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Manufacturers Index - Olney & Warrin
History
Last Modified: May 19 2015 11:43PM by Jeff_Joslin
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This firm, established in December 1897 by George H. Olney and Ernest Warrin, is known to have been active through 1932, and perhaps for longer. They were mostly a reseller rather than a manufacturer of woodworking machinery. The item shown below is one of only two items we have seen that claims to have been actually made by them. The other is a shaper guard.


Olney & Warrin sash mortising drill. Compare to a similar unit from Grand Rapids Sash Pulley Co..

Information Sources

  • Obtained from the New York Public Library are a number of ads from the NY Times from 1900 to 1903 for boilers, smoke stacks, steam engines, shafting and pulleys and electric tool post grinders made by Schauer Co. This obit was included in the info;
    ROBERT GRAHAM ZEPP. New York Times. New York: Feb 28, 1932. p. 25 (1 page)
    Robert Graham Zepp, vice president of the machinery firm of Olney & Warrin, Lafayette Street, Manhattan, died yesterday at his home, 25 Jackson Place, Baldwin, L.I., at the age of 45. ...
  • An owwm.org discussion references several useful articles, including an article in the 1898-08-22 Tammany Times that gives the December 1897 founding date.
  • The 1914 Directory of Directors in the City of New York lists "OLNEY, GEORGE H., 66 Centre Street. Olney & Warrin, Dir." Also listed at the same address and firm is "WARRIN, ERNEST... Pres. and Dir.
  • For-sale listing reported in the owwm discussion forum for a 12" jointer. This machine turned out to be a Crescent with an Olney & Warrin dealer's badge.
  • A web search found a mention of an Olney & Warrin steam engine.
  • A 26 inch Band Saw was recently uncovered with an Olney & Warrin Badge, but the machine is believed to have been made by Silver Manufacturing of Salem, Ohio and resold by Olney & Warrin.