The Davistown Museum

Center for the Study of Early Tools
Scattered throughout The Davistown Museum are tools by important manufacturers who are also the subject of
information files compiled by the museum. This is a listing of our holdings for:
Leonard L. Davis (Davis Level & Tool Co.)

Status Location
The Industrial Revolution (1865f.): Classic Period of American Machinists' Tools
Measuring Tools
102501T1 Inclinometer level bio photo LPC MH
Drop-forged iron and steel, brass, 6" long, 14/16" wide, 2 1/2" high, 2" diameter meter, signed "DAVIS LEVEL & TOOL Co" and "PAT.SEP
17, 1867" with owner's signature "J.F. McCABE".
This tool is also referred to as a mantle clock level. DATM (Nelson 1999, 214) has historical information on this company.
120907T2 Level bio photo DTM TT
Drop-forged iron and steel, brass, 24" long, 2 3/4" wide, signed "DAVIS LEVEL & TOOL Co" and "PAT SEP 17, 1867".
It has an intricately worked body and an adjustable dial with 90 degrees of movement. Davis' patent 68961 may be viewed here:
41203T1 Line level bio photo LPC MH
Cast iron and brass, 3 1/2" long, signed "MANUFACTURED BY L.L. DAVIS SPRINGFIELD MASS" and "37 1/2".
Leonard L. Davis made levels and planes in Springfield, MA, 1867-1875, before changing the name of his company to Davis Level & Tool Co.
(1875 - 92). This is an excellent example of one of the most sought after pocket or line levels by one of the most distinguished manufacturers
of the classic period of American machinists' tools.
32802T1 Outside calipers bio photo DTM MH
Steel, 4" long, signed "Pat. Jan 4 1887" with obscured maker's mark.
The maker's mark would probably be: Davis Level & Tool Co. Springfield, Mass. It might be patent 355,430
22311T21 Spirit level bio DTM TT
____NEED MEDIUM ____________________, 30" long, 3 1/2" wide, 1 1/4" thick, signed "MANUFACTURED BY L. L. DAVIS"
Part of the Robert Sullivan Collection donation.
The Industrial Revolution (1865f.): Other Factory Made Tools
Woodworking: Other Tools
032203T12 Bit brace bio photo DTM MH
Drop-forged iron and steel, brass, wood, 14" long with a 5" swing, signed "The Davis Level & Tool Co Springfield Mass" "Pat April 17, 1883
Oct 14, 1884".
Davis Level & Tool Co. made levels, dividers, machinists, and other tools in Springfield, MA, from 1875 to 1892. Prior to 1875, their tools
were marked "Davis Co." (1867 - 1875). These tools are considered among the finest produced by American toolmakers in the 19th century.

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