โ€‹William Marples and Sons Ltd .....a study still in progress

William Marples and Sons, Ltd. information

This site is dedicated to what was the foremost tool manufacturing firm in Sheffield, England for over 200 years, and therefore I will endeavour to explore for you its tools, catalogues, marks and history due to my total interest in this firm and its wares.

 BUT  please be advised that this site will not present as a slick professional 'computer expert' type site.

There will never be any flashing adverts to endure that try to induce you to buy 'whatever rubbish ';  no cunning use of colour to dazzle your brain and certainly no links to any Facebook, Twitter, Twatter, etc, or any other foolish 'modern' contrivances [that certainly only exist merely to extract and share your personal  details for nefarious illegal pursuits and by persons who cannot hold down a real job!].  

Here you will only have to endure just plain old facts, figures,  much silly talk and many photographs pertaining to that great firm,

William Marples and Sons, Ltd.       

Of necessity I will be limiting my research and reporting only to Woodworking Tools provisionally, but you may find small amounts of information that cross the boundaries with other categories of hand tools. { see the Miscellaneous Section}


I have collected almost every catalogue that MARPLES issued and I therefore have the research ability to produce studies about most MARPLES tools.   This collection of catalogues has taken me so many years to acquire and a good deal of my hard earned income.  But I still search today for those that I do not possess and from which I can draw information in order to further my reporting to this site.

 Should you wish to contact me to get a vintage tool explanation, please be advised that these things take time and effort and I will now need to charge a small fee because โ€‹of the time and effort it takes to the answering of these details. Sorry that I have to do this, but I have answered so many questions before now and to many I have received but cursary thanks, if any. 

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See the 'Catalogues' section/page. (And yes, 'Catalogues' IS the correct spelling, .....this is a British site.....so let us hear no more about it!)


If you feel that the information contained herein is what you were searching for,  I would be most pleased to receive a small donation ($5) to help keep this site on line.

Unfortunatly I have not received enough donations to keep this site alive and it will therefore go off line, along with all the informations contained within,  around October 15th.  

Contact me and I will provide you with the PayPal address into which to pay some funds. And I would thank you!


Contact me at:  edgeman@rogers.com