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Object ID # 1956.009.004
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 even-spaced flat teeth, to create the comb. There is no maker's identification. Also see 1956.009.001, another graining comb that was donated along with it, but that has narrower teeth.
Provenance Previously owned by Melba Croft (neƩ Morris), b. 1909 d. 2007. She spent her girlhood in Owen Sound, Ontario, where her parents, Rev. & Mrs. Morris resided. The family moved away at some point, but later on in life, Melba and her brother, Dr. Morris, returned to Owen Sound during their working careers. Melba was a Registered Nurse. In Owen Sound, she became quite interested in recording local history, and collected various vintage items to help assist the local museum project. Therefore, we do not know if this was a family heirloom, or something someone gave her at some point.
Collection Miscellaneous Tools & Equipment Collection
Material Steel
Dimensions W-7.6 L-8.5 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.