Item RB17 - H. Tower (Millbury, MA).  Trysquare 12Ē

Iíve seen a couple of much smaller try squares marked by this maker.  Henry Tower is reported in the EAIA DAT to have been a hoe maker in Millbury at least in 1849.  He is reported to have made both bevels and squares in addition to hoes.  The few examples of his work that Iíve seen all feature a distinctive brass escutcheon on the handle that feature very much rounded lobes, that are fixed with steel rivets, as well as a stamped mark (H. Tower / Millbury / Mass) on the handle. The blade is ungraduated steel, with a handle that appears to be heavy dense mahogany, with brass trim.  This example has a 12 inch blade, with a handle is 8 inches long.  About 1849 Millbury, Mass was home to the fledgling Buck Brothers edge tool industry, as well as to the early location of T.H. Witherby.  Located on the Blackstone River, running from Worcester, Mass to Providence, RI.  It was the cradle of the American version of the Industrial Revolution.  The handle on this example is quite nice, with only a slight imperfection of one of the escutcheon lobes on one side, and some scattered fine pitting on the blade.  It is a nice example of an early American try square.  Good+

    

Price -  $40.00

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