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Profile cutter

Profile cutter

  • Place of origin:

    Britain (probably, manufactured)

  • Date:

    ca. 1949 (manufactured)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Forged steel, bolted together.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Mr F. Beck

  • Museum number:

    T.4-2013

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This is a profile cutter for an industrial button making machine, used in the 1940s. The bit would be inserted into a pillar drill and the cutter section could be used on acrylic sheets to create circular buttons with a central circular indent. The cutter blade could be unbolted and exchanged for another different-shaped blade to create other patterns of buttons, although the bolt on this particular bit is stuck in place.

Physical description

Steel tool bit, consisting of a cylinder with a semi-circular cylinder cut-out to halfway down, with a smaller cylinder protruding, and a semi-circular cylinder bolted-on, holding a button cutting bit between them: this is a rectangular piece of metal with protruding cutting shapes at one end, that would turn and cut a piece of perspex into a button shape.

Place of Origin

Britain (probably, manufactured)

Date

ca. 1949 (manufactured)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Forged steel, bolted together.

Marks and inscriptions

"36"
Stamped on full-cylinder section of tool

Dimensions

Height: 2.3 cm, Width: 8.4 cm, Depth: 3.1 cm

Descriptive line

Profile cutter for buttons, to be inserted into a pillar drill, steel, 1940s, British

Materials

Steel

Techniques

Forging

Categories

Tools & Equipment; Fashion

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Textiles and Fashion Collection

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