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Object ID # 1956.009.001ab
Object Name Comb, Graining
Title Graining Comb
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date 19th-c?
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description This is a graining comb. It is a simple hand tool, made out of a single piece of thin sheet metal that looks like blued steel. The handle end is smooth and plain, with two slightly rounded corners. The working end is slotted with evenly-spaced flat teeth, to create the comb. There is no maker's identification. Also see 1956.009.004, another graining comb that was donated along with it, but that has narrower teeth.
Makers mark None
Provenance Proveance unknown. The lack of a maker's mark suggests that it may be a 19th-century item?
Last belonged to Melba Morris Croft of Owen Sound, Grey County.
Collection Miscellaneous Tools & Equipment Collection
Material Steel
Dimensions W-7.7 L-9 D-0.1 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Croft, Melba
Function A tool used for decorating purposes. It would create a pattern in a painted (still wet) surface, using one's hand power to comb it along the workpiece.

Used for grain patterning painted surfaces, especially on blanket chests and other Victorian style cottage furniture (Historic Maritime IV (1840-1865): The Early Industrial Revolution).