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    • Skein winder

    • Yarn; Textile machinery
    • Used to wind yarn into skeins, this wooden machine was brought from Canada in the 19th century. Four arms are mounted on a winding shaft that is supported on a base comprised of two curved boards stabilized with crosspieces. The winding arms each...
    • Yarn winder frame

    • Yarn; Equipment
    • The wooden frame for a wool or yarn winder is designed with two notches to hold the spokes and crank or handle of the hand operated machine. With completed parts, this tool was used to wind threads of yarn into skeins.
    • Rasp

    • Woodworking; Equipment
    • This pointed rasp is about 15 inches long with a course surface on four sides. The tool was used to shape wood or soft stone.
    • Plane

    • Woodworking; Carpentry
    • The handle and blade of this large plane have been removed. The tool has two wooden screws that fasten the fence to the plane, and an iron plate is attached to the bottom. A wooden wedge is used to secure an iron blade. The overall length of the...
    • Moulding plane

    • Woodworking; Carpentry
    • This moulding plane, a tool used for shaping wood, is marked "14" on one side and "Deforest Birmingham" on the other.
    • Moulding plane

    • Woodworking; Carpentry
    • Used in carpentry to shape decorative trim work and moldings, this moulding plane is a tool constructed of dark wood with a metal blade. The length of the plane is 26 centimeters.
    • Rabbet plane

    • Woodworking; Carpentry
    • This rabbet plane has a manufacturer's stamp that is unclear. This tool was used to cut grooves into the edge of a piece of wood.
    • Plane

    • Woodworking; Carpentry
    • Used to form tongue and groove shapes in wood, this tool is marked on one side "75" and "...Comb & Co. New Orleans."
    • Rabbet plane

    • Woodworking; Carpentry
    • This rabbet plane is marked "Barry & Way New York" and "15." It was a tool used to cut grooves into the edge of a piece of wood.
    • Composing stick and wooden letter blocks

    • Typesetting; Printing industry
    • Used in printing, this shallow wooden tray, called a composing stick, has a metal screw device at one end that allows the length to be adjusted after inserting the letter blocks to make up a line of type.
    • Spinning wheel

    • Spinning apparatus; Yarn; Thread
    • Used to spin thread or yarn, this is a great, or walking, type spinning wheel commonly used during the 19th century. The entire piece is made of dark brown varnished wood with an overall length of seven feet. The 3.5 foot wheel is attached to main...
    • Spindle

    • Spinning apparatus
    • This grooved spindle from a spinning wheel has a wooden base with two turned wooden upright pieces that form a 'U' shape. Across the top of the assembly a pointed metal rod is attached with string and corn husk bindings. One end of the rod is...
    • Shoe hook

    • Shoes; Equipment
    • The silver shoe hook has a decorative scroll and leaf design on one side and is inscribed "Sterling Pat. Oct. 94." on the other. The tool ends in a narrow hook used to lace shoestrings.
    • Wooden shoe last

    • Shoemaking; Equipment
    • This wooden shoe last is made in the form of a human foot, and has been repaired with white filler. It was used by a shoemaker or cobbler in the manufacture or repair of shoes.
    • Iron shoe last

    • Shoemaking; Equipment
    • Used by cobblers who made or repaired shoes, this detachable iron shoe last is mounted on a stand. The last is shaped like the sole of a shoe, and is inscribed "Warranted 17." The stand is inscribed "Warranted MED U.S.A. 2."
    • Razor strop

    • Shaving equipment
    • This is a four sided paddle razor strop that was used to sharpen straight edge razors. With a turned handle, it is made of wood wrapped with leather covering two sides.
    • Razor strop

    • Shaving equipment
    • This hanging style razor strop is composed of a leather strip with a canvas backing used to sharpen or polish the blade of a straight edge razor.
    • Razor strop

    • Shaving equipment
    • Used to sharpen the blade of a straight edge razor, this strop is constructed of wood covered with leather. One side of the strop is flat and the other is padded. The cardboard cover that encloses the strop is printed on one side with instructions;...
    • Saloon token

    • Scrip
    • This saloon token is from the Old Stone Fort Saloon in Nacogdoches, Texas. One side of the token is marked "Good For One Drink" and the other side "Old Stone Fort, Richard Cole, Propr., Nacogdoches, Tex." Tokens have no monetary value and are used...
    • Steelyard balance

    • Scales; Weights & measures
    • The steelyard balance has unequal arms and is used to weigh items. The item to be weighed is hung from the shorter arm, and a counterweight slides along the longer arm until the scale is balanced. The position of the counterweight on the longer arm...

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