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Stanley #5 type 5 or 4

I needed tote hardware for a #5 so I scoured ebay for the cheapest #5 I could find, 10 bucks plus shipping. It finally got here today. After some head scratching I figure it's a type 5, probably 60 years older than my other plane. It's in pretty good shape for it's age. So the question is should I restore the older plane or use it parts?
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Great score for 10 bucks. I vote for restore.

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Not enough pictures, but the lever cap is a much later type. The kidney shaped hole started in Type 16.

It is possible the lever cap was replaced.

The casting looks older, it has a low knob without a raised ring for the knob, indicative of earlier types.

How about posting pictures of the frog front and back.

Your call whether you restore or not. Looks like it would not be difficult to restore. Is the blade useable?

I have an older type which I purchased as a parts plane. From the picture yours looks to be in better shape than mine.

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The lever cap is older, it has a pat no on the back side. I dated it based on the lack of frog adjustment screw and pat dates on lateral adjustment arm.

Here are a couple more pics, it's semi taken apart.
The frog isn't screwed down. What type of wood is the knob? I can never tell by looking. Thanks
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The lever cap is older, it has a pat no on the back side. I dated it based on the lack of frog adjustment screw and pat dates on lateral adjustment arm.

Here are a couple more pics, it's semi taken apart.
The frog isn't screwed down. What type of wood is the knob? I can never tell by looking. Thanks
I think you meant to say the lever cap is newer.

Looks very similar to my recent old No. 5 but in better condition. Mine also has no frog adjustment.

The knob may be rosewood. This was common on many types. I do not recall when they switched to stained hardwood. This is the low style knob. A little wider than the high style.
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Its probably rosewood, if you take it off and look underneath it may be easier to tell since there won't be as much grime.
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