I recently came across a dingy marking gauge in an antique store which I had been looking for one for sometime. I found the price tag and when I read it, I couldn’t pass it up… It appeared to be completely intact and for only $6 it was mine. I brought it home and looked it over really carefully and found the maker’s mark of J A Lapham which gave me more to search with. Finally I find a good picture so I know what this completely brown tool should look like. I started on the brass parts with some brasso and wiped down the wood with some simple green. While not like new, it shines enough to have that worn in and used well look. Now it can get some more use. Does anyone have one of these or know anything about them? I was hoping someone could inform me on the function of the screw knob on the back end of the gauge. I gave it some good turns but it seems to be hesitant and I don’t want to force it. As always thanks for any information anybody can give me.
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