Part of a music engraving tool set used mostly by Gordon Baker who worked for A. Kynoch & Co. Pty. Ltd. in Melbourne from the 1930s to the 1980s. Gordon Baker was apprentice to his father Jack. At the time, Gordon was the only music engraver working in Australia.

A brace punch was used to engrave a line in front of a music stave.

Each punch has a line engraved on the stem so the punch can be held in the correct orientation while being used to punch a symbol on the pewter plate, that is the line should be facing the engraver.

Physical Description

Stepped wooden container made up of two boxes joined together with slots for 14 punches. !3 of the punches are of different widths featuring the same etching pattern. There is one punch that produces a different pattern

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Information & Communication, Working Life & Trades

  • Acquisition Information


  • Inscriptions

    Punches are labelled with numbered 3 to 16 with 6 missing. Above each number: P&S Odd one out: HANDEL Metal plate on box: BRACES(S is back to front) Each punch has a line engraved on the stem.

  • Classification

    Communications, Printing, Music engraving

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • Overall Dimensions

    310 mm (Length), 78 mm (Width), 75 mm (Height)
    Dimensions of box with punches.

  • Overall Dimensions

    64 mm (Length), 9 mm (Width)
    Typical length of punches. Width = 9 to 35 mm.

  • Overall Dimensions

    64 mm (Length), 35 mm (Width)
    Typical length of punches. Width = 9 to 35 mm.

  • Keywords

    Music, Printing, Tools