Combination Tool Handle (Multitool)

Combination Tool Handle (Multitool)

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This small hand tool belonged to a member of the Copp family of Stonington, Connecticut during the 18th century. The tool has a hollow polished hard-wood tool handle that contains an awl and two small knives that could be inserted into the handle.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
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Object Name
date made
1800 - 1875
Copp Family
place made
United Kingdom: England
place used
United States: Connecticut, Stonington
Physical Description
horn, cow or buffalo (overall material)
steel (awl; blades material)
overall: 5 1/2 in x 7/8 in; 13.97 cm x 2.2225 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp
Household Tools and Equipment
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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