You wrote, among other worthy words,
.... I recommend ... visiting Sheffield, where the Kelham Island Museum houses
the Hawley Collection of galoot tools, and a vast, vast, library of catalogues
and printed material, for which you will need to get some special permissions
Hmmm. Snipping seems quite appropriate in a thread originally about scissors and
I'd like to second Richard's recommendation to visit the Kelham Island Museum in
Sheffield. I had the pleasure of visiting there in 2016. I mentioned to the
person at the check-in desk that I was particularly interested in Charles
Taylor's Sheffield Tool Works. After a while, one of the archivists tracked me
down to show me one of their catalogs from 100 years ago or so. After a while
she brought me another catalog, this time from after James Cam took over the
Charles Taylor product line. I was allowed to photograph both catalogs, page by
page. She even showed me on a local map where the company was located.
Some great tool displays there. A delightful place for a Galoot to spend a day.
north of Seattle USA