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Object ID # 1969.031.005
Object Name Gimlet
Title Brewer's Gimlet
Lexicon category 4: T&E For Materials
Date 19th-century
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Brewer's gimlet /groove type boring gimlet with wooden handle. There is no maker's identification present. The gimlet has an elongated barrel-shaped "T" handle, which has four areas of multiple scoring and one centrally-scored ring. The metal shank has a halfways hollow shell, ending in a tapering, short bit end. The tool has a 19th-century-looking appearance.
Makers mark None
Provenance Original provenance unknown. Owned by Mr. and Mrs. Leslie and Isabelle Grant who resided at Leith, in Sydenham Township, Grey County. Historically, Leith had a distillery, but whether or the gimlet has any connection to that enterprise is unknown.
Collection Woodworking Tools and Equipment
Material Wood/Metal/Finish
Dimensions W-8.7 L-12.7 cm
Found Leith, Municipality of Meaford, Grey County
Function Used for boring a tapered vent hole in the shive (a wooden disc used as a bung to stop the hole of a cask), which is subsequently stoppered with a spile. They are sometimes known as "spile gimlets". (See R. A. Salaman, DICTIONARY OF WOODWORKING TOOLS, 1989 edition, pp. 122, 208-209, and 469.)