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I wonder if you can help with a query about old woodworking tools. My son has asked me to try to put a date to two all-steel chisels found on an old estate. I have taken the liberty of attaching a photograph. I have searched high and low on the Web, but have been unable to find anything similar.

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Incidentally, one of the chisels has a steel stud projecting - and the other has a hole where a stud was once located. I can't think of a purpose for those studs and live in hope that someone might be able to shed light on this.

I forgot to mention that the "handles" are solid and that a slight mushrooming shows that they were struck with a hammer for at least part of their lives. They are hand stamped 1/4 and 3/8. They are beautifully made and slight differences at the handles show that they were made by hand.

I would be more than grateful if you or a colleague can help identify the tools.

 John Weston