Alloy Artifacts

Museum of Tool History

"Exploring Ingenuity in Iron"

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Welcome to Alloy Artifacts!

Alloy Artifacts is an online tool museum and resource center for information on 20th century hand tools. You'll find thousands of high-quality photographs of different types and makes of tools, with background history on the tool companies that helped shape the industry. We also provide tables of patents and trademarks, logo images to help identify unfamiliar tools, a timeline of tool industry events, and finally a Site Index to help find everything.

What's New (Last Updated Nov. 21, 2015)
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Sample Photos from the Alloy Artifacts Collection
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  The Quotidian Artifact

Ten Years and 5000+ Tools Later ...

Alloy Artifacts is 10! September 2015 marks the tenth anniversary of the founding of the Alloy Artifacts website. From a modest beginning with three articles and ten or twenty photographs, the site has grown to offer more than 5,000 photographs of tools, with historical information for dozens of tool companies. Long-time readers may remember the "dark ages" before this site came online, when an internet search for a tool or tool company likely found nothing at all, or at best a mix of speculation and misinformation. Alloy Artifacts provides solid information in the form of photographs, references to printed material, public documents such as patents and trademarks, and (when possible) links to other online resources.

Correcting the record. We've just moved the "Pick-Up" wrench to a new entry for New Britain Manufacturing, based on new evidence that this company was not affiliated with New Britain Machine.

A New Look for the Home Page

We've given our home page a long-overdue update, with an expanded slide show of sample photos. The slide show needs Javascript to operate though, so we've also added a warning in case you have Javascript disabled.

Breaking News!

We've just found a long-sought example to associate a well-known maker with the Sears "AF" manufacturer's code ... see the Merit 6-Piece Wrench Set for details!

Please Update Your Links!

The old Comcast pages are now gone, and we would like to ask our readers to update any bookmarks or links that refer to the old Comcast address. If you maintain web pages that refer to this site, please make sure that your links point to our new address.

Accessing the Web Pages

Our new hosting site is working very well and all pages are now accessible at, with an alternate address at

We've taken advantage of the move to dust off our pages a bit -- fixing broken links and other bit-rot -- as well as adding a few minor updates. The new site will allow us to do some things that are not feasible with static pages, such as online surveys and generated pages. We hope to add some new features and content as time permits.

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