Merrill & Co. 1/2" Heavy Mortise Chisel Jennings & Griffin
This is a nice clean, 19th century heavy duty mortise chisel. It's 1/2" wide x 11" long steel & overall is 15.5" long. It's in very nice condition with an old maker's mark "MERRILL & CO." known to be in business in the 1850's in Hinsdale NH. USA. We believe this name is Pliny Merrill, who also made tools marked MERRILL & WILDER (his nephew) from 1860-1901. It is not none whether all the assets of Merrill & Co. were absorbed by Jennings & Griffin Mfg. Co., but we do know that Wilders' own company was, as we have seen chisel box labels with the Wilder name, and the Jennings and Griffin together on that one label. I doubt we will see another one like this one! Rare! Other than a few past owner's marks and some minor dings in scratches it's in like new condition! Nice newer hard maple socket handle with an iron cap ring. A very hard to find tool by this maker!