So, I bought an old Richards and Conover 4 1/2 plane off Ebay…today it arrived in the mailbox! I tore open the box like an excited kid at Christmas, and …there was another box. Tore open that box, and there was a surprisingly heavy lump of bubble wrap inside. Carefully removed the bubble wrap and there she was, in all her glory…Disassembled for inspection…The plane is in excellent condition, only a little pitting on the front of the chipbreaker…no biggie. Also the iron is quite thick, more so than the comparable Stanley planes, and no pitting on the cutting edge. I have read that these were manufactured by Union for the Richards & Conover Hardware Co. I thought maybe Stanley at first, but differences in the frog receiver lead me to believe that it may indeed be made by Union. I need to sharpen and give ‘er a go, but that will have to wait…work, and an impending blizzard tomorrow are on the agenda right now. I reconciled myself with cleaning it up, re-assembling and making a spot for it on my plane rack…looks right at home eh?