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Square Stake

1750-1820
Origin: England or America
Overall: 15 1/4in. Head: 4 1/2 " x 2 1/2" x 1"
Iron / steel
Museum Purchase
Acc. No. 2011-86
Square Stake. Rectangular head with beveled sides centered on a square sectioned shank with chamfered corners. Tapered, blunt ended square sectioned tang.
Label:Of all the tools that a tinsmith would set into a workbench or tree stump, the square stake is amongst the most simple. It's wide, flat top is faced with steel and provides a perfect working surface for many different tin-working tasks. The four sides intersect the top at slightly less than a right angle, allowing small pieces of metal to be creased bent easily here with a few blows from the mallet.