The Davistown Museum
Center for the Study of Early Tools
Scattered throughout The Davistown Museum are tools by important manufacturers who are also the subject of
information files compiled by the museum. This is a listing of our holdings for:
Josiah Fowler Co.

Status Location
Historic Maritime IV (1840-1865): The Early Industrial Revolution
Woodworking: Axes and Hatchets
41203T13 Broad ax bio photo DTM MH
Forged iron and steel, 9" wide blade, signed with the distinctive touchmark of J Fowler of St. Johns, New Brunswick.
This is an excellent example of a forged ax with a weld steel cutting edge. Did Fowler use cast steel as his weld steel? Probably, yes.
42710T1 Broad ax bio photo DTM MH
Forged iron and steel, 30 1/2" long, 10 1/4" wide head, 6 3/4" cutting edge, signed "JOSIAH FOWLER CO. LTD" with an F in a triangle.
Woodworking: Edge Tools
31908PC4 Adz bio photo DTM MH
Steel and wood, 30" long, 5" wide blade, signed "JOSIAH FOWLER CO. LT." and "ST. JOHN N.B.".
Josiah Fowler was a St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, edge toolmaker from 1864 to 1920.
040103T12 Block poll adz bio photo DTM MH
Forged steel, 8" long, 4 3/8" wide blade, signed with what appears to be the touchmark of Josiah Fowler.
A hefty and finely made block adz, this tool seems to be all forged steel with no evidence of a weld steel lap.
TCS1003 Socket chisel bio BDTM MH
Forged iron and steel, 7 1/4" long, signed "J Fowler St John NB".

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