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Image of 0002.013.088 - Bradawl, c. 1890s. Octagonal wooden handle that tapers at both ends. Handle has eight ridges running length of wood. Flat metal piece coming to a flat point protrudes from wooden handle. Used to make indention in wood to ease insertion of nail or screw.

0002.013.088 - Bradawl, c. 1890s. Octagonal wooden handle that tapers at both ends. Handle has eight ridges running length of wood. Flat metal piece coming to a flat point protrudes from wooden handle. Used to make indention in wood to ease insertion of nail or screw.

Bradawl, c. 1890s. Octagonal wooden handle that tapers at both ends. Handle has eight ridges running length of wood. Flat metal piece coming to a flat point protrudes from wooden handle. Used to make indention in wood to ease insertion of nail or screw.

Image of 0002.013.089 - Gimlet, c. 1890s. Octagonal ridges on end of smooth wooden handle that narrows at the center.  Wooden handle covered in metal ring to attach metal drill bit.  End of metal drill bit is twisted to a point to aid in drilling motion.

0002.013.089 - Gimlet, c. 1890s. Octagonal ridges on end of smooth wooden handle that narrows at the center. Wooden handle covered in metal ring to attach metal drill bit. End of metal drill bit is twisted to a point to aid in drilling motion.

Gimlet, c. 1890s. Octagonal ridges on end of smooth wooden handle that narrows at the center. Wooden handle covered in metal ring to attach metal drill bit. End of metal drill bit is twisted to a point to aid in drilling motion.

Image of 0002.013.130 - Awl, c. 1890s.  Awl has a 4" wooden handle with a flat base that tapers inward and then outward again, gradually narrowing to a pointed top.  A 2" four-sided metal point protrudes from top of wooden handle.  The letter "K" is carved into one side of handle.

0002.013.130 - Awl, c. 1890s. Awl has a 4" wooden handle with a flat base that tapers inward and then outward again, gradually narrowing to a pointed top. A 2" four-sided metal point protrudes from top of wooden handle. The letter "K" is carved into one side of handle.

Awl, c. 1890s. Awl has a 4" wooden handle with a flat base that tapers inward and then outward again, gradually narrowing to a pointed top. A 2" four-sided metal point protrudes from top of wooden handle. The letter "K" is carved into one side of handle.

Image of 0002.013.134 - Awl c. 1890s.  Awl has a hand-carved 5 3/4" wooden handle that is slightly wider at one end.  Narrower end is blunt and has a four-sided 1" metal point protruding from the center.

0002.013.134 - Awl c. 1890s. Awl has a hand-carved 5 3/4" wooden handle that is slightly wider at one end. Narrower end is blunt and has a four-sided 1" metal point protruding from the center.

Awl c. 1890s. Awl has a hand-carved 5 3/4" wooden handle that is slightly wider at one end. Narrower end is blunt and has a four-sided 1" metal point protruding from the center.

Image of 0002.412.001 - Hollow Bit Tongs, n.d..  Iron tongs.  Long rounded handles.  End is half circular with paddle-like projections, the interior of which are scoop in shape.

0002.412.001 - Hollow Bit Tongs, n.d.. Iron tongs. Long rounded handles. End is half circular with paddle-like projections, the interior of which are scoop in shape.

Hollow Bit Tongs, n.d.. Iron tongs. Long rounded handles. End is half circular with paddle-like projections, the interior of which are scoop in shape.

Image of 0002.388 - Blacksmithing Tool Caddy, n.d..  Wooden tray for blacksmithing tools.  Tool caddy is held together by nails and is divided into three sections:  a top section and two side sections divided by a raised wooden handle.

0002.388 - Blacksmithing Tool Caddy, n.d.. Wooden tray for blacksmithing tools. Tool caddy is held together by nails and is divided into three sections: a top section and two side sections divided by a raised wooden handle.

Blacksmithing Tool Caddy, n.d.. Wooden tray for blacksmithing tools. Tool caddy is held together by nails and is divided into three sections: a top section and two side sections divided by a raised wooden handle.

Image of 0002.390.001 - Hollow Auger, November 27, 1900. Rectangular base with three metal rods extending upward to rectangular drill bit.  Rectangular base has flat bottom with dash marks for measurement for 1/4 to 1 1/4 cuts.  On base, curved metal piece protrudes with screws attaching bottom blade.  On the opposite side of the blade is a large screw that adjusts size of cut.  Three rods that extend upward join together at center, to attach drill bit.  Metal is painted black at base and drill attachment.

0002.390.001 - Hollow Auger, November 27, 1900. Rectangular base with three metal rods extending upward to rectangular drill bit. Rectangular base has flat bottom with dash marks for measurement for 1/4 to 1 1/4 cuts. On base, curved metal piece protrudes with screws attaching bottom blade. On the opposite side of the blade is a large screw that adjusts size of cut. Three rods that extend upward join together at center, to attach drill bit. Metal is painted black at base and drill attachment.

Hollow Auger, November 27, 1900. Rectangular base with three metal rods extending upward to rectangular drill bit. Rectangular base has flat bottom with dash marks for measurement for 1/4 to 1 1/4 cuts. On base, curved metal piece protrudes with screws attaching bottom blade. On the opposite side of the blade is a large screw that adjusts size of cut. Three rods that extend upward join together at center, to attach drill bit. Metal is painted black at base and drill attachment.

Image of 0002.390.004 - Leather Punch Tool, n.d. Punch tool is a hard metal rod with a rectangular tip and a blunt end, for hammering. Flat circular raised metal head with scalloped edges is dented from hammering.  Octagonal body tapers to a rectangular tip and has an S-shaped bend just below mid-point.

0002.390.004 - Leather Punch Tool, n.d. Punch tool is a hard metal rod with a rectangular tip and a blunt end, for hammering. Flat circular raised metal head with scalloped edges is dented from hammering. Octagonal body tapers to a rectangular tip and has an S-shaped bend just below mid-point.

Leather Punch Tool, n.d. Punch tool is a hard metal rod with a rectangular tip and a blunt end, for hammering. Flat circular raised metal head with scalloped edges is dented from hammering. Octagonal body tapers to a rectangular tip and has an S-shaped bend just below mid-point.

Image of 0002.390.006 - Leather Chisel, c. 1906-1911. Rounded wooden handle with hourglass shape that narrows at middle then expands at end. There is a metal cap placed over wooden handle to attach chisel. Metal rod extends from handle and tapers to a rectangular shape with an angled rectangular end, for chiseling.

0002.390.006 - Leather Chisel, c. 1906-1911. Rounded wooden handle with hourglass shape that narrows at middle then expands at end. There is a metal cap placed over wooden handle to attach chisel. Metal rod extends from handle and tapers to a rectangular shape with an angled rectangular end, for chiseling.

Leather Chisel, c. 1906-1911. Rounded wooden handle with hourglass shape that narrows at middle then expands at end. There is a metal cap placed over wooden handle to attach chisel. Metal rod extends from handle and tapers to a rectangular shape with an angled rectangular end, for chiseling.

Image of 1962.084.001 - Solid metal draw knife has a steel blade with two wooden grips on the side handles.  There is a rounded steel cap at base of one handle grip--2nd one is missing.  Grips themselves are bulbous with two sets of horizontal bands inscribed near top and bottom.  Tops of grips are covered with metal brass cylindrical caps.  Silver steel horizontal blade points down toward handles and is part of solid piece that extends down into the handle grips.  Top of blade is slightly concave.

1962.084.001 - Solid metal draw knife has a steel blade with two wooden grips on the side handles. There is a rounded steel cap at base of one handle grip--2nd one is missing. Grips themselves are bulbous with two sets of horizontal bands inscribed near top and bottom. Tops of grips are covered with metal brass cylindrical caps. Silver steel horizontal blade points down toward handles and is part of solid piece that extends down into the handle grips. Top of blade is slightly concave.

Solid metal draw knife has a steel blade with two wooden grips on the side handles. There is a rounded steel cap at base of one handle grip--2nd one is missing. Grips themselves are bulbous with two sets of horizontal bands inscribed near top and bottom. Tops of grips are covered with metal brass cylindrical caps. Silver steel horizontal blade points down toward handles and is part of solid piece that extends down into the handle grips. Top of blade is slightly concave.

Image of 1976.149 - Coal Shovel, c. 1880-1900.  Handmade coal shovel used to scoop coals into forge box.  Iron shovel has square sides and flat handle riveted at right angle to shovel.  End of handle his a flat loop.

1976.149 - Coal Shovel, c. 1880-1900. Handmade coal shovel used to scoop coals into forge box. Iron shovel has square sides and flat handle riveted at right angle to shovel. End of handle his a flat loop.

Coal Shovel, c. 1880-1900. Handmade coal shovel used to scoop coals into forge box. Iron shovel has square sides and flat handle riveted at right angle to shovel. End of handle his a flat loop.

Image of 1976.171 - Circular Saw Blade, c. 1880-1900. This blade saw has a circular shape with metal blades at one inch at length all around. It also includes a one inch and a half circular hole in the middle of the saw blade.

1976.171 - Circular Saw Blade, c. 1880-1900. This blade saw has a circular shape with metal blades at one inch at length all around. It also includes a one inch and a half circular hole in the middle of the saw blade.

Circular Saw Blade, c. 1880-1900. This blade saw has a circular shape with metal blades at one inch at length all around. It also includes a one inch and a half circular hole in the middle of the saw blade.

Image of 1998.040.003 - Butter Paddle, c. 1920-30s. Unfinished wooden butter paddle is rectangular in shape with vertical ribbing on one side. Handle and paddle are one flat piece, 1/4" thick, and the handle is bulbous on the sides.  Ribbed side of paddle tappers at flat bottom.

1998.040.003 - Butter Paddle, c. 1920-30s. Unfinished wooden butter paddle is rectangular in shape with vertical ribbing on one side. Handle and paddle are one flat piece, 1/4" thick, and the handle is bulbous on the sides. Ribbed side of paddle tappers at flat bottom.

Butter Paddle, c. 1920-30s. Unfinished wooden butter paddle is rectangular in shape with vertical ribbing on one side. Handle and paddle are one flat piece, 1/4" thick, and the handle is bulbous on the sides. Ribbed side of paddle tappers at flat bottom.

Image of 1999.048.346 - Umbrella ink bottle recovered from City Centre Plaza, c. 1840-1909. This bottle is conical in shaped with eight-sided panels to form the sides, hand-blown tooled rim for a crudely rolled or folded-in finish. A .25 inch short neck flares out to a .75 inch double ring shoulder to a 2.25 inch body. The bottle is clear and shows evidence of glass hand-made manufacture.

1999.048.346 - Umbrella ink bottle recovered from City Centre Plaza, c. 1840-1909. This bottle is conical in shaped with eight-sided panels to form the sides, hand-blown tooled rim for a crudely rolled or folded-in finish. A .25 inch short neck flares out to a .75 inch double ring shoulder to a 2.25 inch body. The bottle is clear and shows evidence of glass hand-made manufacture.

Umbrella ink bottle recovered from City Centre Plaza, c. 1840-1909. This bottle is conical in shaped with eight-sided panels to form the sides, hand-blown tooled rim for a crudely rolled or folded-in finish. A .25 inch short neck flares out to a .75 inch double ring shoulder to a 2.25 inch body. The bottle is clear and shows evidence of glass hand-made manufacture.

Image of 1999.048.347 - Umbrella ink bottle recovered from City Centre Plaza, c. 1840-1909. This bottle is conical in shaped with eight-sided panels to form the sides, hand-blown tooled rim for a crudely rolled or folded-in finish. A .25 inch short neck flares out to a .75 inch double ring shoulder to a 2.25 inch body. The bottle is clear and shows evidence of glass hand-made manufacture.

1999.048.347 - Umbrella ink bottle recovered from City Centre Plaza, c. 1840-1909. This bottle is conical in shaped with eight-sided panels to form the sides, hand-blown tooled rim for a crudely rolled or folded-in finish. A .25 inch short neck flares out to a .75 inch double ring shoulder to a 2.25 inch body. The bottle is clear and shows evidence of glass hand-made manufacture.

Umbrella ink bottle recovered from City Centre Plaza, c. 1840-1909. This bottle is conical in shaped with eight-sided panels to form the sides, hand-blown tooled rim for a crudely rolled or folded-in finish. A .25 inch short neck flares out to a .75 inch double ring shoulder to a 2.25 inch body. The bottle is clear and shows evidence of glass hand-made manufacture.

Image of 1999.106.002 - Small walking cultivator has large 8-spoked iron wheel in front, small 5 prong cultivator in back and two oak wooden handles with curved grips and wooden dowel cross bar.  Handles are mounted to wheel and cultivator by flat iron bar brackets.  Used for weeding; it pops out weeds you do not want.

1999.106.002 - Small walking cultivator has large 8-spoked iron wheel in front, small 5 prong cultivator in back and two oak wooden handles with curved grips and wooden dowel cross bar. Handles are mounted to wheel and cultivator by flat iron bar brackets. Used for weeding; it pops out weeds you do not want.

Small walking cultivator has large 8-spoked iron wheel in front, small 5 prong cultivator in back and two oak wooden handles with curved grips and wooden dowel cross bar. Handles are mounted to wheel and cultivator by flat iron bar brackets. Used for weeding; it pops out weeds you do not want.

Image of 2000.021.028 - Scissors, c. 1941-1945. Two metal pieces hinged below blade that comes to a point. Finger hold is shaped into half circular metal rings. Two metal pieces are hinged by rivet.

2000.021.028 - Scissors, c. 1941-1945. Two metal pieces hinged below blade that comes to a point. Finger hold is shaped into half circular metal rings. Two metal pieces are hinged by rivet.

Scissors, c. 1941-1945. Two metal pieces hinged below blade that comes to a point. Finger hold is shaped into half circular metal rings. Two metal pieces are hinged by rivet.

Image of 2013.007.025 - Sheep Sheers, c. 1930-1960. Red flat metal piece bent in circular shape tapering to two crescent metal pieces, used as handles, leading to the blades of the sheers. Chain around handles to keep the blades closed. Black band around point of sheers, to keep sheers closed (not original).

2013.007.025 - Sheep Sheers, c. 1930-1960. Red flat metal piece bent in circular shape tapering to two crescent metal pieces, used as handles, leading to the blades of the sheers. Chain around handles to keep the blades closed. Black band around point of sheers, to keep sheers closed (not original).

Sheep Sheers, c. 1930-1960. Red flat metal piece bent in circular shape tapering to two crescent metal pieces, used as handles, leading to the blades of the sheers. Chain around handles to keep the blades closed. Black band around point of sheers, to keep sheers closed (not original).

Image of 2013.007.012 - Hand Drill, c. 1930-1960. Coupling head where drill bit would attach has vertical ribbing and tapers to circular shaft. Circular shaft runs length of tool, ends with smooth crescent metal piece.  Wooden handle protrudes perpendicularly from circular shaft, with rounded finished end. Large gear mechanism in center with ribbed outer and inner edges connects to "S" shaped metal handle with attached wooden handle. Large center gear connects to smaller, ribbed gear for turning mechanism.

2013.007.012 - Hand Drill, c. 1930-1960. Coupling head where drill bit would attach has vertical ribbing and tapers to circular shaft. Circular shaft runs length of tool, ends with smooth crescent metal piece. Wooden handle protrudes perpendicularly from circular shaft, with rounded finished end. Large gear mechanism in center with ribbed outer and inner edges connects to "S" shaped metal handle with attached wooden handle. Large center gear connects to smaller, ribbed gear for turning mechanism.

Hand Drill, c. 1930-1960. Coupling head where drill bit would attach has vertical ribbing and tapers to circular shaft. Circular shaft runs length of tool, ends with smooth crescent metal piece. Wooden handle protrudes perpendicularly from circular shaft, with rounded finished end. Large gear mechanism in center with ribbed outer and inner edges connects to "S" shaped metal handle with attached wooden handle. Large center gear connects to smaller, ribbed gear for turning mechanism.

Image of 2013.007.013 - Cavalli Scythe, c. 1927-1933. Serpentine cylindrical wooden handle with two perpendicular wooden handles. Two metal screws attach scythe blade. Blade is curved with raised top edge.

2013.007.013 - Cavalli Scythe, c. 1927-1933. Serpentine cylindrical wooden handle with two perpendicular wooden handles. Two metal screws attach scythe blade. Blade is curved with raised top edge.

Cavalli Scythe, c. 1927-1933. Serpentine cylindrical wooden handle with two perpendicular wooden handles. Two metal screws attach scythe blade. Blade is curved with raised top edge.