So, if you have a plane that's one-half inch shorter or longer than what's mentioned here, don't go thinking that you have some ultra-rare version of the tool.
There are many different styles of hand planes some made of steel, others made from wood.
Most are meant to smooth the surface, there are some with blades designed to cut profiles but with the advent of the router these are less common.
The format used for the type discussions and trademark designations generally follows other published studies. This is the Type Study part of a larger paper of 8 pages that also discusses the history, development and characteristics of this, the best plane ever made. See Beds marked with Bailey model numbers, No.2 to 8.
All sizes in production including those with corrugated bottoms.
Lateral adjustment lever with patent dates 10-21-84 &7-24-88. The planes were identical to the original Stanleys, except for the markings on the beds, (W.., K..), Keen Kutter and Winchester trademarks on the blades and frogs with twisted lateral levers.
"S" casting mark on bed (raised dot on some specimens). Frogs with "B" casting marks. During the 1920's, Stanley manufactured Type 4 Bed Rock Planes, for Keen Kutter and Winchester.
He was the undisputed champion of the plane slugfest that errupted in the decades after the Civil War.
If you're at all fascinated with handplane design, follow this link to read all about the Better Moustraps smoother.
The listing does not include the No.605-1/4 (see note at Type 7), but does show the No.602-C as being available, which contradicts the assumed 1918 end of production for that model. Allow time for the page to download, as the image is large, in order to maintain some kind of readable quality.
I recently obtained an original copy of a 1923 Stanley promotional pamphlet which illustrates and describes the Bed Rock Planes in production at that time.
These are 8" to 9" long and 1 3/4" to 2" wide, Lie-Nielsen shown, Stanley # 3 and 4 fit into this category.