By now it is no secret that Sandy and I love old tools. In our recent visit to New England we had a chance to visit the Sloane-Stanley Museum, and the old tools it contains. It is a terrific depository of old hand tools, and all sorts of Americana, from the personal collection of Eric Sloane, the renowned artist.
A terrific display of old braces, at the Sloane-Stanley Museum:
The following is marked “Philadelphia, c. 1765” (third from top in the photo above); the illustration above the brace mentions not only the approximate year, but also the components of the brace:
If you find yourself anywhere near Kent, CT, plan to visit the Museum. But be sure to check the schedule, as budget constraints limit the number of days to only one per week.
Acknowledgment: I thank Ms. Barbara Russ of the Sloane-Stanley Museum, for allowing me to take photographs for publication on this blog. Although her official title is not “Curator”, she demonstrates the knowledge and research ability to be the Museum Curator.
—— Al Navas
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