Tools of the Trade #1: Stanley No. 4 Level
Today's tool is an Auburn Tool Company No. 181 Plane.
The markings on one end of the tool read of the company:
AUBURN TOOL Co
(surrounding a star)
and the other end has the tool specs:
Overall, the dimensions of the plane are 9 1/2" x 3 3/8" x 1 1/4" with an 8" iron. The condition of this plane is incredible, and the iron is still very sharp. I'm not an expert, and my research hasn't been too vigorous, but from what I have read, I would put this plane in the late 1800s. I have a few planes similar to this one, but this one had such clear markings that I had to show it.
As with the first post, if you know anything else about this tool, please let me know. I'm trying to learn as much as I can about my new collection.