HISTORICAL INTEREST - A SPECIAL CARPENTERS TOOL CHEST
Stock number 2770
HISTORIC TOOLS & CHEST (stock 2770)
Width = 95 cm (inc. handles) Depth = 56 cm Height = 54 cm
This is a rare and special find. With connections to LNWR Railways, the historic Wolverton Carriage Works, King George V1 and World War 11 aircraft production!
The tool chest was originally made by Harry Rose (born 1885) as part of his apprenticeship. Created from pine, oak and Mahogany with heavy iron handles. He was then employed by LNWR at the Wolverton works after his apprenticeship ended in 1906.
He served during the first war (as an aircraft fitter for the Royal Flying Corps) and then returned to Wolverton where he became Master Carpenter in the fitting shop. He worked there until his retirement in 1950 and passed away in 1951.
If you know anything about Wolverton I'm sure you'll understand how important the works were during the 19th and first half of the 20th century. From locomotive maintenance in the 19th century to building gliders during the second world war to be used on the D-Day airborne assault, it was a centre for craftsmanship. They even built armoured carriages for King George V1!
The items contained in the chest belonged to Harry and they were the tools of his trade during his time at Wolverton, many are stamped with his name...
Being Master Carpenter he would have been closely involved with the important projects the works took on. The tools contained in the chest would have helped to create fine first class carriages, repair wartime bombers and build Horsa gliders that helped the victory in Europe.
The chest and tools were purchased by us a few years ago from a very reputable dealer we know but we now feel they should be put to better use. They must not be split but they could still be used to create beautiful things...
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