Per popular request I have put together series of photos and writing
history of a shipwright's chest of tools. I purchased it some
time ago and have cleaned it up.
Brother Lou G. Schmidt
This chest of shipwright's tools was owned by Charles M Dale
of Richmond, Sagadahoc County, Maine. He was born on January 21,
1851; his father was Lincoln G. Dale and his mother Margaret A. Rideout.
Charles M Dale married Sarah M. Doyle on April 14, 1873; his
occupation was listed as that of a carpenter. Charles M. Dale
was in the pages of the Bath, Maine and Sagadahoc County
directories in 1892 and 1905/1906 showing him living in Richmond. He worked
on a schooner owned by a George H. Theobald around the 1890s.
I don't have an exact date of his demise but believe he
probably passed on around World War I.
The chest includes 2 log books of the hours Dale worked. what he charged for the jobs he undertook and advertisements
from local businesses in and around Richmond Maine. Literature
from the patented Langdon mitre box and saw, a mantle catalog, a
painting brochure and a tobacco card.
Most of the tools are stamped "C. M. Dale" and are from the
1870 to around the turn of the century. Some of the tools have
another user mark, perhaps Dale bought them used or another
carpenter used it after his death.