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Object ID # 1959.030.017
Object Name Gauge, Woodworking
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date Early 20th-century?
Year Range from 1880
Year Range to 1920
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Marker for determining different thickness of wood. It is wooden, and has a triangular shape with ridges formed with wooden slats. There is a projecting wooden piece. There are no maker's marks. The small prick is for marking wood. There is some wire at the handle.
Provenance The last owner, Mr. George A. Ducker, resided at Owen Sound, Ontario. He reported that this 19th-century plane had originally belonged to Mr. Henry Van Dusen [Vandusan] (1860-1880). At that time, they made all of their own moulding (no factories to do it). Donor estimated in 1959 that they were 80 to 100 years old Henry Van Dusen was the grandfather of Olive McDonald and the father of Mrs. George A. Ducker. Henry Van Dusan died on April 3, 1920, at the age of 83 (two weeks after his wife).
His name is seen spelt differently in sources, as "Vandusen" and "Van Dusan" have also been seen. The Van Dusen family were U.E.L. Brookeholm was annexed to Owen Sound in 1909.
Collection Woodworking Tools and Equipment
Material Wood/Metal
Dimensions W-14.8 D-8.5 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Vandusen, Henry