I have always wanted a #3 plane, but they are fairly rare, and often not in good condition, or priced astronomically. I happened across this one, that is in good shape and priced about the same as a #4 in similar condition. I had been looking to replace my Stanley #4 as I sold it cheap to a friend, then realized that my other #4 was a Canadian made knock-off (Nevertheless, it's still a good plane.) I got this type 15 (1931-32) for $65, and it is in perfect condition. In the spring I'll hone it a bit, and put it right to work.
The white spots on the tote and knob are an artifact of the flash. They actually appear as paler spots on the wood and are harldy noticeable.