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272862 Michael Blair <branson2@s...> 2021‑02‑20 Re: Newly-found joiner's toolbox
It's a gorgeous find!  And a wide variety of tools, showing the owner
did  many kinds of carpentry, including furniture work. That said, I
really doubt the chest followed him to every job.  Now about the D.R.
Bartons -- the D.R. Barton 1832 cartouche came about in 1881, so not 170
years old, at least not entirely.  I have early D.R. Barton chisels and
a D.R. Barton cooper's side ax and draw knife that have the earlier mark
-- just "D.R. Barton, Rochester NY."  The chalk rounds are, I believe,
from the 1920s or 1930s -- got a few of those as well -- they go with
the chalk line that shows up later.  But I'm still drooling over the
find. 

Mike in Woodland

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