Before the Civil War interrupted his plans, William Nicholson had been contemplating the design and development of a standard file. Visit this link: http://toolarchives.com/?q=nicholson---a-walk-through-time#overlay-conte... to view a timeline of the Nicholson Corporate history.
In 1864, the Nicholson file was formally born.
On April 5, 1864 William Thomas Nicholson successfully patents his first file cutting machine.
The Nicholson File Company, was founded by William Thomas Nicholson (1834-1893) in 1864 in Providence, Rhode Island.
On May 9, 1876 William Thomas Nicholson successfully patents a machine for stripping file-blanks.
On May 9, 1876 William Thomas Nicholson successfully patents a different machine for cutting files.
An early example of some Nicholson File packaging from 1878.
The Nicholson® File Company's World's Fair Exhibit - Chicago 1893 Over 3,000 Varieties of Files and Rasps are displayed.