1780. Paperback. (ACCOUNT BOOK GIMBLET MAKER AND METAL CRAFTSMAN) RICHARDS, Nathaniel. Manuscript Account Book for Wilmington, Delaware Tool and Metal Hardware Maker, 1779-1780. Wilmington, Delaware: 1779-1780. 8vo. Original stiff wrappers, marbled paper covers. (20) pages. A "Gimblet" is defined as "a small tool for boring holes, consisting of a shaft and a pointed screw at one end and a handle perpendicular to the shaft at the other," in other words a metal craftsman who made small tools and hardware. In addition, Richards made all sorts of these things: brass screws, nails, stock lock, chisel, HL hinges, H hinges, trunk nails, handbit, gimblet, strap hinges, clout nails, thumb latch, gouge, turn buttons, drawer lock, curb bolts, handsaw file, sail neadels, grid iron, card table hinges (for John Hayes), table hinges (for Nicolas Way), watch keys (for Joel Baily), etc. There is a lengthy entry of furniture hardware for John Janvier, the prominent and well known Delaware cabinetmaker. There are numerous entries for building hardware for Charles Hillyard, who built the Governor's Mansion in Dover circa 1780. Jonathan Rumford appears several times ordering hardware for the 'pilot boat.' There are multiple entries for members of the Canby Family, as well as several for Joseph Shipley (another old and famous Delaware family). There are two intriguing entries for Richard Moor, 'Molotto' [sic] whose debt was guaranteed by Francis Robinson. As was the custom, the account book gives the name of the client, and also details of the order, amounts and costs. It is clearly written and easily legible throughout. Other entries for unusual objects indicate the versatility of Nathaniel Richards: candlesticks, curtain rings, shovel and tongues, brass head, cowbell, oyster knives, brass dividers, spectacles, knives and forks, bellows, etc. Also occasional entries for linseed oil and pigments (yellow ochre, Spanish brown). Two entries for 'springs' and 'sash line' suggest he may have been making parts for clock makers. Eighteenth century craftsman's account books of this quality are rare in this market. (Inventory #: 39745)
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