Item NA8 - J. Watts (Boston) Shipbuilder’s Bevel. 

Most 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

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