tool has none of the pretentious trappings normally found with
a more intricate assembly. At 6" long with an overall height
of 5", it is finely constructed from some type of rosewood.
It is more than just a quick "one off" made
on a whim. The diamond escutcheons for the screws that hold
the two pieces together, the front wear plate and the vertical
guide plate are all made of brass. The anvil and punch are steel
and in both cases, provisions have been made to allow for versatility.
With the anvil, two different bevels have been filed to give
two different offsets. With the punch or sticking tool, each
side has a different configuration to accommodate different
|The tool disassembled
The item is no doubt modelled after a commercial hammer or punch-type
saw set, perhaps seen in a catalog or in a co-worker's tool
chest. The craftsperson who made this tool was obviously well
trained and committed to producing work of the highest standard.
This style of saw set was somewhat popular in Europe during
the late-19th and early-20th centuries.