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:
Thomas H. Witherby

Status Location
Historic Maritime IV (1840-1865): The Early Industrial Revolution
Woodworking: Edge Tools
42801T17 Drawknife bio DTM MH
Forged iron, steel and wood, 11 1/2" long, 6 1/8" wide blade, signed "TH Witherby Razor blade".
This is an excellent example of one of America's most famous manufacturers of edge tools. T. H. Witherby's working dates begin in 1849. He
later became Witherby Tool Co. and then Winsted Edge Tool Works (Nelson 1999, 873).
42604T8 Framing chisel bio DTM MH
Forged iron and steel, 11 3/4" long, 2" wide, signed "T. H. WITHERBY" "WARRANTED".
This tool has an obvious welded steel cutting edge.
63001T4 Socket chisel bio DTM MH
Forged iron and steel, 11 3/8" long, 1 1/2" wide, signed "T H Witherby Warranted".
This is an extra long example of the work of one of the most important American edge tool manufacturers of the early and classic periods of
the Industrial Revolution. Thomas H. Witherby began making tools in Millbury, Mass., in 1849 and later became the Witherby Tool Co., c.
1868 and around 1890 the Winsted Edge Tool Works (Nelson 1999, 871 - 873).
Woodworking: Edge Tools - American Made Cast Steel
032203T10 Framing chisel bio photo DTM MH
Forged iron and cast steel, 16" long including a 4 3/8" handle, signed "TH WITHERBY" " Warranted".
Thomas H. Witherby began the manufacture of edge tools in Millbury, MA, in 1849, and along with the Buck Brothers and the Underhill clan,
was one of the preeminent manufacturers of American-made edge tools after the Civil War. The Witherby Tool Co., and later the Winsted
Edge Tool Co., continued using its founder's mark until as late as 1890.
The Industrial Revolution (1865f.): Other Factory Made Tools
Miscellaneous Tools
51606T9 Linemans' pliers bio DTM MH
Drop-forged steel, 7 1/4" long, signed "Drop forged steel Witherby No 1517".
These early 20th century pliers show some evidence of handwork both in the ground surfaces on the handles and in the double lines
separated smoothly from serrated handle surfaces. Soon all such tools would be completely machine-made without any sign of handwork,
even handwork with electric grinding tools.
Woodworking: Edge Tools
31808SLP16 Corner chisel bio photo DTM TT
Drop-forged iron and steel, 11 1/4" long, 1 1/4" wide blade, signed "WITHERBY".
31808SLP6 Drawshave bio photo DTM TT
Drop-forged steel, wood, 15 1/4" long, 10" long blade, signed "WITHERBY" and "10".
110611T2 Drawshave bio DTM TT
Forged iron and steel, wooden (ash) handle, 14" long cutting edge, 5" long handles, signed "T.H. WITHERBY" and "T. ERSKINE" owners
This drawshave has a distinct forge-welded steel blade.
Woodworking: Edge Tools - American Made Cast Steel
42904T1 Framing chisel bio DTM MH
Drop-forged cast steel, iron ferrule, 12 1/8" long, 2" wide, 4 1/2" long handle, signed "T. H. WITHERBY".

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