Sargent 407C vs 5407 Confusion vs Clarity

I recently acquired a Sargent smoother commonly referred to as a 407 but in this particular example the bottom has a thin casting, single piece brass depth adjusting nut, horseshoe lateral, second trademark with the "USA" stamped in the middle of the oval and 8 corrugations. Available existing research says that this may be a 5407 but that should sport a two piece brass nut with a steel core. Everything else adds up. OK, I’m a bit confused then...or maybe not so much. According to David Heckel’s book on Sargent planes the 407 with the thin body and horseshoe lateral was produced between about 1891 to 1909 but the corrugated version didn’t come out until 1907 and that was the 5407, 8 corru

To Restore or Not to Restore? That is the Question

So, you just bought yourself a new Stanley No 5 Type 11 at a junk store for 10 bucks. It's all there but it is sad shape. It could be made usable with a little bit of, flatening and sharpening the iron, you know, the common stuff. But what you really want is to make it "pretty". It always feels so much better when you have a plane that's not only usable but looks nice too. Collectors are a varied and sometimes funny group of folks. Some would spend $50, $100, $500, $1000 or more on a fine old collectable relic that looks just that. Crusty rusty, gunky, barely recognizable from its origins and leave it just the way they found it, believing it next to a sin to change it

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