War Finish English STANLEY No 4 Smoothing Plane
A very good and interesting STANLEY No.4 smoothing plane.
This example has a heavy casting and a composite or hard plastic and brass depth adjusting wheel leading us to believe it was produced during the Second World War.
Fitted with a good length flat top 2 inch English STANLEY blade iron and matching cap iron, 19/16 inches remain below the slot.
The lever cap has patches of copper showing through, this may have something to do with a different coating being used due to restrictions on nickel plating during the war years.
The lateral lever, frog adjusting plate and screws and the cap screw all retain their 'blued' finish, another sign that nickel plating was not used on this plane.
Dismantled, cleaned, checked, oiled and reassembled.
Marked 'STANLEY' on the lateral lever.
Good hardwood handles with much of their original lacquer finish.
Retains much of the original black finish.
A few minor knocks, scratches, pitting and staining spots.
All parts move freely and tighten securely.
93/8 inches overall length.