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