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Description (Brief)
A grindstone was a necessity in the machine shops of the mid-19th century for sharpening and shaping the cutting tools used in machines.
Currently not on view
overall: 11 in x 18 in x 19 in; 27.94 cm x 45.72 cm x 48.26 cm
stone: 3 in x 10 in; 7.62 cm x 25.4 cm
frame: 9 in x 19 in; x 22.86 cm x 48.26 cm
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Harold J. Crelly
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Work and Industry: Production and Manufacturing
Industry & Manufacturing
Machine Shop
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center


Grindstones were quarried commercially in Minudie, Nova Scotia in the 19th century and many ship loads were supplied to the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. The story of the grindstone industry in that community is told in the Minudie School Museum.

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