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One of My Favorite New Jersey Tools
by Greg Welsh
This tool made by Mockridge and Francis in Newark N.J. was part of a group of sash making tools that I bought at an auction a few years ago. It was used to cope the molding on sash bars where they joined the sash. At the same time I was able to get the sash molding plane that has a matching profile of the curve of the coping tool. All the set is in almost unused condition.
There is a description and additional photos of one of these in Alexander Farnham's book “Search for Early New Jersey Toolmakers”. They were in business from about 1835 through 1869. Many tool are frequently found made by them, but these pieces seem rare and unusual.
Origonally Published Janurary 2005