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Willard Suitcases

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  1. julia said, on 02/11/2011 at 10:57 pm

    I think the case owner liked to make metal based jewelry. There is a burnishing tool for beeswax, several other wax carving tools (casting) and what I think are metal punches for stamping letters or shapes onto metal. The mallet would be used to hammer the punches onto the metal. There is a fetling knife I think, and the stuff on the spool looks like metal solder for making seams in rings. I’m not sure about the block, it might be for linoleum cutting which would work with the ink, or it might be another metal tool. The calipers are used to measure the width of items to make sure one fits in another, like a lid on a pot. We have many of these tools at the UC Davis Craft Center.

  2. Carrie Nisenoff said, on 03/11/2011 at 3:12 pm

    My guess is she was into scrapbooking. The linoleum is certainly used to make decorative stamps, and the glycerine could be used to preserve flowers and whatnot. The carborundum stone is for sharpening the tools, and at least one of the spools looks like lanyard for binding together pages. If the glass block is just a plain block, it could have been used for mounting the stamps carved from linoleum.

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