Stanley planes by numbers 122
Stanley 122 Liberty Bell smooth plane
offered 1876 - 1918
Liberty Bell planes were first produced in 1876 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the American Declaration of Independence (1776) - hence the 76 imprinted in the Bell on the lever cap. Type one is the most desirable model with the eagle trademark on the toe. Least popular is the last 22 model with the modern, large lever cap screw.
As with all transitional planes: the better the wood the higher the value.
Like all Liberty Bell planes, the 22 has a special back iron that needs a special screw with a dual function: it holds the cutter and the back iron together and also acts as a lever for the depth adjuster mechanism.
100 years after the Liberty Bell plane Stanley produced this Liberty Bell tape measure to commemorate the same event. The times they are a-changing.