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Object Name Vise, Harness Maker's
Catalog Number 1993.8.85
Date ca. 1875
Material(s) Wood; leather; wrought iron
Dimensions H-25 W-6.5 D-4.5 inches
Description This is a hand made leatherworking clamp. It has a wood block base with two wooden jaws nailed to either side with cut nails. There is a hole in the base to screw the clamp down to a horse or bench. The tips of the jaws have a raised surface with grooves cut in the middle. A threaded wooden screw runs through hole in both jaws. The screw has a wrought iron bar secured by two leather straps on one side and a rectangular wooden nut on the other. The straps are secured by cut nails.
Notes Probably a harness/saddlemaker's tool. The cutouts in the jaw might indicate a "forked jaw clamp," designed to avoid contact with a stud or other obstacle which may have been fitted to the leather before sewing began. This also might be a clamp from a stitching horse. Collected by the donor from antique shops and barns, etc. in southern Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky over the last thirty years.
Collection George Underhill Collection
Subjects Tools
Leather industry
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS