Stunning 19th Century Carpenters Honing Oilstone Sharpening Tool Mahogany Cased With Owners Impressed Name Circa 1840
This is one of our most favorite recent finds. The color and patina make this wonderful 19th century tool a delight to look at and to handle. This hand carved solid mahogany box contains a woodworking sharpening device. This sharpening device would have been an essential tool for the woodworker, enabling him to keep his chisels very sharp. One can tell that this was a cherished tool as the bespoke case is so well carved with its raised quartered lid and serpentine plinth base. We adore the fact that the lid fits over the interior stone perfectly, the carved tool marks seen to the inside of the lid - the lid also only fits the one way. We also like that this woodworker called J Leigh stamped his name on to every face of his box. He did not want anyone else in the workshop or regiment from commandeering his oil stone. We are not sure what type of stone is to the inside as back in the days before industrialist/mechanization these sharpening stones were quarried locally.
Size: Just under 6" by 2.75" by 2.5". The inner dark grey stone approx 4.5" by 2" by 0.5". It is heavy weighing 1 lb 11 oz ( 767 g)
Condition: Excellent untouched condition, just how we discovered it. The age related softness to the warm toned mahogany wood is beautiful and oh so tactile. This cherished tool was handled many, many times over the past century. The oil stone smells of oil and we certainly have not cleaned it at all.
This fantastic little boxed tool looks amazing when displayed alongside your other period antiques.
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