Antique "Ward" Scribe Tool Marking Gauge Wood
“W.H.” also inscribed on rod
Ward and Payne, Ltd., Limbrick Works, Hillsborough, Sheffield made many types of forged hand tools during its long existence
Its 1953 Price List included "shears, secateurs, trowels, forks, cultivators, dibblers, hooks, hoes, rakes, spades, shovels, chisels, pliers, pincers, adzes, hatchets, choppers, augers, bits, drills, braces, try squares, levels, gauges, turnscrews, spokeshaves, saws, bradawls, punches, blades, planes, caulking irons, scrapers, plumb bobs, masons tools, hammers, pincers, needles, spanners, grips, calipers, vices, cramps, stops, compasses, dividers, ladles, mallets, wedges, knives, groovers, figure and letter marks, oil cans, glue pots."
Earlier, they also made wood chisels, files, razors, axes, and washer cutters
Their tools were labeled Ward & Payne or Ward, both with a traemark of 2 crossed hammers over an anvil
David Ward (about 1767-1822) founded the edge tool forging business in 1803
Typical marks with age use
No other issues noted
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