Old Bell Piano Factory – Guelph – Clamps

Aug 14, 2020 | Olde Tools

Who pays $150 for three wooden clamps? THIS GUY!
Guelph antiques are rare to begin with. Actually wooden clamps with makers marks (these ones are marked “R. Bliss, Pawtucket, R.I.”). More importantly, they are marked “W.Bell & Co.” forerunner to the “Bell Piano and Organ Co.” of Guelph. It was more than 25 years ago on Locke Street in Hamilton that I bought a beautiful hanging chest in ash and black walnut that was an apprenticeship piece that came from the Bell factory. About 15 years ago, I picked up an 1871 Stanley advertising pamphlet which had a testimonial from the Bell Piano Factory. Stanley began making planes in 1869, so it shows the reach of American marketing organizations.
I own a complete set of Stanley first year planes and I given that I have held off on completing this chest, I think i will build tills to put the early Stanleys’ in this one. The clamps will be an interesting go-with… along with the 1920’s employee photo I found a couple of years back.


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