First Prototype Workmate

Made:
1961

First prototype workbase, predecessor of the ‘Workmate’ combined vice and workbench, built by Ron Hickman, UK, 1961.

This is the first prototype 'Workmate' workbench designed and built by Ron Hickman, manufacturing rights for which were subsequently sold to Black & Decker.

The ’Workmate’ has proved to be a major success story in British invention post-war, around 70 million examples now having been sold internationally. The object’s development has been a case study in innovation, often in the face of disbelief by potential partners, and of successful defence of a patented invention under both trying and novel circumstances.

Details

Category:
Hand and Machine Tools
Object Number:
2020-114
Materials:
steel (metal) and wood (unidentified)
type:
workbench