This page serves as directory to an encyclopedic study of the Millers Falls Company, a hand tool manufacturer once located in Western Massachusetts. The site features a company history, biographies of figures associated with the business, guides to some of the its hand tools and an illustrated list of publications it distributed. A Massachusetts-based entity until 1982, the firm was incorporated as the Millers Falls Manufacturing Company in 1868, was renamed the Millers Falls Company in 1872 and became a division of Ingersoll-Rand in 1962. Operations were relocated to New Jersey in 1982 following a leveraged buyout.
The pages at oldtoolheaven.com include information on the history and tools of a number of hardware businesses that were either absorbed by the Millers Falls Falls Company or affiliated with it in some way. Notable among these are the Goodell-Pratt Company; the Langdon Mitre Box Company; Gunn, Amidon & Company and the various enterprises of Charles H. Amidon and Quimby S. Backus. The tools manufactured by these latter firms were of excellent quality, and like Millers Falls products, they are prized by collectors of antique tools and woodworkers alike.
Although the company's hand-powered woodworking tools are emphasized here, the firm manufactured and distributed precision tools, mechanics' tools and power tools as well. The site's emphasis on hand planes, bit braces, drills, miter boxes, screwdrivers and the like can be deceiving. Those using these pages should be aware that for the last forty to fifty years of its existence, the operation was dependent on the success of its electric tools.
The product of eighteen years' research, the site is revised as new information comes to light. The author, Randy Roeder, has been an academic librarian for thirty-five years and has written a half dozen tool-related articles for the Gristmill, the journal of the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association. He continues to research the Millers Falls Company, its predecessors and the businesses related to it.
Back by Popular demand!!!! The Cosgrove Tool Meet
Now returning by popular demand—for 18 years the September M-WTCA Area D tool show in Cosgrove, Iowa, was one of the best antique tool events in the Iowa/Illinois/Wisconsin/Minnesota border area. The event is returning this fall after a seven-year hiatus. Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 20, 2015. The event begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Cosgrove Community Center.
Conveniently located west of Iowa City a few miles off Interstate 80, the meet will take place indoors in a former school gymnasium. Cosgrove itself is quite small but overnight accomodations and marvelous restaurants are available in the nearby Iowa City/Coralville metro area.
Non-members are welcome at M-WTCA meets as guests of current members or by making arrangements in advance with one of the meeting hosts. The starting time, cost of admission and table rental for this event have yet to be determined.
For additional information, contact one of the two meeting hosts. Please do not write them for Millers Falls information. They do not collect the company's tools.