Vintage Stanley Pocket Levels


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Hey Guys,

So I have a question hopefully someone on here can help me! I have been collecting old Stanley pocket/line levels for over a year now. I'm wondering if someone can help me compile a list or find a list of all the Stanley pocket levels made. I'm only interested in the vintage ones. I have a lot now and I'm unsure if I have collected all of them. The only one I have found that I don't own is a Stanley machinists level. Please any help would greatly be appreciated!! 

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There is a book that you might pick up (expensively I must add) called "The Stanley Catalog Collection 1855-1898: Four Decades of Rules, Levels, Try-Squares, Planes, and Other Stanley Tools and Hardware." I had my eye on a pre-used copy on Amazon but you might find it on eBay too. Expect to pay top dollar for it though.

I don't know of a website specialising in levels but you could try googling.

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29 minutes ago, TerryMcK said:

There is a book that you might pick up (expensively I must add) called "The Stanley Catalog Collection 1855-1898: Four Decades of Rules, Levels, Try-Squares, Planes, and Other Stanley Tools and Hardware." I had my eye on a pre-used copy on Amazon but you might find it on eBay too. Expect to pay top dollar for it though.

I don't know of a website specialising in levels but you could try googling.

Thanks for the info Terry. I have purchased a very old copy of a 1893 reprint issue catalog (well I believe that's the year) lol. That helped some I was unaware of the one you referenced I will check that out. I googled Stanley pocket levels last night and couldn't find a whole lot of information regarding them. I will see if I can dig deeper. It's crazy cause you would think someone would have already compiled a list of all the levels Stanley made sorta like Patrick's blood and gore for hand planes. Thanks again for the input and recommendation. 

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2 hours ago, wdwerker said:

If your collecting something so specific why limit yourself to just one brand ? I remember a decorative cool cast Aluminum level in my collection of old tools. I am sure it wasn't a Stanley.

I also collect Stanley hand planes and vintage wooden levels made by Stanley. I haven't thought about collecting old pocket levels from other brands also. I'm a huge Stanley fan of the vintage stuff. 

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