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 to be awarded membership in the Royal Society of London. Mechanick Exercises popularized the secrets of the skilled trades of Smithing, Joinery, House Carpentry, Turning and Bricklaying, along with the making of Sun Dials. Mechanick Exercises is as important a reference today as a description of early skilled trades as it was in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
6" x 9" (15.24 x 22.86 cm) ; Black & White on Cream paper; 412 pages
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 a Standing Fillister. Most I have seen were maker made to fit a specific size.
and another Dutch plane by a different maker
Three names are stamped on the toe of this Glass Check Plane:
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.
An apple D. R. Barton Sun Plane, also known as a topping plane. Used to even up the ends of barrel staves.
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.
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.
You'll have to run translate on this page if you want to read the text. The images do speak for themselves.
North Bros. Mfg. Co. Manufacturers Of Hardware Specialities, Yankee Tools, Ice Cream Freezers, Etc. 1914
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 had moved on from 19th C influences. Even so, they retained a vignette of a factory with tall chimneys billowing smoke. Sold to Myers Hdwe, Col, Lexington, Va. R. Carter & Co. of New York, as the wholesaler, arranged for replacement steel balls for a Yankee #41 Drill, supplied free of charge
Nicholson File Company. Billhead, Price List and Toolemera Press Trade Catalog Reprint of the 1878 Full Line Catalog
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. Nicholson Files, Increment Cut... Nicholson File Company, Providence, R.I., U.S.A.
both, 1889. Files and rasps get a bad rap. People think of them as poor seconds for shaping stuff. They're seen as 'cheaters' for when you can't get a joint right, or make a mistake that needs to be corrected. Files and rasps are anything but. Essential tools that should be in every mechanicks tool chest, they are the intermediate step in shaping wood, plastic or metal. Don't leave home without them.
Toolemera Press Reprint - History Preserved
A Treatise On Files And Rasps, Descriptive And Illustrated: For The Use of Master Mechanics, Dealers, &c.; In Which The Kinds Of Files In Most Common Use, And The Newest And Most Approved Special Tools Connected Therewith Are Described - Giving Some Of Their Principle Uses. With A Description Of The Process Of Manufacture, And A Few Hints On The Use And Care of The File. The Nicholson File Company, Providence, Rhode, Island U.S.A. 1878
"The Nicholson File Company has now been in existence for upwards of fourteen years, during which time they have permanently introduced their goods into every section of this, and to some extent into other countries, against the strongest possible prejudice in favor of hand made files; their product being now double that of the entire imports of foreign files into this country." The Toolemera Press re-publishes classic books and trade catalogs on early crafts, trades and industries, from our personal library.
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.