After an apprenticeship at John Newel's cabinet shop in Lyndeborough, NH Daniel Cragin in 1858 went into business for himself; four years later after renting space in Putnam's Bobbin Factory Cragin purchased a building now called Fry's Measure Mill where in 1876 he began making dry measures in 5 sizes ranging from 1 quart up to half-bushel sizes. These were hand made. The mill was operated by Cragin until 1909. What I am offering here is one dry measure; if size was marked inside, it is worn away from use. What does still remain and is still legible is his name. It is faint, but clearly marked Cragin. It is also marked, Wilton, NH. There is other lettering but I cannot make it out. The measurer is 8 ½ inches in diameter by 5 3/4 inches high. It has overlapping seam and is secured at side with 12 original nails. Measurer is in good, age related condition with no cracks or splits in the wood. It is as we found it. Sales tax must be collected for buyers living in or picking up in New York State. Local tax rate applies.
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