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Manufacturers Index - Rollstone Machine Works

Rollstone Machine Works
Fitchburg, MA, and Anniston, AL, U.S.A.
Manufacturer Class: Wood Working Machinery

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Patent Number Date Title Name City Description
11,511 Aug. 08, 1854 Fan-blower Solomon W. Ruggles Fitchburg, MA
16,814 Mar. 10, 1857 Circular sawing machine C. P. S. Wardwell Lake Village, NH This double-arbor tablesaw was a big commercial success, and the basic design remained popular for over 100 years until better combination blades made it less advantageous to have two different blades readily available. The Wardwell saw was sold by Wardwell himself from 1857-1863 (based on ads in Scientific American), then by James Goodrich & Co. (1867 ad), L. D. Fay of Worcester (1868-1869 ads in Scientific American), then by Rollstone Machine Works (1872-1883 ads in Manufacturer & Builder).
26,192 Nov. 22, 1859 Lathe attachment Cheney Kilburn Burlington, VT The June 1873 issue of Manufacturer & Builder has an article on a "lathe with the Kilburn smoothing-knife attachment", made by Rollstone Machine Works. An 1878 ad for Rollstone Machine Works lists "Gauge Lathes with Kilburn Patent Finishing Knife Attachment, for Chair, Furniture, Handle, Balusters and other nice Turning".
58,498 Oct. 02, 1866 Angular saw-gage James Goodrich Fitchburg, MA Inventor Goodrich was the founder of James Goodrich & Co., which became Rollstone Machine Works about 1867. These companies made Wardwell's patent tablesaw (patent 16,814), among other products. An article in the 1880-06-05 American Machinist features a saw table bearing this patent date along with the date for patent 16,814.
    Angular saw-gage Elbridge G. Stanley Fitchburg, MA  
89,652 May. 04, 1869 Improvement in self-oiling pulleys Henry J. Colburn Fitchburg, MA
    Improvement in self-oiling pulleys James Goodrich Fitchburg, MA  
110,451 Dec. 27, 1870 Improvement in saw-mills Charles M. Flint Hancock, NH An 1871 ad for Rollstone Machine Works lists "Flints Patent Saw Mills" among their products. An 1898 ad for F. S. Lovell Machine Works featured "Flint's patent lever set circular sawmills". Other information indicates that Franklin S. Lovell bought out Charles M. Flint's works in Fitchburg, MA, in 1888.
111,632 Feb. 07, 1871 Improvement in planing-machines Henry J. Colburn Fitchburg, MA The reissue of this patent was assigned to William H. Doane, who was the president of J. A. Fay & Co.
This patent was the subject of litigation; see the link to Fay v. Preble.
    Improvement in planing-machines James Goodrich Fitchburg, MA  
114,129 Apr. 25, 1871 Improvement in self-oiling pulleys Henry J. Colburn Fitchburg, MA
    Improvement in self-oiling pulleys James Goodrich Fitchburg, MA  
244,741 Jul. 26, 1881 Wood-turning lathe Henry J. Colburn Fitchburg, MA
250,425 Dec. 06, 1881 Circular sawing machine Henry J. Colburn Fitchburg, MA This saw was seen in an 1898 ad for Baker Brothers of Toledo.
250,712 Dec. 13, 1881 Circular sawing machine Henry J. Colburn Fitchburg, MA This is a double-arbor saw of the Wardwell type, i.e., with two arbors mounted on a rotating frame so that one blade can be raised above the table while the other is simultaneously lowered below the table.