Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

The Three-Pod Auger-A Correction

Academic journal article The Chronicle of the Early American Industries Association, Inc.

The Three-Pod Auger-A Correction

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The September 2006 issue of The Chronicle contained two articles on three-pod augers. One article by Nick Nichols summarized his extensive search for the identity of the maker and the inventor of the auger (Nick Nichols, "In Search of the Three-Lipped Auger, " The Chronicle 59, no. 3 (2006): 109-1 10), and the other, by me, described my auger (Bob Roger, "The Three-Pod Auger, " The Chronicle 59, no. 3 (2006): 1 1 1-1 12). I have since then been lucky enough to find another example of the three-pod auger that was in exceptional condition - for its age of approximately 175 years. After comparing my two augers - the 2006 example discussed in the previously article and the new one - I felt I should make some corrections to my previous article and add some additional insights.

The corrections refer to what I noted concerning the markings on the example described in 2006. I had stated that the maker's mark was "Tibbals, Brooks & Co., " which is correct. However, I said that the second mark was "PATD34, " which is incorrect. I now know that the mark is "PATENT, "just as it is on Nick's example. The patent was X8, 349 issued on August 8, 1 834, to Alfred Newton, witnessed by Isaac Tibbals, and the augers were made by Tibbals, Brooks & Co. in Meriden, Connecticut, between 1834 and 1840.

I had also described the auger in 2006 as being marked with the number "1, " and that the 1 signified it was a bit with a 1-inch diameter. I now know that I misread that mark and that it is really a "4. …

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