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Our latest publication which was issued to all TATHS members is now available for purchase by non members in the Shop section of the website.

Thomas Marquois was a Huguenot, living in London in the last quarter of the 18th century. Around 1778, he invented a set of parallel scales that greatly simplified military sketching in the field. The set consisted of two scale rules and a right-angle triangle.

Although Marquois sank into obscurity after his death in 1802, his scales did not and Marquois parallel scales are described in nearly every English book on mathematical instruments published during the nineteenth century. Many of the best-known mathematical and scientific instrument makers offered them. Numerous examples are found in tool sales and antique shops.

In this monograph, the author outlines Marquois's life, explains how the scales were used, who made them and several later improvements. It includes Marquois's own instructions for their use.

210 x 264mm 86 pp ISBN 978-0-947673-24-6

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This important publication describes a unique set of over 200 tools from the late eighteenth century, giving an extraordinary insight into the trade practices of the time. The tools were bought by Joseph Seaton for his son Benjamin but were hardly used - instead they survive intact, with an original inventory recording the prices paid at Christopher Gabriel's London toolshop, and can be seen in the Guildhall Museum, Rochester, Kent.

This second edition is much bigger and more detailed than the very popular first edition. It has more photographs (many in colour) and revised text from expert tool historians.

Also included are measured drawings of many of the tools and of the chest itself.

210 x 264mm 180pp ISBN 978-0947673-21-5

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Reprint of a booklet, written by C. C. Taintor and published by the Taintor Mfg. Company, New York in 1908.

The author was the inventor of the Taintor Saw Set and this booklet describes how to sharpen and set a saw and, of course, the use of his saw set.

86 x 158mm  24pp  ISBN 978-0-947673-22-2

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A reprint of the only known catalogue of James, Isaac and John Fussell with an introduction by Jane & Mark Rees.

This firm of edge tool makers was based in Mells in Somerset. The catalogue dates from about 1895, shortly before the firm was taken over by Isaac Nash.

It shows the extraordinary level of choice available when agriculture was largely unmechanised and subtle differences in the design of hand tools really mattered.

156 x 249mm 80pp  ISBN 0 947673 13 X

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A facsimile of a very early directory of Sheffield, first published by Gale and Martin in 1787. The full title is "A Directory of Sheffield Including the Manufacturers of Adjacent Villages: with the several marks of the Scissor and Filesmiths, Edgetool and Sickle Makers. To which are added, the Regular Setting out and Return of Posts; And a Correct List of the Coaches & Wagons"

Entries show the wide range of trades that could be found in the Sheffield area, from  anvil makers, through the makers of buttons, edge tools, fenders, files and leather inkpots, to the makers of penknives, saws and scissors.

Alongside their addresses are reproductions of their distinctive marks, making this directory useful in identifying the makers of surviving eighteenth century hand tools.

An introduction by tool historian Jane Rees sets the historical context.

128 pp

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A joint publication of The Tools and Trades History Society, UK and The Traditional Tools Group (Inc.), Australia, by Brian Read and Doug Moran

This unusual and useful guide examines many of the natural sharpening stones that can be found by a tool collector. Each one is analysed and photographed as an aid to identification. In addition, practical tests were run to quantify the cutting performance of each one.

Stones are illustrated in colour. Chapters also cover manufacturing methods, locations of known quarry sites and reproductions from old catalogues.

210 x 297mm 64pp  ISBN 978-0-947673-20-8

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A collection on CD of scans of historic tool catalogues not easily available elsewhere, mostly from members' own libraries.

An essential reference for the collector or student of tool history, this disk includes:

Chesterman No 102 (not dated) 124 pages
Stanley Tools 134-E (not dated) 231 pages
George Adams (c1912) 387 pages
Nettlefold and Sons (1911) tools section only 50 pages
Hardware Trade Journal Key List (1950s) 228 pages
Governor / Trojan / EC Atkins (not dated) 124 pages
John Davis Mining, Surveying, Engineering and Mathematical Instruments (1898) 52 pages
John Davis Optical, Mathematical & Philosophical Instruments (1860) 10 pages
Isaac Greaves Gambia (not dated) 18 pages
Simonds Guide for Carpenters (1914) 64 pages
Thomas Smith Spanners Issue G (1930s) 20 pages
Thomas Smith Spanners Issue K (1930s) 20 pages
Pike Manufacturing Co No 14 (1926) 80 pages
Pike Manufacturing Co How to Sharpen (1922) 48 pages
William Ridgway Woodboring Tools Issue B36 (1938) 40 pages
Jas. Williamson & Son Varnishes (not dated) 17 pages

All scans are in pdf format, suitable to print for your own use, or read on your PC, tablet or phone.

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A collection on CD of scans of historic tool catalogues held at the Society's Tool Collection at Amberley.

An essential reference for the collector or student of tool history, this disk includes:

Cornelius Whitehouse
David Flather & Sons
Elwell (1964)
Goldenberg (1904)
Goldenberg (1950)
Hurst Brothers (Oldham)
A Mathieson & Son 8th edition
A Morris & Sons Dunsford
William Hunt & Sons prices (1905)
William Hunt & Sons (1910)
W Marples & Sons (1903)
Marples (1921)
Skelton (1936)
Spearwell (1969)
Spear & Jackson Family Tree
Nash/Fussells Billhooks (1951)

All scans are in pdf format, suitable to print for your own use, or read on your PC, tablet or phone.

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A collection on CD of scans of copies of historic tool catalogues mostly held at the Society's Tool Collection at Amberley.

An essential reference for the collector or student of tool history, this disk includes:

Alldays & Onions - Anvils and blacksmith's tools
William Barnsley & Sons (1927) - Shoemaking
William Barnsley & Sons (1938) - Shoemaking
James Chesterman (1925) - Measuring equipment
Rabone No 29 - Measuring equipment
A. Copley (1952) - Stonemason's tools
Christopher Johnson 'Flag Brand' - Cutlery
Albert Jagger (1908) - Coach lamps
Albert Jagger (1910) - Coach ironmongery
W. Langley List 12 - Cooperage
W. Loftus - Brewing requisites
Charles Nurse (1891) - General tools
Charles Nurse (1908) - General tools
James Howarth (1884) - General tools
William Greaves & Son Export Catalogue G - General tools

All scans are in pdf format, suitable to print for your own use, or read on your PC, tablet or phone.

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A reprint on CD of the Directory of American Toolmakers, published by the Early American Industries Association.

The CD contains a list of approximately 14,000 toolmakers working in Canada and the United States before 1900. The 1999 print edition, which ran to 1200 pages, soon sold out but in response to continued interest the EAIA produced this convenient electronic version.

The main feature is the Directory itself in pdf format, listing toolmakers by Name, Location, Working Dates, Types of Tools made, Sources, Birth and Death dates and Trade Marks. Many entries include supplementary text giving more background and history of the companies listed. It is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in American tools and their makers.

The CD also includes sample articles from the EAIA journal The Chronicle and an index to its contents for 1988-2006

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A scan to DVD of a rare reference book listing all the trade marks registered with the Sheffield Cutlers Company in 1919.

The original book lists and illustrates hundreds of marks used on edge tools and cutlery, cross referenced to the companies that owned them.

An essential reference for the collector or student of tool history, this disk includes everything from the book (except for the text of the Acts of Parliament concerning trade mark law) ie:

Adverts - 90 pages of adverts from the original publication;
Background and Introduction - listing Freemen of the Cutlers Company and the classes of goods covered;
Descriptions of Illustrations - very useful when only a partial mark is found;
Illustrations of Marks - straight scans from pages 295 to 393 of the original book;
Proprietors of Trade Marks - scans of pages 181 to 293 of the original, showing which companies owned which marks.

All files are in pdf format, suitable to print for your own use, or read on your PC, tablet or phone.

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To celebrate 25 years of TATHS, a special edition of Tools & Trades was published in 2008, containing a selection of articles from the Journal and the Newsletter.

Subjects include: wheelwrights; planemaking in York, whetstones, riving wood, an apprenticeship at Norris & Sons, John Littlewood of Sheffield, the tool bass; sailmakers' seam rubbers and several others.

176 x 250mm 170pp  ISBN 978 0 947673 19 2

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The 14th issue of the TATHS Journal, published in 2005.

Articles include:

Seventeenth and eighteenth century woodworking tools: The evolution of a British style by James M. Gaynor

Science friction, machines and corrugated planes by Warren Hewertson

Scythe makers and other metal workers in the parish of Norton, 1533-1750 byKathleen M. Battye

Folk Craftsmanship in fruitwood: A seventeenth-century jointing plane dated 1682 by Jonathan Green-Plumb

Book reviews: Luigi Nessi - Antique Tools and Instruments by Elton W. Hall

Don and Anne Wing Early - Planemakers of London: Recent discoveries in the Tallow Chandlers and the Joiners Companies by David Willett

176 x 250mm 86pp  ISBN 0 947673 16 4

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The 15th issue of the TATHS Journal, published in 2008.

Articles include:

Maker's marks on golf clubs by Robert Gowland

Plane styles and the first planes in France by Pierre Bouillot

The Leverhulme Collection of British Trade cards by Louise Muse

Some facets of hand tool sheep-shearing in Australia by James Donaldson

Book review: A Pattern Book of Tools and Household Goods by Simon Barley

176 x 250mm 124pp 

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The 16th issue of the TATHS Journal, published in 2014.

Articles include:

The Sheffield Saw Industry 1750-1950 by Simon Barley

Coopers and Cooperages by Richard Filmer

The English Handsaw before the Industrial Revolution by Edward Ingraham

Vine Pruning and other billhooks from Southern Italy and Sicily by Robert Burgess

Book review: James Donaldson Sheep Shearing Handpieces in Australia by Warren Hewertson

176 x 250mm 108pp  ISBN 978-0-947673-23-9

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newsletters

Back issues of many of our printed newsletters are available, though some have now sold out and are available only electronically as pdf files. Use the index by publication to see the contents of any issue you are interested in and use the appropriate button below to add each issue you want to your shopping cart.