The Stanley Works Tinsmith's Hammer c.1940

  • Not on view

The tinsmith’s hammer was designed by the Stanley Works Company specifically for use by tinsmiths, who make objects out of sheets of iron coated with tin (called “tinplates”) and then run through rollers. Tinsmiths (skilled metal workers) have been present in America since 1720. Because they typically form objects into simple shapes, tinsmiths need only a few tools in addition to the hammer―large shears, hand scissors, and an anvil.

This tinsmith’s hammer was part of an exhibition at MoMA titled Useful Objects Under Ten Dollars (December 2, 1941-January 4, 1942), which celebrated the ideal of standardization to make good design universally available. The hammer and all the other objects on view were examples of well-designed objects that were all commercially available at low cost.

Steel and wood
12 x 4 3/8 x 1" (30.5 x 11.1 x 2.5 cm)
Object number
Architecture and Design

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