Chapin-Stephens Co. Union Factory

Riverton, Pine Meadow, Connecticut

Tool Types

Planes, Rules, Calipers, Combination Tools, Levels, Screwdrivers, Spoke Shaves, Box Scrapers, and more

DATM Information


Identifying Marks

THE CHAPIN - STEPHENS CO PINE MEADOW CONN. U.S.A. (sometimes split between lines with or without the top line curved upward), THE C-S CO.; UNION FACTORY WARRANTED H. CHAPIN

General Information
Hermon Chapin's Son Co. (est. 1897) and D.H. Stephens & Co. (est. 1861) merged to form this company in 1901. A number of mergers and buyouts including the Chapin name began with Hermon Chapin, a maker of wood planes. He was the father of Edward M. Chapin, George W. Chapin and Philip E. Chapin, who succeeded him as H Chapin & Sons in 1860, then H. Chapin's Sons, H. Chpain's Son, and H. Chapin's Son & Co. See Hermon Chapin.



Nelson, Robert E., Ed. (1999). Directory of American Toolmakers: A listing of identified makers of tools who worked in Canada and the United States before 1900. Early American Industries Association.

The Chapin-Stephens Co. (ca. 1914). Catalog No. 114: The Chapin-Stephens Co. Union Factory: Rules planes gauges plumbs and levels hand screws handles spoke shaves box scrapers, etc. Pine Meadow, CT. A facsimile of the original. Fitzwilliam, NH. Ken Roberts Publishing Co.

Roberts, Kenneth D. (1978). Wooden planes in 19th century America, volume II: Planemaking by the Chapins at Union Factory, 1826 - 1929. Ken Roberts Publishing Co., Fitzwilliam, NH.