Thursday, July 24, 2014

Addis Brand tools

1) JB Addis

James Bacon Addis was awarded a medal at the Great exhibition in 1851. This was stamped on the tool see below. He went on to win medals in 1862, 1870 & 1871. He commonly stamped these dates on his chisels. This suggest this chisel was made between 1851 and 1862. The large lettering and fancy script also suggest early manufacture. See this article for a history of Addis tools Gary P. Laroff, old tools archive 2006

I went for my regular look at the refuse recycling shop in town.
In a bin was a carving chisel, odd handle and I'm thinking Pfiel

carving chisel, quick grab, can't make out the name (combination
of poor light, poor eyesight and paint over the name stamp).
Put it together with a lot of other tools and paid for them feeling

very pleased with myself.

At home, a clean up and examination with magnifying glasses,

not Pfiel but Addis and quite different to the Ward & Payne
SJ Addis chisels I have.

Onto the net and found the article by Gary Laroff. Obviously

different to what has been described, so contacted Gary
Laroff and bingo. Very satisfying.

So that is the story behind the find. What is its likely history?

The Chisel would have been made in the 1850's. If it was made
after 1862 it would have been stamped 1862 for the next prize medal.
The 1850's was a time of early immigration into New Zealand.
(The founding treaty document was signed in 1840 with the Maori). It
probably came out to New Zealand in a sailing ship with a craftsman's
job lot of tools at this time.

It would then have been passed down in the family as one of Grandad's
tools. Eventually it ended up as on one of those loose tools in the 
garage which got thrown into the recycling bin during a clean up.

Luckily it ended up in a recycling depot's shop

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Underground petrol tanks - Toby Cover lids

These covered the valves/access points for the underground petrol tanks

Heavy cast items with the owners names cast in them
Size 9in diameter (235mm)  

1) BP

Size 9in diameter (235mm)

The wording around the edge. Reads "Property of the British Petroleum Co of NZ Ltd"

The BP in a shield close up
 There is a number "1" stamped above the top of the shield

The underside has a supporting X for strength

Monday, February 24, 2014

Charles Taylor Chisels - Screw brand

Charles Taylor Chisels - Screw Brand

1) 5/8in Firmer chisel with label

Cutting edge
 Brass Ferrule
 Handle head
Blade Markings -
Charles Taylor's,
Sheffield Tools Ltd
 Blade marking back side
Cast Steel
Handle label
 Top part of label

Friday, February 21, 2014

John Rabone & Sons, folding rule, Boiler makers

John Rabone and Sons, Birmingham made folding rules.

Some were particularly specialised. This one maybe a boilermakers rule (scale for copper furnaces)

This is labelled
"John Rabone & Sons Birmingham"

It is not numbered.
It does however have some unusual scales

1)  Copper Furnaces
Top, Sides, LTC B, Galls

2) Flat Iron
per Foot
by 1/4in Thick
Also Square iron per foot

3) Round
per foot

4) CWT

Has sliding vernier measuring in inches