1800's Shipbuilding Auger Gimlet Tool from Searsport

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.

Shipbuilding is the construction of ships. It normally takes place in a specialized facility known as a shipyard. Shipbuilders, originally called shipwrights, follow a specialized occupation that traces its roots to before recorded history. Shipbuilding and ship repairs, both commercial and military, are referred to as the "naval sector". The dismantling of ships is called ship breaking. The construction of boats is a similar activity called boat building. Archaeological evidence indicates

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