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Object ID # 2004.020.002
Object Name Stick, Composing
Title Compositor's Long Job Stick
Lexicon category 6: T&E For Communication
Artist Unidentified manufacturer
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description A wooden (and rather long) compositor's job stick. This job stick would be held in one hand while the other hand inserts the type pieces, one by one. Darkly-finished wood. One jaw can be detached by loosening the nut and screw. The inner sides of each jaw have a lining of copper screwed on. The stick has a thorough hole that is perhaps for hanging the stick up when it is not in use. The stick has 15 adjustment holes for the moving jaw. A thumb screw holds an unusually-shaped nut. There are 7 flat-headed slotted screw heads visible. No maker's identification seen.
Provenance Unknown. Last belonged to Steve Nicholls of Waterloo, Ontario. It likely dates from the 19th-century.
Collection Printing & Bindery Equipment, 19th-c Collection
Material Wood/Metal/Copper
Dimensions W-6.5 L-77 cm
Found Ontario
Subjects Printing
Printing industry
Letterpress works
Function A compositor's job stick, an implement used for holding selected pieces of large type in sequence as words/spaces are formed to compose [make] a line.