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:
W. H. and J. H. Cary

Status Location
Historic Maritime III (1800-1840): Boomtown Years & the Dawn of the Industrial
Woodworking: Planes Made in Maine
50402T3 Yankee plow plane bio photo LPC MH
Wood with brass, forged steel blade, and iron rivets, 8 3/8" long, 7 3/4" wide fence, signed "W. H. Cary".
The plane has atypical brass depth stops. This plane was probably made in Maine after Cary moved from New Salem, MA. As noted in
DATM (Nelson 1999), the Cary family made farm tools and plows in Houlton later in the 19th century (-1869 - 71-); his son, J. H. Cary stayed
in New Salem as a rule and caliper maker. The 4th Edition of Pollack (2001) agrees with Trevor Robinson (see bio link) that Cary never
made any planes after moving to Houlton. This information is disputed by Bob Wheeler who formerly owned it; it is now loaned to the Museum
by the current owner.

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