Rare Early BOULSOVER Gouge by Joseph MITCHELL
A scarce, probably 18th century, gouge by Joseph MITCHELL of Sheffield.
According to Geoffrey Tweedale's excellent 'Directory of Sheffield Tool Manufacturers' Joseph Mitchell married Mary Boulsover (daughter of Thomas Boulsover the maker of Sheffield plate) in 1760 and was using the BOULSOVER trade mark by at least 1787.
This gouge is clearly marked 'BOULSOVER' on the neck and shows some wonderful early features including the long neck with chamfers, minor shoulder profiles and obvious manufacturing marks.
15/16 inches wide at the cutting edge, the blade is 41/4" long including the bolster.
A later replacement ashwood handle has been fitted by a previous owner.
913/16 inches overall length.
A rare survivor.