This firm was established in 1872 to manufacture thread cutting tools, i.e., taps and dies. The founders were Solon Wiley and Charles P. Russell, nephew of the founder of the J. Russell Cutlery Co. They acquired the shops on the Green River vacated when the Russell cutlery moved to Turners Falls.
The company's product line expanded with tools and machinery for farriers, blacksmiths and wheelwrights. This included a line of drilling machines, post and freestanding, for manual and power operation. The drilling machines uses the "Green River" trademark.
In 1912 Wiley & Russell Mfg. Co. was acquired by Greenfield Tap & Die Corp. The Wiley & Russell name, along with all tools and machinery not related to thread cutting, were discontinued after 1916.
Please note that this website is focused on woodworking machinery, metalworking machinery and steam & gas engines; hand tools are outside of our scope. If you have questions related to this company, you can contact the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage.
- The information here is courtesy of Albert Shane, curator of Greenfield's Museum of Our Industrial Heritage.
- Carriage and Wagon Makers Machinery and Tools by Kenneth L. Cope, 2004 page 190