My grandfather's hand tools #3: Upson Nut Co. No 84

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Blog entry by Lucasd2002 posted 10-29-2014 02:36 AM 2960 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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This is one of my favorites. I know it’s not rare or particularly valuable, but it feels right. The brass shines up nice and the wood (boxwood, I guess) is in good shape.

I believe that Upson was acquired by Stanley in 1890, but continued making rulers under the Upson name for decades.

There is surprisingly little information about Upson Nut Co. online.

This is one of the better souces I see:
“According to John Walter’s book on Stanley Tools…. ‘In 1893, Stanley Rule and Level acquired the tool division of the Upson Nut Company, a division of the Standard Rule Co., both of Unionville,CT.’”


“Bill Ghio asked about this co. making rules and Don Screen provided some info about their doing so. Don said his source said Upson was part of the Standard Rule Co.; my source (the DAT) has it the other way around.
Andrew Upson was Pres. of Standard Rule before folding it into his Upson Nut Co. in 1888. Some or all of the Upson Nut Co. moved to Cleveland, OH; that may have been around 1893 when Stanley took over part of their business and possibly their CT facility. A 1911 source shows the OH co. making hardware and such, but no tools.

Several other rule makers, including Upson, used Stanley’s numbers on their similar rules.”


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#1 posted 11-10-2017 07:44 PM

I have the same ruler. It was my grandfathers’s. He imigrated to the US from Italy, and built everything my father’s family had by hand, I imagine, using this ruler. I wish it could tell stories. My father used it, and since I do a lot of building on my own, he passed it down to me.

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