William Marples Mortice Gauge - 2140

william marples mortice gauge 2140
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Reviewed By: I.Ball

Manufacturer: William Marples

Tool Type: Mortice Gauge

Model No: 2140


The Rosewood William Marples mortice gauge with an oval head.

We will refer to this gauge as model number 2140 however it should be noted this is a catalogue reference; it will not be seen marked on the mortice gauge.

This mortise gauge differs to many mortise gauges due to the brass stem and the shape and style of the head. The head is oval shaped with a thick brass plate on the top of the head and a further decorative brass inlay on the face of the head.

The head is secured to the desired position on the stem with the use of a screw located on the face of the head, in the centre of the brass inlay. The screw requires a flat head screwdriver / turnscrew to turn the screw.

The gauge has two scribing pins on one side of the stem which are primarily used for marking mortices; hence the term mortice gauge.

This Marples mortise gauge was advertised by William Marples as a 'Best Ebony, Round Brass Stem, Turnscrew Slide, Brass-Faced Oval Head Mortise Gauge'.

Manufactured Dates

? - ? (1929)

Gauge Also Known As

Brass Marples Marking Gauge
Brass Marples Mortise Gauge
William Marples Mortise Gauge
William Marples Mortise Marking Tool
Tool For Marking Mortices / Mortises

Are There Any Problems / Issues With This Tool?

Due to the age of these mortise gauges, the marking pins can sometimes be so worn there is nothing left of them; if this is the case a skilled person will need to replace them.

The mortice points adjuster can sometimes become seized or cross-threaded making the mortice gauge function redundant.


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