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.

Tool Sales Underway. The previously announced sale of our tool inventory is now underway. Please refer to the Tool Sale Announcement for details.

Major Policy Change. Please see the new Announcements section for a major policy change regarding our Tool Inventory Policy.

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.

Home Page Changelog (Last Updated Apr. 25, 2016)
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