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Colchester Historeum


Accession number: 2018.13.4
Category: Woodworking T&E
Object type: Carving
Date: 1920 – 1959
Materials: Metal
Measurements: 16.7 cm L x 5 cm W x 2.3 cm H
Marks/Label: 04PATE/J.R. McLeod/Patent Stcn/(*cannot make out the rest of the text)

Originally owned by Harry G. Van Buskirk (b.February 20, 1882, d.September 25, 1963), the grandfather of the donor, who was a stone mason. He worked on the old railway station in Truro and many of the carvings around town, including many headstones in Robie Street Cemetery, as well as in other places around the county. See Donor Questionnaire for more information and examples.

Description: A metal chisel with a rounded handle, a shaped shaft, and toothed cutting edge. There is text on multiple sides of the shaft.
History of Use: Used for carving stone in buildings or decorative pieces, including the old Truro railway building.