American Levels and Their Makers, New England, Don Rosebrook
267 pages of pictures and well written descriptions
Published in 1999 by Astragal Press
“A groundbreaking book on levels, from the leading expert in this area of tool collecting. The authors’ meticulous research covers over 80 companies and individuals that made and/or sold levels in New England, starting with the earliest known level maker in 1743 and proceeding through the mid-twentieth century. For each maker, Rosebrook provides historical background and a full discussion of the maker s product lines, accompanied by hundreds of photographs of sample levels (many in color) and, where possible, an indication of the levels rarity. Also included are an extensive section on the Stanley Rule & Level Co., a full discussion of the product lines of such Boston area makers as Watts and Harmon, type studies for Davis, Stratton, and Stanley levels, many broadsides, instruction sheets, and other advertisements, and much more. The levels photographed for this volume come from collections all over the United States. American Levels and Their Makers fills a large void in the world of tool identification and is a must for the tool collector.”
“It is important for a prospective buyer to note the subtitle of this book. The book does NOT provide complete coverage of all American made levels - only those made in New England. This is the first of a planned series of three or four volumes which, if/when completed, will cover all U.S. makers. Rosebrook's exhaustive research and attention to detail have dictated this multi-volume approach for reasons of both time and book size. This first volume will make anyone with even a modest interest in levels thirst for those to come. As might be gathered, this reviewer gives this book a strong thumbs up.
Besides the data presented by Rosebrook, much credit for the book's appeal must be given to Dr. Dennis Fisher who took the multitude of pictures in the book.
The chapter layout of the book may be somewhat confusing at first. Some makers have complete chapters to themselves while others are grouped together in one chapter. Makers from one state are grouped into a series of chapters, but are not necessarily in alphabetic order within that group or within a single chapter that combines several of them. Use of the Table of Contents and/or the Index is required if seeking reference data on a particular maker. Besides its excellence as a reference source, most of this book invites one to sit down with it simply for a good read. There are, however, some spots where the level of minor technical details is of more reference than reading interest.” --- Reviewed by:Bob Nelson
I don’t know if there were other volumes written.
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