BOLT'S ANTIQUE TOOL MUSEUM (BATM) - now has on display over 12,000 of the most important items ever invented by mankind, 'HAND TOOLS'.
This makes BATM the only known location of its kind in the
BATM is bursting at the walls with displays, history,
cataloging, information, and extremely knowledgeable docents to
help in maintaining these things that most of us take for
granted in our everyday lives.
We are in need of your help! We would very much like
to become a self sufficient, self supporting member of the local
Your donation will be used only for helping to make BATM a
self supporting member of the community and if you would be so
kind as to help us in our endeavor to become the most unique
museum of its kind in the world and a self supporting member of
the local community we look forward to having you on board this
|Antique Tool Talk|
|Articles and Testimonials|
|Tool Time Line|
|Tool Lovers Club|
City of Oroville
Thank You for your
Danny Ray Thomas
All dates are approximate and are based on the information
The "Stone" was the first tool used by man
The first tool made by man was the attachment of a stick to the stone,
which created more leverage.
The first "IRON" tools made were the TONG, RASP and SHEAR,
|The "BLACKSMITH" was the worlds
toolmaker for approximately 2,200 years.
|The first manufactured and patented wrench in the U.S.A. was the "MONKEY WRENCH," which was the dominant tool in the market place from 1835 thru the 1870's.|
|In the 1870's, the "ALLIGATOR WRENCH" was patented, but this tool apparently was hand made and used 20 to 30 years before that time.|
The "CAST WRENCH" seems to
have come on the scene in the early 1800's
|The "STAMPED WRENCH" in the late 1800's.|
|The "FORGED WRENCH" came on the scene in the early 1900's.|
|A major advancement for the tool industry was the development of the Ratchet/Socket combination, which was initiated by patents in the 1920's.|
A lasting change in hand wrenches
occurred in 1933 with the perfection of what is now known as the "COMBINATION WRENCH,"
|Like all other items useful to man, there are never-ending functional developments in the field of tools. We continue to see new and more pleasing design changes coupled with modifications that make our tasks more efficiently accomplished.|