|Description: A screwdriver with a wooden handle that is split in two but is held together with a screw at the bottom, and a ring on the top that goes over both halves of the handle. There is a flat-head tip on top of the screwdriver. |
The usual name for screwdriver in England and in the catalogues was turn screw. The tool consists of a steel blade ground at one end to a flat edge for fitting into the slot on the head of the screw in order to turn it. Those made in the early nineteenth century often have long flat blades with two or more waists. See: R.A. Salaman "Dictionary of Woodworking Tools: c.1700-1970" (Newton, Connecticut: The Taunton Press, 1990), 449-450.