Item B23 - Buell Bros. (Clinton, CT) Rosewood Tool Handle. 

The Buell boys, Andrew & Edgar, manufactured tools in Clinton, Ct during the 1880s.  They were likely descendents of Abel Buell, born in Clinton in 1743 who was an important engraver of maps and silverware at the time of the Revolutionary War.  Andrew and Edgar held at least two patents (tool handle, Dec. 4 1883; and a saw set patented on March 12, 1889).  This tool handle stems from the first patent, and with its winged chuck is similar to the familiar tool handles produced by the John S. Fray Company in Bridgeport, CT, 80 miles west on the Connecticut shoreline.  This example of the Buell tool handle is a beauty.  It has a handle of handsome dark rosewood, and shiny well marked ferrule and chuck.  The wood retains all of its original shiny finish.  The bit compartment hold 9 original bits (there probably were 10 bits at one time), which are clean and shiny.  It is a fine tool for a collection or use  Fine

Price - $50.00

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