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Turner's Tool - Top Notch

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T1281.14
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1800 - 1900


This is a chasing tool known as a top notch. It was used by wood turners for cutting or 'chasing' the female thread on wooden screws. This was a particularly tricky operation as it involved cutting a smooth and even thread on the inside of the work. The female thread was usually cut before the male thread. This tool dates from the nineteenth century and was used in England on a treadle lathe.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:19th century
Place of Origin:England