My mother found an old hand plane in my grandpa’s old shop and though I might like to use it. It’s missing the cap iron and blade, and unfortunately she didn’t know enough to look around for them so I’m finding it hard to identify the make and age of the plane (although I will be rummaging around in my grandparent’s garage soon to see if I can find the missing pieces). It is about 9 inches long with a 2 inch blade opening, so I figure it’s modeled after a Bailey style #4. The only significant marking is a “MADE IN USA” behind the front knob. there are three cerial numbers: a “C 44” on the bottom of the frog, a “C116” on the back of the lever cap, and a “C 73” on the base’s mounting elevation for the frog. I’m sure the cap iron and blade have more info stamped on it, but I won’t know until I find them. The handles look like they were stained or painted red at some time:
Despite the collector value, this plane is priceless to me. This belonged to my favorite grandparent, the grandpa that used to let me tinker around with him in his workshop when I was very young. It is because of him that I loved woodworking so much and is my inspiration for my recent renewed interest in the hobby. Although I figure the plane hasn’t been used in three decades, it came unscrewed as if it was last used a couple of months ago. the sole is gouged significantly (like someone was planing over finishing nails), but it is almost dead flat and doesn’t show any pitting or rust. This looks like it will be a very usable plane, and consequently my first real hand plane. The tote is split in the middle right above what looks like a previous fix. I figure to use epoxy for this repair, unless some of you have a better suggestion.
I know that there were plenty of Bailey knock offs, I was just wondering if anyone might have a clue to it’s origin just for my own curiosity. no matter what, it seems like it will be a good plane and emotionally significant with every project I use it on.