When it comes to antique hand tools probably no item gets more attention than a Stanley vintage plane. The company released over 300 models and all were numbered, such as No. 42, and No.44 which were constructed of gunmetal. The company typically used Brazilian rosewood for the handle and tempered steels for the blades. They were built to last and many will still perform their function.
The most sought after tools were those made in limited runs, like the No. A45 combination plow which was made of aluminum. Stanley manufactured some models for many years, such as the No. 45, and it can often difficult to distinguish a vintage plane from a newer tool. Sometimes the differences can be as small as a single number on a patent strike.