Tool Information Files

The revolutionary impact of the internet now allows the construction of a detailed electronic encyclopedia of New England's most important toolmakers.  This task is an essential component of constructing an archaeology of tools of the maritime culture of Maine.  Visitors to this website can be extremely helpful by providing us citations of publications and website links pertaining to the many 18th and 19th century tool manufacturers and toolmakers who created the hand tools that helped build America.

European Toolmakers

Joseph Smith's Key to Manufactories of Sheffield

James Cam (Sheffield England manufacturer, includes reproductions of tools in his inventory list) (James Cam tools in the Museum collection)
H. Boker & Co., Germany
Edward Preston and Sons, Birmingham, England
Peter S. Stubs (Stubs tools in the Museum collection)