Burden, Laura

mill file

mill file

mill file


A metal mill file with a wooden handle that was used by Teresa Summerskill and it was donated by Laura Burden. The mill file is used for sharpening various domestic tools, such as saws. On one side on the bottom of the file reads "Mill Bastard", in which the metal file is known as a "bastard cut" from the making; hence the engraved rough lines at the tip. On the other side of the file reads "Nicholson - Made In Canada". This brand name is referred to the full company name of The Nicholson File Company Complex, which was found in 1859 by William Nicholson. Some of the first products made were machine-made files during that year and as well precision tools used in the manufacture of armaments during the American Civil War, specifically for the Union Army. Some of the oldest buildings also has been made from the years 1864-1865 and had expanded throughout the 20th century. The wooden handle also at the bottom on one side has "No. 14 - Disston - Canada" engraved in the wood. For donor biography see description for 021.10.01.


file, Carpentry Equipment


Burden, Laura

Date of Object:

ca. 1940s - 1950s

Accession #:



19.3cm L X 3cm W

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