Splint gauge, ca. 1850

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Splint gauge, ca. 1850

This record was added to Maine Memory Network through the efforts of a student at George Stevens Academy.


Splint gauges, with the teeth set at a variety of widths, are used by Wabanaki basketmakers to cut ash splints into uniform widths. Like many gauges, this one also has an elaborately carved handle. The chip-carved geometric and floral patterns are found on many forms of Wabanaki wood carving.

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About This Item

  • Title: Splint gauge, ca. 1850
  • Creator: Penobscot
  • Creation Date: circa 1850
  • Subject Date: circa 1850
  • State: ME
  • Media: Maple, copper/bronze, steel
  • Dimensions: 14 cm x 3.5 cm x 2.2 cm
  • Local Code: 82-09-001
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Abbe Museum
26 Mount Desert Street, PO Box 286, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-3519

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