Item R4 - E. Briggs Boxwood Mortise Gage

 There is some discussion about where Elija Briggs made his distinctive gages.  One mark features an eagle with the location, Foxboro, Mass.   But Milt Bachellor's research suggests that while Briggs married a Foxboro gal, and a child was born there, most of his work was carried out in nearby Canton, Massachusetts.  He worked for a long time--from as early as before 1830 until his death in 1880.  This gage is faintly marked with the early eagle imprint, "E. Briggs. Foxboro, Mass," in a half circle around the eagle.  This mark is very faint, and probably was made with a worn stamp.  It is a boxwood screw arm mortise gage, with vertical brass wear strips on the fence, eared escutcheons and delicate knurling at the base of the brass fixing screw.  The boxwood stem is just 6 1/2 inches long, not counting the mortise adjusting thumb screw.  The pins are original and good.  The fence face is 2 x 2 1/8 inches, and is 1 inch thick.  .  The gage has crisp edges, a nice honey color, and suffers only one area of stain on one side of the fence.  It is fine



Price -  $75.00

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