The tools, which
are generally in little used condition, were bought in 1796 by Joseph
Seaton, cabinet-maker, of Chatham, Kent, for his 21-year-old son,
Benjamin. They were supplied by Christopher Gabriel and Sons, a leading
tool dealer and plane-maker of Banner Street, London. Benjamin made
a fine tool chest for his new tools and recorded their cost in an
inventory which survives with the chest.
In the 1st edition
of this publication, written by a group of Tools and Trades HIstory
Society members, the chest and its tools, many of which will be unfamiliar
to today's craftsman, are described and set in context.
This 2nd edition,
written by both TATHS members and the staff of the Colonial Williamsburg
Foundation in Virginia, includes a considerable amount of new information
about the tools and the chest and also a description of the making
of a replica chest for Colonial Williamsburg.
Paperback, Full Color, 8" x 11", ©
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