1800's Shipbuilding Auger Gimlet Tool from Searsport

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  • Item Category: Fine Art
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  • Sold Date: Feb 15, 2007
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This is an original handheld auger tool that came out of a Maine Searsport collection. Hand forged with its original wooden handle. Used on ships and for other early carpentry. The tip is a sharp half cone shape used to make up to 1 1/2 inch conical holes in wood. Measures 5 1/2 inches tall from top to bottom. Handle is 4 1/4 inches across and has nice primitive shape with nice hand wear on the handle. Shows light use and minor wear. The auger cone is handforged from a square iron rod and firmly attached to the wooden handle. A true museum piece. It came from a Maine collection Tool is in excellent and metal is firmly attached to handle. This tool saw moderate use and is a mid 1800's bubble iron that was not used after the 1860's. This is from a collection that I recently acquired in Searsport Maine. Excellent condition and is a museum piece.

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