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Forum topic by Bugnurd posted 09-13-2014 05:57 PM 3874 views 0 times favorited 13 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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Bugnurd

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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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#9 posted 03-27-2020 11:33 PM

Any idea on a date of manufacture? Stanley, New Britain, Conn.
Overall length is 6 inches. Thumb wings of the collett. This was part of Old Tom’s Collection.

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#10 posted 03-27-2020 11:37 PM

What? Not Torx?

Really sweet.

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#11 posted 03-28-2020 01:46 AM

Love it. What do you need? Trades? :)

-- Darrel

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#12 posted 04-07-2020 11:31 PM

Never saw one with holes for each of the individual tools before. Mine just has a hollow handle like a hand drill to hold the various tools. the other end has a three jaw chuck like a brace, and the tools are gripped in that. Nifty little tool to have around, as there are so many attachments you can get to quickly when you need them.
Don’t know where my reprint of the Sears, Roebuck 1897 catalog is right now, but there is a listing for one of these in there. Yours seems to be one of the fancier, more up market models. Great find!!!!

-- OleGrump

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#13 posted 09-06-2020 11:13 PM

Beautiful piece of history. There is a similar Stanley version(s), from Walter’s book:

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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