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Boy's Tool Chest
about 1910

Boys will be boys
Tools chests for boys like this one, which boasts 20 different woodworking tools, were among the most popular items in the catalog of the R. Bliss Manufacturing Company of Pawtucket, RI, during the late 1800s. The tools also satisfied the Victorian notion that playthings should reinforce manliness in boys and femininity in girls. Tools bred strength, and manual house building skills--traditionally male attributes.

Notes
16.2" x 6"
Wood and metal
R. Bliss Manufacturing Company (about 1832-1935) manufactured wooden hardware and toys.
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