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Object ID # 1973.120.011
Object Name Awl, Leather
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description A leatherworking tool used for either harness or shoe repair. The narrow metal tine which protruded from a wider metal base has broken off (historic). The metal tip is attached to the turned wooden handle by means of a brass ferrule.
Provenance Found at the County of Grey-Owen Sound Museum in 1973. It may have belonged to Justus Dierlamn along with an additional group of saddler's tools from the 1960s now in the museum's collection. Justus Dierlamn's father, George Dierlamn, was a leather worker in the Neustadt, Normanby Township area, Grey County.
Collection Leather, Horn and Shellworking Equipment
Material Wood/Metal
Found Grey County, Ontario
Function (R.A. Salaman 'The Dictionary of Woodworking Tools' 1982) Consisting of a sharp metal spike or tang set in a handle (e.g. wood) usually with a metal ferrule, they are used for making holes in wood, leather and other soft materials by penetrating and pushing the material apart. Tend to have either flat spear shaped, round or pointed blades.