Riffler File made by Thomas Ch.Twin Ltd, circa 1870 - 1970, taken from Area B1 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

Heavy blade and handle. Blade flat (0.7cm.high; 1.25cm.wide) narrower towards ferrule. Eight coarse file teeth running top to bottom at about 60o from top. Bottom of end of blade near file has been worn down or filed down since manufacturing possibly eliminating 1 or 2 teeth. Handle wooden and stained red (perhaps older than blade). Brass ferrule 1.5cm. wide with alternating pattern (6 lines of half dots, six stripes around circumference).

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