Mystery Bailey No.3
An email I received
I'm trying to figure out this Bailey No.3 that I have. The two patent dates between the tote and frog means it has to be either a Type 9 or Type 10. However, both of those have "Bailey" in front of the knob and "No 3" behind it. This one is opposite of that.
- Corrugated bottom
- Low front knob
- Unmarked cap lever
- No patent on lateral adjustment
- Small depth adjuster
- No frog adjustment screw
- MAR-25-02 AUG-19-02 patents on the body
- "No 3" in front and "BAILEY" behind the knob
What do you think?
My opinion is the base makes it a type 10, since it does not have a frog adjustment screw. Others may disagree. But first realize the type studies were based on a #4 plane, a #3 size will not be exactly the same.
I haven't studies Stanley planes well enough to give a good answer. It is possible this was typical of a type 10 #3, and it is possible this is a very late type 10 when they had already moved to some of what we today call a type 11.
https://www.plane-dealer.com/bailey-type-study see what Mark Nickel has to say
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