Has anyone ever found any information on a Furney-Shirwin company? I asked that on the drawing thread earlier, because I couldn't find out anything. I checked several sources, against Furney, Shirwin, Furney-Shirwin, and even Furney-Sherwin (as in Sherwin-Williams), to include the US Patent and Trademark Office, and found zip. Since it looks like the Federal Tool Co. built these screwdrivers, maybe that whole annotation, not just the parentheses, was a mistake.
The sane explantion is that Furney-Shirwin was an actual company that never trademarked their tools, never sold a single screwdriver to Willys or QMC or ORD, and soon went out of business, leaving behind for posterity only a single bizarre engineer's note on a long-lost Willys-Overland drawing, and it's just a strange coincidence that the company happened to share an 'irwin' in their name with one of the names of the other three screwdriver manufacturers..., but 'Furney-Shirwin' sounds an awful lot like "Furnish Irwin" to me.
As in something to the effect of, "...furnish Irwin, or Federal, and I'll get back to you on Fairmount..."
Hey - if N.Q.C. is shift left alphanumeric code for O.R.D. - I am ruling nothing