|It's my very own World War II Era Metal Stamping Kit|
During my visit, I managed to collect quite a few post cards, a vintage tin with textured graphics, and a dime dispenser for Ken. Then, on my final walk-through, I spotted this beauty in "Case #6". I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. I knew that I had to make it mine.
|An Outside View|
When I first took the mallet out of the case, my reflex was to test the weight and balance in my hand with a mock striking motion. I didn't even realize that I'd done it until I'd replaced it, and Sibyl said, "It looks like you've done this before!"
I hope to become a regular visitor at The Antique Mall. I can't imagine passing through Troy again without stopping. And as for this set, it's found a new home and place of honor in my studio. I'll treasure it for a lifetime, and I've already begun to dream about a new jewelry collection inspired by its history.
|This kit includes individual stamps of the full alphabet,|
a mallet, the case, and a specialized anvil.
|One side of the anvil was used for |
marking spoons, forks, and knives
from the mess kits.
|The other side of the anvil was used |
for marking meat cans.
After WWI, dog tags were
no longer hand stamped as the
process was automated.
|The letters and random words stamped into the wood|
add to the appeal of these tools for me.
|The first three letters stamped with my new set.|
A nod to my Dad who enlisted in the army
during World War II when he was 17 years old.