Screw Box - Woodworking, circa 1950s-1990s Object Reg. No: SH 912213

Alternative Name(s): Thread Cutter

Woodworking Screw Box, circa 1950s-1990s. It was found in Area E3 at Adolph Bruhn & Son's Wood Turners Shop, 283 Coventry Street, South Melbourne. The business was established by Adolph Bruhn circa 1893 in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Upon his death in 1919 it was then operated by Adolph's son Sophus Christopher Bruhn. Upon Sophus's death in 1959 his son Sophus Walter Bruhn took over the business. In 1970 Sophus reduced the scale of the business and relocated to South Melbourne. The business closed upon Sophus's death in January 1990.

Adolph Bruhn migrated to Australia from Germany in 1884, at the age of 29. He arrived in Adelaide where he lived for 10 months before moving to Victoria, where he settled, established his business, married and had five children.
Wooden screw box or thread cutter used to cut external threads in wood. Wooden box shape with turned handles, made in two parts held together by two screws. A metal cutter is mounted between the two parts. The wooden dowel to be threaded is held in a vice; the box is engaged on its end and turned clockwise by hand until it begins to cut.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 26.00 cm (Height), 5.00 cm (Width), 6.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: trades, german communities, german immigration, woodturning industry, woodworking
Themes this item is part of: Bruhn Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Woodturning
Tertiary Classification: fasteners
Inscriptions: Stamped on side, "26".
User (Possible): Sophus Bruhn - Adolph Bruhn & Son, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1950-1959
User (Possible): Mr Sophus Bruhn - Adolph Bruhn & Son, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1959-1970
User: Mr Sophus Bruhn - Adolph Bruhn & Son, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1970-1990
References: Jackson, A. & Day, D., "Tools and How to Use Them: An Illustrated Encyclopedia", New York, 1979, p.269.

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