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Screw Box - A. Schafer, circa 1900-1940 Object Reg. No: SH 912761

Screw box for cutting wooden threads. Made by A. Schafer, circa 1900-1940.

Used in the woodturning business of Adolph Bruhn & Son, South Melbourne, 1970-1990, and previously in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. The business made a wide range of wooden products, including tables and architectural mouldings, and undertook specialist turning tasks. Part of a collection of nearly 900 items, including a lathe, cutting tools, hand tools, products, workshop fittings, office equipment, portraits, and an accounts ledger.
Rectangular block with a handle at either end. Through the centre there is a hole containing a cutting blade which is held in place by the top third of the rectangle which is actually a separate piece screwed on. The walls of the hole are cut in a spiral. There is a turn screw at the bottom.

Found in Area E3 of workshop.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 6.00 cm (Height), 7.00 cm (Width), 29.00 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: german communities, german immigration, trades, woodturning industry, woodworking
Themes this item is part of: Bruhn Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection
Primary Classification: TRADES
Secondary Classification: Woodturning
Tertiary Classification: hand tools
Inscriptions: Stamped side panel: A. SCHAFER/43.
Maker: A. Schafer, circa 1943
User: Adolph Bruhn & Son, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920-1970
User: Adolph Bruhn & Son, South Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1970-1990


Robyn Todd Posted on 27 Dec 2009 12:57 AM
wondering if the A. Schafer could have been Arthur Percival Schafer. He was my 3x great grandmothers brother. There was also an Arthur Schafer as a brother. They lived in the area in that time.
Discovery Centre Posted on 28 Dec 2009 10:42 AM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Robyn, thanks for your enquiry. We've referred this to one of our History & Technology staff for their advice. We’ll get back to you soon with some more information.
Discovery Centre Posted on 30 Dec 2009 4:22 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
The name A. Schafer only appears stamped on the side of the tool you refer to in the form "A. SCHAFER/43"
Given what we know about this small family run business, it seems likely that A. Schafer probably made the tool and that he was likely to have been an employee of Adolph Bruhn & Son. The '43' may refer to the year the tool was made (i.e. 1943), or it might be some other designation such as a size.

Unfortunately I don't think we have any documentation that would confirm this or any information on what A. Schafer's first name might have been. Do you know whether your great grandmother's brother worked for Adolph Bruhn & Son around the 1940s? What was his profession? You may be able to discover more about him by looking up old street directories or electoral roles.

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