.' behind the front knob.
Fitted with a good length 2 inch blade iron marked 'STANLEY MADE IN U.S.A.'.
The lever cap is marked 'PAT.NO.1918750' which refers to the kidney shaped hole introduced by STANLEY in the early 1930s.
Good hardwood handles.
Retains the majority of its original black finish.
Some surface scratches, pitting and staining spots.
All parts move freely and tighten securely.
14 inches overall length.
An interesting and perfectly useable plane.
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