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Drayton chisel

Hi. Have recently bought a huge chisel on Ebay, marked T.Drayton. At first I searched for details on a manufacturing company, but once arrived suspected it was hand forged. 1841 UK census gives details for a Thomas Drayton, a blacksmith baptised 27 July 1816 at Nettleton, Lincolnshire. He married 13 October 1837 to Hannah Wilson at Caister, Newark; and although appearing in the census of 1851, he disappeared from later census records. Assume then that he was dead by 1861. Im working obviously on the theory that the chisel is his work. My question is, that the chisel appears to be a mortice pig sticker. But why so long at 18 inches. Id greatly appreciate someone telling me what this was used for being so long? Many thanks Alan.
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For chiseling out deep mortises. Think post and beam.
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You know the timber frame buildings where they use beams around 12". They have to chisel holes through those beams to run a tennon through and the long chisel is needed.
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Many thanks for the explanation, its really appreciated.
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that is a good find with character !!!

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Cheers John. I do have a few antique chisels, saws and planes as seen in the photos below; but it took some time identifying this one. Yes it certainly has plenty of character, but suspect it will sit there rather than be used. I'm a dealer in 17th century furniture and use the rest on restoration.
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