Alternative Name(s): Thread Cutter

Woodworking Screw Box made by Host Marples Hermitage Works, circa 1920s-1950s. It was found in Area E3 at Adolph Bruhn & Son's Wood Turners Shop, 283 Coventry Street, South Melbourne. The business was established by Adolph Bruhn circa 1893 in Little Collins Street, Melbourne. Upon his death in 1919 it was then operated by Adolph's son Sophus Christopher Bruhn. Upon Sophus's death in 1959 his son Sophus Walter Bruhn took over the business. In 1970 Sophus reduced the scale of the business and relocated to South Melbourne. The business closed upon Sophus's death in January 1990.

Adolph Bruhn migrated to Australia from Germany in 1884, at the age of 29. He arrived in Adelaide where he lived for 10 months before moving to Victoria, where he settled, established his business, married and had five children.

Physical Description

Wooden screw box or thread cutter used to cut external threads in wood. Wooden box shape with turned handles, made in two parts held together by three screws. A metal cutter is mounted between the two parts. The wooden dowel to be threaded is held in a vice; the box is engaged on its end and turned clockwise by hand until it begins to cut.

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