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turn of the century Ships Caulking Mallet & Irons - U.S.S. CONSTITUTION (OLD IRONSIDES)

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Acquired from a vintage collection of U. S. S. Constitution 1927-1931 restoration project material, this wonderful old caulking mallet with accompanying calking irons had been maintained with a history of having been used in that well-known dry-dock of Old Ironsides. Emanating from a collection primarily of U. S. S. Constitution souvenirs fashioned from wood planking removed during restoration, (gavel sets, walking sticks, desk sets, book-ends, &c) the calking mallet and irons were part of some considerable effort to gather tools necessary to appropriate restoration of the 18th century ship’s hull. (The 1927-1931 restoration was the first time souvenirs made from the ship’s materials were sold to the public to raise funds for her restoration. By the time of the restoration effort, even the tools needed for the restoration were difficult to find. Materials were especially difficult to find until a long-forgotten cash of circa 1850s milled live-oak was uncovered at the Pensacola, Florida Naval Air Station.) Of interest to the collector will be that the calking mallet is complete, remains in pleasing condition while offering good evidence of period use and conforms with U.S. NAVY CAULKING MALLET CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATIONS: The heads of these mallets shall be reinforced at each end with a hardened and tempered tool steel ferrule having a nominal width of 1-3/8 inches and with walls not less than 1/16 inch in thickness. The middle diameter of the head shall be reinforced with two soft steel bands each 1/2 inch wide and not less than 1/16 wall thickness. These soft steel bands shall be spaced not more than 2-1/2 inches center to center and equidistant from the center of handle socket. The bands and ferrules shall be firmly fastened to the mallet head. Each mallet shall be slotted longitudinally in two places, the slots extending through the axis from two ends of the mallet and in the direction of the handle hole. The calking irons remain in nice original condition with a pleasing age patina. Each is maker marked with Billings Union Trowel Works of Newark, N.J., J. Tyza – Sheffield and two Drew & Co. of Kingston, Mass. represented. This grouping will come with our letter as preservation of the above. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!





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