The 45th Brown International Antique Tool Auction by John G. Wells

Ivory Slide Arm Plow Plane. Brown Auction #45

This was the first Brown International Antique Tool Auction that was managed and put on by Jim Gehring, the new owner of Brown Auction Services.  Although Clarence Blanchard and Mike Jenkins lent a helping hand, this was Jim Gehring’s solo flight. Prices realized in this article include a 13% buyer’s premium.  A 3% discount for […]

Stanley Handyman H104 ‘Ready-Edge’ Smoothing Plane

Stanley "Handyman" H104 Plane as drawn by James A. Clarke

Have you ever used a Gillette disposable razor cartridge and thought to yourself — “Why don’t they do this with a bench plane? It would save me all that time I spent sharpening my plane irons…”? Apparently someone at Stanley in the 1960s was thinking along those lines….and whether you love or hate that concept […]

Nassawango Hot Blast Furnace, Snow Hill, MD

Conjectural view of the Nassawango hot blast furnace in operation.

Article Submitted by Alice Paterra Branch Manager, Worcester County Library, Berlin, MD   Back among the trees of the Pocomoke Forest stands a tall structure made of brick. The structure is what remains of an iron furnace; the furnace stack has been dormant since 1850, but between the years of 1831 and 1850 it was […]

The Ironmonger – The King of Hardware Trade Journals By Geoffrey Tweedale

The Ironmonger - The King of Hardware Trade Journals By Geoffrey Tweedale

Anyone who has picked up an old saw, plane, or knife soon looks for a trade mark or maker’s name. These can identify and sometimes date an artefact. But one often wants to know more about the history of the manufacturer or individual. Reference books and other published sources – such as newspapers and directories […]

Unusual Panel Saw by the American Saw Co.

American saw Co. Saw blade etch - featured image.

This article was authored by Wiktor Kuc and Joe Steiner. Some time ago Joe Steiner (former partner at Sauer & Steiner Toolworks) sent me this email: “Hey Wiktor, I don’t know if this interests you but here are some pics of a saw from a co. that is the first example I have seen (maybe […]