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Forum topic by Bugnurd posted 09-13-2014 05:57 PM 1922 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Bugnurd

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09-13-2014 05:57 PM

Hi,
Just returned from a round of yard saleing and came back with a bunch of great stuff. One interesting item is this multi tool awl handle that I found. I can’t seem to find any info about it, maybe someone here has seen these before. The best part was when I got it home and was checking it out, there was some rattling inside, so I unscrew the brass and there are a bunch of different tools inside that you can switch out! I bet it’s rare to find these with all the pieces. Anyway, the wood handle says “HENRY’S PAT.MAR,3,1874” and the brass is stamped “J.BRITTON&SON, STOUGHTON,MASS, SOLE M’F’R’S.” Any info would be awesome. This is an exquisite tool in amazing condition! Here are some pics.

-- Marc -- Worcester, MA


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#1 posted 09-13-2014 06:01 PM

Never seen anything like that, but it sure is cool. I would use that thing all the time. Looks like a good apron tool. Great score.

What else did ya get?

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#2 posted 09-13-2014 06:08 PM

Refered to as a Tool Handle. Several makers, they were once a reasonably common gent’s toolkit piece. Very nice example you have. Often the handles were rosewood.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#3 posted 09-13-2014 06:38 PM

Sweet, thanks Smitty. That’ll help my digging.

Oyster, I also picked up a Stanley #18 bevel gauge, a Greenlee 1/4” firmer chisel, a Buck Bros Burnisher, a cute little all-steel try square stamped J.Harrison (owner or maker?), a 10” Peck, Stow & Wilcox divider, and an old no-name 14” back saw. Believe it or not, the bevel, chisel, tool handle and dividers were only a quarter each!!

-- Marc -- Worcester, MA

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#4 posted 09-13-2014 07:13 PM

The handle on that backsaw is very distinct. Post that pic on the saw thread and you’ll know who made it in short oder.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#5 posted 09-13-2014 07:16 PM

Cool. Great haul. I need a little try square like that.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#6 posted 09-13-2014 07:32 PM

No markings on this one.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#7 posted 09-13-2014 07:35 PM

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#8 posted 09-13-2014 07:37 PM

Thanks again for all the help. Mystery solved!

-- Marc -- Worcester, MA

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