Item SCR4 - Whale Bone Wedge Fixed Marking Gage.
unique whale bone marking gage in my experience, this one features a wedge lock
fixing mechanism whereby a small bone captive wedge in the fence can be tapped
on one wide to loosen the arm. After adjusting to the desired length the other
side of the wedge is tapped to fix the arm in place. This mechanism works
perfectly. With all parts (fence, arm & wedge) made of dense bone from the
lower jaw of a Sperm whale, this gage was almost surely made by a whale ship
crewman (probably the ship’s carpenter) in the 19th century. The
gage has an arm that is almost 10 inches long and is 9/16” square. This is
mortised through a fence that is 2 ˝ inches wide by 1 5/8 inches high, and 1
inch thick. The fence is marked in two places with the initials of an owner, “E.F.K.”
The back top edge of the fence has an old chip that was probably in the piece of
whale bone before it was used for the gage. The pin at the end of the gage is a
small steel nail with round head that appears to be fixed in place with pitch.
This is a very appealing piece of Sailor tool making. Fine
Price - $970.00
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