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Museum of the Hooked Rug (Les Trois Pignons)


Accession number: 27-392
Category: Woodworking T&E
Object type: Manual, Bung-Borer
Date: 1800 – 1900
Materials: steel; wood
Measurements: 16 cm L x 12.5 cm W x 2 cm DiameterDiameter refers to the handle.
Narrative: This bung-boring auger appears to be from the mid 1800's. It would have been used in the process of enlarging a hole that has already been drilled (or cast), by means of a single-point cutting tool. Boring is used to achieve greater accuracy of the diameter of a hole, and can be used to cut a tapered hole.
Description: This is a tapered steel blade that comes to a point, and is designed for making holes. It has a wooden handle mounted at one end, at a 90 degree angle to the blade to allow the blade to be operated in a twisting motion.