Today I stopped by a local "antique and collector" store, more like a permanent flea market. I wanted to see if they had any new old hand planes.
I picked up two planes which were in the worst shape. A total of $10 for the pair. Perhaps I paid too much, but not worth the haggling.
This one says "SARGENT" on the lever cap. The casting has "MADE IN USA". Otherwise no markings. The frog appears fixed into the casting. I will not be able to confirm until I take this apart.
Likely a Sargent low cost version of the equivalent of a Stanley #3.
This one is a Stanley Bailey.
The casting has Bailey on the front of the knob and MADE IN USA behind the knob. There is the knob support ring.
The back of the casting has No 5. No patent dates.
The lever cap has the kidney shaped hole.
In a separate thread Mengtian and Chris Curl expressed interest in a Sargent 3416 transational plane. I think I would like to send this onto Chris.
Mengtian does not have a No 3, either Stanley or Sargent, so I will give you first refusal on the Sargent.
Kevin K mentioned he was looking for a No 5. I will give you first refusal on the No 5.
Please decide based on these pictures taken as soon as I got home.
I will update the thread as the restorations proceed. No problems if you want to pass, but if you do, then I will make the final planes available to others.