This little box belonged to my Grandpa George. The box originally held a micrometer caliper and had obviously been recycled into storage for work. Inside I found these two bags of phonograph needles and a bunch of specialized bits (some of which are very oddly shaped). My Grandfather worked as a model maker making some very technically detailed instruments, but more on that in a later post. Anyway, it is a very cool little box and I can completely see why he kept it. I’ve become pretty good at tossing things away but for some reason I have a weakness for little boxes like this one. This may explain my fascination with little storage containers and the like.
As for Brown & Sharpe they still exist in Rhode Island making some seriously high-tech tools, though are now part of a major manufacturing company called Hexagon Metrology. According to their own site they make “Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs), optical measuring systems, 1D, 2D and 3D benchtop measuring machines and precision hand tools.” Or in other words tools that I will never have a need for because they are well beyond my skill set.