Rich-Con No 2 mfg by Stanley c1910-20s

The Rich-Con brand of tools was one of the trademarks of the Richards -Conover Hardware Company of Kansas City. Established in the late1850s as a local wholesale distributor of hardware and steel products, Richards Conover grew exponentially as the US migrated west. The company went through a number of iterations and location changes over the ensuing 150 years but products always focused on wholesale and mail order household goods, hardware and tools for home and farm.

Rich-Con No 2 mfg by Stanley c1910-20s

Rich-Con No 2 mfg by Stanley c1910-20s

Can't argue with the performance of this 100 year old.

Rich-Con No 2 mfg by Stanley c1910-20s

Rich-Con was one of the few companies that stamped or etched their logo into the side. The other that comes to mind is the Zenith brand by Marshall Wells Hardware of Duluth.

Rich-Con No 2 mfg by Stanley c1910-20s

Rich-Con No 2 mfg by Stanley c1910-20s

Rich-Con No 2 mfg by Stanley c1910-20s

Rich-Con No 2 mfg by Stanley c1910-20s

Note the similarity to the comparable Stanley No 2, especially the frog receiver and the cast "NO 2" at the toe near the knob.

Rich-Con No 2 mfg by Stanley c1910-20s

Richards - Conover stamped logo atop the iron. This feature alone is what gives this plane added value. The Rich-Con trademark is rarely found on planes. The fact that this one is on both the iron and the side of a number two (proving its authenticity) and making it even more desirable to a collector. Follow the link to learn more about "What's in a Name".

I'm not an appraiser and I no longer provide estimates of value. So, if you have a plane you'd like to sell me please bring along a price with your offer. Thanks.

Links to knowledge and services

© 2016 by The Plane Dealer. Proudly created with Wix.com