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Resource Typeimage
Coverage / Year1913 to 1923
DescriptionHand made screwdriver with 5" oval handle. Painted black with a twisted head. 13" long.
InterpretationThis screwdriver was made in the Chesebro Blacksmith Shop in Saunemin, Illinois. Ralph and Elmer Chesebro operated the shop and repaired buggies, shoed horses, and sharpened plows. They were also capable of making a tool for any task. Factory-made screwdrivers were easily available, but Ralph and Elmer probably made this one for a special project they were working on. Blacksmithing was a profession that required broad knowledge and flexibility--and was very different from today's machine processes. The Early American Museum has a substantial amount of information about the Chesebro shop and blacksmithing in general.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAmerican Communities in History; Communities and Geography;
Learning Standards16 History; 15 Economics;
Author or CreatorEarly American Museum
Subject / KeywordsEquipment; Hand forged; Screwdriver; Chesebro Blacksmith Shop; Blacksmithing; Iron;
Collection PublisherEarly American Museum
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Resource Identifier1998.016.0208.19
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