For sale is a restored antique STANLEY ADJUSTABLE WOOD & BRASS LEVEL from the Stanley Rule & Level Company, New Britain, CT. This cherry wood level measures 26 1/4 inches in length with brass metal end caps. Both of the glass vials are intact with fluid and air bubble. The top brass plate is marked with a February 18, 1890 patent date. The circular brass adjustment cap is also marked with the same patent date. The wood on this antique level has been refinished and the brass plates polished. The level looks great from all angles. A premium collectible vintage tool.
In the United States, the words “tools and hardware” and “Stanley” are almost synonymous. The company began modestly in 1843, when Frederick T. Stanley founded a door-hardware company in New Britain, Connecticut. In 1857, Henry Stanley, Frederick’s cousin, launched the Stanley Rule and Level Company, which acquired Leonard Bailey & Co. in 1878. Bailey held numerous patents on such mainstay tools as planes, which Stanley Rule and Level augmented with mitre boxes, rulers, hand drills, hammers, and, of course, its lines of wood and iron levels. By 1920, the two Stanley firms merged.