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Object ID # 1981.073.014
Object Name Swage
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description This is a one-inch bottom room swage tool. A swage was a metalworker's tool, used to shape one's work by holding it on the work or the work on it, and then striking with a hammer or sledge. They had different names. A bottom room swage was used for forming or shaping round iron and could be used with or without a top swage. This is a rather rough hand forged swage. The top of the swage has a full length rounded depression along the centre making this a 1" swage bottom. There are a couple of small holes to either side of the depression near the one end of the top of the swage.
Provenance Found with some other tools at Owen Sound's westside grain elevators structure, which was built in 1925-1926. Its address is 1st Avenue West (near the harbour). The items were brought to the County of Grey-Owen Sound Museum by Clarence Currie.
Collection Blacksmith/Farrier Tools & Equipment Collection
Material Metal
Dimensions H-8 W-5 L-5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
Function Used for forming or shaping round iron and could be used with or without a top swage. The shank would fit into the hardy hole of the blacksmith's anvil.