This site is put together by Mel Miller, member of the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association, PAST, and PNTC. I’ve collected old tools, etc. since the mid 80s, specializing in Davis Levels and Patented planes. Patented planes are all the odd, short lived planes mfg. in the US from 1850 on by various plane makers who each had “a better idea”.
This Davis Level study is a work in progress, and comments or additional information are welcome. Original literature & information on Davis levels is scarce. I have collected & studied
these levels for over 15 years, and much of the information on this site comes from personal observation and informed guesses. I would also like to thank the many fellow tool collectors that have contributed to this study.
L. L. Davis and the Davis Level & Tool Co.
Makers of fine antique cast iron & wood levels 1867-1892
Feel free to email questions about old tools - but please don’t ask what they are worth. The value of these items depends on many things, including condition and desirability, which can’t be determined by email. This Davis Level study is a work in progress, and comments or additional information are welcome.