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1787 Directory of Sheffield

A facsimile of a very early directory of Sheffield, first published by Gale and Martin in 1787.


Gimlet Patterns and Manufacture

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


Historic French Nails & Fittings

An updated and revised second edition of a book by Dr Chris How on the history of nails and fixings. Covers the progression in time of wrought, cast and wire nails and fixings with details of their manufacture and variety. With sections on iron working and screws and bolts. A comprehensive work to assist in dating and identifying nails, screws and fixings.

187 well illustrated pages. 

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Mr. Marquois's Most Useful Pair of Scales

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.


Natural 19th & Early 20th Century Sharpening Stones and Hones

A reprint of a book published by TATHS and the TTTG in 2010. Written by Brian Read and Doug Morgan. 

A history of the production of whetstones and guide to identification.  64 pages. Well illustrated.


The Tool Chest of Benjamin Seaton

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.

Price reduced for limited period only. Normally £19.99


The Warrington Chest

This amazing chest was made by a Sheffield pattern maker, Ernest Warrington, when he was just 18 years old. The book traces Ernest’s family history, explains the trade of pattern making and its context in Sheffield, and tells the story of how the chest passed down the family.

Price reduced for limited period only. Normally £12.50.



Yarns from the Ropeworks

The latest TATHS publication for members is now on sale.