No its not a Sargent 5409, but the other one?

I’ve got a very strict rule about computers. After the 2nd cocktail, I don’t return work emails and I don’t buy on ebay. But, who follows rules after the 2nd cocktail?

Apparently not me. The work rule is easy. Who wants to work once the fun starts. So I made this impulse purchase. Its 2 planes. I thought one was a Sargent #5409. It was all there, the thin casting, the steel insert in the adjustment knob, the twisted lateral and a corrugated bottom.

The problem!

The problem was the corrugated bottom was on the “other plane”.

A little bummed but I still had a decent type 3 Sargent 409. It’s got an American Beauty cutter, so I know that’s not original. I need to find out about the American Beauty part, but Sargent didn’t make a cutter back then with the round hole at the bottom of the cutter.

The other surprise was I was sure the other plane was a Defiance. But it had a corrugated sole and I didn’t think the Defiance came corrugated. Well come to find out, in 1939 (yep for 1 year) Defiance made a corrugated. Since the #1204 Defiance was made from 1932-1953, and the #1204C was only made in 1939 I’m going to assume it fairly rare.

But here is the Sargent type 3 #409 anyhow. Look for the Defiance in days to come.

If you know ANYTHING about the “American Beauty” Iron, I’d love to here from you. I know there is an American Beauty company in business today, I just don’t know if it’s the same, and they don’t do planes anymore.

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4 Responses to No its not a Sargent 5409, but the other one?

  1. John Vernier says:

    I remember regularly riding past the old American Beauty factory in Detroit as a kid in the ’70s. It was on Woodward avenue. They were known for high quality soldering irons as well as hair curling irons, but I haven’t come across planes from them before (but it must be the same company). Just a few years ago a friend sent his very old soldering iron back to the new factory for reconditioning, so they seem to respect their past work. You might contact them and see if anyone at the company knows about this aspect of their history.

  2. Bob says:

    Did you ever locate the American Beauty company? I have an old rasp flat file with its name on it and cannot find any info on the company.

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