Several readers asked if it would be possible to show the detail in the illustration of the brace construction. Here it is:
I was unable to determine if this illustration was made by Eric Sloane. The absence of his distinct signature leads me to believe it was created by someone else, not the artist, when the Sloane-Stanley Museum displays were prepared and arranged. I am intrigued, as the lettering is done in the style used in the illustrations of his book, A Museum of Early American Tools. I will follow up with Museum personnel to try to determine the source of the illustrations.
Acknowledgment: I thank Ms. Barbara Russ of the Sloane-Stanley Museum, for allowing me to take photographs for publication on this blog.
—— Al Navas