Vaughan & Bushnell Manufacturing

Vaughan & Bushnell Manufacturing, also known as Vaughan Manufacturing and branded as simply Vaughan, is an American manufacturing company that specializes in the production of hammers, axes, prybars, and hand saws. The company produces more than 250 different kinds of hammers.[1]

Vaughan & Bushnell Manufacturing
Privately owned
Founded1869 in Peoria, Illinois
FounderAlexander Vaughan
HeadquartersHebron, Illinois
ProductsStriking tools


Vaughan was founded in 1869 in Chicago, Illinois by Alexander Vaughan, an 18-year-old blacksmith, as a plumbing business. Vaughan soon set up a blacksmith shop behind a hardware store in Chicago owned by Sidney Bushnell. On June 15, 1869, Vaughan was granted a patent for an improved post auger[2] and began producing custom tools.

In 1871, much of the company was destroyed in the Great Chicago Fire, and Bushnell invested additional funds for the company, which was incorporated in 1882 as the Vaughan and Bushnell Manufacturing Company. The company began shifting its focus to hammers, hatchets, axes, and wrecking bars.

In 1922, the Bushnell family's interests in the company were bought out by the Vaughan family. In 1963, company's headquarters were relocated to Hebron, Illinois. In 1993, the company became the first striking tool manufacturer to receive ISO 9002 certification.[3]


  1. "Vaughan & Bushnell Manufacturing". Imex Exchange. Retrieved 2010-03-29.
  2. US 91387
  3. Vaughan & Bushnell Manufacturing. "History of Vaughan". Retrieved 2010-03-29.

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