Timber scribes with bone handles are not common, but are quite desirable. This example is clean and handsome. It has a handle of ivory, with brass ferrule at the top, and brass escutcheon at the base that encloses the end of the steel shaft inside the handle. The scribe is of the typical sort with two race cutters and the central setting pin. The base of this head is marked only with two different leaf-like stamps, one on each side. Used for marking boards and staves by coopers, boat builders, vintners, etc it is a standard tool of the waterfront. Fine.