Bookbinding tools belonging to David Nicol



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Description Bookbinder's tools in box. Blue cylindrical box lined in checkered paper. Contains bone page folder, wooden handled knife imprinted wth "George Barnsley, Davidson's steel on blade", brush, calipers with "Mathieson & Son" imprinted on side. 1: box, 2: lid, 3 -25 brass letter stamps. 3: p, 4: k, 5: z, 6: c, 7: f, 8: e, 9: u, 10: y, 11: l, 12: b, 13: n, 14: w, 15: v, 16: m, 17: d, 18: t, 19: j, 20: x, 21: j, 22: s, 23: g, 24: a, 25: h, 26: printer's knife, 27; bone paper folder, 26: awl, 29: awl, 30: tweezers. 31: funnel, 32: funnel 5/32 funditor.

Accession Number: SH.2009.365.1-32

These items belonged to David Nicol bookbinder. David served his apprenticeship at Andrew Whytes where he worked for 25 years. He left in 1960 to join Hunter and Foulis and in 1962 he went to work at MacNiven and Cameron. He is a member of the National Union of Printing, Bookbinding and Paper Workers, and is Father of the Chapel. He works a 40 hour week, for which he receives ?11. 13s and is entitled to two weeks paid holiday.

These brass letter stamps were used by book finishers. The letter stamps were heated up on a gas ring and used to apply the gold leaf onto the leather cover of the book. An awl or bodkin was a plain tapered steel spike used by the book finisher for making sewing holes, and for teasing out the ends of cords when lacing bands of books.

This item is on display at the People's Story, Museum, the Canongate, Edinburgh.

Edinburgh City of Print is a joint project between City of Edinburgh Museums and the Scottish Archive of Print and Publishing History Records (SAPPHIRE). The project aims to catalogue and make accessible the wealth of printing collections held by City of Edinburgh Museums. For more information about the project please visit www.edinburghcityofprint.org
Date 12 November 2009(2009-11-12), 23:08
Source Bookbinding tools belonging to David Nicol
Author Edinburgh City of Print


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