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Wooden level
Aug 9th, 2009 at 10:00am
 
I picked up an old wooden level last weekend at a garage sale. It is in fairly nice condition, vials unbroken, and is accurate, unlike a scary number of brand new ones. The elderly gent I bought it from said it belonged to his grandfather. It's markings are: "Stanley" a heart with "SW" inside, "made in Can.", "No.3", "to adjust remove plates".

3 questions- can anyone give me an approximate date of manufacture
               - should i refinish the wood and polish the brass?
               - value?

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Re: Wooden level
Reply #1 - Aug 9th, 2009 at 1:52pm
 
No clue as to how old or it's value Don.

I won't refinish it and lose that beautiful old look.

I have an old Stanley block plane that my grandfather owned. It reads "Pat. Pending 1913". Now most experts will say that I shouldn't use it because doing so ruins it value. But I love the fact that I'm the third generation that is using that plane. Whenever I need to use a block plane it's the one I grab first.
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Reply #2 - Aug 9th, 2009 at 2:25pm
 
I agree with Ron, don't touch it because it won't look like the same tool and, if you are considering resale in the future, it will lower it's value because old tool collectors like to get tools in original condition as they prefer to do restoration themselves for show pieces.

I have a few old tools from a workshop my Great Uncles ran and some of my Grandfather's and, like Ron, I just love an opportunity to use them.
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Reply #3 - Aug 9th, 2009 at 3:17pm
 
Tool collectors rarely do much restoration because they feel the patena of age is is worth more than a shiny finish.  They might polish the brass and will clean away any rust, but that is about all.

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Reply #4 - Aug 9th, 2009 at 4:50pm
 
That's true Jim, I should have said 'if collectors want to restore'.
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Re: Wooden level
Reply #5 - Aug 10th, 2009 at 11:02am
 
Thanks for the input, I have no actual need to use it, but it has a nicer "feel" than the plastic and aluminum ones I have. So I think I will basically leave it alone and just use it for small jobs around the house where I can appreciate it!

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Reply #6 - Aug 19th, 2009 at 11:54pm
 
I have a couple dozen wood levels around here somewhere. The Cherry #3 Stanleys are among those most often encountered in collections. I think they're very attractive if in good condition.

Stanley used two different "Sweetheart" logos in the 1920's. The guy running the operation in those days was named Hart, ergo the heart logo.   Cool
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Re: Wooden level
Reply #7 - Aug 27th, 2009 at 9:31am
 
Thanks Jim, I wondered where they came up with the sweetheart logo, that explains the concept and gives me a rough date of manufacture.

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