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ANTIQUE LEATHER WORKER’S TOOL – BRASS MOUNTED SLOTTED HOLE PUNCH – MAKER MARKED:  A very unique design, this leather hand punch is designed not only to punch a hole in the leather, but also cut a slot perpendicular to the hole, as would be fashioned to accommodate a button or fastener.  The punch also features an adjustable brass anvil which also doubles as a measuring gauge for slots of different lengths.  The tool, measuring 9 ˝” in overall length, with a 1 ˝” cutting and punch blade, is marked on the top jaw, “W. H. COMPTON Co.; RELIANCE; NEWARK, N.J.; U.S.A.”.  The tool is in very good condition with no corrosion or pitting and has a nice overall brown patina.  The brass anvil is fully intact, the adjustment functions properly and the brass has a nice mellow color.  There was a rebounding leaf spring mounted on the inside of the handle that would return the jaws of the tool to the open position after every compression, but only the base end of the spring remains.  This is an interesting tool and one that is not often seen.     $75



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