Saturday, March 28, 2015


My selection of gimlets.  The two straight-handled ones at the bottom right are identical, one marked "Mastercraft" and the other "Irwin 900."  Methinks Irwin made these for Canadian Tire.

Below, a few others I keep in my vintage tool chest.  I haven't been able to find any information on J.B. Ridge Ltd. of Sheffield.

Ashdown Catalogue, 1955
(As near as I can determine, a "bellhanger" was originally the term for the tradesman who installed the bell systems in the homes of the wealthy, who would use them to summon servants.  Later, it seems to have become a term for an electrician.)

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