Item NA8 - J. Watts (Boston) Shipbuilder’s Bevel.
shipbuilder’s bevels that you see have two blades for marking compound angles.
Much less common are the ones have just a single long blade. This is one of
those uncommon sorts, and was made by the early Boston rule maker, Joseph
Watts. The name stamped on the rule is “*J. Watts Boston*.” This is Joseph
Watts who made rules starting in Charlestown, MA (but marked them “Boston”) from
at least 1834 through 1858. In that year his business moved to Boston where his
factory moved several times until at least 1873. His rules are uncommon. The
bevel is in nice condition for a 150 year old rule, with well marked gradations
and hand stamped numerals. It is easy to read. There is some slight staining,
and one or two scratches in the wood, but nothing really distracting. It is an
uncommon form by and uncommonly found maker. Good+
Price - $150.00