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Burnishing tools, ca. 1840

Contributed by an individual through Maine Historical Society

William Webb, a brass maker in Warren in the mid-nineteenth century, used these tools to burnish, or polish, metalwork. The tool on the left would have been highly polished and was used to shine metal. The tool on the right has a stone tip and was used for brightening a surface.

Other Information


  • Title: Burnishing tools, ca. 1840
  • Creation Date: circa 1840
  • Subject Date: circa 1840
  • Town: Warren
  • County: Knox
  • State: ME
  • Media: Wood, metal
  • Local Code: Private
  • Collection: Private
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822
http://www.mainehistory.org

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