Chisel Display Board
Some manufacturers used, as an advertising vehicle, elaborate
sample boards or miniatures that were exact copies of their
product. These could be given to an exclusive agent for a
point-of-sale display or included in a travelling salesman's
case and used to entice new customers.
This particular board has none of the expected high-quality
finishes that would have been applied to a display to be viewed
by prospective distributors or customers. Perhaps this example
was a process board used to explain the various steps in the
manufacture of two different chisel styles and was never meant
to be used outside of the plant. Examination shows the previous
existence of labels on each item, possibly to describe the
various steps in production.
The five pieces shown here are tang-type chisels with a forged
bolster. These show the manufacturing steps that should occur
once the blank has been forged with a tang. Notice how the
bolster (the raised section) becomes more refined as the chisel
moves through the manufacturing process.