Draw Gauge #75.616

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A draw guage was a leather worker and harness maker's tool that facilitatied the cutting of belts, straps, reins, etc. from tanned hides. This one has a brass pistol-grip frame, with rosewood inserts, a brass trigger-shaped finger grip for better control of the tool, and an adjustable crossbar, graduated in inches, that holds the cutter blade.

The top strap of the handle is marked "A. Crawford, Newark, N.J." and appears to date from the mid- to late 1800s. Aaron Crawford seems to have acquired the business begun by John H. Crawford, and is listed in Newark directories as a toolmaker and cutler from 1838 to 1875, and may have continued in business into the 1890s.

Earlier models of Crawford draw gauges lacked the finger grip, and the crossbar graduations were hand engraved. Those may have been produced by John Crawford.

This specimen was used by G. W. Boyer, who had a cobbler's shop in Hartland in the mid-1800s, later removing to Victoria Corner.