Category Archives: Antique

North Brothers Yankee Handyman No. 133H

Tool: Yankee Handyman No. 133H, North Brothers Manufacturing Company

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As usual, before I write about a tool on, I do a bit of online research to see what other’s are saying. Thanks to Ron’s Woodshop, I learned a little about the number system with this old Yankee driver. If Ron is correct, the number 1 in the model No. 133 indicates this driver has a spring. So, it is a model 33 with a spring, making it No. 133H.
I do recommend checking out Ron’s page on Yankee drivers solely for the video at the end where, neglecting to pre-drill, he struggles to drive screws into a board with two Yankee drivers. I watched the video because it says for the “bloody-minded” but I never did see him rip any skin. Oh well, I don’t really like horror movies anyway and I’ve ripped more skin in a year than the average human does in a decade.  Continue reading North Brothers Yankee Handyman No. 133H

Millers Falls Antique Push Drill

Tool: Millers Falls Co. Wooden Handled Push Drill with Bits

My second Millers Falls Push Drill on features a wooden handle with a complete set of bits stored beneath it’s removable wooden cap. (See the other one) I’m not precisely sure where I got this Millers Falls Co. Push Drill but it’s been in my ‘abandoned tools’ box for years.

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North Bros Yankee Screwdriver No. 130

Tool: “Yankee” No. 130 by North Bros Mfg Co.

Another tool that I received as a gift in a small box of antique tools. This North Bros. Yankee Screwdriver is in great working condition though I don’t really use it. North Brothers made the original “Yankee” spiral ratchet screwdrivers with removable tips, beginning in 1899.

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H.D. Smith & Co Nut Wrench

Tool: H.D. Smith & Co Nut Wrench

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This nut wrench was owned by an upholster. His name is stamped on every tool and multiple times on each one: J. Lainc. It’s almost obsessive how many times he stamped his name on some of the handles, tool bodies and cases. Here is another turn of the century tool from his magic box.

Check out this photo showing the maker’s mark.

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Yes, I’ve used it. It’s not like I gently place this tool in some velvet case. It’s tossed in with a mess of other hand tools in my “overflow bin” – tools I haven’t hung above my workbench yet, that I use often enough to have them on the workbench shelf. It’s of a hardy breed.

Patent Marked Feb. 26 1901 this Perfect Handle Wrench must have cranked around a lot of nuts. The reverse side of this H.D. Smith Wrench is stamped 1985. Any ideas why?

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Keuffel & Esser Antique Tape Measure

Tool: Keuffel & Esser Antique Leather/Cloth Tape Measure

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This Keuffel & Esser Cloth Tape Measure is the first antique tool posted on and with it comes a story of Woodworker’s fate. I’m talking about two kinds of fate here; the kind which befell the original owner and the kind which landed his tools in this woodworker’s hands.

A Keuffel & Esser Tape Measure was included in the 1939 World’s Fair Time Capsule.

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