Reviewed By: I.Ball
Category: Old Mortice Gauges
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'.
? - ? (1929)
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Tool For Marking Mortices / Mortises
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
The mortice points adjuster can sometimes become seized or cross-threaded making the mortice gauge function redundant.
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