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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.
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Object Name
grindstone, handcrank
grindstone, hand
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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Credit Line
Harold J. Crelly
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Industry & Manufacturing
Machine Shop
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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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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