Item R15 - J. Charlton (Newark, NJ) Brass & Rosewood Leather Draw Gage. 

This very pretty leather worker’s draw gage is marked by “J. Charlton / Newark”.  Little seems to be known about Charlton, except that there are a few examples of his draw gauges known.  The DAT of the EAIA lists him as a maker of wrenches, saw tools, edge tools etc, but no mention of leather working tools.  His working dates are given as from before 1850 through 1871.  The known leather gauges are thought to date from the 1850s.  John Charlton is listed in the 1851/52 Newark city directory as a “toolmaker” working at 24 Bleeker St.  A John Charlton is also listed as a manufacturer of a Baxter wrench patented in 1869.  I don’t know if these two Charlton’s are the same or different people.  At any rate this draw gauge is exceedingly well made.  It is of a brass frame with dark rosewood infill.  There is no “trigger” finger support, but the tool is decorated with round and straight notches at the front.  The original slitting blade is present, and the hand scribed bar retains its original shoe.  The tool has corresponding fitting numbers (“11”) on both the body and the measuring bar.  An owner has added a leather thong to hang the tool above a bench.  It is a rare example and is Fine.


Price -  $125.00


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