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Box, Screw

Screw box stamped "OH" and "HD", likely Orren Haskins and Henry DeWitt, Church Family, Mount Lebanon, NY

ca. 1835-1855

Object ID
1952.5984.1
Community
New York, Mount Lebanon
Family
Church Family
Description

Screw box made of hickory and steel. The screw box is one piece, with chamfered edges. For a 1" wood screw, the steel bruzz is fixed in proper position by a wood wedge below, and an iron or steel shim at the top of the tail end. Adjustable blade.

Dimensions

14 7/16 x 2 x 1 7/8 in. (36.6 x 5.1 x 4.8 cm)

Inscriptions

OH / HD

Inscription method: stamped

Notes

The initial stamps on either side of the thread box indicate that this tool was used by Brothers Orren Haskins (1815-1892) and Henry DeWitt (1805-1855). DeWitt, among other occupations, was employed making spinning wheels and clock reels. The thread box and matches the threading on the spinning wheel tensioning screw 1950.3615.1, suggesting that the screw was likely turned on this screw box by Brother Henry to make a spinning wheel.

New York, Mount Lebanon

New York,  Mount Lebanon

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Shaker Museum Box, Screw. https://shakermuseum.us/object/?id=3536. Accessed on June 18, 2021

PEOPLE

DeWitt, Henry

1805-1855

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PEOPLE

Haskins, Orren Nathan

1815-1892

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