Fayette R. Plumb
Axes, blacksmithing ools, Chisels, Hammers, Hatchets, Picks, Railroad Tools, Stoneworking Tools, Bolo Knives
Directory of American Toolmakers Information
Plumb started off as part of Yerkes & Plumb but began working alone at some point between 1856 and 1897; 1887-1888 seems most likely. The anchor brand became prominent around 1890.
FAYETTE R PLUMB, PLUMB, Plumb (scripted on an anchor), ARTISAN'S CHOICE, BLUE GRASS, O-V-B (Our Very Best), DIAMOND EDGE, KNOCKER, SERVALL, PHILA. TOOL CO, QUAKER CITY, HOME THRIFT, POWER STROE, CHAMPION, BOY SCOUT and AU-TO-GRAF.
During the first World War, they became prominent manufacturers of trench tools (including bolo knives, picks and hand axes) for the Allied forces. Among the top ten most prolific 20th century toolmakers.
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.
http://www.workshopoftheworld.com/richmond_bridesburg/plumb.html -- Information on production for the Allied Forces.
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,853600,00.html?iid=chix-sphere -- Article on a lawsuit against "Plomb" tools, a rival manufacturer.
http://www.yesteryearstools.com/Yesteryears%20Tools/Plumb%20Co..html -- A fairly complete history of Fayette Plumb Co.