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The Toolemera Press
Wilmington, NC
Independent Publisher, Historian of early crafts, trades and industries
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Mechanick Exercises: Or, The Doctrine Of Handy-Works by Joseph Moxon 1703 Mechanick Exercises: Or The Doctrine Of Handy-Works, was written, printed and published by Joseph Moxon between 1683 and 1703. A mathematician, writer, printer, publisher and maker of maps, globes and scientific instruments, Joseph Moxon was also the first tradesman... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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A subset of the Rabbet Plane group is the Standing Fillister Plane. Although sometimes called a fenced rabbet, this is a rabbet plane with a permanent, integral depth stop formed in the body. Sometimes you will find a rabbet plane that has been altered by an owner to function as... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Three names are stamped on the toe of this Glass Check Plane: Nelson J. Groves D. Ironmonger I wish I knew who D. Ironmonger was! Nelson was either Richard or William Nelson of London. My guess is this plane is second quarter, 19th century. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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An apple D. R. Barton Sun Plane, also known as a topping plane. Used to even up the ends of barrel staves. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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A lovely lignum vitae body, rosewood tote handled smooth plane by J. Foster, Boston. Pollack suggests that J. Foster is Jesse Foster, listed in directories as a Boston, MA, turner and cabinetmaker. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Most likely made by a shipwright, this live oak handled smooth plane is made up of carefully selected pieces, joined to maximize grain. The handle is reinforced with a steel plate and the wedge is held in place with a steel rod. Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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You'll have to run translate on this page if you want to read the text. The images do speak for themselves. Hovelbank Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Letterhead: NORTH BROS. MFG. CO., MANUFACTURERS OF HARDWARE SPECIALITIES, "YANKEE" TOOLS, ICE CREAM FREEZERS, ETC. , Office & Works, N. E. Cor. American st. & Lehigh Ave., Philadelphia, PA. December 1st, 1914. An unusual full width graphic letterhead. With this modern letterhead, North Bros. was intent on showing that they... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Letterhead: NICHOLSON FILE COMPANY. OPERATING FOUR DISTINCT PLANTS. Providence, R.I., U.S.A., March 9, 1896. Letterhead to Messrs. Henry H. Myers & Sons, Lexington, Va. Graphics of all four plants in all their smoking glory Price Lists: Nicholson Swiss Pattern Files, also Tools and Specialities. Nicholson File Company, Providence, R.I., U.S.A.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Trade Catalog: New York Mallet & Handle Works. 1877. Some one had to make the mallets and the handles to be used to make the tools that made the tools. Lots of fascinating tools in here we tend to take for granted. An early catalog in surpringingly good condition. Download... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Billhead: THE NEW LONDON VISE WORKS, MANUFACTURERS OF SOLD BOX VISES AND HEAVY HARDWARE. Joseph Hyde, Sons & Co., Proprietors. New Londgon, Conn. June 15, 1897 Sold to H. H. Myers. Lexington, VA. Very interesting graphic of a so-called blacksmith leg vise which has a provision for a foot actuated... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Billhead: CHAS. MORRILL, MANUFACTURER OF LIQUID SOAP DISPENSERS, NAIL PULLERS, BOX OPENERS, SEAL PRESSES, BENCH STOPS, SAW SETS, PUNCHES. 100 Lafayette St. New York. Oct. 8, 1913. How's that for variety in manufacturing? Perhaps best known for his saw sets, Mr. Morrill obviously believed in diversification of his product line.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Trade Catalog: Monhagen Saw Works. Wheeler, Madden & Bakewell, Manufacturers of Warrented Patent Ground, Extra Cast Steel, Circular Saws, Mill, Mulay, Cross-cut, Hand, Panel and Rip Saws, Butcher's Bow Saws, Back Saws, Wood Saws, Felloe and Turning Webs, and Plastering Trowels. Manufactory, At Middletown, Orange County, N.Y.. Branch Office and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Trade Catalog: MILLERS FALLS COMPANY, CATALOGUE "B", POCKET EDITION , c1904?. Millers Falls issued a series of pocket catalogues that are simply cute to behold, apart from superb graphics of rare and unusual items. Read it and drool. Contributed by Randy Roeder of the Oldtools eMail List, owner of A... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Trade Catalog: WOODWORKERS TOOLS AND MACHINES CATALOGUE NO. 25. RICHARD MELHUISH LTD., TOOLS AND MACHINE MERCHANTS, FETTER LANE, HOLBORNE CIRCUS, LONDON, E.C.4. 1925. A super catalog, or catalogue if you prefer, of one the great tool houses of Great Britain. Everything the professional shop would need in the way of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Post Card: D. MAYDOLE HAMMER CO., NORWICH, N.Y. 1909 Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Trade Card: MAY & CO. EST 1797. HARDWARE, TOOLS AND METALS. No. 1, Broad Street, Cor. State Street, Boston. Quite literally, the A to Z of hardware stores. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Handbill: SAND PAPER. MATTHEWMAN & LEWIS, 225 STATE STREET, NEW HAVEN, AGENTS FOR THE NEW ENGLAND IMPROVED FLINT PAPER. OCTOBER 15TH, 1868. Fascinating handbill that was sent along with a product sample. Sold by the ream. "Give it a trial, and we doubt not you will order again." What better... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Trade Catalog: LUTHER'S TOOL GRINDERS. LUTHER GRINDER MFG. CO., MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN, U.S.A. c1920. Featuring one of the best catalog covers ever, this small catalog is a perfect example of one company's use of paper advertising to tell the world that they had moved into the modern machine age. Great Arte... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Kennedy & Bragaw: English and American Hardware, 203 Main Street, Hartford, Ct, July 1st, 1845. This firm was in business from 1844-1846. Before the advent of bound catalogs, merchants marketed their goods through sheet listings such as this one. Easily folded for mailing, in this early case as a stampless... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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James Kellogg, Plane Maker: Price List and Correspondence. Courtesy of Roger K. Smith, are two pieces of history from James Kellogg, the famous plane maker. The first is a stampless letter from Mr. Kellogg to Mr. H. Foster, agent for Mr. J. Daniel, concerning discount terms on an order of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Correspondence: Commercial, Traveling Salesman; Jessop Steel, M. Thornburn Correspondence 1848 MR. M. THORNBURN TO MR. Hy JESSOP OF NEW YORK CITY. Stampless letter, Providence, July 7, 1848. Composed in blue ink on pale blue paper. Before the advent of the postage stamp, the stampless letter was the only form available... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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Envelope: IVES MFG CO., MEPHISTO AUGER BITS. Jan. 7, 1913. "It looks as if it would bore, doesn't it?". I'm not sure what this small envelope was meant for. My best guess is contained some product information. It's a bit too small for use as a mailing envelope, but an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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EAGLE SQUARE MFG. CO. MANUFACTURERS OF CARPENTERS' SQUARES AND BORING MACHINES. South Shaftsbury, Vt., May 4th, 1912. Estimate from F. L. Mattison for filing a saw. This billhead notes "House building materials and brush handles of all kinds" are sold in addition to their well known carpenters squares. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2017 at Toolemera Press
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University Of Michigan Library Diderot Online For your reading pleasure, The University Of Michigan has kindly hosted an ongoing French to English translation of the famous Diderot & d'Alembert Encyclopedia of EveryThing Known To Man (sic). I recommend using the Browse By Plates until you are comfortable with the deep... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2017 at Toolemera Press