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Forum topic by ki7hy posted 08-21-2016 04:04 AM 346 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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ki7hy

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08-21-2016 04:04 AM

I was at an antique store about a month ago and found a mortise gauge. It was pretty amazing, I hadn’t seen anything like it before so I figured I was suppose to bring it home.

I did some research on the thing and the best I can tell it was made in the 1800’s and was sold in a shop owned by a tool merchant named Henry Osborn called Newcastle Upon Tyne. There are no maker marks of any kind.

While doing the research I was only able to stumble on two of these other than the one I had purchased. One was broken on the auction site so the mortise pieces were missing. I wanted to use this gauge as a regular marking gauge so I figured why not buy the broken one so I could use that and keep this other in tact. So I did. I now have two of these and only know of one other. Obviously there were more made I’m sure but I can’t find them and would love to know more. If you have any insight please let me know.

These are made from solid brass and ebony, very heavy for what they are. About 6.5” long, feel super nice and mark like champs. Definitely love using them.








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#1 posted 08-21-2016 05:05 AM

Newcastle upon Tyne is a place. I think you meant to say “in a place called . . .”

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#2 posted 08-21-2016 05:07 AM

Sorry, actually it was a shop called Osborn, Newcastle On Tyne. At least from what I can figure. I can’t find much hoping for some insight.

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#3 posted 08-21-2016 05:42 AM

They certainly are beautifully made.

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#4 posted 08-23-2016 11:31 AM

Must be a UK design then, there are usually a handful of that type on ebay here at any given time.
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Antique-Rosewood-and-brass-marking-gauge-old-woodworking-tool-/351813995092?hash=item51e9bf8a54:g:q5YAAOSwMtxXtgv8
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Vintage-Brass-Ebony-Marking-Gauge-/112104493844?hash=item1a19f2d314:g:jAsAAOSwImpXpOm8

I think it gets classed as an Ultimatum ebony & brass marking gauge.
The Ultimatum Hand Brace is even prettier

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#5 posted 08-23-2016 03:09 PM

That’s fantastic input. Thank you. It’s amazing how inexpensive these things are.

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#6 posted 08-23-2016 03:57 PM

If your interested about the shop, it (handysides arcade) got knocked down in the 80’s to make way for the eldon shopping complex.

Not sure when it opened but it was open in 1903

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#7 posted 08-23-2016 04:20 PM

Wow Mike, That is fantastic. I am very interested. Even though these seem pretty common around there, not so much here.

I definitely would like to know who made these but that picture is pretty dang cool. Makes me want to walk in and see what else they have, sad it’s gone now. You definitely have more access to older tools than any of us do. We are a bit young over here.

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