Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sepia Saturday: Stamping tools

Neil has all sorts of items tucked away in his shed but he knows where everything is and the history of each item. About ten years ago I began a project of photographing each item but it got too hard and I didn't keep going but the prompt for this week's Sepia Saturday had me going back through my files to find the photos that I did manage.

Neil's family used to own a general store and these three items were in use in those days in the early 1900s.

The first item is a small box that holds a set of ten metal marking stamps, of the numbers 0 to 9. It was produced by Axminster of Devon (telephone 3114)




The second item is also a box of stamps. This time the stamps are designed to be used with an ink pad. I only photographed one of the stamps and it is clean of ink so may never have been used. I didn't check the other stamps.




The third item is a box of metal stamps, one for each letter of the alphabet plus a few other symbols like '&'. They would have been used to stamp words onto metal.


This post has been in response to the theme photo for Sepia Saturday, a type-setter at work. You can head on over to the webpage to see what other bloggers have made of the theme.



6 comments:

  1. An interesting collection that fits right in with the prompt. The metal marking stamps are something I've not seen before.

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  2. Oh, you've reminded me of a small stamp I have that belonged to my maternal grandfather. It has birds on it and a slot within which to set type. The type is in an old Hartz Mountain bird seed can. I took possession of this item after my grandfather died. It was until years later that I was looking through my great-greatgrandfathers notebook that I noticed that he had used the same stamp to put his name in his book back in the 1860s.

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  3. Wow! I've never seen stamps like this before. Very interesting.....

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  4. Wonderful clear picture and you’ve reminded me of the stamps I used to use when teaching, to mark the pupils’ work. I still have one that says “Excellent” - so here you are I’m stamping your post with it!

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  5. Neat post! A whole new aspect of stamps for me -- could the metal ones also be used to stamp leather?

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  6. Very interesting collection. I am glad you started photographing these heirlooms. I hope you will get back to this project.

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Lorraine