Items available for Education Loans from The Davistown 07-Aug-
Chisel 102911T3
The term cast steel only describes the forge-welded "steeled cutting" edge, which is clearly
visible. Also visible is the forged weld socket. It is made by Benjamin H. Homer & David C.
Homer, Bucksport, Maine, 1850.
Deck chisel 121311T5
11" long, 1" wide, 4 3/4" long handle bio
signed "HIGGINS & LIBBY" "Portland"
This is also known as a ships' carpenters' chisel. Higgins & Libby were Portland, ME, toolmakers
in 1856. It is hand-forged, and while not signed cast steel, is likely to be locally forged
German steel. There is no evidence of laminated steel construction. It appears to be all steel
extending up to a malleable iron socket.
Fid 81212T1
13 1/2" long, 8" long spike
signed "R.D. Wiley Boston. 1858."
Mast shave 120907T4
25" long, 2" wide blade, 5 1/2" handles
signed "L & T WHITE" "18*7" "BUFFALO N.Y." and "6" on the other side
This mast shave shows a very obvious weld line running parallel to the blade on its back side.
Sail-makers' bodkin 31112T3
7 1/2" long, 1 1/2" wide
Courtesy of Liberty Tool Co.
Sailmakers' kit 42012T6
signed "Patent" "FORGED" "Cast Steel" "SAIL NEEDLES No 14"
and an image of an anchor
The kit contains: 3 paper packs of needles tied together with twine, 38 loose needles, 2
sailmakers (thimble) palms, and 1 wooden needle case with miscellaneous needles and thread
inside. Courtesy of Liberty Tool Co.
Shipwrights' bench clamp 81713T8
11 3/4" tall, 4 3/4" wide, 3/4" thick
signed "R.F.AD"
Caulking iron (2) 120907T8
7" long, 2" wide and 6" long, 1" wide bio
signed "C. DREW & CO" and "CAST STEEL"
SubCategor Woodworking: Axes and Hatchets

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