Tools, Moulding; unknown maker; 1880-1910; MT1996.141.4


Tools, Moulding

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Moulding tools; a wooden tool tray with 26 assorted brass moulding tools. This kit belonged to Edward Gardiner who worked in his family's foundry. He would have used the tools to mould, pack, finish and mend sand moulds and cores. The cavity of the moulds were finished and mended with flat and curved trowels, spoons, slicks, cutters and hooks.

William Gardiner and Co was an engineering business in Mataura from 1862 until 1910. It was on Kana Street just south of the Bank of New Zealand. The founder William Gardiner died in 1905 and the business was continued by his sons William, Alexander and Edward. A fourth son, James, set up business in Dunedin. At its peak the foundry could boast six blast forges, a 5 cwt steam hammer, turning and screw cutting lathes, boring machines, emery grinding wheels, cutting and punching machines, plate bending rolls, a mould board and share presses. The foundry was furnished with cupolas for melting brass and iron, a core drying stove, a crane and appliances for turning out light and heavy castings.


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tray: wood
tools: processed material, metal, alloy, copper alloy, brass and
processed material, metal, alloy, steel


tray: h 100mm x w 250mm x l 410mm
tools: various sizes

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From the collection of the Mataura and Districts Historical Society Incorporated

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