|Forum topic by ki7hy||posted 08-21-2016 04:04 AM||414 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
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.