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:
James Cam

Status Location
Historic Maritime II (1720-1800): The Second Colonial Dominion & the Early Republic
Woodworking: Planes Made in Maine
TBW1002 Panel raising plane with adjustable fence bio bio BDTM MHC-L
Wood (beech), steel blade, 14" long, 3 1/2" wide including the adjustable fence, 2" wide blade, signed "T. WATERMAN" on plane and
This is currently the earliest signed hand plane known to have been made in the state of Maine. The Waterman signature is distinctly 18th
century. The plane was probably made in the last years of the 18th century. James Cam, the prolific Sheffield, England edge tool
manufacturer made the blade for this plane. Many Cam blades and tools were imported to America during this time. The biography links for
Waterman and Cam go to pages that include photographs of this plane.
Historic Maritime III (1800-1840): Boomtown Years & the Dawn of the Industrial
Woodworking: Edge Tools - Imported Cast Steel
TCC1003 Chisel bio DTM MH
Cast steel with oak handle, 9 1/2" long including handle, blade 1 3/4" wide, signed "James Cam cast steel".
The handle is strongly beveled. James Cam was one of the most prolific Sheffield edge tool manufacturers.
111002T3 Drawknife DTM MH
Cast steel, brass ferrules, wood handle with iron rivets, 17 1/2" long, 10 1/4" long blade, signed "JAMES CAM CAST STEEL".
This is a very fine example of a quality English edge tool.
TCC1009 Gouge bio DTM MH
Cast steel, 6 5/8" long, 5/16" wide, signed "J. CAM".
Historic Maritime IV (1840-1865): The Early Industrial Revolution
Woodworking: Planes Made in Maine
81101T1 Double sash plane bio bio BDTM MH
Wood (beech), cast steel blades, 9 1/2" long, 5/8" wide blades, signed on plane "B Morrill Bangor" and blades signed "James Cam".
The Registry of Maine Toolmakers (2008) lists Morrill as working in Bangor as early as 1832. (See the Dec. 4 minutes of the Bangor
Mechanic's Association.) Morrill also served in the state legislature. Morrill's planes are considered rare -- this is the only known specimen
of a Morrill double sash and its crisp signature and mint condition make it an important artifact from the boomtown years of Bangor. This
plane also illustrates the reliance on English cast steel as late as the 1830s.

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