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.

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Examples of Tools in 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.

Best Wishes for the New Year!

As we roll into 2016, Alloy Artifacts would like wish all of our readers a happy and prosperous New Year. We're glad to have made some important improvements here during the last few months of 2015, and we hope to build on these changes in the coming year. Planned improvements include a more mobile-friendly layout, better indexing, and of course lots more tools.

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!

Home Page Changelog (Last Updated Feb. 1, 2016)
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