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Manufacturers Index - Barnes Tool Co.
Last Modified: Jan 7 2017 12:49PM by Jeff_Joslin
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Founded in 1883, this company, established by machine designer Elbridge F. Barnes, made hand- and foot-powered machines. After his death in 1897, his wife, Genevieve took over. The firm incorporated in 1905 and survived to at least 1907.

Ad from May 1887 "Carpentry and Building"

Information Sources

  • A posting on the owwm discussion forum mentions a saw marked "E. F. Barnes / Barnes Tool Co. / New Haven, CT".
  • Patents granted to Elbridge F. Barnes provide additional clues to the years of operation and the products made. His patents were not explicitly assigned to this company.
  • From The Railroad, Telegraph, and Steamship Builders' Directory, 1888: a listing under wood-working machinery for "Barnes Tool Co., 958 Grand st., N. Haven Conn."
  • American Foot Power and Hand Power Machineryby Kenneth L. Cope, 2001 page 15.
  • A hand-cranked tablesaw from this maker was reported. An 1891 patent was granted to Elbridge F. Barnes for a boring attachment to a sawing machine.