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Willard Suitcases

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  1. Mike said, on 02/11/2011 at 2:08 pm

    I see an awl, shaping tools, a sharpening stone, the inks, and is that a spool of copper in bottom left next to the black thread? The punch tools and rim cement with the broad knives, makes me think of Milliner tools. But I’m thrown by the ink pen (2nd right of the bridge pad with the tension wheel on it, that is old school drafting ink tool.) Was there any clay or fibers in the suitcase? Perhaps a model maker?

  2. Bonita Nelson said, on 02/11/2011 at 7:45 pm

    The tools in this kit are also the kind that are used by bookbinders and printmakers. What you thought was a pair of tweezers with the ivory knob and what Mike thought looked like an ink pen with a tension wheel are actually drafting tools that are use for precision measurement. At least one of the wooden handled tools on the right of the picture is a scraper and the knife is typical of a paper knife [a lot like a butter knife]. The white handled tools in the center seem to be part of a set which includes double ended tools that have various types of burnishers [ball, curved, flat] and etching needles. Printmakers also use carborundum. There appears to be a set of punches at the top, we use these for stab bound books which could also account for the various colored thread [although these could have been used for leather work as well]. Perhaps the owner was an art student…

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