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Needle Case Stake

1800-1850
Origin: England or America
OL: 20 1/2" OH: 9"
Iron and steel
Gift of Stephen Eisenhart
Acc. No. 2014-69
Needle case stake. One flange is flat-topped with two square edges and a skewed tip. Round-sectioned, long tapering "beak" with a square end. Squared post with lightly chamfered corners.
Label:This tiny stake is a miniature version of a long-nosed beak horn stake. As with many of the other tinsmithing tools in Colonial Williamsburg's collection, this stake got its name from its primary use, in the manufacture of small-diameter tubular "needle" cases. It could be used for countless other small tinsmithing tasks, or some fine detail work too.
Provenance:From the Eisenhart collection of tinsmithing tools.