The Stanley Cordovan Era

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The Stanley Cordovan era, ( a Stanley #4 shown here, or most likely a Stanley 12-014) and sometimes known as the Type 21 were made by Stanley from 1968 to 1981. These followed the blue color from 1962 to 1967.

All castings are painted in the short lived and attractive red brown “Cordovan” color.

“STANLEY” in the lever cap is surrounded by a field of Canary Yellow paint.

These are said to be the last of the Stanley planes made in the U.S.A. but Stanley Cordovan plane can be seen made in England and Canada.

I’ve yet to see anything bigger than a #7, but it a #8 may be out there.

They also made block planes as well.

For what it’s worth, Wikipedia, says Cordovan is a rich shade of burgundy and a dark shade of rose. Cordovan takes its name from the city of Cordoba, Spain, where the production of shell cordovan leather was first practiced by the Visigoths in the seventh century.[2] The term cordovan has come to describe the color of clothing, leather in particular; in this sense, the use of cordovan overlaps with that of oxblood. The first recorded use of cordovan as a color name in English was in 1925.


Note the later models had a Sticker instead of Stanley cast in the cap.

Other information and examples can be found here,

See the earlier Stanley type study here.

The Stanley English Type Study






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