Alternative Name(s): Woodworker's Clamp

Hand screw made by Adolph Bruhn & Son, circa 1910s-1940s. It was found hanging on a pole in Area F at Adolph Bruhn & Son's Wood Turners Shop, 283 Coventry Street, South Melbourne. The business was established by Adolph Bruhn circa 1893 in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Upon his death in 1919 it was then operated by Adolph's son Sophus Christopher Bruhn. Upon Sophus's death in 1959 his son Sophus Walter Bruhn took over the business. In 1970 Sophus reduced the scale of the business and relocated to South Melbourne. The business closed upon Sophus's death in January 1990.

Adolph Bruhn migrated to Australia from Germany in 1884, at the age of 29. He arrived in Adelaide where he lived for 10 months before moving to Victoria, where he settled, established his business, married and had five children.

Physical Description

Hand screw made up of two wooden lengths with smooth handles for one-third of length, screw pattern for remainder of length, and small smooth end at end of screw. These two parts screw through the other lengths horizontally. Then there are two rectangular wooden lengths which taper off at an angle on one side at one end, with one screw hole in middle of length and half a hole towards non-tapered end. At end of tapered length are two inward arcs.

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